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Christopher Lasch The Minimal Self (1984) The fundamental importance of the distinction between self and not-self—the source of all other distinctions, it has rightly been said—might suggest that it serves as the first principle of mental life, the axiomatic premise without which mental life cannot even begin. In fact, however, it is a distinction that is accepted, in the infancy of life, only with the greatest reluctance, after fierce inner struggles to deny it; and it remains the source of...
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Many Covid hospital patients do not feel fully recovered year later – study

Researchers find fewer than third of patients show much improvement 12 months after dischargeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFewer than one in three patients who have ongoing Covid symptoms after being hospitalised with the disease say they feel fully recovered a year later, according to a study that offers new insights into potential treatments.As the pandemic has unfolded, a growing body of research has revealed that Covid not only causes health problems in the shor...
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Amazon created 599 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2020, 23.5 million pounds of which ended up in the world's oceans, watchdog report says

Ben Gilbert/Insider Amazon produced just shy of 600 million pounds of plastic waste in 2020, a new Oceana report said. An estimated 23.5 million pounds of that plastic ended up in the world's oceans, according to the report. Amazon disputed the report and said it's off by "more than 300%." In 2020, as more Americans than ever turned to Amazon amid COVID lockdowns, the company subsequently created more plastic plastic packaging waste than ever: 599 million pounds in total, according to...
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Fauci says we won't need a 'variant-specific booster' to fight Omicron

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.AP Photo/Susan Walsh Fauci says people don't need a "vaccine-specific booster" to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. "Our booster vaccine regimens work again Omicron," he said at a White House briefing Wednesday. Omicron has reached at least 36 states in the US and has affected more than 75 countries...
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UK Covid live: Delta and Omicron are ‘two epidemics on top of one another’ amid record 78,610 cases

Chief medical officer Chris Whitty says rise in hospitalisations due to Omicron are fairly certainSurge in hospitalisations ‘nailed on’ as Covid cases hit record highOmicron is biggest threat of pandemic, says UK health chiefBoris Johnson too weak to lead UK through Omicron crisis, says StarmerWhy UK has been less keen than US on vaccinating childrenCoronavirus global updates – liveKarl McCartney (Con) is asking the questions now. He says decisions taken by ministers have been devastating for th...
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Omicron found to grow 70 times faster than Delta in bronchial tissue

Study of tubes between windpipe and lungs could help explain Covid variant’s rapid transmissionCoronavirus – latest updatesThe Omicron Covid variant has been found to multiply about 70 times quicker than the original and Delta versions of coronavirus in tissue samples taken from the bronchus, the main tubes from the windpipe to the lungs, in laboratory experiments that could help explain its rapid transmission.The study, by a team from the University of Hong Kong, also found that the new variant...
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GSK/Sanofi Covid booster delayed by lack of uninfected people to test it on

Early trials show jab effective in people of all ages who have already received doses of any vaccine Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEfforts by the British and French drugmakers GSK and Sanofi Pasteur to produce a Covid-19 vaccine have suffered a further setback, with final clinical data on the jab and a potential launch delayed until next year as they struggle to find enough uninfected people to test it on.The two vaccine specialists announced positive preliminary re...
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Why UK has been less keen than US to give Covid jab to children

Differing adult uptakes, healthcare systems and cultures of medicine have played role in approachesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK and US may have many things in common, but when it comes to vaccinating children against Covid, the approach has been markedly different.In May, the US Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorisation of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab was expanded from people aged 16 and older to those aged 12 to 15, with two doses recommended fo...
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Watch the death of a single-celled organism

No matter how natural the process of dying is, the prospect of death will always be unsettling. Grappling with the existential questions surrounding death's reality can either ruin or enlighten any action one engages in. Consider it a coffin half full or half empty argument. — Read the rest
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‘Omni is everywhere’: why do so many people struggle to say Omicron?

The error is to be expected, say linguists, as we don’t often have cause to introduce novel words to our vernacular as adultsRupert Murdoch’s New York Post criticized Joe Biden and his chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci for both mispronouncing the new Covid variant as “Omnicron” rather than “Omicron”.Biden’s detractors have seized on the mispronunciation as evidence of some sort of cognitive decline, but the president is far from alone. Daily Beast media reporter Justin Baragona confessed he “...
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Omicron likely to accelerate death rate in Europe, says health agency

EU risk assessment advises against Christmas mixing owing to new Covid variant’s high transmissibilityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChristmas get-togethers may need to be downsized as Omicron is now “very likely” to increase the death toll in Europe even if it proves to be less severe, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has said.The new Covid variant’s high transmissibility means that more people are forecast by the EU agency to be admitted to ho...
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Fall in fertility rates may be linked to fossil fuel pollution, finds study

Danish scientists urge more research into impact of exposure to toxic chemical pollutants from fossil fuelsDecreasing fertility rates may be linked to pollution caused by fossil fuel burning, a review of scientific studies has found.Over the past 50 years childbirth has steadily decreased. The study focused on Denmark, but the trend is also seen in other industrialised nations. One in 10 Danish children are born with assisted reproduction and more than 20% of men never have children, according t...
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