Vas Narasimhan of Novartis: ‘We Are Not at All Prepared for a Pandemic’

Vas Narasimhan was drawn to work in public health. He pursued degrees in medicine, worked to combat disease in India and Africa and studied with Paul Farmer, the renowned physician. But after a brief stint at the World Health Organization, he became disillusioned with public-sector bureaucracy. “I found there to be a dearth of real…

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Medical News Today: Why older adults need regular metabolic risk screening

The Endocrine Society have revised their clinical practice guideline on identifying adults at higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. New guidelines recommend that older adults should undergo regular screening for metabolic risk. The previous edition of the guideline was in 2008. The recent revision looks at metabolic risk in the light of…

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Going to Burning Man? Don’t Forget to Pack a Mask

When tens of thousands of people descend on Nevada’s Black Rock Desert in August for Burning Man, they should expect dust. A windstorm could sweep through the site at any moment, swirling the highly alkaline playa sand into clouds, and shrouding the festival’s temporary city and its attendants under its cloak. It’s best to come…

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Medical News Today: Cigarette smoke increases superbug’s antibiotic resistance

New research analyzes the effect of cigarette smoke on MRSA strains and finds that it makes the bacteria more persistent, more invasive, and more resistant to certain antibiotics. Researchers call for smokers to quit as they reveal the harmful effects of cigarette smoke on drug resistant bacteria. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death…

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From the Land of Many Grapes, Unusual Italian Reds

The glory of wine today is its unparalleled diversity. Never before in history would you be confronted in a wine shop with the range of choices available now. Some may suggest this poses a problem: The endless options are too intimidating. But I think the selection offers a wonderful opportunity for exploration. It may be…

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Manzanilla Sherry: Singular, Saline and So Polarizing

Sherry is among the most singular wines available today. Consider manzanilla, a type of fino sherry, which we have been examining in Wine School over the last month. While some wines may occasionally be reminiscent of manzanilla, none offers the combination of briny salinity, almondlike nuttiness and dried flower aromas and flavors that can snap…

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April Bloomfield Returns to New York as She Closes Tosca Cafe

The chef April Bloomfield is no longer involved in Tosca Cafe, the 100-year-old San Francisco landmark restaurant that she revived in 2013 with the restaurateur Ken Friedman, her former business partner. After abruptly closing on Saturday night, Ms. Bloomfield said in a statement that she expected the restaurant to reopen soon, but under “new management.”…

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Rwanda Closes Border With Congo Over Ebola Fears

KINSHASA, Congo — Rwanda closed its border with Congo on Thursday in response to the deadly Ebola outbreak, while the Congolese Health Ministry said the 1-year-old daughter of a man who had died of the disease in the border city of Goma had Ebola. The man was Goma’s second confirmed Ebola case, and he died…

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How to Win Friends and Influence People (at Bachelorette Parties)

It’s a weekend full of your sorority sisters hobnobbing with future sisters-in-law, your professional friend dancing with your preschool friend, and your distant cousin downing shots with your best friend. Bachelorette parties can sometimes consist of pockets of people who might never, under ordinary circumstances, share bathrooms or get gyrated on by a thong-wearing stranger.…

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36 Hours in Belfast

The yellow gantry cranes of Harland & Wolff, the company behind Belfast’s shipbuilding industry and the creation of the Titanic, rise high above the River Lagan and can be seen from nearly everywhere in the city center, a reminder of the working class that built Belfast. As the capital of Northern Ireland — increasingly known…

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