Coin Shortage? It May Be Time to Use Your State Quarters

Growing up in San Diego in the early 2000s, Kelsey Fehlberg proudly displayed her state quarters in a map with inserts for each coin. Then, she said, sometime in middle school, “I started to be too cool for it.” Her collection collected dust in her parents’ closet for 15 years, until she was home for…

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His Face, Hands and Feet Swelled Up. What Was Going On?

The 5-year-old boy lay in his grandmother’s arms. “My feet, my feet,” he wailed. She smoothed the tangled bangs away from his forehead then reached for her phone. She wasn’t sure what was going on with her grandson, but she had cared for enough children and grandchildren to know that something was really wrong. His…

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Group-based smoking cessation help US inmates quit tobacco

Behavioral and nicotine replacement therapies offered together can help people who are incarcerated quit smoking, according to Rutgers researchers. The study published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, found that the combination of group-based tobacco dependence treatment and nicotine replacement therapy was an effective and feasible option to reduce tobacco dependence among men who…

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LSU health pathologists publish first report on likely MIS involving the heart

New Orleans, LA — A team of LSU Health New Orleans pathologists published what is believed to be the first case report on pathologic findings of vasculitis of the small vessels of the heart, which likely represents multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS). The report was published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, available here. The…

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Older Americans receive cancer screenings past recommended age

Older Americans may be receiving cancer screenings not recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. The task force recommends routine screening for colorectal, cervical and breast cancers. These recommendations end for people at upper ages or who develop a condition that decreases their life expectancy. A…

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Gut microbiome translates stress into sickle cell crises

July 30, 2020—(BRONX, NY)—A new study shows how chronic psychological stress leads to painful vessel-clogging episodes—the most common complication of sickle-cell disease (SCD) and a frequent cause of hospitalizations. The findings, made in mice, show that the gut microbiome plays a key role in triggering those episodes and reveals possible ways to prevent them. The…

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