Five Places to Visit in Portland, Ore.

For decades, the once sleepy Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood in Portland, Ore., was defined by its dusty antique shops and the old-school Oaks Amusement Park, established in 1905. But the blue-collar neighborhood is moving into the spotlight. Its cool factor got a big jump-start in 2015 when the Orange Line of the city’s light rail system opened,…

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To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics

After serious setbacks in April led to a cluster of new polio cases, Pakistan is revamping its vaccination strategy in a renewed effort to wipe out the virus. The country is one of just three — along with Afghanistan and perhaps Nigeria — in which polio is still endemic. Eradication of the virus in Pakistan…

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New York to Tahiti (or Laos or Nairobi) Without Spending a Fortune

In searching for flights, leisure travelers value affordability above all other variables, including schedules, routes and airline seat comfort, according to the trade group Airlines for America. Search engines like Skyscanner, Kayak and Google Flights are great starters for finding those low fares. But many mainstream sites don’t list low-cost carriers or link transoceanic flights…

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Confirm or Deny: Ron Howard

Maureen Dowd: Those fishing poles you and Andy Griffith carried in the great opening credits scene of “The Andy Griffith Show” never caught a fish. Ron Howard: No, unless you count all of the fishing scenes where the prop man had to wade in and put a catfish on the line. That was Franklin Canyon…

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What Causes Stress Fractures in Runners? Can Diet Contribute?

Q. What causes stress fractures in runners? Could a vegan diet be a factor? A. A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone. It’s an “accumulation injury,” said Dr. Michael Terry, an orthopedic surgeon and professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern Medicine. With exercise and everyday activities, and even our normal body weight,…

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Worst Makeup Mistakes Women Make

The Internet gives a lot of beauty tips and videos that promise to teach in a minute how to become a princess with the help of simple makeup techniques. Yet, this abundance of information makes people feel confused and forces them to smudge their faces with makeup. The editors of Womendialogue.com decided to analyze the…

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4 Women With Lives Scarred by Genital Cutting: Could a Surgeon Heal Them?

­PHILADELPHIA — She called it her “deepest, darkest secret,” one she had never even shared with her husband. When Saffiatu Sillah was growing up in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, her clitoris was cut off in a ritual circumcision. She was left with scar tissue that caused pain during sex and agony during…

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Medical News Today: Should I get checked for cancer?

Cancer can affect various tissues in the body, causing a range of signs and symptoms, such as weight loss, fatigue, skin changes, and a persistent cough. Anyone who experiences persistent or worrisome symptoms should consult a doctor. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer was the second leading cause of death…

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How single neurons and brain networks support spatial navigation

IMAGE: Nikolai Axmacher is heading the Neuropsychology Department at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. view more  Spatial navigation is an essential cognitive function, which is frequently impaired in patients suffering from neurological and psychiatric disorders. Research groups worldwide have studied the neuronal basis of spatial navigation, and the activity of both individual nerve cells and large cell assemblies in…

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Infection biology: Signs of selection in the stomach

Helicobacter pylori, a globally distributed gastric bacterium, is genetically highly adaptable. Microbiologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have now characterized its population structure in individual patients, demonstrating an important role of antibiotics for its within-patient evolution. The cosmopolitan bacterium Helicobacter pylori is responsible for one of the most prevalent chronic infections found in humans. Although…

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