These Cocktails Are Garbage. Yum!

Iain Griffiths, 32, is constantly running in and out of bars, restaurants and bakeries, collecting food scraps and carrying leaking brown boxes. As one half of the bartending duo Trash Tiki, he has to do collection rounds frequently. The food scraps are ingredients for Mr. Griffiths’ upcycled craft cocktail company, which he started with his…

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Teaching Resilience in the Face of Climate Change

Damariya Carlisle, age 9, jumped as an instructor hauled a crab pot onto the steel deck of the barge docked on the Elizabeth River, a Chesapeake tributary in Norfolk, Va. She marveled at the Atlantic blue crabs’ claws but worried they might pinch her. The visit was part of a fourth-grade class trip in October.…

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The Crisis in Youth Suicide

The death of a child is most parents’ worst nightmare, one made even worse when it is self-inflicted. This very tragedy has become increasingly common among young people in recent years. And adults — parents, teachers, clinicians and politicians — should be asking why and what they can do to prevent it. In October, the…

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Shopping for Fireplace Tools

Because the fireplace is usually the focal point of a room — and all the furniture is arranged around it — the accessories that go with it matter. Especially the fireplace tools, which not only need to look good, but are also used to tend the fire and clean up after. “Nice fireplace tools are…

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If ‘Pain Is an Opinion,’ There Are Ways to Change Your Mind

Some days I’m grumpy; other times, my head hurts or my feet or my arms do. Yet when I play the trumpet, my mood improves and the pain disappears. Why? Alternative medicine — including music therapy — is full of pain-relief claims. Although some are simply too good to be true, the oddities of pain…

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A nimbler way to track alcohol use — by mining Twitter and Google searches

BOSTON (December 2, 2019) — Collecting rigorous public health data through large survey-based studies is a slow, expensive process. New research from Boston Children’s Hospital shows that mining people’s alcohol-related tweets and online searches offers a more immediate, localized information source to complement traditional methods, offering public health professionals the opportunity to spot emerging trends…

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Pot while pregnant: UNLV medicine doctors urge caution

Daily marijuana use during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of low birth weight, low resistance to infection, decreased oxygen levels and other negative fetal health outcomes, according to a new study from a team of UNLV Medicine doctors. In the latest issue of the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, physicians reviewed sonogram…

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Program to address opioid prescribing for lung, head and neck cancer patients

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a grant from the Coleman Foundation to develop a screening process for prescribing opioids and managing opioid use disorders in cancer patients who receive care at UI Health, UIC’s clinical health enterprise. More than 70% of cancer patients use opiates following radiation treatment, said Dr. Lawrence Feldman,…

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Taste-related protein provides target for drugs to treat neurological disorders

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Dec. 2, 2019) — Understanding how the brain processes sweet, bitter and umami tastes may one day help researchers design more effective drugs for neurological disorders. Van Andel Institute scientists have for the first time revealed the near atomic-level structure of a calcium homeostasis modulator (CALHM), a type of protein that plays…

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Researchers compare nutritional value of infant and toddler foods

AURORA, Colo. (Dec. 2, 2019) — Infant and toddler foods sold in pouches have lower nutritional value than foods sold in jars and other packaging, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The findings of the study are published in the current issue of the journal…

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