Where to Celebrate the 4th, if You Love Fireworks but Hate Crowds

Fourth of July celebrations may vary around our melting pot of a nation, but there’s one constant that can be counted on: the fireworks. But powerful pyrotechnic displays aren’t only found in major cities like New York City, Chicago or Washington, D.C. Here are eight standout shows in other cities, worth seeking out for their…

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Why Is Everyone Drinking Celery Juice as if It Will Save Them From Dying?

In May 2018, Perelandra, a natural foods store and juice bar in Brooklyn Heights, sold 698 pounds of celery; in May 2019, they sold 1,245 pounds of it, according to Roland Auer, the store’s co-owner. He’s seen these patterns before. “A couple years ago cilantro shot up in popularity like this,” he said. “Last summer…

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‘It’s Gigantic’: A New Way to Gauge the Chances for Unresponsive Patients

Doctors have known for years that some patients who become unresponsive after a severe brain injury nonetheless retain a “covert consciousness,” a degree of cognitive function that is important to recovery but is not detectable by standard bedside exams. As a result, a profound uncertainty often haunts the wrenching decisions that families must make when…

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Society pays heavy price for failure to diagnose and treat conduct disorder

Much greater awareness, improved diagnosis and enhanced treatment are all required in order to reduce the burden on society of the severe behavioural condition conduct disorder, according to a new expert review led by the University of Bath (UK). Conduct Disorder (CD), which is a common and highly impairing psychiatric disorder, usually emerges in childhood…

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Extreme exercise can strain the heart without causing permanent damage

London, June 27, 2019 — Researchers have found no evidence of elevated cardiac risk in runners who completed a 24-hour ultramarathon (24UM), despite the transient elevation of blood biomarkers that measure cardiac health. According to the study in the journal Heliyon, published by Elsevier, trained runners were more likely than their novice counterparts to experience…

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Researchers unlock mysteries of complex microRNA oncogenes

IMAGE: Ariel Donayo, Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry at McGill University, and Dr. Thomas Duchaine, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University. view more  MicroRNAs are tiny molecules of nucleic acid that control gene expression, acting like a dimmer switch to tone down gene output at key positions in the network of information that governs…

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University of Missouri receives $8.6 million grant for new biomedical research center

IMAGE: Randy Prather and Kevin Wells are co-lead researchers on the $8.6 million NIH grant. view more  Credit: University of Missouri Today, the University of Missouri announced that researchers in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have received an $8.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a new national research…

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Study examines association of naloxone coprescription laws on naloxone Rx dispensing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2019) — In a new study published in JAMA Network Open, University of Kentucky researchers, in collaboration with researchers from Ferris State University, examined whether legal mandates on naloxone coprescription in certain states increased naloxone dispensing. Recently, a Federal Drug Administration panel and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services…

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Deciphering how the brain encodes color and shape

LA JOLLA—(June 27, 2019) There are hundreds of thousands of distinct colors and shapes that a person can distinguish visually, but how does the brain process all of this information? Scientists previously believed that the visual system initially encodes shape and color with different sets of neurons and then combines them much later. But a…

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New research raises prospect of better anti-obesity drugs

IMAGE: Neurons in the brainstem become activate in response to heat. By inhibiting these cells in mice, researchers were able to make the animals eat less and burn more calories. view more  Effective weight-loss strategies call for eating less food, burning more calories—or ideally, both. But for the more than 90 million Americans who suffer from…

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