My Father the Heartbreaker

On the day after Christmas in 1996, my brother, Michael, called to say that our father had tried to kill himself. This was not his first suicide attempt, but the way he went about it left us stunned. He had dressed for work that morning, driven to a quarry near his house, parked his car,…

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Pharmacists Make Mistakes. You Can Protect Yourself.

Lynne Calloway had been taking a newly refilled arthritis prescription for a few days when she mentioned she wasn’t feeling well. So her husband, Joseph Calloway, did some investigating. When he looked up her medication in a book detailing prescription drugs, he said, he discovered that she had been given the wrong one. A CVS…

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Jennifer Lopez at the Super Bowl? It’s the Role She Was Born to Play

Some time in 1998, riding high on critical acclaim for her performance alongside George Clooney in Steven Soderbergh’s sultry crime thriller “Out of Sight,” the rising actress Jennifer Lopez approached her manager with an unconventional idea: She wanted to make an album. Lopez recalled his response was not encouraging in a recent “CBS Sunday Morning”…

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Inside a Coronavirus Evacuation: How 195 Americans Got Out of Wuhan

LOS ANGELES — This week, a group of strangers came together under a warm Southern California sun. They played ball with their children. They took jogs down tree-lined paths. They watched movies in the afternoon. They also had their temperatures taken several times a day by medical personnel. And they are not allowed to leave…

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Do less and get stronger: Science proves you can lift less with better results

Weightlifters could do less and get stronger by changing the amount they lift each session, according to new research. Sports scientists from the University of Lincoln, UK, compared the average weights lifted by two groups over six weeks: one using a traditional training method of a «one rep max» — the maximum weight an athlete…

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Mason joins NIH grant to study young environmental exposures

Rosemary Higgins, Associate Dean for Research, College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), and Germaine Buck Louis, Dean, CHHS, received $1,457,607 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for: «ECHO Consortium on Perinatal Programming of Neurodevelopment.» This project is part of NIH’s Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. The overall objective of this…

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Congenital heart disease more deadly in low-income countries

Washington (Jan. 31, 2020) — Even though mortality from congenital heart disease (CHD) has declined over the last three decades as diagnosis and treatments have advanced, the chances for a child to survive a CHD diagnosis significantly differs based on the country where he or she is born. This eye-opening finding is drawn from the…

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The Lancet: Modelling study estimates spread of 2019 novel coronavirus

Authors caution that given the lack of a robust and detailed timeline of records of suspected, probable, and confirmed cases and close contacts, the true size of the epidemic and its pandemic potential remains unclear. New modelling research, published in The Lancet, estimates that up to 75,800 individuals in the Chinese city of Wuhan…

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