Medical News Today: Can mouthwash raise your blood pressure?

New research, published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, shows that an antiseptic compound found in mouthwash destroys «friendly» oral bacteria that help maintain normal blood pressure levels. New research finds that mouthwash could destroy ‘friendly’ oral bacteria, which may have important consequences for a person’s cardiovascular health. Scientists know that the…

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Final Collection for Chanel

Getty Images Karl Lagerfeld famously said many things, and one of them was that he did not like funerals. “I do not want anyone to come to mine. Do what you want with the ashes,” he told Vanessa Gregoriadis in a 2002 profile in New York. “Send them down the garbage chute.” If guests at…

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The 52 Places Traveler: Where Nature Sculpts Beauty From Cold and Ice

The 52 Places Traveler Image A number of bays along the shore of Lake Superior provide prime conditions for the formation of ice caves. In early February, they are still small, like this freshly created cave in Flour Bay, about 70 miles north of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.CreditSebastian Modak/The New York Times The 52 Places…

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The Fix: Making a Big Impact on a Small Budget

When you’re designing a home, it’s easy to get carried away dreaming about pricey sofas, rugs and art. But big-ticket items aren’t as important as they seem, and plunking down the money to buy them is no guarantee you’ll end up with a home you love. Often it’s the small touches that make a space…

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Reducing Maternal Mortality

Women in the United States face a far greater risk of dying from childbirth complications than in many other wealthy countries. Now the federal government has taken a step toward addressing the problem with the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, signed in December, which will provide federal grants to states to investigate the deaths of women…

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Going Beyond the Alligator

Image Louise Trotter is the new creative director at Lacoste. PARIS — Last October when Louise Trotter was appointed by Lacoste as its new creative director — and first female designer, heads turned. After all, in her previous position as creative director at Joseph, Ms. Trotter, a soft-spoken designer from Sunderland in the north of…

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ScienceTake: When Plasma Becomes Another Fruit of the Vine

If you haven’t seen what happens to grapes in a microwave oven, you haven’t spent enough time in the richly nerdy corner of the internet that specializes in strange, everyday phenomena with fascinating, plausible scientific explanations. To quote a physicist, Aaron D. Slepkov, from his recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of…

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Small brains, big picture: Study unveils C. elegans’ microscopic mysteries

VIDEO: Scientists used sharp glass needles to extract a GFP-labeled cell from C. elegans and recorded the neuronal response of the cell to varying salt concentrations by patch-clamp technique. In this… view more  It’s the small pieces that make the big picture, and in this case, the pieces can’t be seen by the naked eye. New…

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Could genetic breakthrough finally help take the sting out of mouth ulcers?

A large breakthrough has been made in the genetic understanding of mouth ulcers which could provide potential for a new drug to prevent or heal the painful lesions. Mouth ulcers affect up to 25 per cent of young adults and a higher proportion of children. Previous research has shown that mouth ulcers are partially heritable,…

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