Venture Capital Is Putting Its Money in Astrology

As an Aquarius, David Birnbaum is naturally skeptical of astrology. But as an investor, he has zero doubts about the business potential of the $2.1 billion “mystical services market.” It’s an area that he has been trying, unsuccessfully, to invest in for nearly two decades. Mr. Birnbaum researched lots of astrology start-ups in the Web…

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A Joyful Oasis Thrives in the California Desert

YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. — The first time I drove east from Los Angeles to Flamingo Heights, I came to a stop behind a truck with a fairly blunt sticker on its sliding rear window: “Go Back to L.A.” It was a reminder that this rural town, just north of Joshua Tree National Park, has an…

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Medical News Today: ‘Harmless’ microbe may cause death of good gut bacteria

Good bacteria are imperative for gut health. New research finds that another type of gut microbe could be endangering the beneficial bacteria population. New research finds a microbe that may diminish beneficial gut bacteria. Trillions of microbes are present in the gut. The majority are bacteria. However, other types — including viruses and single cell…

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Searching Out the Hidden Stories of South Carolina’s Gullah Country

On an overcast June day, I parked my car under a live oak outside a weathered-looking church on St. Helena Island, S. C. I’d interrupted our family vacation for an outing to some of the cultural sites on this island where the Gullah Geechee culture has endured since the days of slavery. My nephews and…

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US and Japanese researchers identify how liver cells protect against viral attacks

IMAGE: The new versus current models showing how liver cells respond to RNA viruses. view more  Credit: Daisuke Yamane, D.V.M., Ph.D., Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science Chapel Hill, NC — Liver cells have an innate resistance to RNA viral infections like hepatitis A, dengue and Zika thanks to a protein called IRF1, according to researchers…

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Researcher awarded $1.17 million for cancer research

IMAGE: Clay Clark is a professor and Chair of the UTA Department of Biology Clay Clark view more  Credit: The University of Texas at Arlington A scientist’s research at The University of Texas at Arlington could lead to more effective, targeted treatment of cancer cells—adding to the University’s diverse array of projects focused on advancing health…

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Procedure time proves vital in thrombectomy success

IMAGE: MUSC research team lead Dr. Spiotta worked with Dr. Alawieh to study endovascular thrombectomy procedure times on patients both at MUSC and nationally. view more  Credit: Sarah Pack The «Stroke Belt» refers to the swath of states in the Southeast where rates of stroke death are high, and according to the Department of Health and…

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Statins safe for preventing cardiovascular events in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Results from a large clinical trial indicate that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are likely to experience the same level of cardiovascular benefits from statins as other individuals, without additional risks. The findings appear in Arthritis & Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have an approximately 50 percent…

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