Making microwaves safer for children

A 15-year research and advocacy effort to make microwave ovens safer has led to a change in national manufacturing standards that will make microwaves more difficult for young children to open, protecting them from the severe microwave-related burns that scar hundreds of kids under 5 years old in the United States each year. Researchers at…

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New Parkinson’s disease therapeutics discovered by Ben-Gurion U researchers

BEER-SHEVA, Israel…January 20, 2021 -Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers have discovered that the protein BMP5/7 offers promising therapeutics that could slow down or halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The findings were published in the prestigious clinical neurology journal, Brain. Parkinson’s disease, which affects over one million people in U.S. and 10 million worldwide,…

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New California Variant May Be Driving Virus Surge There, Study Suggests

In late December, scientists in California began searching coronavirus samples for a fast-spreading new variant that had just been identified in Britain. They found it, though in relatively few samples. But in the process, the scientists made another unwelcome discovery: California had produced a variant of its own. That mutant, which belongs to a lineage…

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Could a Small Test Screen People for Covid-19?

Translating theory into practice, however, will come with many challenges. Smell tests that can reliably identify people who have the coronavirus, while excluding people who are sick with something else, are not yet widely available. (Dr. Hopkins pointed to a couple of smell tests, developed before the pandemic, that cost about $30 each and remain…

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What You Can Do to Avoid the New Coronavirus Variant Right Now

Are there additional ways to reduce my risk? Getting the vaccine is the ultimate way to reduce risk. But until then, take a look at your activities and try reducing the time and number of exposures to other people. For instance, if you now go to the store two or three times a week, cut…

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Tiffany Trump Engaged to Michael Boulos

Tiffany Trump, the 27-year-old daughter of President Donald J. Trump and his second wife Marla Maples, is engaged to her boyfriend of two-and-a-half years, Michael Boulos. The announcement, along with a photo of the couple at the White House, came on the last full day of her father’s presidency. Ms. Trump shared the news in…

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My Search for Lost Time in a Slice of Jewish Rye

Was it really as good as I remembered? My wife was asking. For years she’d heard me rhapsodize about the rye bread of my youth, and now, after decades of privation, I had before me the genuine article: a sandwich on Gottlieb’s rye. Gottlieb’s Bakery, in downtown Savannah, Ga., had shut its doors in 1994,…

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘The Seven Year Itch’

Renewal Near the Aegean Sea Mario was a foster child; I was a sheltered bookworm. We married young in Union, Maine. When the seven-year itch hit, we decided to renovate a cliff-side villa in Santorini for a crazy Malibu defense attorney. It was 1994, before the island’s spine sprouted resorts. Work days included transporting bags…

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Vegan Restaurant ONA Gets Michelin Star in France, a First

ONA was also among 33 restaurants around the country to receive a green star, a new category created by the Michelin Guide last year that rewards restaurants that are “committed to advocating a virtuous, sustainable approach to gastronomy.” Mr. Poullenec said inspectors looked for restaurants that work with local producers, grow their own fruit and…

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