A Conversation With the ‘Queen of Cake’

Sylvia Weinstock is known among fans as the “queen of cake,” for her ornate, colorful and realistic confectionery designs. But she didn’t start out in the baking business. “In 1975, I went skiing with my family. I don’t like to ski, so I baked instead,” she said. A former schoolteacher, she didn’t bake professionally until…

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A Golf Lesson With Bridget Moynahan

Bridget Moynahan doesn’t understand people who don’t understand the appeal of watching golf. “I don’t think it’s boring,” said Ms. Moynahan, 48, a star of the police drama “Blue Bloods,” which was just renewed for a 10th season. “I find it really relaxing.” But when it comes to playing golf, relaxing is not quite the…

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With the Blessing of a Power Ranger

Darren Garrett Davis and Daniel Wade Sene are to be married June 2 at Portland White House, a bed-and-breakfast in Portland, Ore. Alyson Sullivan, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the event, is to officiate. The singer Debbie Gibson, a friend of the couple, is to walk them down…

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Medical News Today: Can blueberries protect heart health?

According to a new study, consuming 1 cup of blueberries each day might improve the metabolic markers associated with cardiovascular risk. Blueberries are tasty, but are they good for our hearts? Blueberries are delicious and nutritious; if they could also lower the risk of heart disease, that would be a bonus. For that reason, the…

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What Kenan Thompson Can’t Travel Without

The actor and comedian Kenan Thompson has been a star on “Saturday Night Live” for a record-breaking 16 seasons. In July, he’ll also be a judge, along with Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy, on “Bring the Funny,” a new television series where comedians will compete in a talent show for fame and money. Next season,…

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Medical News Today: How cranberries may curb the antibiotic-resistance crisis

New research finds that cranberry molecules make bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics and reveals the twofold mechanism by which they do so. Cranberries may have hidden powers when it comes to fighting bacteria. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have deemed antibiotic resistance a «global public…

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Virtual reality improves tolerance of anaesthesia procedures and reduces need for intravenous sedation by at least 50%

Giving patients virtual reality sessions before and during locoregional anaesthesia for orthopaedic procedures substantially reduces pain and the need for intravenous sedation, according to new research being presented at this year’s Euroanaesthesia congress (the annual meeting of the European Society of Anaesthesiology) in Vienna, Austria (1-3 June). The randomised trial suggests that virtual reality hypnosis…

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App helps improve pain control and reduce opiate use after surgery

Patients who underwent total knee replacement and used a smartphone app (PainCoach) at home after surgery consistently reduced opiate painkiller use and improved pain control, according to new research being presented at this year’s Euroanaesthesia Congress (the annual meeting of the European Society of Anaesthesiology) in Vienna, Austria (1-3 June). The more the study participants…

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Ribociclib plus hormone therapy extends survival for patients with premenopausal advanced hormone receptor-positive breast cancer

IMAGE: This is Debu Tripathy, M.D. view more  Credit: MD Anderson Cancer Center ABSTRACT LBA1008 Adding the targeted therapy ribociclib to hormone therapy significantly improved overall survival (OS) in premenopausal patients with advanced hormone receptor-positive (HR+) breast cancer, according to results of the MONALEESA-7 Phase III clinical trial led by researchers at The University of Texas…

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NRG oncology trial of metformin for non-small cell lung cancer

Initial results of NRG-LU001 indicate that, although the diabetes agent metformin was well-tolerated by patients, the agent has not clearly improved progression-free survival (PFS) or overall survival (OS) for trial participants with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). These results are based on local center reported outcomes. Trial participants will continue to be followed…

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