Wristband samplers show similar chemical exposure across three continents

CORVALLIS, Ore. — To assess differences and trends in personal chemical exposure, Oregon State University researchers deployed chemical-sampling wristbands to individuals on three continents. After they analyzed the wristbands that were returned, they found that no two wristbands had identical chemical detections. But the same 14 chemicals were detected in more than 50 percent of…

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WIRECUTTER: How to Travel Without Leaving a Trace

Niagara Falls and its surrounding parks see millions of visitors a year, and all that foot traffic results in a lot of trash — 832 metric tons each year from the Canadian areas alone. Still, park sanitation workers were surprised to find a piano, broken into pieces, among the items left in the garbage one…

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Hospitals Stand to Lose Billions Under ‘Medicare for All’

For a patient’s knee replacement, Medicare will pay a hospital $17,000. The same hospital can get more than twice as much, or about $37,000, for the same surgery on a patient with private insurance. Or take another example: One hospital would get about $4,200 from Medicare for removing someone’s gallbladder. The same hospital would get…

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The Kingpin in Heels Returns

Teresa Mendoza of “La Reina del Sur” is not an average telenovela character. She drinks, swears and smokes weed. She sleeps with multiple men and fights back when they try to dominate her. And throughout the course of the show’s wildly successful first season, which aired on the Spanish-language network Telemundo in 2011, Teresa goes…

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Medical News Today: Increased muscle power may prolong life

Increasing muscle strength is good, but increasing muscle power may be even better for enjoying a longer life, according to a recent study. Increased muscle power can improve longevity, new research suggests. Professor Claudio Gil Araújo, who is the director of research and education at Exercise Medicine Clinic — CLINIMEX in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,…

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Medical News Today: MS: High-strength MRI may predict disease progression

Researchers used a powerful MRI scanner to monitor people with multiple sclerosis and found a link between the total volume of cortical lesions and neurological disability. Researchers were able to detect previously unidentified MS lesions in the brain using a powerful MRI scanner. Their study reveals that the development of lesions in the brain’s cortical…

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Jungjoo Park, Jarrett DePasquale

Jungjoo Park and Jarrett Chase DePasquale were married April 20 at the Fox Hollow, a hotel in Woodbury, N.Y. Katherine Jeddah Vailakis, an interfaith minister ordained by the New Seminary, officiated. The bride, 29, is a manager at Burning in Water, an art gallery in Manhattan. She is a daughter of Mija Park and Chong-Gwon…

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Laura Parker, Brandon Holtzclaw

Laura Ann Parker and Brandon Michael Holtzclaw were married April 20 at the Stave Room at American Spirit Works, an events space in Atlanta. Mrs. Holtzclaw, 35, is a senior director of business transformation in the Atlanta office of Apttus, a software company based in San Mateo, Calif. She graduated from the Georgia Institute of…

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Matthew Asada, Bilal Qureshi

Matthew Kazuaki Asada and Bilal Ahsan Qureshi were married April 17 at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington. The Rev. Roger Gench, a Presbyterian minister, performed a ceremony with Christian and Muslim traditions, with the Rev. Alice Tewell, also a Presbyterian minister, taking part. On April 20, the couple exchanged rings in another…

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