High Blood Pressure of Pregnancy Tied to Developmental Problems in Children

Pre-eclampsia — the high blood pressure of pregnancy — can be harmful and even fatal to the mother. Now a new study suggests that children exposed to pre-eclampsia may be at increased risk for a number of developmental problems. Researchers used a Norwegian health database to study 980,560 children, of whom 28,068 were exposed to…

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My Grandmother Knew a Secret: Survival Can Be Stored in a Jar

RICHLAND, Pa. — I’m great at feeding people, but I’ve never mastered portion control. I joke that it’s inherited, that I always make too much because written in my genome is the fear that there won’t be enough to go around. That’s never happened; I’ve always had the luxury of a full shopping cart. Or…

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What Italian Pediatricians Can Tell Us

Last week I took part in an online conversation in which a large group of American pediatricians listened as some of our colleagues from Italy talked about pediatrics in the coronavirus crisis, because what they are dealing with there is what we will be dealing with here very soon. We Americans were hoping we could…

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They All Retired Before They Hit 40. Then This Happened.

Earlier this month, Eric Richard was in Bali, Indonesia, enjoying the tropical weather and carefree life of a retiree. Last summer, at 29, Mr. Richard had quit his job as a corporate operations manager to become a “digital nomad.” Now he is hunkered down at his parents’ house in Michigan, having returned to the United…

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Zantac Products Should Not Be Sold or Used, F.D.A. Warns, Citing Cancer Danger

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday asked companies to stop selling all forms of the heartburn drug Zantac, after concluding that a potential cancer-causing contaminant can build up in the drug when stored for long periods. The agency also recommended that consumers who use over-the-counter forms of the drug, also known as ranitidine, stop…

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Home Depot Halts Sales of N95 Masks Amid Shortage, Company Says

Home Depot has ordered all 2,300 of its stores in North America to stop sales of N95 masks to try to free them up for those on the front lines of the coronavirus emergency response, the company said on Wednesday. The announcement came on the same day that President Trump said that the federal government’s…

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Coronavirus Spreads Amid Supply Shortages, Stay-at-Home Orders and Sobering Economics

Here’s what you need to know: Shortages, stay-at-home orders and sobering economic predictions. ImageThe Fort George neighborhood in Manhattan on Wednesday.Credit…Andrew Seng for The New York Times The coronavirus continued its punishing march on Tuesday as more United States governors ordered their citizens to stay at home, more states pleaded for rapidly diminishing stocks of…

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Starving pancreatic cancer of cysteine may kill tumor cells

New York, NY (April 2, 2020)—A new study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center suggests a compound in development for a rare kidney stone disease may have potential against pancreatic cancer. The compound starves tumors of an amino acid, cysteine, which was found to be critical to the…

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BU researchers find opioid prescriptions linked to obesity

Two new studies from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of prescription opioids in the United States. One of the studies, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, finds that patients with higher body mass indices (BMIs) were up to 158% more…

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Designing face shields to protect medical staff

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented need to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospital staff. A team of Montreal medical experts has partnered with a 3D printing company to design and distribute face shields to protect healthcare workers as they treat patients with this life-threatening disease. «Although we currently have an inventory of…

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