How the Pride March Made History

This article is part of our latest Pride special report, featuring L.G.B.T.Q. voices on the challenges and possibilities of these troubled times. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, which was held in New York City on June 28, 1970. The event — officially known as the Christopher Street Liberation Day…

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Most Coronavirus Tests Cost About $100. Why Did One Cost $2,315?

ImageGibson Diagnostic Labs in Irving, Texas, has charged remarkably high prices for coronavirus testing.Credit…Dylan Hollingsworth for The New York Times In a one-story brick building in suburban Dallas, between a dentist office and a family medicine clinic, is a medical laboratory that has run some of the most expensive coronavirus tests in America. Insurers have…

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As Meat Plants Stayed Open to Feed Americans, Exports to China Surged

Smithfield Foods was the first company to warn in April that the coronavirus pandemic was pushing the United States “perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply.” Tyson Foods also sounded the alarm, saying that “millions of pounds of meat will disappear” from the nation’s supply chain as plants were being forced…

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Repeated coughing seriously degrades face mask efficiency

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2020 — Face masks are thought to slow the spread of viruses, including the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but little is known about how well they work. In an issue of Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing, Talib Dbouk and Dimitris Drikakis, from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, use precise…

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Yale scientists propose explanation for baffling form of childhood OCD

Yale scientists may have found a cause for the sudden onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in some children, they report. Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders, or PANDAS, were first proposed in the 1990s. Thought to be triggered by streptococcal infections, they account for an unknown portion of youth OCD cases. But the biology underpinning this disorder…

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How does our brain trigger different sighs? New findings could provide answers

One group of neurons controls various types of sighing, but they receive their instructions from different areas of the brain depending on the reason for the sigh, according to a study scheduled to publish June 16 in the journal Cell Reports. Humans and other mammals sigh automatically once every few moments­ to maintain proper lung…

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Children with developmental disabilities more likely to develop asthma

Children with developmental disabilities or delay are more at risk of developing asthma, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open led by public health researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) as part of the Center for Pediatric Population Health. Using data from the 2016-2017 National Survey…

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Exercise offers ‘profound’ benefits for Friedreich’s ataxia, research suggests

A top exercise researcher at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is urging clinical trials of exercise in patients with Friedreich’s ataxia after finding that physical activity has a «profound» protective effect in mouse models of the debilitating genetic disease. Friedreich’s ataxia typically limits patients’ ability to exercise. But the new findings from UVA’s…

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New mechanism underlying colorectal cancer reveals a crucial role for intestinal microbes

A collaborative study by research groups from the VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research and Ghent University uncovered a new mechanism causing colorectal cancer. The researchers found that abnormal expression of the protein Zeb2 affects the integrity of the intestinal wall or ‘epithelium’. This epithelium normally functions as a barrier to prevent infiltration by intestinal microbes.…

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