In Turkey, Keeping Alive a Language of Whistles

Surfacing Before cellphones, Turkish “bird language” allowed farmers to communicate across long distances in the Pontic Mountains. Video Muazzez Kocek, 46, is considered one of the best whistlers in Kuşköy, a village tucked away in the picturesque Pontic Mountains in Turkey’s northern Giresun province. Her whistle can be heard over the area’s vast tea fields…

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I’m a Veteran Without PTSD. I Used to Think Something Was Wrong With Me.

A few years ago, my husband, Chris, who survived four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, was killed by an avalanche in Colorado. I am an Army veteran who was deployed to combat zones twice, in 2005 and 2008, without any serious lingering psychological ramifications. But I thought my husband’s death, that New Year’s Eve day,…

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Your Surgeon’s Childhood Hobbies May Affect Your Health

Could you tie a series of square knots around the neck of a teaspoon without, even slightly, moving the teaspoon? How about using tweezers to extract a grape from inside a roll of toilet paper, without piercing the grape’s skin or touching the sides of the roll? Aspiring surgeons should have the dexterity to accomplish…

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I Can’t Remember Anyone’s Name. Maybe That’s Not a Problem?

Decades of experience have taught me that many people have trouble remembering names — at least, the names of people they’ve met just once or twice. Acquaintances. With me, that’s just the beginning. My memory is so flawed that I forget not just the names of acquaintances and friends but also people I know really…

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Lady Gaga, Tyra Banks and the Disneyfication of Fashion

This week Lady Gaga, last seen winning the game of entrances at the Met Gala, will re-emerge in Las Vegas to continue the series of “Enigma” shows she began last December at the Park MGM. On its own that may be exciting news for anyone feeling “Shallow” nostalgia, but this time around she is also…

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Eat, Pray, Love, Lose, Write a Book, Repeat

There is a lot of bad behavior in Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, “City of Girls,” a lively period novel about a tribe of women — theater folk! — set primarily during World War II. They have sex with multiple strangers and each other; they drink to excess for weeks on end; and they make bone-headed…

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Medical News Today: Olives: Nutrition and health benefits

Olives are popular as both a snack and an ingredient in salads, sandwiches, and stews. They have a chewy texture and a rich, salty taste. People have cultivated olive trees for more than 7,000 years, and they have long associated its fruit with health benefits. There are hundreds of olive species, and these fruits and…

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ASCO: Oncologists see benefit of medical marijuana, but not comfortable prescribing

IMAGE: Ashley Glode, PharmD, and colleagues show that despite perceived benefit, oncology providers not comfortable prescribing medical marijuana view more  Credit: University of Colorado Cancer Center A University of Colorado Cancer Center study presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2019 shows that while 73 percent of surveyed oncology providers believe that…

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UCI research helps shed new light on circadian clocks

Irvine, Calif., May 30, 2019 — Can your liver sense when you’re staring at a television screen or cellphone late at night? Apparently so, and when such activity is detected, the organ can throw your circadian rhythms out of whack, leaving you more susceptible to health problems. That’s one of the takeaways from two new…

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