How a protein in your brain could protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Research shows that white blood cells in the human brain are regulated by a protein called CD33—a finding with important implications in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study by University of Alberta chemists. «Immune cells in the brain, called microglia, play a critical role in Alzheimer’s disease,» explained Matthew Macauley, assistant…

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Research calls for new measures to treat mental illness and opioid use

Opioid use among psychiatric hospital patients needs to be addressed through an integrated approach to managing mental illness, pain and substance use, a study by researchers at the University of Waterloo has found. The study found that 7.5 per cent of 165,434 patients admitted to psychiatric hospitals in Ontario between 2006 and 2017 had used…

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Meaningful change in culture urged to save neurology, reduce gender gap

(SACRAMENTO) — Allison Brashear, Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, is working to save the future workforce of neurology and to reduce the gender gap in the medical specialty. More trained neurologists are needed to meet the demand for care in the U.S. More trained neurologists are needed to meet the demand for…

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Out Magazine Sheds Top Editor and Staff

Phillip Picardi joined Out magazine as editor in chief last year and was let go this week by the publication’s parent company, Pride Media. As many as 11 staffers were let go in total, according to employees there. “It has actually been the most rewarding work of my career to publish this magazine for the…

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House Votes to Give the Government the Power to Negotiate Drug Prices

WASHINGTON — The House, delivering on one of Democrats’ central campaign promises, passed ambitious legislation on Thursday to lower the rising cost of prescription drugs by empowering the federal government to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical manufacturers. The bill, known as H.R. 3 — a numerical designation that reflects its position on Democrats’ priority list —…

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New Zealand Seeks Human Skin to Treat Volcano Burn Victims

To treat more than two dozen tourists severely burned in a volcanic explosion earlier this week, doctors in New Zealand are rushing to obtain a unique medical export from the United States. The doctors are buying nearly 1,300 square feet of human skin. At a briefing on Thursday in Auckland, health officials outlined the desperate…

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Federal Watchdog Questions Billions of Dollars Paid to Private Medicare Plans

A new government report released Thursday found health insurance companies had combed through patient charts to obtain billions of dollars of additional payments from the federal Medicare program. The report, from the federal inspector general’s office, examined payments billed by insurers for those covered by private Medicare Advantage plans, which are increasingly popular and heavily…

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You Could Die Today. Here’s How to Reduce That Risk.

Everyone dies, but almost nobody expects to die today. Yet, accidents do happen. In 2017, accidents and unintentional injuries were the third-most-common cause of death of Americans. Although we live in a remarkably safe world by historical standards, many of us needlessly increase our risk of sickness, injury and even death without realizing it. Let’s…

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The Case of a Man With Two Sets of DNA Raises More Questions

A recent article about a highly unconventional experiment involving a man who had received a bone marrow transplant has raised some questions for readers of The New York Times. Four years after the lifesaving procedure, all the DNA in the patient’s semen had been replaced by that of his donor. This came as a surprise…

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Le Succulent, in Brooklyn, Unites West African and French Culinary Traditions

On one plate lie cuts of steak, black-edged and blushing, alongside potatoes dauphinoise, and on another, crimson-stained rice suffused with the deep, thrilling funk of guedj, fermented dried fish, and yete, sea snails buried in sand and then dried in the sun, tasting of brine, smoke and musk. Each meal at Le Succulent, a modest…

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