On Location: A Modernist Restoration, Texas Style

Emily Summers is a champion of modern design, past and present. With a Dallas firm known for interiors that are crisp and edited, yet equally comfortable, she has become one of Texas’s most prominent designers. But as a preservationist appointed to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation by former president George W. Bush, she also…

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Trilobites: Seeking Superpowers in the Axolotl Genome

The axolotl, sometimes called the Mexican walking fish, is a cheerful tube sock with four legs, a crown of feathery gills and a long, tapered tail fin. It can be pale pink, golden, gray or black, speckled or not, with a countenance resembling the “slightly smiling face” emoji. Unusual among amphibians for not undergoing metamorphosis,…

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Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness Through Music

When Ronald Braunstein conducts an orchestra, there’s no sign of his bipolar disorder. He’s confident and happy. Music isn’t his only medicine, but its healing power is potent. Scientific research has shown that music helps fight depression, lower blood pressure and reduce pain. The National Institutes of Health has a partnership with the John F.…

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Columbia engineers translate brain signals directly into speech

AUDIO: This is a representation of early approaches to reconstruct speech, which use linear models and spectrograms. view more  Credit: Nima Mesgarani/Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute NEW YORK — In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone’s brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a…

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Exploring the connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline

Hearing loss affects tens of millions of Americans and its global prevalence is expected to grow as the world’s population ages. A new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital adds to a growing body of evidence that hearing loss is associated with higher risk of cognitive decline. These findings suggest that hearing…

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National study compares options for treating fecal incontinence

IMAGE: This is Dr. Satish S.C. Rao. view more  Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University AUGUSTA, Ga. (Jan. 29, 2019) — It is a common health problem that causes uncommon personal discomfort. Fecal incontinence, or accidental stool leakage, affects some 8 to 10 percent of the 325 million people in the United States. In up…

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MMV and DNDi make compounds available for research into new drugs for pandemic diseases

Geneva — 29 January 2019 — Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) have launched the Pandemic Response Box to provide researchers with free access to 400 diverse compounds to accelerate the discovery of new treatments for life-threatening pandemic diseases. The Pandemic Response Box is a collection of structurally…

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Heavy drinking may change DNA — Leading to increased craving for alcohol

IMAGE: The Rutgers-led team’s findings may eventually help researchers identify biomarkers — measurable indicators such as proteins or modified genes — that could predict an individual’s risk for binge or heavy… view more  Credit: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater…

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Medical News Today: What are the signs of depression in men?

Both men and women can experience depression, but the signs and symptoms can be different. Although the primary symptom of depression for many is often a feeling of sadness, men may have a higher tendency than women to feel anger, demonstrate aggressive feelings, and engage in substance abuse. Due to the different symptoms, and because…

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A Day of Rice Cakes for the Lunar New Year

WEST COMPTON, Calif. — In a sunny field here in Los Angeles County, the chef Diep Tran folded a banana leaf like wrapping paper, running her fingers along the crease. As she spooned some pork jowl and rice on top, a dozen women leaned over to observe her technique. “Not too much!” Ms. Tran said.…

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