Mindfulness program may benefit patients with irritable bowel syndrome

Adults with irritable bowel syndrome experienced fewer gastrointestinal symptoms after they participated in a mindfulness program meant to reduce stress. Results of the study are published in Neurogastroenterology & Motility. In the study, 53 women and 15 men with irritable bowel syndrome participated in an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction class. Most participants experienced significant improvements…

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Depression in adults who are overweight or obese

In an analysis of primary care records of 519,513 UK adults who were overweight or obese between 2000-2016 and followed up until 2019, the incidence of new cases of depression was 92 per 10,000 people per year. The risk of depression also rose with higher weight, according to the Obesity analysis. The study also found…

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Knowledge of cancer diagnosis may affect survival

In a study of adults in China with lung cancer, patients who knew of their cancer diagnosis generally survived longer than those who did not. In the Psycho-Oncology study of 29,825 patients, the median survival time in patients who knew of their diagnosis was 18.33 months versus 8.77 months for those who did not. The…

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Researchers assess bird flu virus subtypes in China

The avian influenza virus subtype H16N3 is currently detectable in many countries. To examine the potential threat to humans of H16N3, researchers recently performed an extensive avian influenza surveillance in major wild bird gatherings across China from 2017-2019. The findings are published in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. The investigators isolated two H16N3 subtype influenza viruses…

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New Battle for Those on Coronavirus Front Lines: Child Custody

Last month, Dr. Bertha Mayorquin, a New Jersey physician, told her soon-to-be ex-husband that there was a change in plans. After two weeks of providing treatment by video as a precaution against the coronavirus, she would resume seeing patients in person. But when she left work on a Friday to pick up her two daughters…

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Is Fashion Really Getting More Sustainable?

Last year, the Swedish Fashion Council made an unprecedented move while planning the annual Stockholm Fashion Week: They canceled the event entirely, citing concerns about its environmental impact. Not everyone in fashion is taking such drastic measures, of course, but it spoke to the urgent need for action on the issue, one that designers and…

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Families With Food Allergies Struggle With Bare Shelves

Like many Americans these days, Lisa M. Delmont is kept up at night by worry. But for Ms. Delmont, it’s the empty grocery store shelves that bring on dread. Her 2-year-old son, Benjamin, is severely allergic to milk, eggs, cashews, pistachios and bananas, so she has to be judicious about the items she brings home.…

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In N.Y.C., the Coronavirus Is Killing Men Twice as Often as Women

In its inexorable spread across New York City, the coronavirus is exacting a greater toll on men than women. Not only are men infected in greater numbers, new data show, but they are also dying at nearly twice the rate of women. To date, there have been nearly 43 Covid-19 deaths for every 100,000 men…

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‘Thanking God for My Breath’: Dispatch From New York’s Frontline

“The hospital unit felt ‘like a pressure cooker.’” — Dr. Dara Kass, associate professor of emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center [In Her Words is available as a newsletter and this profile is part of a series looking at women at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus. Sign up here for more profiles…

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Anita Fial, Who Carried the Banner of Exotic Food, Dies at 87

Brooklyn isn’t famous for exotic fruits and vegetables, but it produced Anita Fial who, as a home economist and marketing expert, helped make Florida sweet corn, Mexican mangoes and avocados staples at green grocers. She even helped revive the demand for radishes and celery. “She normalized what might once have been considered exotic,” Produce News,…

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