Fitness for Bodies That Don’t Fit the Mainstream

Five years ago, Asher Freeman tried to find a personal trainer knowledgeable about the fitness needs of queer and transgender people. The search came up empty. So Freeman, who identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns they and them, took college courses in exercise science and became certified as a personal trainer. “It was really…

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Living With Cancer: Sleeping With Cancer

Cancer is a terrible bedfellow. It tosses and turns, snorting and kicking and snatching more than its share of the covers. It never caresses or croons lullabies, but instead hisses innuendos into the wee hours, turning wakefulness into a wake. No wonder insomnia plagues cancer patients, often sending us to chemical aids. Ten years after…

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Condé Nast Sells Brides Magazine to Barry Diller’s Dotdash

The courting of Brides magazine had none of the meet-cutes and grand gestures often described in its glossy pages. Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue and The New Yorker, rather unceremoniously put the publication on the market last year as part of a cost-cutting campaign. The online brand Dotdash was among the early suitors, and…

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Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) new issue, Volume 4 Issue 1

IMAGE: Beijing, 1 May 2019: the journal Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) has just published a major new issue, Volume 4 Issue 1. This is a Special Issue on Imaging… view more  Credit: Compuscript Limited Beijing, 1 May 2019: the journal Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) has just published a new issue, Volume 4 Issue 1.…

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Leveraging information technology to address health disparities

WHAT: Disparities in health care delivery and health outcomes present distressing challenges to underserved populations, who often experience a greater burden of chronic diseases and are more likely to show signs of poor disease management. Health information technology (IT) tools may serve a vital role in reducing such disparities in the clinical care setting. In…

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University of Virginia chemist IDs possible addiction-free pain reliever

An estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer from substance abuse disorders related to opioid use for pain relief, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This causes an economic burden of more than $78 billion per year in health care and addiction treatment costs, as well as loss of worker productivity and increased criminal activity.…

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Critical windows when experience shapes the brain

Pat Levitt, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics, received a $3.7M grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study development of neural circuits. «Our laboratory investigates how the wiring of the brain that underlies cognition and social and emotional behavior is built over time,»…

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Teens with obesity find artificial intelligence coach helpful in weight-loss program

ORLANDO (May 16, 2019) — Researchers at Nemours Children’s Health System have found that an artificial intelligence (AI) behavioral coach, nicknamed Tess (X2ai, Inc), is feasible and useful for behavioral counseling of adolescent patients in a weight management program. The study, published today in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine, demonstrates adolescents’ willingness and positive reaction…

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Malnourished fruit flies preserve genital size to ensure reproductive success

IMAGE: Fruit flies. view more  Credit: Alexander Shingleton In most animals, body size shrinks when food becomes scarce, but some parts are protected from shrinkage. In humans without enough food, the body becomes small, but the size of the head stays the same, hinting at biological mechanisms that act to preserve the all-important brain. In arthropods…

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