A Spalike Bathroom Where You Can Hide From It All

When a barrage of bad news, glitchy videoconferences and cramped quarters propel stress levels to new highs, it helps to have a place to recharge. For some, that has traditionally been the spa. But with many spas temporarily closed and social distancing measures in place, that option isn’t as easy, or appealing, as it once…

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Long-Term Summer Rentals is the Latest Trend

Within 24 hours of President Trump’s European travel ban in March, Laura Jones had three inquiries to rent her house in the Catskills for a month. “We had never been able to rent it for more than four days before, and most were for just a weekend,” Ms. Jones said. The house has already had…

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China’s Coronavirus Tracking Apps Stir Privacy Fears as They Linger

At the height of China’s coronavirus outbreak, officials made quick use of the fancy tracking devices in everybody’s pockets — their smartphones — to identify and isolate people who might be spreading the illness. Months later, China’s official statistics suggest that the worst of the epidemic has passed there, but the government’s monitoring apps are…

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A Virus-Hunter Falls Prey to a Virus He Underestimated

“This is the revenge of the viruses,” said Dr. Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “I’ve made their lives difficult. Now they’re trying to get me.” Dr. Piot, 71 years old, is a legend in the battles against Ebola and AIDS. But Covid-19 almost killed him. “A week…

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Spirituality linked to higher quality of life for stroke survivors, caregivers

DALLAS, May 26, 2020 — Higher spirituality among stroke survivors was strongly linked to better quality of life for them and their caregivers who may also feel depressed, according to new research published today in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. May is American Stroke Month. For many stroke survivors, a…

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Dementia gene raises risk of severe COVID-19

Having a faulty gene linked to dementia doubles the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to a large-scale study. Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine analysed data from the UK Biobank, and found high risk of severe COVID-19 infection among European ancestry participants who carry…

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Defects in developing frog brain can be prevented or repaired with bioelectric drugs

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (May 26, 2019)— Researchers led by biologists at Tufts University have discovered that the brains of developing frog embryos damaged by nicotine exposure can be repaired by treatment with certain drugs called «ionoceuticals» that drive the recovery of bioelectric patterns in the embryo, followed by repair of normal anatomy, gene expression and brain…

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App calculates risk of delaying cancer care during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed healthcare systems across the country, doctors have postponed surgery and other treatments for thousands of patients with cancer. These delays may last for months, especially for those with early stage and less aggressive disease. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a good way for doctors to compare the long-term risk to…

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New research identifies two drug classes that could be re-purposed for T1D treatment

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Researchers from the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), a leading independent, industry-inspired applied research institute, and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Center for Diabetes Research, identified two classes of compounds that prevent most of the effects of interferon-α (IFNα) on human beta cells, paving the way for potential future clinical trials of…

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Women almost twice as likely to choose primary care as men

Analysis of osteopathic medical school survey data reveals women are 1.75 times more likely to choose primary care than men, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Researchers sought to understand the factors that are associated with an increased likelihood of specializing in primary care. «Considering the critical need for…

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