‘Human Nature’ Review: We Can Now Alter Our DNA. But Should We?

Every “Oh wow” in “Human Nature” is matched by an “Oh no” somewhere down the line. Together, these two competing emotions — excitement and unease — make for one pretty fascinating documentary. The film, directed by Adam Bolt, explores Crispr technology, which, broadly speaking, can be used to snip out problematic parts of DNA —…

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Finger Licking in the Time of Coronavirus

My husband believes that I am a germaphobe, and I believe he could be more vigilant. I love him, but he has a habit of touching his face during meals, then bringing his fingers to his mouth (to lick crumbs from them or put more food in). With the coronavirus, much of the media has…

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No Room at the Inn

Pale and gasping for breath, the thin, elderly man stumbled into the emergency room complaining of fevers and a wet cough that had worsened over the previous week. Coughing spells had prevented him from sleeping, and his panoply of emphysema inhalers did little to quell his wheezing. This was months before “coronavirus” and “pandemic” became…

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Trump’s Payroll Tax Cut Would Dwarf the 2008 Bank Bailout

WASHINGTON — Almost overnight, President Trump has gone from insisting the economy would not need fiscal help to weather the coronavirus to proposing a stimulus plan that would cost more than the 2008 Wall Street bank bailout or the 2009 stimulus bill aimed at digging the United States out of a deep recession. The centerpiece…

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Omega-3s Show No Overall Benefits for Heart Health or Cancer Prevention

Omega-3 fatty acids have almost no effect, good or bad, on the risk for cardiovascular disease or cancer. Those are the findings of two large studies, one an update in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the second in the British Journal of Cancer, that combined data from dozens of randomized controlled trials. In…

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Cancer: The immune system attacks tumors remotely

How does the immune system act to limit tumor development? Using in vivo imaging tools, scientists from the Institut Pasteur and Inserm described the spatiotemporal activity of tumor-infiltrating T lymphocytes, both locally and remotely. Their research was published in the journal Nature Cancer on March 9, 2020. Some cells in the immune system, like T…

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Kristin N. Saboe receives SIOP Distinguished Award

Kristin N. Saboe, PhD has been recognized with the Distinguished Early Career Contributions-Practice Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). The annual award is given to a SIOP member who has made significant contributions to the practice of I-O psychology within ten years of receiving their PhD. Dr. Kristin N. Saboe long…

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Low-dose aspirin linked to reduced liver cancer risk

BOSTON — Among adults at high risk of liver cancer, those who took low-dose aspirin were less likely to develop the disease or to die from liver-related causes. The findings come from an analysis published in the New England Journal of Medicine and conducted by a team led by investigators at the Karolinska Institutet, in…

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Moving beyond ‘defensive medicine’

Doctors face tough choices during difficult childbirths — often involving the decision of whether to perform a cesarean section operation. And in the background lies a question: To what extent are these medical decisions motivated by the desire to avoid liability lawsuits? When doctors’ actions are driven by a desire to avoid legal entanglements, it…

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