How Do You Have a Ski Season in a Pandemic?

When you love to snowboard as much as Rocky Freudenberg, the winter season ahead looked rather worrisome. Snow is always a gamble, but maybe less this year, a La Niña year, which could mean more powder-dumping storms for the northern Rockies and Cascades, where Mr. Freudenberg lives in Oregon. His worry hinged on the pandemic.…

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Does an Autoimmune Disorder Affect My Covid-19 Risks?

Q. I have an autoimmune condition, a variant of rheumatoid arthritis, and recently started medications to suppress my immune response. Am I at increased risk of getting sick and dying from Covid-19? A. Autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks normal body tissues. Treatments that suppress the…

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Wearing a Mask During Workouts Really Isn’t So Bad

Exercising during the pandemic has been challenging for many of us. Gyms have closed or limited occupancy, as have parks, pools, pathways and other recreational facilities. If trails are open, they often are jammed, making it difficult to socially distance while we hike, stroll, ride, jog or otherwise work out. Mask recommendations and requirements have…

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Salt-Rising Bread: A Delicious and Nearly Lost Tradition

Its smell has been compared to the stink of overripe cheese, rotting tomatoes, dirty socks, but the delegation of bakers who make salt-rising bread still agree: You want to wake up to it! You want it to hit you the second you walk into the kitchen because it’s the auspicious whiff of a successful salt-rising…

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F.D.A. Authorizes First At-Home Coronavirus Test

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday gave an emergency green light to the first rapid coronavirus test that can be run from start to finish at home, paving a potential path for more widespread testing outside of health care settings. The test, developed by the California-based company Lucira Health, requires a prescription from a…

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How the polio vaccine virus occasionally becomes dangerous

While the world reels from the spread of SARS-CoV2, the new coronavirus behind COVID-19, a much older and previously feared scourge—poliovirus—is close to being completely eradicated. The polio vaccines, developed by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin in the mid-1950s, heralded the elimination of polio from the U.S., saving countless children from sudden paralysis and death.…

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UTSA researcher examines drug overdose mortality in the Hispanic community

(November 18, 2020) — UTSA researcher Manuel Cano, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work in the UTSA College for Health, Community and Policy is shedding light to understand the topic of drug overdose deaths in the Hispanic community. In the article «Drug Overdose Deaths Among US Hispanics: Trends (2000-2017) and Recent Patterns»…

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Ovarian cancer cells cooperate to metastasize

At a glance: In a study in mice, researchers identify a previously unknown mechanism that fuels cancer spread. Analyses pinpoint a specific cooperative interaction between cancer cells that enables formation of tumor metastases. Findings shed light on mechanisms that allow tumors to invade distant organs. Results can inform the design of future approaches to potentially…

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Media registration open for ENDO 2021

WASHINGTON—Members of the media can now register to cover the latest advances in hormone health and science at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society’s virtual annual meeting being held March 20-23, 2021 in a state-of-the-art digital platform. The virtual meeting will mirror an in-person ENDO with top-flight educational programming and networking opportunities. ENDO 2021 offers journalists…

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Revolutionary CRISPR-based genome editing system treatment destroys cancer cells

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have demonstrated that the CRISPR/Cas9 system is very effective in treating metastatic cancers, a significant step on the way to finding a cure for cancer. The researchers developed a novel lipid nanoparticle-based delivery system that specifically targets cancer cells and destroys them by genetic manipulation. The system, called CRISPR-LNPs,…

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