Could BCG vaccine protect against COVID-19? UK recruitment begins

A largescale global trial designed to test the theory that the widely-used BCG vaccine could help protect against COVID-19 will soon recruit healthcare staff and care home workers in the UK. The University of Exeter is leading the UK arm of the trial, called the ‘BCG vaccination to Reduce the impact of COVID-19 in healthcare…

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11 Exercises For Better Sleep

Sleep should be a welcome respite, but with our regular routines upended and an almost daily onslaught of anxiety-inducing news, many people are tossing and turning. A study published in June by the journal Sleep Medicine found a 37 percent increase in the rates of clinical insomnia among adults in China from before the peak…

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How to Support Independent Restaurants

Even with outdoor dining this summer, many restaurants across the country have closed or remain on the brink of disaster — especially smaller, independently owned neighborhood businesses. Loyal patrons have rallied to support their favorite local restaurants, but as the pandemic drags on, business owners have had to hustle hard to stay afloat. With colder…

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4 Podcasts That Are Perfect for Halloween

When it comes to horror, no C.G.I. monstrosity is quite as terrifying as what your mind can conjure. We’ve collected some of the most delightful frights and spooky scintillations in audio drama and non-fiction podcasting. In this anthology podcast, the mountains of central Appalachia are haunted by the sort of sanity-draining eldritch monsters found in…

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How to Start Drawing

Find an old receipt in your wallet. Feel that thin paper on your fingers, and look at the inky machine type. Why is this telling you to have a nice day? Did you? Instead of throwing the receipt away, draw it. It’s not only a marker of money spent — a replacement for the cash…

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Extra Pounds May Raise Risk of Severe Covid-19

Obese Americans are more likely to become dangerously ill if they are infected with the new coronavirus. Now public health officials are warning that a much broader segment of the population also may be at risk: even moderately excess weight may increase the odds of severe disease. The warning, reported by the Centers for Disease…

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Wig-Looking Poisonous Caterpillars Can Inflict Pain, Officials Warn

First, it was murder hornets. Now it’s stinging caterpillars. As if there wasn’t enough to worry about in 2020, foresters in Virginia are warning that if you see a caterpillar that looks like a wig on a tree, don’t touch it. The Virginia Department of Forestry said it had received reports of hairy-looking puss caterpillars…

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Nevada Revokes Halt on Rapid Antigen Testing in Nursing Homes

Under pressure from the federal government, Nevada health officials on Friday rescinded a statewide order directing nursing homes to halt the use of two government-issued rapid coronavirus tests that the state had deemed to be inaccurate. The reversal came shortly after the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued a threatening letter, dated…

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Can Trump Really Speed Approval of Covid Treatments?

In a five-minute video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday, President Trump stood in front of the White House and offered a lavish endorsement for a treatment he had received while hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “They gave me Regeneron, and it was like, unbelievable, I felt good immediately,” the president…

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Which ‘Succession’ Character is James Murdoch?

WASHINGTON — As we sat down to lunch in my garden, I mentioned to James Murdoch that I’ve been reading a lot of classical plays lately and a popular theme is the rancorous battle between two brothers over a kingdom. “But these plays end in cannibalism and civil war, so at least your family hasn’t…

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