Medical News Today: Spinach supplement may increase muscle strength

New research has examined the potential of spinach extract as an enhancer of athletic performance. The active compound in spinach extract significantly improves muscle strength, leading the study authors to recommend banning the supplement in sports. Spinach contains an extract that could boost athletic performance. Rich in calcium, magnesium, and iron, some people call spinach…

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Luxury Sales Spike as Buyers Rush to Avoid Higher Mansion Taxes

Jeff Bezos moved into his new Manhattan home last month after closing on three adjacent apartments overlooking Madison Square Park. The newly divorced Mr. Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, not to mention the world’s richest person, could have bought anywhere in New York City (and, yes, he did tour the ultra-pricey 220 Central Park…

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Fendi, the Legacy of Empire — and Lagerfeld

Image Fendi haute couture, fall 2019CreditValerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times ROME — There has been some debate over how Karl Lagerfeld, former creative director of Chanel and Fendi, the man who essentially defined the role of the modern creative director until his death in February at age — well, no one is entirely…

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‘This Old House’ Turns 40

While filming a 40th anniversary special for “This Old House” recently, Bob Vila, the show’s original host, stopped to consider why, after all these years, people still can’t seem to get enough of home improvement shows. “This Old House,” which began chronicling home renovations in 1979, was one of the first such shows to air…

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Vaccine cuts rate of HPV infection, precancerous lesions

Researchers have attributed a substantial drop in human papillomavirus (HPV) infections to the HPV vaccine. Now, they are waiting to see if it will have the same impact on the rates of cervical cancer. Vaccines have slashed the number of HPV infections, new research suggests. Just over a decade ago, healthcare professionals introduced a new…

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Reflux Drugs Tied to Bone Fractures in Children

Infants are sometimes treated for gastroesophageal reflux with acid-suppressing medicines, but a new study suggests that they may increase the risk for bone fracture later in childhood. Researchers studied records of more than 850,000 children up to 14 years old. About 97,000 had received acid suppression medicines in their first year of life — 8,000…

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The Ripples of My Mother’s Hunger

At the age of 16, my mother spent hours waiting in bread lines in communist Poland, biting at her nails. The year was 1972. The line was mostly women. Their bellies rattled with hunger, anticipation of food burning in their throats. My mother has said that waiting in a bread line was not much different…

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Estimating gender biases among health care professionals, surgeons

What The Study Did: This study used measures of implicit and explicit biases to assess how health care professionals associated men and women with career and family, and how surgeons associated men and women with surgery and family medicine. Authors: Arghavan Salles, M.D., Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, is the corresponding author. (doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.6545)…

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Risk of cancer among children, young adults with congenital heart disease

What The Study Did:National registry data in Sweden were used in this study that assessed the risk of developing cancer in children and young adults with congenital heart disease compared with healthy people in the general population from birth to age 41. Authors: Zacharias Mandalenakis, M.D., Ph.D., F.E.S.C., of the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg,…

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Discovery reveals prolific ability of Schwann cells to generate myelin

Scientists have discovered that a special type of cell is much more prolific in generating a protective sheath covering nerve fibers than previously believed. The revelation about Schwann cells raises the possibility of new avenues to treat nerve injuries and various forms of neuropathy. Further research could prove useful in promoting myelin repair in central…

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