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Placebo Controls

Here and there, Americans are looking for reasons to swallow hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19, often brandishing studies that show positive effects of the drug. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has so far rejected each of the studies as failing to meet the requirement for a “randomized, placebo-controlled” …

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A Better Night’s Sleep

If you tend to be a target for ads about everyday-carry tools, as I am, it’s understandable that you would want to sleep better, because sleep—despite its uncertain origin and adaptiveness—is the original EDC tool.  It appears to benefit creativity, emotional regulation, threat evaluation, memory processing and other covert cognitive processing, waste disposal, and maybe …

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