How Emotions Can Affect the Heart

A century ago, the scientist Karl Pearson was studying cemetery headstones when he noticed something peculiar: Husbands and wives often died within a year of one another. Though not widely appreciated at the time, studies now show that stress and despair can significantly influence health, especially that of the heart. One of the most striking…

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What to know about laparoscopy for infertility

Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that allows a doctor to see inside the body. When the procedure is part of fertility testing, the doctor is evaluating the structures of the reproductive system, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. Laparoscopy can help a doctor diagnose many conditions that affect fertility, such as: endometriosis blocked fallopian…

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Medical News Today: How and why our bodies starve gut bacteria

Do bacteria have an unlimited supply of nutrients in the gut? In the past, scientists tended to believe that the gut is a kind of paradise for these microorganisms; but, as it turns out, that assumption is incorrect — which is good news for us. Do our guts starve bacteria? If so, why and how…

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Your Kid’s Apps Are Crammed With Ads

Image Siblings, ages four and one, and their tablet. A study found that 95 percent of commonly downloaded apps marketed to be played by children ages 5 and under contain at least one type of advertising.CreditMark Makela/Corbis, via Getty Images Many developers market apps for children as being educational. So Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician who…

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He Promised to Restore Damaged Hearts. Harvard Says His Lab Fabricated Research.

For Dr. Piero Anversa, the fall from scientific grace has been long, and the landing hard. Researchers worldwide once hailed his research as revolutionary, promising the seemingly impossible: a way to grow new heart cells to replace those lost in heart attacks and heart failure, leading killers in the United States. But Harvard Medical School…

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Exuberant Diwali Sweets From a Rock-Star Chef

RALEIGH, N.C. — As a child growing up in Chandigarh, India, the chef Cheetie Kumar knew that Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, was approaching by the aromas emanating from the kitchen. She remembers catching the scent of whole milk simmered with freshly cracked cardamom and carrots in the air as she ran outside to…

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Front Burner: A New Sweet for Day of the Dead

Sweets decorated like skulls are typical of the Mexican celebration Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. This year, the Doughnut Project has collaborated with Miguel Gómez, the executive chef of Andaz Mayakoba, a resort on the Riviera Maya, to offer doughnuts flavored with orange…

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Front Burner: The Dish on Fishs Eddy

The story of Fishs Eddy — the shop that specializes in vintage tableware — is the subject of a revealing graphic memoir by Julie Gaines, who founded the store and runs it with her husband, Dave Lenovitz. Their son, Ben, drew the illustrations. Named for an upstate New York town the owners happened through, Fishs…

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