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How to Be a Mystical Materialist

I interviewed psychologist Susan Blackmore 20 years ago while doing research for my book Rational Mysticism. Here, lightly edited, is my description of her: “Her hair was dyed orange, red, and yellow, dark-rooted, cut short as a boy’s, with sideburns plunging like daggers past each multi-ringed ear. Words spewed from her pell-mell, accompanied by equally…

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OSHA fines JBS beef plant in Colorado for failing to protect staff members from virus

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a second large meat production company for failing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus. Nearly 300 JBS employees in Greeley, CO, were infected with the COVID-19 virus since March and seven died. Six worked in the beef plant and a…

Henderson, Nevada fines place over Trump ‘friendly protest’ rally

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada city where President Donald Trump held an indoor campaign rally said Monday the venue owner is being fined $3,000 for violating coronavirus prevention mandates imposed by the state’s Democratic governor. Henderson officials told Xtreme Manufacturing owner Donald Ahern that the event that drew thousands of people to a warehouse in…

Johnson & Johnson begins Stage 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial in U.S.

A fourth Covid-19 vaccine candidate has gone into the final stage of clinical trials in the U.S., with Johnson & Johnson announcing the start of its Phase 3 trial Wednesday.The drugmaker follows Pfizer and Moderna, whose Phase 3 trials began in late July. AstraZeneca also started its Phase 3 vaccine trial this month, but it…

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Kids, Sleep, and COVID: Times Have Changed

Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. To say that the world of children has been turned upside down by the pandemic is an understatement. Anecdotally, there has been a significant increase in reports of disturbed sleep. Is this to be expected, even in those kids for whom…

EMA Panel Backs Baricitinib for Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA's) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended approval of baricitinib tablets (Olumiant, Eli Lilly) for adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis (AD) who are candidates for systemic therapy. Baricitinib is already approved in the European Union (EU; and the United States) to treat moderate-to-severe active rheumatoid arthritis. If…

Even Moderate Drinking May Raise High Blood Pressure Risk in Diabetes

New research suggests that even moderate alcohol consumption may raise hypertension risk in adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Investigators analyzed data from over 10,000 adults participating in the ACCORD trial and found that moderate alcohol consumption raised the odds of elevated blood pressure (BP), stage I hypertension, and stage II hypertension by 79%, 66%,…