Abnormalities in a protein affecting how nerve cells change shape

IMAGE: This is image shows human HD neurons in green in a culture differentiated from patient HD iPSCs (induced pluripotent cells). Increased levels of Rac1 activity were measured in HD neuronal… view more  Credit: CHDI, Inc. and Dake Family Fund. Amsterdam, NL, April 3, 2019 — Since 1993, when the gene that causes Huntington’s disease (HD)…

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New campaign encourages organ and tissue donation to advance medical research

IMAGE: Human tissue poster. view more  Credit: Janine McCarthy, M.P.H. & Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H. WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine—a nonprofit with more than 175,000 members including doctors, scientists, and laypeople—has launched a new effort today to encourage people to become organ and tissue donors to help scientists save human lives and reduce and replace animal…

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Modern Love: College Students: Send Us Your 100-Word Love Stories

Image CreditIllustration by Brian Rea What kind of love story can you share in a tweet, an Instagram caption or a Facebook post? The Modern Love team is inviting college students worldwide to tell us a love story from their own lives — happy or sad, capturing a moment or a lifetime — in no…

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What causes a low libido?

Low libido, or reduced sexual desire, can affect both men and women. It is not unusual for a person’s interest in sex to fluctuate over different periods of their life due to hormonal changes, age, and stress. However, low libido can be a problem if it causes stress, affects a person’s overall well-being, or leads…

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Boeing Whistle-Blower Claims to Be Investigated by Senate Committee

The Senate Commerce Committee is investigating whistle-blower claims that Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors who evaluated Boeing’s 737 Max airplane were not appropriately trained or certified. On Tuesday, the committee chairman, Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, sent a letter to the F.A.A. demanding information about whether the agency had investigated those allegations or taken…

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Drug Sites Upend Doctor-Patient Relations: ‘It’s Restaurant-Menu Medicine’

The sites promise easy and embarrassment-free access to erectile dysfunction and libido pills. “E.D. meds prescribed online, delivered to your door,” one said recently. “Starting at $2 per dose.” “Low sex drive? That can be optional,” another one said. “Try today — $99.” The sites, Roman and Hers, as well as others now make obtaining…

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Charles Sanna, Man Behind Swiss Miss Cocoa, Dies at 101

If an army travels on its stomach, Charles Sanna helped win the Korean War. He developed a way to produce millions of individual packets of powdered coffee creamer for American troops. Military contracts stipulated, though, that his family’s company, Sanna Dairy Engineers, would be penalized if the orders were underfilled. So, to be safe, the…

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Boîte: Winnie’s Karaoke Bar Reopens in Chinatown

For three decades, Winnie’s, an old-school dive and raucous karaoke bar, lured Chinatown residents and fashionable visitors for boozy singalongs in the shadow of the Tombs (otherwise known as the Manhattan Detention Complex). When it shut in 2015, it became another casualty of a gilded city. But an unlikely resurrection occurred on Valentine’s Day this…

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Podcast & Carol & Ted & Alice

If you’re thinking about going to couples therapy — and, really, who isn’t? — but are wondering what to expect, you can now pop in your earbuds for a podcast preview. There’s a show for just about any relational issue: the effects of 24-7 technology, unintended consequences of 50/50 parenting, the intricacies of polyamory. Perhaps…

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