Viruses play critical role in evolution and survival of the species

CINCINNATI — As the world scrambles to control the growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, new research in Nature Structural & Molecular Biology shows viruses also play a key evolutionary role in mammals’ ability to reproduce and survive. Scientists in the Cincinnati Children’s Perinatal Institute and at Azabu University in Japan obtained their data by studying laboratory…

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New York Will Test the Dead More Often for Coronavirus and Flu

Cough, fever, chills — with fall fast on the way, symptoms alone won’t be useful in distinguishing Covid-19 from similar-looking cases of the flu. That means routinely testing for both viruses will be crucial — even, perhaps, after some patients have already died. That will at least be true in New York, where officials recently…

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Daily Coronavirus Testing at Home? Many Experts Are Skeptical

Over the past few weeks, a Harvard scientist has made headlines for a bold idea to curb the spread of the coronavirus: rolling out so-called antigen tests, a decades-old underdog in testing technology, to tens of millions of Americans for near-daily, at-home use. These tests aren’t very good at picking up low-level infections. But they’re…

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Thyroid inflammation linked to anxiety disorders

Patients with autoimmune inflammation of their thyroid may be at greater risk of developing anxiety, according to a study being presented at e-ECE 2020. The study found that people with anxiety may also have inflammation in their thyroid gland that can be reduced by taking the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, ibuprofen. These findings suggest that thyroid function…

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‘Dwarf Pride’ Was Hard Won. Will a Growth Drug Undermine It?

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — It’s a question many parents of children with dwarfism have contemplated: If a medication could make them taller, would they give it to them? Now, that possibility is becoming less hypothetical. A study published this weekend in the journal The Lancet found that an experimental drug called vosoritide increased growth in…

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Sculpture Gardens Around the Country

Many museums and galleries across the country have cautiously begun to reopen in recent weeks, offering a chance for the culture-starved to enjoy a moment of reprieve with their favorite works of art. Still, the lines can be long, and timed ticketing limits a more impulsive visit. These seven sculpture gardens or outdoor art spaces…

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How to Pass the Time This Weekend

Welcome. It’s Labor Day weekend. I love this story about how summer travel in 2020 looked a lot like summer travel in 1965, with families traveling by car to domestic destinations rather than far-flung ones. Times articles in the late 1950s trumpeted the rise of recreational camping and the advent of the motel, novel vacation…

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How to Make Sun prints

Whether you went to the seaside or the mountains or stayed local this summer, chances are you have a pile of natural keepsakes, picked up while wandering, which now sit in a bowl or on a table in your home. Not sure what to do with them? You can use those shells, dried flowers or…

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How to Make and Keep a Routine

As the pandemic continues and the school year starts up, some people might be craving some regularity and structure. Having a routine not only guides you through your days, but it also brings mental and physical benefits, too, whether by adding exercise to your day, aiding in getting better sleep, helping children feel more secure…

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