When Important People Die, He’s There

The world watched in December as a 72-year-old funeral director pushed the coffin of President George Bush into a polished Cadillac hearse in Houston. He had done the same before at services for Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan, the first ladies Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan, and many other well-known figures. He is…

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Doctors: Doctor, We Need You in the Writer’s Room, Stat

The surgeon is scrubbed and ready. He calls for a “ten-blade” and the nurse slaps the scalpel into his hand. He nods, unwavering, and runs the sharp edge against plastic skin. And then — A different kind of cut. The surgeon relaxes and now he is an actor waiting for a touch-up of his powder.…

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Phys Ed: To Move Is to Thrive. It’s in Our Genes.

A need and desire to be in motion may have been bred into our DNA before we even became humans and could have helped to guide the evolution of our species, according to a fascinating new study of the genetics of physical activity. The study uses big data and sophisticated genetic analyses to determine that…

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As bumblebee diets narrow, ours could too

IMAGE: This is a Bombus impatiens queen. view more  Credit: Jane Ogilvie / Chicago Botanic Garden There has been a lot of buzz about honeybees’ failing health because they pollinate our produce. Less well known is how critical bumblebees are for some of our favorite foods. And their numbers are also rapidly declining. A new study…

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ATS Foundation and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Research Fellowship Awardee named

IMAGE: ATS Foundation and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare partnership supports COPD research. view more  Credit: ATS (New York, NY) — May 15, 2019 — Spyridon Fortis, MD, of the University of Iowa has been awarded The ATS Foundation/Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Research Award in Respiratory Support with Nasal High Flow (NHF) in Patients with COPD. The…

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National Endowment for the Humanities supports project on disability and technology

People with disabilities are experts at navigating a world that is not built for them — often by turning to technologies such as voice recognition devices and cochlear implants. But which technologies, and under what circumstances, truly enhance a person’s ability to live the most meaningful, flourishing life? And, which technologies, and in what cases,…

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rTMS improves memory in younger and older adults

Magnetic stimulation of the brain improves working memory, offering a new potential avenue of therapy for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to new research from the Duke University School of Medicine. Healthy younger and older adult participants who received a therapy called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) performed better…

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A new way of diagnosing and treating disease — without cutting skin

IMAGE: From left to right: co-author Harvey Lui and senior author Haishan Zeng view more  University of British Columbia researchers have developed a specialized microscope that has the potential ability to both diagnose diseases that include skin cancer and perform incredibly precise surgery—all without cutting skin. The researchers describe the technology in a study published today…

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Insilico to present at the 2019 DIA China Annual Meeting

IMAGE: Alex Zhavoronkov, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine, to present at the 11th DIA China Annual Meeting 2019 in Beijing, May 20-23 view more  Credit: Insilico Wednesday, May 15, 2019 — Insilico Medicine, a biotech company developing the end-to-end drug discovery pipeline utilizing the next generation artificial intelligence, will present its latest results in…

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