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Why happy endings can lead to bad decisions, even when voting

Why happy endings can lead to bad decisions, even when voting

Call it the happy ending effect. Our brains tend to give more weight to the later part of an experience — no matter how good it was overall. This can lead to poor decisions and, according to a small study published Monday, it’s a fundamental mechanism involving two different parts of the human brain. “When…MORE

A week after Covid-19 vaccine trial goes on pause, Johnson & Johnson and FDA won’t reveal critical details

A week after Covid-19 vaccine trial goes on pause, Johnson & Johnson and FDA won’t reveal critical details

Despite repeated claims they’re committed to transparency, Johnson & Johnson and the US Food and Drug Administration still aren’t revealing crucial details one week after the pharmaceutical giant’s Covid-19 vaccine trial went on pause. Public health experts have encouraged transparency in the Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials, considering that hundreds of millions of Americans will eventually…MORE

The pandemic makes me glad I married a clean freak

The pandemic makes me glad I married a clean freak

When my girlfriend and I met more than a decade ago, I was living in a dump. The apartment was my first after college, a decrepit walk-up in a rundown little building next to the elevated train in Queens, New York. The walls rumbled when the N train whipped by every few minutes, and the…MORE

Forget that pumpkin spice flavored latte. That is not pumpkin. These foods are

Forget that pumpkin spice flavored latte. That is not pumpkin. These foods are

If 2020 has turned you into an unexpected expert in making homemade treats, maybe it’s time to start pondering the pumpkin. Einstein Bros. Bagels announced in September it won’t be producing any pumpkin-spiced products in 2020, citing pandemic difficulties. And since “pumpkin spice latte” isn’t a flavor found in nature anyway, maybe this is a…MORE

Bloodletting and gas fumes: Quack treatments of the 1918 flu

If the idea of drinking hand sanitizer, absorbing ultraviolet light and gargling salt water to prevent or treat Covid-19 sounds bizarre to you, know that this isn’t the first time humans have put themselves in dangerous situations to quell their fears. In the face of threat by a new infectious disease, people become desperate, said…MORE

7 ways to stay healthy (and sane) during the fall coronavirus surge

7 ways to stay healthy (and sane) during the fall coronavirus surge

Get ready for the most difficult months yet in this pandemic. The fall Covid-19 surge is here, fueled by colder weather, reopened schools and pandemic fatigue. The flu season could make the coronavirus pandemic even worse. For the next several months, new Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths are expected to keep rising as the temperatures…MORE