Portland State study shows ways to reduce extreme heat in city neighborhoods

IMAGE: An interactive map of Portland showing temperature differences under two scenarios: a largely paved environment, which makes for hotter temperatures, and one in which cooling solutions, such as planting more… view more  Credit: Portland State University Portland State study demonstrates how plants, trees and reflective materials can reduce extreme heat in city neighborhoods Planting more…

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How do older adults fare after hip fracture?

Hip fractures in older adults can be extremely serious, and often result in chronic illness, death, and increased health care costs. Experts estimate that some 18 to 33 percent of all older adults who have suffered hip fractures will die within a year, with even higher rates of death among people who have dementia or…

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Does genetic testing pose psychosocial risks?

For the last quarter century, researchers have been asking whether genetic information might have negative psychosocial effects. Anxiety, depression, disrupted relationships, and heightened stigmatization have all been posited as possible outcomes—but not consistently found. What accounts for the discrepancy? A new special report published by The Hastings Center explores this question. It considers the ways…

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Life is tough but so are worms — thanks to mom

IMAGE: By loading their eggs with more yolk protein, underfed worm moms make sure their offspring are better able to bounce back from starvation. view more  Credit: Image courtesy of Jim Jordan, Duke University DURHAM, N.C. — Numerous studies show that the legacy of hardship can be passed from one generation to the next. The good…

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BU finds police shooting racial disparities reflect segregation

Racial residential segregation is the predominant factor that explains why some cities have greater racial disparities in fatal police shootings than others, according to a new study by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers published in the Journal of the National Medical Association. «Interventions such as inherent bias training aim to alter the…

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New anticancer agents may better control tumor growth in nearly every cancer type

IMAGE: Purdue University researchers have discovered potential anticancer agents that stabilize the MYC promoter G-quadruplex and downregulate the expression of the MYC oncogene. view more  WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A gene called MYC has become one of the hottest targets for cancer researchers around the world. MYC is known to drive tumor growth in nearly all…

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Cannabis Tourism Is on the Rise

Sam Rosenbaum has Stephen Colbert to thank for his career switch from accountant to cannabis tour operator. The newly minted M.B.A. was watching an episode of “The Colbert Report” in 2014 when the comedian spoke of a “cannabis green rush” coming to Colorado, which had recently become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. “The…

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S’mores Blondies for the Win

Good morning. I had something close to a perfect dinner the other night at Houseman in New York, where the chef and owner Ned Baldwin was serving these fried porgy strips that were bursting with sweetness alongside a coleslaw run through with amba, the Middle Eastern pickled-mango sauce. There was other stuff, too — fiery…

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Medical News Today: Facebook may actually benefit adult mental health

It is a common belief that using social media platforms can adversely affect people’s mental health, but new research has shown that using these networking sites can reduce an adult’s risk of experiencing depression or anxiety. Social media may improve the mental health of adults by helping them maintain social relationships, new research finds. Facebook’s…

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When The Times First Says It, This Twitter Bot Tracks It

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. The most popular tweet from @NYT_first_said, a Twitter bot that since 2017 has tracked new words in The New York Times, has received 8,500 retweets and 28,500 likes. It comes from a phrase used by…

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