Senior staff writer at Elemental covering Covid-19, mental health, and the science of wellness • PhD in experimental psychology • dsmith@medium.com @smithdanag

Your brain responds to stress differently when you’re by yourself

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If you knew and loved one of the 500,000-plus people lost to the pandemic, here’s what might be going on in your brain right now.

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The viral strain causes a longer period of infection, which could explain its increased transmissibility

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Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings attempts a three in front of his masked teammates on January 13, 2021. Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images


New technology could be a game-changer for neurological disorders

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The CDC says the condition doesn’t put people at a greater risk for severe Covid-19, but there’s an equity argument to be made

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An evolutionary explanation of mental illness

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The data are still out, but scientists say those who are immunized will likely shed less virus than those who aren’t

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