Want to learn a new skill? Take some short breaks

IMAGE: In a study of healthy volunteers, NIH researchers found that taking short breaks, early and often, may help our brains learn new skills. view more  Credit: Courtesy of Cohen lab, NIH/NINDS. In a study of healthy volunteers, National Institutes of Health researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just…

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Signs and symptoms of MS in women

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that interferes with the flow of information in the central nervous system. It causes a variety of symptoms and can affect women differently than men. Researchers do not know what triggers multiple sclerosis (MS). Once it develops, the disease causes the immune system to destroy a type of tissue…

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Opioid Sales Reps Swarmed New York at Height of Crisis

Purdue Pharma’s sales force swept through New York State, visiting doctors and pharmacies nearly half a million times between 2006 and 2017 to promote OxyContin and other opioid painkillers. That is roughly 160 sales stops in the state each weekday during the height of the nation’s addiction crisis. The company’s flood-the-zone sales strategy was among…

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Matter: Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same.

For 340 days, Scott Kelly circled the Earth aboard the International Space Station, gathering data about himself. He drew blood from his arms. He saved his urine. He played computer games to test his memory and reaction speed. He measured the shape of his eyes. Two hundred and forty miles below, Mr. Kelly’s twin brother,…

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Measles Outbreak: Tensions Rise as New York City Steps Up Response

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Vaccine skeptics were planning a lawsuit against New York City. A Hasidic woman was heckled when she boarded a public bus. Family members were avoiding weddings for fear of encountering unvaccinated relatives. When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on…

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Critic’s Notebook: The Playboy Club in 2019: Show Tunes and an Identity Crisis

“Let’s be outrageous,” Brandon James Gwinn murmured into a microphone. “Let’s misbehave.” It was Monday night at the Playboy Club and everyone seemed to be behaving relatively well. People chatted, checked their phones, ate prawns served pink and prone on a bed of crushed ice, like sunbathers stranded atop some glacier. Besides, when a culture…

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Living Near a Major Highway Tied to Developmental Delays in Children

Living near a major highway may be associated with developmental delays in children. Researchers studied 5,825 children living in New York state outside of New York City. Parents periodically filled out a well-validated questionnaire that tracks developmental milestones in children from age 8 months to 3 years. Milestones encompassed physical, verbal and social domains. The…

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Putting the Dress in Dress Rehearsals

LONDON — On a recent spring morning, the Royal Opera House’s revival workroom, which is part of the costume department, was a hive of activity. Amedine Ballo, one of the revival workroom technicians, was hand-sewing gold thread onto a burgundy and pink chorus costume for the opera “Faust,” opening this week, because part of it…

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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Marseille

No city divides the French like Marseille. For every admirer cooing about the sun-warmed sea, craggy coastlines, fish-rich bouillabaisse and the Mediterranean melting pot (thanks to 20th-century immigration from Greece, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria), someone else is grousing about corruption, dirty streets and eroding Frenchness. And where the port city’s champions see…

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Medical News Today: Why does my stool smell foul?

Foul-smelling stool has a particularly bad odor. Often, this is due to the foods that people eat. In some cases, however, foul-smelling stool can indicate an underlying medical condition. This article outlines eight causes of foul-smelling stool, along with information on diagnosis, treatments, and when to see a doctor. 1. Antibiotics and infection In some…

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