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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Caspase-1 initiates apoptosis, but not pyroptosis, in the absence of gasdermin D

IMAGE: Recently, it has been demonstrated that activated caspase-1 induces pyroptosis, inflammatory and necrosis-like programmed cell death, although it was previously thought to induce apoptosis. It was not known why caspase-1… view more  Background Most unnecessary or dangerous cells such as virus-infected cells commit suicide by activating an in-built suicide program. This type of cell death…

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Medical News Today: What to know about inhaled steroids

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How Sonoma’s Vineyards Survived a Siege of Fire, Smoke and Ash

In Sonoma Valley, fire and ash make their way into almost every conversation. For 10 days in October 2017, raining embers ravaged California’s Wine Country. Fueled by 70-mile-per-hour winds, the Nuns and Tubbs fires in Sonoma Valley barreled out of control toward the communities of Santa Rosa, Glen Ellen, Kenwood and Sonoma. When the fires…

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Reflecting on the Border

El Espace is a column dedicated to news and culture relevant to Latinx communities. Expect politics, arts, analysis, personal essays and more. ¿Lo mejor? It’ll be in Spanish and English, so you can forward it to your tía, your primo Lalo or anyone else (read: everyone). For those of us who are immigrants or part…

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What to Expect (From Your Bras) When You’re Expecting

David Pereiras / EyeEmGetty Images The one sure thing about modern pregnancy is that you are never at a loss for information. The content is deep, with everyone from mommy bloggers and celebrities to royals around the world weighing in, advising, and explaining what they do. The quandary that’s thrown me for the biggest loop…

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