12 Days on the Most Storied Highway of Them All: The Silk Road

The sky over Tajikistan was a deep deoxygenated blue as we sped through the desolate mountain landscape of the eastern Pamirs. For days we had been driving one of the world’s most treacherous roads, the Pamir Highway, which snakes through the highlands of Tajikistan before turning north toward Kyrgyzstan along the border with China. We…

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Shopping for Match Strikers

The decline of smoking has largely eliminated a once-common accessory from many homes: the match striker. But candles and firewood still need to be lit, so a new wave of small manufacturers has been giving the tool renewed attention. Sure, you could use a paper matchbox. But a well-designed match holder with a rough surface…

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Aspirin, the Original Wonder Drug

Aspirin, the original wonder drug, has long been a go-to medicine for millions, a Jack-of-all trades remedy that is readily available and cheap. Championed for its ability to relieve pain, fever and inflammation, aspirin has been a staple in home medicine cabinets and first-aid kits for more than a century. Yet in recent years its…

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Report provides road map to improve response to Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks and conserve water

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (March 9, 2020) — A new policy report, Electronic Registration Systems for Cooling Towers — Improving Public Health and Sustainability Outcomes, published by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) proposes a standardized yet flexible template for cooling tower registries that are designed to improve health outcomes, address disparity in affected populations, and…

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Mayo Clinic-led study links obesity with pancreatitis

PHOENIX — A study by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Arizona published in the the Journal of Clinical Investigation has found that obesity is not only implicated in chronic diseases such as diabetes, but also in sudden-onset diseases such as pancreatitis. «In our study, we were able to demonstrate that fat within the belly is…

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Viewership soars for misleading tobacco videos on YouTube

Misleading portrayals of the safety of tobacco use are widespread on YouTube, where the viewership of popular pro-tobacco videos has soared over the past half-dozen years, according to research by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania. In an article published today in the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, APPC researchers…

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Focusing continuity of care on sicker patients can save millions of dollars annually

INFORMS journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management New Study Key Takeaways: Continuity of care leads to substantial improvements in patient outcomes, up to a point, more so for sicker patients. Continuity of care leads to fewer inpatient visits, shorter lengths of stay on those visits, and lower readmission rates. Variety in care becomes important at…

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Male size advantage drives evolution of sex change in reef fish

Some species of fish, notably parrotfish and wrasses living on coral reefs, change their biological sex as they age, beginning life as females and later becoming functionally male. New work from the University of California, Davis, shows that this sequential hermaphroditism evolves when bigger males gain an advantage in reproductive success — for example by…

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Predicting appropriate opioid prescriptions post-cesarean delivery

AURORA, Colo. (March 9, 2020) — Knowing the amount of opioids taken following cesarean section surgery and before discharge can inform individualized prescriptions and cut down on unnecessary, leftover pills that could be used for non-medical purposes, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Cesarean delivery is the most…

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