Letter of Recommendation: Cheap Sushi

For several years in the early 2000s, I made mediocre sushi at a Japanese restaurant in suburban Virginia. I never intended to take up the knife; I never thought I could. I started as a dishwasher, and when I made it into the kitchen, I mostly prepared yakitori and tempura. But then one busy night,…

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Flu during pregnancy: What to know

Influenza (flu) can be dangerous. Although everyone is at risk of contracting the flu, those who are pregnant or have just given birth are much more susceptible to the more severe effects of the illness. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant during flu season should get their flu shot. The flu shot may…

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Blue mushroom dye used to develop new fluorescent tool for cell biologists

A new fluorescent tool for detecting reactive oxygen species based on a chemical found in mushrooms has been developed by scientists at the University of Bath. Reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as free radicals and peroxides, are produced in cells under oxidative stress. Whilst present in healthy cells in small amounts, excessive ROS in cells…

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Poor sight causes people to overstep the mark

People with vision impairment are more cautious when stepping over obstacles when walking — but increase their risk of falls, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) asked participants with simulated blurred vision to negotiate a 10cm-high obstacle on the floor under increasing time pressure.…

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Dense breast notifications are having little impact

(Boston)—Dense Breast Notifications (DBNs) are having little impact. DBNs are a written notification to a woman after a mammogram that her breasts are dense. The goal is to motivate her speak with her doctor about her personal risk and possibly obtain supplemental screening for breast cancer. DBNs are mandated legislatively in more than 35 states…

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Long-acting contraception has proven highly effective but is restricted by some hospitals

AURORA, Colo. (Dec. 17, 2019) — Long-acting reversible contraceptives like intrauterine implants have greatly reduced unintended pregnancies and abortions, but government protections allowing religious hospitals to restrict care are limiting access to health care consumers, according to an expert at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The commentary was published this month in the…

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A closer look at the diabetes disaster

In Belize, where diabetes is rampant, patients need insulin every day to maintain proper blood sugar levels. But if people lack electricity or a refrigerator, they cannot store insulin at home. Medical advice pamphlets encourage such patients to keep their insulin in the refrigerators at small corner grocery stores instead. And so, in some cases,…

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Sexual harassment may be reduced at fun work events, study finds

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The office holiday party loses its luster in light of new study findings from researchers at Penn State and Ohio State demonstrating that incidences of unwanted sexual attention are increased at these and other «fun» work events. This sexual harassment may be reduced, however, when these events are held during normal…

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