Eat: A Very American Mango Pie, Inspired by Indian Aunties

A few days before Thanksgiving, I visited my friend Hrishikesh Hirway at his home in Los Angeles. The first thing I noticed was the unusual group of ingredients sitting on his kitchen counter: a container of Cool Whip, a premade graham-cracker crust and a can of Alphonso mango purée. No matter how I tried to…

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Phys Ed: Can You Get Too Much Exercise? What the Heart Tells Us

Many middle-aged marathon runners and other endurance athletes are familiar with concerns from their loved ones — and occasionally their physicians — that they might be exercising too much and straining or harming their hearts. For all of them, a large-scale study published recently in JAMA Cardiology should be mollifying. It finds that middle-aged men…

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Made for Next to Nothing. Worn by You?

Image Inside the house of an Indian family. A new report from the University of California, Berkeley, focuses on the exploited home workers who help make the country the world’s second largest manufacturer and exporter of fashion garments.CreditFredo de Luna/VW Pics — UIG, via Getty Images Ever since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, Western…

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Medical News Today: Immunosuppressants reduce artery plaque in people with psoriasis

New research finds that treatment with biologic drugs reduces coronary plaque buildup among people with severe psoriasis. An immunosuppressant drug for psoriasis can also improve heart artery health for those with the skin condition. Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that affects 7.5 million people in the United States and approximately 125 million worldwide.…

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Intense IV blood sugar control doesn’t improve stroke outcomes

HONOLULU, Feb. 6, 2019 — Intravenous (IV) insulin did not improve stroke outcomes compared to standard blood sugar (glucose) control using insulin shots — answering a worldwide debate about the best way to control glucose in stroke patients. These primary late-breaking findings were presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2019, a world…

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Ambulance nitroglycerin patch to lower blood pressure did not improve stroke outcomes

HONOLULU, Feb. 6, 2019 — Lowering blood pressure in the ambulance with a nitroglycerin patch for suspected stroke didn’t lessen post-stroke disability, according to late breaking science presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2019, a world premier meeting for researchers and clinicians dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. Two…

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Cilostazol-combo antiplatelet therapy reduced risk for recurrent stroke

HONOLULU, Feb. 6, 2019 — Stroke survivors taking a combination of the blood thinner cilostazol with aspirin or clopidogrel had a lower risk of ischemic stroke recurrence than those who received aspirin or clopidogrel alone, according to late breaking science presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2019, a world premier meeting for…

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Microbial manufacturing

For decades, scientists and doctors have known that bacteria in soil were capable of manufacturing streptozotocin, an antibiotic compound that is also an important treatment for certain types of pancreatic cancer. What was less clear, however, was exactly how bacteria managed to do it. Led by Emily Balskus, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, a…

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Certain characteristics linked with depression before and after giving birth

Depression during pregnancy and following childbirth (perinatal depression) is a common and potentially severe condition. In a Journal of Neuroscience Research study, researchers examined subgroups of women followed from pregnancy to six months postpartum, for example comparing those with depression only after childbirth with those experiencing depression during pregnancy. Several characteristics were associated with depression…

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