Letter of Recommendation: Washing Dishes

I’ve often said that the best job I ever had was washing dishes at a small Italian restaurant just after college. I say I washed dishes. I also bussed tables and prepped food and, at the end of the night, would blow into the state-mandated breathalyzer on the owner’s car so he could drive home…

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Sweden Finds a Simple Way to Improve New Mothers’ Health. It Involves Fathers.

The weeks after a mother gives birth are a universally vulnerable period. She is recovering physically and mentally, while dealing with sleep deprivation, round-the-clock caregiving and possibly breast-feeding. Yet after a few days in the hospital, she often doesn’t see a doctor for six weeks. A new study suggests a way to make a significant…

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How to Celebrate Pride Outside

This June, the L.G.B.T.Q. community and allies will celebrate WorldPride and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion in New York City. But the festivities won’t be contained to that urban jungle: The rainbow flag will also wave this summer and fall in the great outdoors, in a variety of backcountry trips, hikes, festivals…

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Intermittent Fasting Made My Life Easier, and Happier

At the urging of doctor friends and a few popular books, I embarked on a diet plan earlier this year called intermittent fasting. The basics are that I could eat the foods I enjoyed and most of my regular meals, but it had to be within a short time frame of eight to 10 hours.…

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Protecting Sleep in the Hospital, for Both Patients and Doctors

It was 11 p.m. and my 5-year-old patient was sleeping peacefully in her hospital bed, snuggled up with her mother and several stuffed animals. Her breathing was quiet and soft. Her bedside heart rate monitor, which glowed a faint yellow in the dark hospital room, was turned to “silent.” “Sorry, I have to take a…

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Medical News Today: Common heartburn drug linked with fatal conditions

New research suggests that drugs commonly used for heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers may raise the risk of numerous fatal conditions, including heart disease and stomach cancer. A new study warns about the dangers of a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. Physicians often prescribe proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat gastrointestinal conditions that…

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Early lives of Alaska sockeye salmon accelerating with climate change

IMAGE: Adult sockeye salmon returning to spawn in the lakes of Bristol Bay, Alaska. view more  An ample buffet of freshwater food, brought on by climate change, is altering the life history of one of the world’s most important salmon species. Sockeye salmon in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region are skipping an entire year in freshwater because…

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Home exercise program reduces rate of falling in at-risk seniors

An in-home exercise program reduced subsequent falls in high-risk seniors by 36 per cent, according the results of a 12-month clinical trial published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, conducted by UBC faculty of medicine researchers in partnership with the clinical team at the Falls Prevention Clinic at Vancouver General…

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Insilico Medicine to present its latest research at ICML 2019

IMAGE: Insilico Medicine to present at and sponsor the 36th annual International Conference on Machine Learning. view more  Credit: Insilico Medicine Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Insilico Medicine, a biotech company developing the end-to-end drug discovery pipeline utilizing the next generation artificial intelligence, will present its latest research at the 36th International Conference on Machine Learning in…

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For Latinos with diabetes, new study looks at ways to improve medication adherence

IMAGE: Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles. view more  Credit: Ricardo Carrasco III LOS ANGELES — Latino adults have higher diabetes rates than non-Latinos, yet research shows they are less likely to correctly follow medication instructions provided by their doctors. Furthermore, diabetes can set off a cascade of medical complications, requiring multiple medications that…

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