Why I’m Obsessed With Patients’ Medical Bills

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. My reporting obsession with medical bills started with a bandage. A very, very expensive bandage. Four years ago, before I worked for The New York Times, a reader emailed me a surprising story. He had…

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Canada to U.S. Visitors: Please Don’t Sneak Across the Border

I was packing for my road trip from Colorado to Alberta, Canada, when the text came in from a gentleman I’d been helping with groceries during the pandemic. “The Canadians are actually doing damage to vehicles with United States plates on them,” he cautioned, giving me my first inkling that it wasn’t just public health…

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A Birthday at the Cemetery

We had barely clicked our seatbelts into place when my mother said, “Do you mind if we stop at the cemetery?” I knew my mom couldn’t bear to make the trek from where we lived in Monterey to the larger city of San Jose without paying her respects to my grandfather, but that afternoon was…

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Live Coronavirus News: Global Tracker

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff, before gathering with other leaders in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Thursday.Credit…Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times Negotiations to break the stimulus stalemate end with no compromise in sight. Top Democrats and the White House clashed anew on Thursday over…

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Treatment option improves chances of survival for babies with rare cerebrovascular disorder

FAIRFAX, Va. — Endovascular treatment of vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation (VGAM) in babies with severe pulmonary hypertension can improve chances of survival, according to a study released today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery’s (SNIS) 17th Annual Meeting. The study, Outcomes of Endovascular Treatment of Vein of Galen Aneurysmal Malformation in Neonates, evaluated data…

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Modifying BACTRAC protocol provides first chance to study local leukocyte populations during stroke

FAIRFAX, Va. — Expanding standard techniques during mechanical thrombectomy — a procedure that removes a clot from an artery during stroke — allows researchers to reproducibly obtain and study local leukocyte populations during human stroke, according to a study by the University of Kentucky Department of Neurology, released today at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery’s…

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New test better predicts which babies will develop type 1 diabetes

A new approach to predicting which babies will develop type 1 diabetes moves a step closer to routine testing for newborns which could avoid life-threatening complications. Scientists at seven international sites have followed 7,798 children at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes from birth, over nine years, in The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in…

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Novel approach reduces SCA1 symptoms in animal model

Research has shown that a mutation in the ATAXIN-1 gene leads to accumulation of Ataxin-1 (ATXN1) protein in brain cells and is the root cause of a rare genetic neurodegenerative disease known as spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1). How healthy cells maintain a precise level of ATXN1 has remained a mystery, but now a study…

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Updating Turing’s model of pattern formation

In 1952, Alan Turing published a study which described mathematically how systems composed of many living organisms can form rich and diverse arrays of orderly patterns. He proposed that this ‘self-organisation’ arises from instabilities in un-patterned systems, which can form as different species jostle for space and resources. So far, however, researchers have struggled to…

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Measuring electron emission from irradiated biomolecules

When fast-moving ions cross paths with large biomolecules, the resulting collisions produce many low-energy electrons which can go on to ionise the molecules even further. To fully understand how biological structures are affected by this radiation, it is important for physicists to measure how electrons are scattered during collisions. So far, however, researchers’ understanding of…

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