Shopping for Bar Tools

The time to toast the days of late summer is now. But with indoor bars still largely off limits, finding a well-crafted cocktail is more difficult than it used to be. That’s where a good wet bar comes in handy. “I have a lot of bar tools, and I like having a kit that’s pretty,”…

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Young Adults’ Pandemic Mental Health Risks

Yes, these are hard times, and everyone is stressed, but new data suggest that young adults — both those who are going back to college and those who are not — may be suffering particularly hard when it comes to mental health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released survey data on adult…

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Medication and Lifestyle May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Mammography is a valuable tool for finding breast cancer when it is still confined to the breast and highly amenable to cure. But no matter how good the odds for survival may be with early detection, I’m quite certain women would rather not develop breast cancer in the first place. Yet, even though one woman…

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The Fine Line Between Choice and Confusion in Health Care

American opponents of proposed government-run health systems have long used the word “choice” as a weapon. One reason “Medicare for all” met its end this year has been the decades-long priming of the public that a health system should preserve choice — of plans and doctors and hospitals. To have choice is to be free,…

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F.D.A. Allows Expanded Use of Convalescent Plasma to Treat Coronavirus Patients

The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday gave emergency approval for expanded use of antibody-rich blood plasma to help hospitalized coronavirus patients, allowing President Trump, who has been pressuring the agency to move faster to address the pandemic, to claim progress on the eve of the Republican convention. Mr. Trump cited the approval, which had…

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Hitting the nail on the head: overcoming therapeutic resistance in lung cancer

A protein highly expressed in lung cancer cells drives resistance to targeted therapies, report researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In preclinical experiments, the researchers showed that inhibiting the protein caused the death of non-small cell lung cancer cells that had become resistant to therapy.…

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Small molecule treatment reduces colon cancer metastasis

When cancer metastasizes and spreads throughout the body, it can severely change the prognosis of the disease. It is estimated that metastasis is responsible for 90 percent of cancer deaths. University of Chicago Medicine investigators have found a new way to slow the metastasis of colon cancer: by treating it with a small molecule that…

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Having a doctor who shares the same race may ease patient’s angst

When doctors are the same race as their patients, it can sometimes forge a sense of comfort that helps to reduce anxiety and pain, particularly for Black patients, new research from the University of Miami suggests. In a study recently published in the academic journal Pain Medicine, and led by Steven R. Anderson, recent psychology…

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Low health literacy may be a risk factor for postoperative infection

CHICAGO: Surgical patients are more likely to experience a postoperative infection if they have low health literacy, which is a limited capacity to understand and act on health information, according to results of a new study presented at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2020 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL. The study was performed by…

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In one cancer therapy, two halves are safer than a whole

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Splitting one type of cancer drug in half and delivering the pieces separately to cancer cells could reduce life-threatening side effects and protect healthy, non-cancerous cells, a new study suggests. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that splitting immunotoxins into two inactive and benign…

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