In an Unlikely Covid Survivor’s Case, More Questions Than Answers

I scan through my patient’s record, four months of life distilled into a series of progress notes, lab values and radiology, until I find what I am looking for — a chest X-ray from May. It is a striking image, the kind of X-ray that should not have been compatible with life. Yet here I…

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How Covid Has Altered the Conversation About Money

Before the coronavirus, Tara Beier and her husband, Dennis, rarely discussed money. They kept separate bank accounts and divided their household responsibilities. Her husband, 42, covered the mortgage on the two properties they own, while Ms. Beier, 38, managed and took care of a rental home. It worked fine for their 12 years of marriage.…

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Martha Stewart, Blissed Out on CBD, Is Doing Just Fine

“Have you tasted them yet?” Martha Stewart asked. She was standing in her kitchen in Bedford, N.Y., speaking over Zoom about her new line of CBD pâte de fruit, the pronunciation of which she sounded out as if speaking to a child. “‘Pat,’ like, piece,” she said, “‘doo-free’ — of fruit.” It was around 10…

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Reduction in insomnia symptoms associated with non-invasive neurotechnology

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — September 17, 2020 — For people with chronic insomnia, a good night’s sleep is elusive. But what if insomnia symptoms could be alleviated by simply listening to one’s own brainwaves? Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Health conducted a clinical trial that showed reduced insomnia symptoms and improved autonomic nervous system function using…

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Endocrine Society shifts ENDO 2021 to virtual format

Washington, DC — The Endocrine Society will switch its annual meeting, ENDO 2021, to a fully virtual format, the Society announced today. «After thoughtful deliberation regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the global prospect and inclination for in-person events,we have decided to move forward with ENDO 2021 in a virtual format,» said Society President Gary…

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The acrobatic hydra shows off: How environmental cues can affect behavior

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Although it may seem counterintuitive, researchers are turning to an animal without a brain to crack the neural code underlying behavior. Hydra vulgaris, a tiny, tentacled, freshwater organism, uses «nets» of neurons dispersed throughout its tube-like body to coordinate stretching, contracting, somersaulting, and feeding movements. This simple nervous system is one…

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OHSU-VA research suggests strategies to reduce missed appointments

Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University and the VA Portland Health Care System conducted in-depth interviews with patients at the VA and came up with a series of six recommendations to reduce the number of times patients miss appointments. The study is published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. «No-shows are a big…

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Tweets show vapers rarely use e-cigarettes to quit smoking or improve health

The vast majority of Twitter users who vape with JUUL e-cigarettes are not using the devices to stop smoking or to improve their health, according to a research team led by University of Utah Health scientists. The researchers say this finding, which challenges JUUL’s stated mission of improving smokers’ lives, could help hone anti-smoking and…

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