The Most Summery Weeknight Pasta

Good morning. Florence Fabricant delivered a beautiful new recipe for fettuccine with lobster and zucchini (above) this week, and it would be great to make it this evening because there are few acts more summery than cooking lobster on a weeknight. But I’ve been messing around with these smoker tubes lately, and it’s like I’m…

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Giving up alcohol may significantly boost mental health

The debate as to whether moderate drinking is good, bad, or has no effect on health has been ongoing for years. Now, a new study suggests that people — especially women — who give up alcohol can experience better mental health and reach levels of well-being almost on a par with those of lifelong abstainers.…

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The Challenge of Caring for a Stroke Patient

Kelly Baxter was 36 years old and had just moved to Illinois with her 41-year-old husband, Ted, when he suffered a disabling stroke that derailed his high-powered career in international finance. It derailed her life as well. “It was a terrible shock, especially in such a young, healthy, athletic man,” she told me. “Initially I…

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Even Researchers Don’t Know Which Doctors Medicare Advantage Covers

If you try to use Medicare Advantage, figuring out which doctors are available (and where) can be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible. Medicare Advantage is the government-subsidized, private plan alternative to the traditional public Medicare program. It has had strong enrollment growth for years. That growth has received a boost from the Trump administration, which…

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Team Sports May Help Children Deal With Trauma

I wrote last week about finding ways to make sure that sports participation stays fun for kids, so they can enjoy the benefits of physical activity and fitness. Keeping the body healthy and active has psychological benefits as well, and a new study suggests that organized sports participation may be helpful for kids who are…

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Nutritional supplements and diets not always protective, WVU research suggests

IMAGE: This is Safi Khan, Assistant Professor, WVU School of Medicine view more  Credit: WVU MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Do the nutritional supplements people take or the diets they adhere to actually protect them against cardiovascular problems and death? Maybe not, suggests a new umbrella review of meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials by Safi Khan, an assistant professor in…

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Too much screen time for the kids? Grandparents may also be complicit

Grandparents have long been associated with letting their grandchildren do things their parents would never permit. Candy. Extended bedtime. Too much television. Carefree fun. They like to spoil their grandchildren. A new study by Rutgers and other researchers finds that today’s grandparents are still true to their traditional fun-loving image — allowing their grandchildren, while…

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First hi-res images of active CRISPR enzyme will help improve genome editing

For the first time, scientists grappling with how to improve the efficiency of CRISPR technology — a gene-editing platform that uses an enzyme called Cas9 to precisely cut and edit specific sequences of DNA within a live cell — have captured atomic-level, three-dimensional images of the enzyme before and after cutting the DNA. The images…

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What is driving the spike in black lung disease among coal miners?

Rates of severe coal workers’ pneumoconiosis — also known as black lung disease — among coal miners have been on the rise recently despite regulations on exposure to dusts associated with mining. Researchers believe the higher rates of more severe lung disease may be due to greater exposure to silica, likely as a byproduct of…

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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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