Tired of Winter? Here’s How to Make Your Home a Haven

There comes a moment every winter when reality sinks in that the cold, dark days and long nights are nowhere near over. You can hardly remember a time when your apartment did not feel tropical, the unfortunate result of an overly ambitious radiator. And your relationship with that Amazon coat, which seemed so on-trend last…

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The Unhealthy Math of Skinny + Pretty = Good

I always liked myself better for what I could be than for what I was — especially when it came to my body. This started at age 3 in dance class, where the other girls, unlike me, had thin arms and legs. The other girls’ tights, unlike mine, didn’t dig into their waists like a…

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Five Places to Visit in Oakland With Fantastic Negrito

Oakland, known as “The Town” in local parlance, is often defined by its differences from San Francisco across the bay. But the city — birthplace of the Black Panther movement — is a bubbling caldron of creative energy worth exploring on its own. Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, better known as Fantastic Negrito, is an Oakland-based musician…

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Mourning My Mom, One Red Carpet at a Time

For most of my adult life, every winter when awards season rolled around I would get primed and ready to have an epic night. Not because I was an Oscar-nominated ingénue about to walk the red carpet in Valentino couture and Bulgari earrings, but because my mom’s red carpet commentary was the stuff of legend.…

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Pneumococcal vaccines are effective — But new strategies needed to reduce meningitis

February 7, 2020 — Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) have been highly effective in reducing pneumonia and other invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. But rates of meningitis have shown little change, as pneumococcal strains not targeted by PCVs emerge as more important causes of meningitis, reports a paper in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal,…

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High levels of PFAS affect immune, liver functions in cape fear river striped bass

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found elevated levels of 11 per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals in the blood of Cape Fear River striped bass. Two of those compounds — perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and Nafion byproduct 2 — are associated with altered immune and liver functions in those fish. Scott Belcher, associate professor of…

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Sutter and Cuellar studying medication assisted therapy for high-risk opioid use patients

Rebecca Sutter, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), and Allison Evans Cuellar, Professor, Health Administration and Policy, CHHS, are implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of a Mobile Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) Program in the Prince William Health District that will expand capacity for opioid use disorder support and services.…

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Few consumers understand THC levels in cannabis edibles

Few cannabis consumers understand what the THC numbers on packages of cannabis edibles really mean, according to a new University of Waterloo study. The study, which surveyed nearly 1,000 Canadians aged 16 to 30, found that most consumers could not identify whether a cannabis edible contained ‘low’ or ‘high’ levels of THC based on the…

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Startup incubator aims to spur life-saving innovations

LOWELL, Mass. — A business incubator working to improve the lives of patients with heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders is expanding its reach to the next generation of pioneering biotech and medical-device entrepreneurs. Heart, lung and blood diseases account for 41 percent of deaths in the United States and lead to more than $400…

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