How can estrogen help control type 2 diabetes?

New research finds that estrogen improves insulin sensitivity and details the mechanism behind this effect. The findings have a «profound impact on our understanding of obesity and diabetes, as well as potential dietary interventions,» say the researchers. The female sex hormone may have significant metabolic benefits. About 84 million people in the United States are…

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Medical News Today: Inflammation in midlife hastens cognitive decline

As we age, we may experience a decline in our mental ability. A recent study has concluded that chronic inflammation in midlife might speed up this decline as we get older. Could influencing inflammation slow cognitive decline? The average age of the population of the United States is gradually increasing, so conditions of old age…

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Trilobites: Searching Tardigrades for Lifesaving Secrets

There are many instances in medicine when it would be helpful to stop, or greatly slow down, time. Doing so could spare a limb from amputation, prevent paralysis after a stroke or save your life following a heart attack. Across the tree of life, there are many organisms that can essentially cheat time by decelerating…

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Do You Want to Be Pregnant? It’s Not Always a Yes or No Answer

For decades, researchers and physicians tended to think about pregnancies as either planned or unplanned. But new data reveals that for a significant group of women, their feelings don’t neatly fit into one category or another. As many as one-fifth of women who become pregnant aren’t sure whether they want a baby. This fact may…

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Ask Well: Can You Get Over a Food Intolerance?

Q. Can you desensitize yourself to a food intolerance? A. Food intolerances, which the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology defines as “difficulty digesting a particular food,” are different than food allergies and often resolve on their own. Food allergies involve the immune system, whereas food intolerances generally do not. Some food intolerances are…

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Where Did That Designer Get That Idea?

LONDON — A few weeks before her London Fashion Week show, scheduled for Sunday, the prizewinning fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner was wandering around a show of a different kind at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery here. Titled “A Time for New Dreams,” it was full of photographs, sculpture, sound, film and even a shrine-like meditation…

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Modern Love: She Slipped Past My Age Filter

I was 67 and waiting for the judge to decree the end of my 35-year marriage. To the world, by which I mean the world of women, it seemed that the intervening decades had made me all but invisible. In my mind, women did not merely walk past me but through me, as if I…

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Modern Love: Modern Love College Essay Contest

We’re looking for a few new voices. Maybe yours? The New York Times is inviting college students nationwide to write an essay that tells the plain truth about what love and relationships are like for them today. In previous contests, which attracted thousands of entries from students at hundreds of colleges and universities, the winning…

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