Ask Well: Does Sunlight Through Glass Provide Vitamin D?

Q. Does sunlight through window glass provide vitamin D? A. Sunlight doesn’t actually “provide” you with vitamin D. Rather, your body produces vitamin D when skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which trigger vitamin D synthesis. The liver and kidneys convert this biologically inert form of vitamin D into biologically active forms the…

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Some of You Have Never Dealt With Seasonal Moods and It Shows

It appears once again that February has arrived, as it manages to every year, though it wasn’t exactly invited. The world is dark and postures are slumped as people trudge around in floor-length puffer coats, hunching inward for warmth like a dreary colony of sun-starved caterpillars. In New York City, a strained quiet has settled…

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Beyond College Campuses and Public Scandals, a Racist Tradition Lingers

ATLANTA — Nina Yeboah was a freshman at Georgia State University in 2004 when she heard about the pair of white fraternity brothers who had shown up at a “Straight Outta Compton” party in blackface. Fifteen years later, she said, it still feels traumatic to talk about what would become a moment of embarrassment and…

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With Abortion in Spotlight, a Flurry of Legislation Across the Country

The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a Louisiana law that its opponents say would leave the state with a single doctor authorized to perform abortion, the latest development in the national legal fight over the fate of abortion law under a conservative-leaning court. Louisiana’s law, which requires that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at…

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Fluconazole makes fungi sexually active

IMAGE: Treatment with fluconazole can lead to genetic changes in Candida albicans that make the fungus capable of mating. view more  Credit: Bernardo Ramírez-Zavala/Universität Würzburg The yeast Candida albicans occurs in most healthy people as a harmless colonizer in the digestive tract. However, it can also cause life-threatening infections, especially in immunocompromised patients. These infections are…

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Seasons change: Researchers provide new definition for major Indian monsoon season

IMAGE: A monsoon mist settles over hills in the South Indian state Tamil Nadu during the North East Indian Monsoon season view more  Credit: Sara Vankm TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Toward the end of every year, the Northeast Indian Monsoon (NEM) batters southern India with torrents of driving rain, but climatologists have never precisely defined when the…

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New insight into cell receptors opens the way for tailored cancer drugs

New research on how cancer mutations influence a certain type of receptor on the cell membrane opens the way for the development of tailored drugs for certain cancers, such as rectal cancer and lung cancer. This according to researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University, who have been collaborating with researchers in the UK…

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When sequencing fails to pinpoint a rare disease

Routine sequencing has given unprecedented insight into the genetics of rare diseases, but genomics fails to diagnose up to half of patients who are tested. That’s the problem German scientists tackled in a recent study in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. Using samples from patients in four countries, and a novel database on the…

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Five solutions offered for achieving gender equality in medicine and science

IMAGE: Sonia Kang is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and holds a cross-appointment to the… view more  Credit: Rotman School Toronto — Women’s representation in science and medicine has slowly increased over the past few decades. However, this rise in…

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