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Preventive medicine and positive lifestyle choices are vital to good health, but the complex, expensive, frustrating and often anemic U.S. health care system can cause our collective health to deteriorate until we end up in overcrowded emergency rooms.

The pandemic has made matters understandably worse, at times forcing delays in…

The Earth, floating in space, with its southern hemisphere in flames; it is being irradiated by a beam-weapon fired by a Death Star-style coronavirus molecule, bearing the Pfizer logo.

Has the omicron variant — and the prospect of more variants to come, with attendant lockdowns, shutdowns, cancellations and, of course, mass deaths — got you furious?

Yeah, me too.

And like the saying goes, this is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Every time a virus reproduces in a human…

The Nuance

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Several years ago, in 2013, the American Psychiatric Association made a controversial change to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

For years, the DSM’s criteria for diagnosing depression had included what was known as the “bereavement exclusion.” In a nutshell, the exclusion stated that people who had…

Vaccination rates are incredibly low in much of the world, as this interactive map by the New York Times shows. Darker regions have high vaccination rates; lighter regions have low vaccination rates.

By now, you may have heard the alarming news out of South Africa: Scientists there have tracked a new variant of Covid-19, and it has way more mutations than Delta.

Countries are halting flights from South Africa; the variant has also been found in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel…

The Nuance

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Gertrude Stein once wrote that coffee “is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening.”

The more experts study coffee, the more that “something” seems to be good for us.

Just this month, a large study in the journal PLOS Medicine found evidence that those who drink 1…

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There’s a disturbingly long list of ways in which the brain can go wrong. I might name for you a sample of mental health conditions: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders of all kinds, obsessive compulsive disorder. Even just the list of movement disorders is miserably long: Parkinson’s disease…

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