Medical News Today: What is systemic lupus erythematosus?

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes systemic, or widespread, inflammation. The disease can affect the skin, joints, and blood vessels, as well as multiple organ systems. The exact causes of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remain unclear. However, genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors may contribute to the development of the disease. SLE…

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Growing up high: Neurobiological consequences of adolescent cannabis use

About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, and impulsivity control. This is a highly vulnerable period…

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Brisket for Beginners

Never in the annals of American barbecue has brisket — great brisket — been so widely available. Once the province of Texas and Kansas City, world-class brisket now turns up at Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn; at Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, S.C.; and at Smoque BBQ and Green Street Smoked Meats in Chicago. Once deemed a…

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June Dobbs Butts, Sex Therapist Who Preached Frankness, Dies at 90

June Dobbs Butts, a sex researcher and therapist who argued for greater frankness among African-Americans about issues that were often considered taboo, died on May 13 at a care facility in Johns Creek, Ga. She was 90. Her daughter, Florence Johnson, said she died a few days after having a stroke. Dr. Butts was by…

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Living With Lyme Disease, Stronger With Love

Long before he joined Brooke Geahan at the altar, Brian Nicholson fully understood the meaning of the “in sickness and in health” part of the wedding vows. For most of their courtship, Ms. Geahan was so ill the “in health” portion was in question. The two met in December 2014 at the home of a…

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Older People Are Contributing to Climate Change, and Suffering From It

Image CreditJames O’Brien When it comes to discussing climate change, older people may have one advantage: They have watched it happen. In the nine Northeastern states, for instance, where average winter temperatures climbed 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit between 1970 and 2000, they have seen fewer snow-covered days, and more shrubs flowering ever earlier. And they have…

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We Tried to Wear ‘Project Runway’ Makeup Looks in Real Life

Courtesy of Project Runway Any given episode of Bravo’s Project Runway has no shortage of unique, funky, and always creative outfits. The designs created by the contestants are just half of the appeal, though—the makeup is often a statement in itself. We took three bold looks from the brand-new season of the show and made…

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Mr. Apple Pie, Ron Howard

Bette Davis patted him on the butt when she decided he was a good director. Henry Fonda gave him his first books on film theory. Lee Marvin got drunk and told him stories about John Ford’s sadistic side. Vincente Minnelli taught him to be a stickler for detail. Roger Corman advised him to pursue his…

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