Catherine Hamlin, Pioneering Doctor Who Treated Childbirth Injury, Dies at 96

NAIROBI, Kenya — Dr. Catherine Hamlin, an Australian obstetrician and gynecologist who devoted her life to treating Ethiopian women with a devastating childbearing injury and who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died at her home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. She was 96. Her death on Wednesday was announced by…

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Lynn Nottage and Annie Baker Say Theaters Want Their Advances Back

In a sign that American theaters are desperately worried about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, playwrights are reporting that they have been asked to return payments for productions that have been canceled or postponed. Two Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights, Lynn Nottage and Annie Baker, said on Twitter that they had been asked to refund money…

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True Tales of Quarantined Socializing

March 19, 2020 ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by The New York Times Digital dance raves. Streaming soundbaths. Book readings by phone. Now we’ve gotta get creative. Where once technology was thought to be the death knell of human social interaction, it is now bringing us together under quarantine. The housebound are nimbly pivoting to virtual social gatherings.…

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Complacency, Not Panic, Is the Real Danger

The sight of empty grocery shelves — widely shared on social media — combined with the dread of an invisible threat seem a perfect recipe for widespread hysteria. But, so far, despite mixed messages from government officials and shortages of tests and hospital capacity, there is little evidence of widespread panic. In fact, research into…

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China Hits a Coronavirus Milestone: No New Local Infections

China on Thursday reported no new local infections for the first time since the coronavirus crisis began three months ago, reaching a milestone in its battle with the deadly outbreak that has upended daily life and economic activity around the world. As governments in Italy, the United States and elsewhere grapple with the pandemic, China…

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Social policies might not only improve economic well-being, but also health

March 19, 2020 — A comprehensive review of U.S. social policies evaluated for their health outcomes found suggestive evidence that early life, income, and health insurance interventions have the potential to improve health. Scientists have long known that «social» risk factors, like poverty, are correlated with health. However, until this study, there was little research…

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Starlings sleep less during summer and full-moon nights

Researchers of the University of Groningen and the Max Planck Institute have found that starlings sleep five hours less per night during the summer. Compared to winter, the birds take more mid-day naps and live under higher sleep pressure. During full-moon nights, starlings sleep around two hours less than usual. The findings of the study…

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E-cigarette users had substances linked to bladder cancer in urine, review finds

CHAPEL HILL— An analysis of evidence from multiple scientific studies found six substances that have a strong link to bladder cancer in the urine of people who had used electronic cigarettes and sometimes other tobacco products, researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and NYU Langone Health reported. In the study…

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