Look, America: No Hands!

Carrie Mathison’s very first words on “Homeland” are: “I don’t care where he is. Find him. It’s urgent.” They are shouted in a tone of unvarnished scorn at her colleague’s slowness, lack of insight and imagination. Carrie Mathison, a C.I.A. agent played by Claire Danes, does not mince words. She does not avoid conflict or…

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What My Wedding Dress Means to Me

As we battle the coronavirus pandemic, rites of passage are passing us by: graduations, proms, bar mitzvahs. And with weeks dragging into months, thousands of couples also face difficult questions over what to do with their wedding celebrations. I have heard many brides wrestle with feelings of guilt mixed into their sadness. Is it right,…

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Covid or No Covid, It’s Important to Plan

My phone rang with a FaceTime video, and my cousin’s face popped into view. We spent the first few minutes expressing our mutual disbelief and shock over Covid-19, acknowledging the insanity and underlying terror of these unprecedented circumstances. We joked about how our anxious mothers, with their endless reminders of dressing warm and staying indoors,…

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How to Hand-Wash Your Clothes

Laundromats have been deemed essential businesses in cities and states that have issued stay-at-home orders to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. But many laundry business owners have chosen to close for the safety of their employees, leaving those who rely on laundromats without access to washing machines and dryers. Even if your local…

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Global COVID-19 observatory and resource center for childhood cancer

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in partnership with the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), today launched the Global COVID-19 Observatory and Resource Center for Childhood Cancer. The website offers health care providers around the world a space to share the latest information, insights and best practices in treating pediatric cancer patients who are infected…

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How many children is enough?

Most Russians would like to have two children: a boy and a girl. The others fall between the two extremes of either wanting no children (at least for now) or planning to have three or more. Having a large family is often associated with affluence. The reasons for having another child are many, from wishing…

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Caring for cancer patients in the COVID-19 era

In Nature Medicine, the seven comprehensive cancer centres of Cancer Core Europe (CCE), including the Netherlands Cancer Institute and Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre, have shared how they rapidly reorganised their oncological healthcare systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this joint effort, the centres offer guidance to institutions globally by outlining their general consensus measures…

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Scents regulate fat storage without affecting eating behavior

Dr. Ayse Sena Mutlu, a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor’s Huffington Center On Aging, had an intriguing question. Is it possible to change the body’s fat storage without changing eating habits? Working with the laboratory worm C. elegans, Mutlu and her colleagues conducted a broad screen to investigate whether neurons can actively send signals that, without…

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Genetic variation not an obstacle to gene drive strategy to control mosquitoes

New research from entomologists at UC Davis clears a potential obstacle to using CRISPR-Cas9 «gene drive» technology to control mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika. The idea is to create genetically engineered mosquitoes (GEM) that either fail to reproduce, reducing the mosquito population, or that resist carrying viruses and parasites…

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