Let’s Meet on the Porch

While walking my dog on a recent Sunday afternoon, I spotted my neighbor knitting on her front porch. I waved and approached, stopping just short of her shade garden. We chatted for a long time — from a safe distance — about working from home, our dogs, baking, knitting and how our families are doing,…

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How to Create a Fragrant Garden

In his latest book, Ken Druse candidly admits to a particular botanical bias. “When I come across a beautiful flower,” he writes, “the first thing I do (after checking for a bumblebee) is lean in to sample its smell.” And if there’s no scent? “I find the blossom somewhat lacking.” Mr. Druse is the author…

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The ‘Invisible’ Garden of Scent

In his latest book, Ken Druse candidly admits to a particular botanical bias. “When I come across a beautiful flower,” he writes, “the first thing I do (after checking for a bumblebee) is lean in to sample its smell.” And if there’s no scent? “I find the blossom somewhat lacking.” Mr. Druse is the author…

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A Single Session of Exercise Alters 9,815 Molecules in Our Blood

When we exercise, the levels of thousands of substances in our bloodstream rise and drop, according to an eye-opening new study of the immediate, interior impacts of working out. The study is the most comprehensive cataloging to date of the molecular changes that occur during and after exercise and underscores how consequential activity — and…

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Exploring the Links Between Coronavirus and Vitamin D

In the past decade, studies have found that taking vitamin D can lower the odds of developing respiratory infections like the cold and the flu, especially among people who have documented deficiencies. Now scientists are trying to find out whether vitamin D might also help protect against Covid-19. Some scientists believe that people with vitamin…

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How’s the Economy Doing? Watch the Dentists

ImageInstalling a crown at a dental office in Vinton, Iowa, last month. In many places, dentists have gone back to work.Credit…Andy Abeyta/The Gazette, via Associated Press If not for coronavirus, you’d expect your local dentist office to be doing just fine. Dentist offices tend to be stable businesses that stick around for decades, unlike restaurants…

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When a Grandchild Asks, ‘Are You Going to Die?’

My granddaughter was a few months past 3 years old when she first asked the question, as we sat on the floor playing with blocks. “Bubbe, are you going to die?” Nobody is as blunt as a toddler. “Yes, I am going to die one day,” I said, trying to remain matter-of-fact. “But probably not…

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Surging Coronavirus Cases Push Latin America ‘to the Limit’

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA Covid-19 field hospital on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday.Credit…Andre Penner/Associated Press As the virus pushes Latin America ‘to the limit,’ coup threats rattle Brazil. The outbreak is spreading rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, prompting Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the director of the Pan…

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Review: A good vitamin D status can protect against cancer

A good vitamin D status is beneficial both in cancer prevention and in the prognosis of several cancers, according to a new research review. The anti-cancer effects of vitamin D are especially pronounced in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer and blood cancers. In addition, high vitamin D responsiveness can be linked to a…

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Singapore team develops online atlas of human immunome for precision medicine

Singapore, 10 June 2020 — Scientists from the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre (AMC) have developed an interactive web-based atlas of the human immunome, or genes and proteins that make up the immune system. Known as EPIC (Extended Polydimensional Immunome Characterisation), the atlas hosts a comprehensive, expanding immune cell database ranging from cord blood to…

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