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Your brain is equipped with a waste management system that does most of its work while you slumber

Two centuries ago, the Scottish physician Robert Macnish theorized that the purpose of sleep was to “renovate the mind” by offering it a period of deep repose.

The idea that sleep helps rejuvenate a weary brain had been around long before Macnish’s time. But as recently as 20 years ago…

Why you should not drink your own pee (yes, really) for Covid-19 or anything else

If there’s one truth you can rely on regardless of the situation — from the current unending pandemic nightmare to the balmy days before — it’s that someone, somewhere, will try literally anything if they think it might help their health. …

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Experts say low-dose aspirin might be an underutilized weapon in our battle with the coronavirus

During the first months of the pandemic, back when vaccines were little more than a wishful ambition, the global medical community was desperate for something — anything — that could weaken the mortal grip of severe Covid-19 disease.

Aspirin emerged as an early drug-of-interest.

Covid-19 does its damage primarily via…

No one’s safe from aggressive new variants until the whole world is

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…

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The optimal amount, preparation, and timing — according to the latest research

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…

How researchers are changing the brain’s messaging system to tackle mental health disorders

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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