New York Times Communities You Can Join Online

After visiting The Times’s website to catch up on the news or read your favorite columnist, do you A) dash off to the rest of your day, or B) stop to have a virtual cup of coffee and conversation with other readers? Every month, tens of thousands of readers pause on our site to do…

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Eat: Honest Recipes, Like This Beef Carpaccio, Will Never Go Out of Style

Prune turns the big 20 this year — which is, we often joke, actually 140 when counted in fiercely competitive and fickle restaurant years, where one can go from sizzle-hot to morgue-cold in a New York minute. I’ve been reflective about making it this far, which is to be expected, but I’ve surprised myself by…

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Phys Ed: After a Knee Injury, Be Wary When Returning to Sports

Athletes who have torn an anterior cruciate knee ligament often rely on elaborate batteries of physical tests to tell them if and when they are ready to return to competitive sports. But a new review of studies of athletes and A.C.L. injuries raises serious concerns about the reliability of these return-to-play tests. The review finds…

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noted: Me-OW! It’s the End of the Catfight

Image Physical altercations between rival female characters were a common plotline on the 1980s ABC television drama “Dynasty.”CreditBettmann Archive, via Getty Images There is a word that starts with “c” that is exclusively used to describe women. Usually, it’s deployed when we are being argumentative, standing up for ourselves, or otherwise not behaving as nicely…

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Doctors: Getting to Know Our Patients

His email started out in a straightforward way, as most of the communications I receive from trainees do. He identified himself as being in his final year of medical school and asked about spending time rounding with me on our inpatient leukemia service. But then he went into territory I didn’t anticipate. “I am going…

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Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer

If you’re like many people, you may have decided that you want to spend less time staring at your phone. It’s a good idea: an increasing body of evidence suggests that the time we spend on our smartphones is interfering with our sleep, self-esteem, relationships, memory, attention spans, creativity, productivity and problem-solving and decision-making skills.…

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Doctors turning to antibiotic alternatives to treat acne, Rutgers researchers find

Physicians are scaling back on prescribing antibiotics for long-term acne treatment in favor of a combinations of therapies, according to Rutgers researchers. The findings, published as Part I and Part II in the journal Dermatologic Clinics, surveyed studies on acute and long-term acne treatments over the past decade to identify trends. «People are more conscious…

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York University chemists invent new Lewis acidity test using fluorescence

TORONTO, April 22, 2019 — York University chemists have invented a new fluorescence-based method for accurately determining the strength of a range of Lewis acids, which could one day be used to help purify pharmaceutical drugs, improve industrial processes and explore next-generation technologies, according to a new chemistry study. Measuring the Lewis acidity of molecular…

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Hypersociability in Williams syndrome result of Myelination deficits

A new Tel Aviv University study finds that gene deletion or deficiency in neurons is responsible for the abnormal hypersocial behavior associated with Williams syndrome (WS), a rare disorder affecting 1 in 10,000 people around the world. The research demonstrates that the lack of the general transcription factor gene, Gtf2i, causes deficits in the myelin…

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Study merges big data and zebrafish biology to reveal mechanisms of human disease

In a series of studies that volleyed between large databases and research in zebrafish, Vanderbilt investigators have discovered a link between vascular biology and eye disease. The research uncovered an unexpected role for the gene GRIK5, and it showcases a new paradigm for using biobanks, electronic health records and zebrafish to discover the genetic mechanisms…

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