What is the secret to women’s longevity?

Women tend to live longer than men, a difference that seems to apply to female versus male individuals across the animal kingdom. Why is this the case? What gives women their longevity? Genetically, most women have two X chromosomes, and most men have one X and one Y chromosome. X chromosomes contain hundreds of protein-encoding…

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GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer to Merge Consumer Health Units

GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer plan to merge their consumer-health divisions in a joint venture with a product portfolio that would include an array of popular pain relievers, toothpastes, cold treatments, vitamins and dietary supplements. GlaxoSmithKline, which is based on Britain, will own 68 percent of the new entity; Pfizer, which has its headquarters in New York,…

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The Otherworldly Beauty of a Dying Sea

Image As the Dead Sea recedes, salt formations along the shore come into view. CreditTzachi Ostrovsky for The New York Times Jake Ben Zaken steered his boat along the western shore of the Dead Sea, cut the motor, and bobbed amid the white towers of salt rising out of the turquoise water. Just last year,…

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Phys Ed: How Exercise May Make Us Healthier

People who exercise have different proteins moving through their bloodstreams than people who do not, according to an interesting new study of the inner landscapes of sedentary and active people. The proteins in question affect many different aspects of our bodies, from immune response and blood-sugar levels to wound healing, so the new findings may…

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Skin Deep: This Winter, Don’t Just Sit by a Crackling Fire. Smell Like It, Too.

“I bloom indoors in the winter like a forced forsythia,” the author and naturalist Annie Dillard wrote in 1973. “I come in to come out.” Winter, as a season, is all about being inside — physically and metaphorically. It is about regrouping, hunkering down, searching internally for inspiration. Fragrance is all about bottling our deepest…

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Doctors: The Hospital’s Gift of Downtime

Christmas week is a strange time in the hospital. There’s an added melancholy for patients who spend the holidays hospitalized — a sense that their illness, whatever it might be, is so bad they must lie in bed while the world hangs ornaments and roasts chestnuts on open fires. It’s a time when the doctors…

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Eat: This Sandwich Is a Luxurious Holiday Gift to You

With my dad, money was always a bit of a wild ride. Sometimes he got the bills paid, but other times he really didn’t. Champagne at Christmas many years; administratively withdrawn from school campuses for unpaid tuition some others. While raising a family of seven on an artist’s mercurial paycheck, he managed some miracles. His…

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Medical News Today: Could a tiny implant boost weight loss?

As obesity rates soar, the hunt for innovative interventions is more pressing than ever. According to a recent paper, a tiny, battery-free implant could offer fresh hope. Researchers Guang Yao (left) and Xudong Wang (right) hold the small implantable device.Image credit: Sam Million-Weaver Obesity is a growing concern; today, experts class well over one-third of…

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