The Joy of Queer Parties: ‘We Breathe, We Dip, We Flex’

On a recent night on the dance floor at Elsewhere Bar in Brooklyn, the air was heavy with sweat, joy and sorrow. I’d seen someone bury their face in their hands, shoulders shaking with silent sobs, and then, in what felt like seconds later, drop to the floor, behind bouncing, hands blurry with the tight…

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Medical News Today: Statins may double the risk of type 2 diabetes

New research finds an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes among people who take statins in an effort to lower their cholesterol levels and keep heart disease at bay. Among statins’ unwanted effects may be an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. Many people take statins to lower cholesterol and reduce the…

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Something Borrowed, Something Green

Kira Meskin and her fiancé, Yaniv Schiff, both of Chicago, are so committed to gardening, composting, cycling and recycling they are incorporating these sustainable elements into their Sept. 15 wedding. “We try to live a more conscious lifestyle in our daily lives,” said Ms. Meskin, 35, an occupational therapist. “In terms of our wedding, we’re…

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Could a Gut Bacteria Supplement Make Us Run Faster?

Could an infusion of bacteria from the guts of athletes help inactive people to exercise more easily? A new study of marathoners, mice and their respective intestines toys with that possibility. It finds that strenuous endurance exercise by human athletes increases the numbers of certain bugs in their microbiomes and that giving those bacteria to…

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A Mystery Disease Is Killing Children, and Questions Linger About Lychees

MUZAFFARPUR, India — Every year, a mysterious disease stalks the area around the eastern Indian city of Muzaffarpur, killing children seemingly at random — there, and nowhere else. It mostly afflicts poor children younger than 10. They go to sleep apparently healthy, and wake up with a high fever and brain swelling that leads to…

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Risk for Dementia May Increase With Long-Term Use of Certain Medicines

Can certain medications increase your risk of dementia? A new study suggests that people who take a class of common medicines called anticholinergic drugs for several years may be more likely to develop dementia as they age. This is not a new hypothesis about these drugs, which are used to treat a wide range of…

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How to help patients recover after a stroke

The existing approach to brain stimulation for rehabilitation after a stroke does not take into account the diversity of lesions and the individual characteristics of patients’ brains. This was the conclusion made by researchers of the Higher School of Economics (HSE University) and the Max Planck Institute of Cognitive Sciences in their article, ‘Predicting the…

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A hidden truth: Hospital faucets are often home to slime and biofilm

IMAGE: Sinks and faucets tested at the University of Michigan Health System revealed slime and biofilm. view more  Hand hygiene is a critical component of infection prevention in hospitals, but the unintended consequences include water splashing out of a sink to spread contaminants from dirty faucets according to new research presented last week in Philadelphia at…

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New female external catheter technology reduces CAUTI by 50%

Hospital-wide introduction of new female external catheter technology halved the number of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) according to new research presented last week in Philadelphia at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). After identifying a slow climb in the number of CAUTIs from 2016 to…

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