Wherever You Are, There’s a State Park Nearby

An island of glacier-tumbled rock, covered in trees, sits in the cold waters of Lake Michigan. On the horizon, it looks like the gathering of night. This is Wisconsin’s Rock Island State Park, where my love of nature began. Thirty years ago I spent part of a summer there with a troop of the Polish…

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You Don’t Have to Turn on Your Oven for This Delicious Beet Dip

If love is a kind of deep knowledge, then it’s possible no one loves beets more than Irwin Goldman, a professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He once spent about 15 years developing a beet variety that was rainbow-hued and crunchy and sweet, like a carrot. “I’d been working with yellow beets…

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D.J. Steve Aoki Treats His Career Like a Sport

Think you travel a lot for work? Steve Aoki, the 41-year-old D.J., musician and music producer, may have you beat. He spends about a third of the year at home in Las Vegas, where he is the resident D.J. at Hakkasan. The rest of the time is spent bouncing from concerts to music festivals to…

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Even One Extra Walk a Day May Make a Big Difference

How many steps should people take every day for good health? A new study of activity and mortality in older women finds that the total could be lower than many of us expect and that even small increases in steps can be meaningful. The study also side-eyes the validity, utility and origin of the common…

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Becoming a Digital Grandparent

Emerging from a theater on a recent Sunday, I turned on my phone and found a flurry of texts from my daughter. My 2-year-old granddaughter had just smashed her thumb in a closing restaurant door. Wincing, I read on: They were headed for an urgent care clinic. They were waiting for X-rays. The thumb was…

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Medical News Today: Why 6 fingers per hand are better than 5

Some people around the world have polydactyly, meaning that they are born with extra fingers on their hands or extra toes on their feet. Some doctors may refer to this as a «malformation,» but does polydactyly actually bring benefits to an individual? People with polydactyly can use just one hand to perform tasks for which…

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Study suggests new computer analytics may solve the hospital readmission puzzle

BALTIMORE, Md, June 5, 2019 -A University of Maryland School of Medicine study suggests that a novel machine learning model developed at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), called the Baltimore score (B score), may help hospitals better predict which discharged patients are likely to be readmitted. The research was led by Daniel Morgan,…

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Mosquito control program reduces dengue, costs in Sri Lanka

A public health, police, and military partnership to reduce the mosquito population in Sri Lanka resulted in a more than 50-percent reduction in dengue, as well as cost savings, finds a study from an international team of researchers led by NYU College of Global Public Health. The findings are published in The Lancet Planetary Health.…

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Safe consumption spaces would be welcomed by high-risk opioid users

A large majority of people who use heroin and fentanyl would be willing to use safe consumption spaces where they could obtain sterile syringes and have medical support in case of overdose, suggests a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In the study, published June 5 in the…

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UA physician to study sleep apnea and heart health

IMAGE: Salma Patel, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor and sleep medicine specialist in the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, has won a $100,000 Career Development Award… view more  Credit: UA Health Sciences TUCSON, Ariz. — Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition that has been associated with increased mortality, especially in…

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