Author: Maggi Pier

<div>Herd Immunity 'Ahead of Schedule'</div>

Herd Immunity ‘Ahead of Schedule’

If a novel virus is introduced to a population, eventually enough people acquire natural immunity so that the number of susceptible people declines. When the number susceptible is low enough to prevent epidemic growth, herd immunity is said to have been reached. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts estimated that 70%…

Fat Hormone Influences Your Motivation to Eat

Fat Hormone Influences Your Motivation to Eat

A new study helps to explain how leptin, a hormone produced by fat tissue, influences your motivation to eat. The researchers described for the first time a collection of leptin-responsive neurons in the brain’s lateral hypothalamic area (LHA). Those LHA neurons feed directly into the mesolimbic dopamine system, which controls the rewarding properties assigned to…

11 Gluten-Free Breakfast Ideas That Keep Baked Goods on the Menu (But Won’t Spike Your Blood Sugar)

There is no shortage of gluten-free options these days—broccoli and kale pizza crust, cauliflower gnocchi, brown rice pasta, and gluten-free baked goods. But even still, when you’re eating gluten-free (remember, a gluten-free diet isn’t for everyone, but is necessarily if you have a gluten intolerance and may be something you want to try if you’re…

Five Alternatives To Coffee

Where would we be without coffee? It doesn’t seem to matter how many hours’ sleep we get; we don’t feel completely awake and refreshed until we’ve dragged ourselves out of bed and had our first coffee of the day. For many of us, it’s part of our morning ritual, consumed slowly as we either read…

This 2-Month Mars Retrograde Packs Big Sexual Energy—But What Does That Mean During a Pandemic?

Mars retrograde is nearly upon us, and since we’re in the middle of a pandemic, it may look a little different than it normally does. In astrology, the planet of Mars focuses on how you jump into action—especially when it comes to getting action. Given that retrograde essentially means—as astrologer Ambi Kavanagh previously told Well+Good—“the…

What Happened to Summer?

Summer came to an abrupt end in the mountains of northern Spain last weekend when a sudden cold snap left the Picos de Europa range buried under a blanket of white. The Alps and Pyrenees have recently received heavy summer snow, and now the French are reporting all-time record August lows. And we have strong……

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