Tourism in Antarctica: Edging Toward the (Risky) Mainstream

In January, the Coral Princess, a ship with 2,000 berths and a crew of nearly 900, plowed through the frigid waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, cruising past icebergs, glaciers and mountains clad in snow. The cruise, which had been advertised at less than $4,000 per person, is remarkably cheaper than most Antarctic expeditions, which often…

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Are Foods Labeled ‘Low Sugar’ Misleading Consumers?

The label on Honest Tea’s organic peach-flavored iced tea has a reassuring message for people who want a beverage that is not too sugary: “Just a Tad Sweet,” the label states. But a single serving of the beverage, the amount in one 16.9 ounce bottle, has 25 grams of added sugar, equivalent to six teaspoons…

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The Diet Industrial Complex Got Me, and It Will Never Let Me Go

I was a chubby little kid. I loved toast, butter, cookies, orange juice, ice cream and hamburgers, and I didn’t like moving around that much. I wasn’t a snacker, or a grazer. I just ate as much as an adult and then sat around reading the “All-of-a-Kind Family” books and “The Witch of Blackbird Pond”…

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How Exercise Might Affect Our Food Choices, and Our Weight

Taking up exercise could alter our feelings about food in surprising and beneficial ways, according to a compelling new study of exercise and eating. The study finds that novice exercisers start to experience less desire for fattening foods, a change that could have long-term implications for weight control. The study also shows, though, that different…

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Shaved Heads, Adult Diapers: Life as a Nurse in the Coronavirus Outbreak

Zhang Wendan and her family were celebrating the Lunar New Year when the 27-year-old nurse got a notice from the hospital: report back to work and join the battle to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Ms. Zhang lives in Huanggang, in Hubei Province, where the virus originated. Two days earlier officials had sealed off her city…

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Bilingual mash ups: Counterintuitive findings from sociolinguistics

A new study exposes the fallacy of relying on pronunciation as a measure of linguistic proficiency. The study, ‘Revisiting phonetic integration in bilingual borrowing’, by Shana Poplack, Suzanne Robillard, Nathalie Dion (all from the University of Ottawa), and John. C. Paolillo (University of Indiana Bloomington) will be published in March 2020 issue of the scholarly…

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Study reveals potential new treatment for patients with metastatic melanoma

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have uncovered a potentially more beneficial treatment regimen for patients with metastatic melanoma. The results, published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, show that radiation before immunotherapy may prolong lives of patients with melanoma that has spread to the brain. «Melanoma brain metastases occur in…

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CT provides best diagnosis for COVID-19

OAK BROOK, Ill. (February 26, 2020) — In a study of more than 1,000 patients published in the journal Radiology, chest CT outperformed lab testing in the diagnosis of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The researchers concluded that CT should be used as the primary screening tool for COVID-19. In the absence of specific therapeutic…

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Researchers develop gene catalog comprising community of microbes in vaginal microbio

University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) researchers have created the first catalog of genes that comprise the community of microbes, which inhabit the human vagina. The catalog, called human vaginal non-redundant gene catalog (VIRGO), was recently released as a public resource that can be used by researchers to facilitate…

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Widowhood accelerates cognitive decline among those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease

Boston, MA — The death of a spouse often means the loss of intimacy, companionship and everyday support for older adults. A new study finds that widowhood can have another profound effect: It may accelerate cognitive decline. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed older, cognitively normal Americans enrolled in the…

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