Listening During a Pandemic

Crises have a way of shining a klieg light on the quality and depth of one’s relationships. Following major hurricanes, severe winter storms, electrical outages and terrorist attacks such as 9/11, there tends to be an uptick in divorces and breakups, as well as marriages and pregnancies. Lawyers and demographers are already predicting a wave…

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Our Ever-Expanding Virus Vernacular

The coronavirus pandemic has upended all kinds of human behavior, including speech. Conversations are mediated by masks and screens, their sentences strung together with new vocabulary: medical terms, political mandates and slang devised to take the clinical edge off. This new vernacular has many people playing virologist in the group chat, with talk of contact…

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Avigan May Cause Birth Defects. Japan’s Pushing It for Coronavirus.

TOKYO — As President Trump was extolling the promise of a malaria drug in the desperate hunt for coronavirus treatments, one of his top global allies was selling the world on his own “trump card,” a pale yellow pill that he said could be crucial to fighting the pandemic. This supposed beacon of hope is…

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Genetic study ties higher alcohol consumption to increased stroke and PAD risk

DALLAS, May 5, 2020 — Higher alcohol consumption was shown to be associated with an increased risk of having a stroke or developing peripheral artery disease, according to new research published today in Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine, an American Heart Association journal. While observational studies have consistently shown that heavy alcohol consumption is associated…

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Novel necklace detects abnormal heart rhythm

Sophia Antipolis — 5 May 2020: An ingenious necklace which detects abnormal heart rhythm will be showcased for the first time on EHRA Essentials 4 You, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). «The wearable necklace-ECG (electrocardiogram) provides a new and easy method for detecting an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation,…

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Supercomputer simulations present potential active substances against coronavirus

Several drugs approved for treating hepatitis C viral infection were identified as potential candidates against COVID-19, a new disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This is the result of research based on extensive calculations using the MOGON II supercomputer at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). One of the most powerful computers in the world, MOGON…

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New therapeutic targets for treating memory impairment in Down syndrome

Barcelona, 4th May, 2020. A team of researchers led by Dr. Victoria Puig from the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), which also involved the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), has studied the neural basis of intellectual disability in mice with Down syndrome and has discovered that the neural networks of brain circuits relevant…

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China Quiets Talk of Coronavirus Cover-Up in Wuhan: Live Coverage

Here’s what you need to know: Video Italy began to reopen following one of the strictest lockdowns across Europe to stop the spread of coronavirus.CreditCredit…Alessandro Grassani for The New York Times Some countries take tiptoe steps in easing restrictions. At least a dozen countries — including Germany, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Lithuania, France, Nigeria and Lebanon…

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A Nice Thing for Spring

For springtime and beyond, Hay, a Danish tableware and home furnishing company, has just introduced a line of tailored cotton place mats and napkins in pastel yellow, lavender, beige and gray, each trimmed with contrasting borders. The beige, for example, has sky blue trim. They come in sets of four. Hay Contour place mats, $20…

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Travel Somewhere Else via Your Dinner Plate

The League of Kitchens, an organization that offers classes in the homes of accomplished immigrant cooks, will now put some of those courses online. No, you won’t enjoy passing the rice around the table afterward, and you will be left with the pots to wash, but you can prep the ingredients and cook along with…

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