New York City Is Social Distancing

Since the arrival of the new coronavirus, each month, each week, each day has manifested a new city in place of the old one. At eye level, from the sidewalk, the first new city was more easily felt than seen. There were just a few masks bobbing among the same number of faces and heads.…

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Just One Eye Has X-Ray Vision

LOS ANGELES — Whenever I wonder whether it is possible to truly understand Los Angeles, particularly its relationship to fashion and style, I think about a shirt. The shirt is a nothing: red plaid, relaxed fit, snap-front closure. It resembles a million similar shirts you can find at places like Filson ($175) and H&M ($11).…

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His Immune System Went Out of Whack. The Usual Treatment Didn’t Work. Why?

“Have you read this?” the 61-year-old man asked his newest doctor, Madan Jagasia, as they sat in an exam room in the cancer center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The book, titled “Dying Well,” prompted a concerned look from the oncologist. You know we’re not there yet, he said he told the patient.…

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Crackdown on Southern Border Is Planned; U.S. Records 100th Death

This briefing has ended. Read the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak here. Here’s what you need to know: U.S. plans to swiftly turn back people entering from Mexico illegally. ImageA U.S. Border Patrol agent searched for migrants in a field near Sullivan City, Texas, in November.Credit…Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times The Trump…

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Using ‘organs-on-a-chip’ to model complicated diseases

CAMBRIDGE, MA — MIT biological engineers have created a multitissue model that lets them study the relationships between different organs and the immune system, on a specialized microfluidic platform seeded with human cells. Using this type of model, sometimes called «organs-on-a-chip» or «physiome-on-a-chip,» the research team was able to explore the role of circulating immune…

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How gene therapy may hold key to treating life-threatening cardiac disease

Danon disease is a very rare, life-threatening condition where the fundamental biological process of removing and recycling proteins does not work. This impairment results in dysfunction of the heart, skeletal muscle, neurologic system, eyes, and liver. Most patients die or require heart transplants by the third decade of life. In a new study published online…

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Fracture liaison service improves care for patients with fragility fractures

March 18, 2020 — For patients with fragility fractures related to underlying bone weakness, a dedicated fracture liaison service (FLS) can lower the risk of subsequent fractures, suggests a study in the March 18, 2020 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with…

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Scorpion venom shows promise for treating fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

WASHINGTON — A research team led by Children’s National Hospital faculty was able to «rescue» a pre-clinical model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in juvenile models, reversing motor skill deficits with the help of a novel drug derived from scorpion venom. The finding, in the Nature Neuroscience, could offer hope to an estimated 119,000…

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