Thinking About Growing a Beard in 2021?

Aspirational beard growers come to the site from all over the world, and range from teenagers to senior citizens. Lorenzo Simonazzi, 21, of Savosa, Switzerland, came to the board shortly after the end of a relationship. “I felt I needed to change something in myself,” he said. A self-described perfectionist, he wasn’t sure where to…

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Time to Get Cooking

Good morning. Welcome back. It’s been two weeks of people pushing off meetings and decisions, treading water in the corporate pool and the raging river of unemployment alike, nothing getting done although there’s so much to do. Today marks the end of all that. It’s go time for 2021. Time to get serious. Time to…

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Does Coconut Oil Deserve Its Health Halo?

Dr. Greenland echoed that assessment, stating that “the marketing of coconut oil is confusing. It’s trying to sell it as a healthy fat, but those who know its composition don’t think that at all.” These and other experts part company with advertisers and advocates for coconut oil based on its chemical makeup and the well-established…

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New clues on why pregnancy may increase risk of organ transplant rejection

A research study at the University of Chicago has found that in pregnancy, while the T cell response to a fetus becomes tolerant to allow for successful pregnancy, the part of the immune system that produces antibodies (known as the humoral response) becomes sensitized, creating memory B cells that can later contribute to the rejection…

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Microbial-based tools to combat COVID-19

The Microbial Engineering community has made extraordinary progress toward developing a number of promising vaccine candidates to provide proection against COVID-19. This January 26 webinar, sponsored by Engineering Conferences International (ECI), will focus on a variety of programs based either on microbial platforms or cell gree synthesis. ECI a not for profit global engineering conferences…

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Scientists seek faster route to treat depression

By Karina Ninni | Agência FAPESP – Treatment of depression faces two main challenges. The first is that almost 50% of patients do not respond well to existing antidepressants. The second is that conventional medications take a relatively long time – around three to five weeks – to have the desired effect. A group of…

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Psychological distress during first months of pandemic equal to that during prior year

The coronavirus pandemic is creating a large spike in significant psychological distress among Americans, with the first month of the pandemic causing as much distress in the same number of individuals that experienced it during the whole previous year, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Findings from the first longitudinal study of psychological distress…

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One in four doctors attacked, harassed on social media

CHICAGO — While many physicians benefit from social media by networking with potential collaborators or interfacing with patients, a new study from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago found many physicians also report being sexually harassed and personally attacked on these platforms on the basis of their religion, race or medical recommendations. Although the…

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More women embracing ‘going flat’ after mastectomy

LOS ANGELES — A growing number of women forgoing reconstruction after a mastectomy say they’re satisfied with their choice, even as some did not feel supported by their physician, according to a study led by researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The study, published in the Journal Annals of Surgical Oncology, surveyed 931…

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