Is Customer Service the New Therapy?

When Kate Lacroix was driving alone from Seattle to Vancouver for a funeral, she called AT&T to get an international wireless plan. By the time she arrived, not only did she have a new phone plan, she also had a refreshed outlook on life and death. “I was feeling lonely and wistful,” she said, “so…

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My Son Got Lyme Disease. He’s Totally Fine.

When I mentioned to various people last December that my 9-year-old son, Akash, had Lyme disease, many immediately told me horror stories. A parent at the school bus stop told me about a family friend in her 20s who has never recovered from her infection. A co-worker at the neighborhood co-op told me that his…

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10 Ways to Lower the Cancer Risk of Grilling

Many people would be surprised to hear that grilling carries potential cancer risks. But each year, the American Institute for Cancer Research publishes guidance for “cancer-safe grilling,” cautioning consumers to avoid two types of compounds that have been tied to cancer. These compounds, called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic amines, get generated when food, especially…

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Where to Celebrate the 4th, if You Love Fireworks but Hate Crowds

Fourth of July celebrations may vary around our melting pot of a nation, but there’s one constant that can be counted on: the fireworks. But powerful pyrotechnic displays aren’t only found in major cities like New York City, Chicago or Washington, D.C. Here are eight standout shows in other cities, worth seeking out for their…

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Why Is Everyone Drinking Celery Juice as if It Will Save Them From Dying?

In May 2018, Perelandra, a natural foods store and juice bar in Brooklyn Heights, sold 698 pounds of celery; in May 2019, they sold 1,245 pounds of it, according to Roland Auer, the store’s co-owner. He’s seen these patterns before. “A couple years ago cilantro shot up in popularity like this,” he said. “Last summer…

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‘It’s Gigantic’: A New Way to Gauge the Chances for Unresponsive Patients

Doctors have known for years that some patients who become unresponsive after a severe brain injury nonetheless retain a “covert consciousness,” a degree of cognitive function that is important to recovery but is not detectable by standard bedside exams. As a result, a profound uncertainty often haunts the wrenching decisions that families must make when…

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Society pays heavy price for failure to diagnose and treat conduct disorder

Much greater awareness, improved diagnosis and enhanced treatment are all required in order to reduce the burden on society of the severe behavioural condition conduct disorder, according to a new expert review led by the University of Bath (UK). Conduct Disorder (CD), which is a common and highly impairing psychiatric disorder, usually emerges in childhood…

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Extreme exercise can strain the heart without causing permanent damage

London, June 27, 2019 — Researchers have found no evidence of elevated cardiac risk in runners who completed a 24-hour ultramarathon (24UM), despite the transient elevation of blood biomarkers that measure cardiac health. According to the study in the journal Heliyon, published by Elsevier, trained runners were more likely than their novice counterparts to experience…

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Researchers unlock mysteries of complex microRNA oncogenes

IMAGE: Ariel Donayo, Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry at McGill University, and Dr. Thomas Duchaine, Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University. view more  MicroRNAs are tiny molecules of nucleic acid that control gene expression, acting like a dimmer switch to tone down gene output at key positions in the network of information that governs…

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