Santa Claus Is Coming to Town and It’s Going to Cost You

ImageHo ho ho!Credit…Shutterstock First, the residents of Sesame Street relocated to HBO Max ($180 a year). Then, the Disney princesses found an expensive new home on Disney Plus ($69.99 a year). And this holiday season, shoppers are finding that one of the more venerable fantastical characters for children — Santa Claus — is blocked by…

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When Your Love Life Is a Punch Line

My love life is a joke. My husband, Eric Walsingham, does stand-up comedy and his set is punctuated with punch lines about our marriage. To be clear, none of these punch lines are of the ball-and-chain variety, a style of joke that seems to be mostly, and thankfully, out of fashion. Eric’s jokes are about…

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She Had Two Heart Attacks, but Normal Arteries. What Was Going On?

The 56-year-old interior designer was at her desk, on the phone, when the now-unmistakable burning ignited her chest. Since her heart attack the year before, the pain, which her cardiologist called angina, would hit her at the strangest times. Just sitting or even sleeping, she’d get this sensation like terrible heartburn. She quickly got off…

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BrainStorm Cell Tx publishes NurOwn ALS Phase 2 randomized trial data in neurology

CSF MCP-1 levels (a marker of microglial activation and neuroinflammation) significantly decreased post-transplantation and correlated with ALSFRS-R slope improvement at all time points (p «The entire investigative team working on the study are highly encouraged by the promising clinical results,» said Phase 2 trial manuscript lead author Robert Brown DPhil, Leo P. and Theresa M.…

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Scientists find promising drug combination against lethal childhood brain cancers

Researchers have devised a new plan of attack against a group of deadly childhood brain cancers collectively called diffuse midline gliomas (DMG), including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), thalamic glioma and spinal cord glioma. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, California, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, identified a drug pair that worked…

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Dead-zone report card reflects improving water quality in Chesapeake Bay

An annual model-based report on «dead-zone» conditions in the Chesapeake Bay during 2019 indicates the total volume of low-oxygen, «hypoxic» water was on the high end of the normal range for 1985 to 2018, a finding that scientists consider relatively good news. Dr. Marjy Friedrichs, a Virginia Institute of Marine Science professor and report card…

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New opioid library unveiled to help address epidemic

A new curated library, activated today, provides a centralized toolkit for policymakers, patients and health care professionals working to address the nation’s opioid epidemic. The epidemic kills tens of thousands of Americans annually, yet decision-makers report that they’ve struggled to make sense of an overwhelming and often-bewildering array of data. It can be hard to…

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Legumes boost heart health, according to new review study

WASHINGTON—Consuming beans, lentils, peas, and other legumes reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and high blood pressure, according to a review published in Advances in Nutrition. Researchers reviewed prospective cohort studies that assessed consumption of legumes on the risk for cardiometabolic diseases and related markers. The study found that those who consumed…

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