Virtual reality illuminates the power of opioid-associated memories

The number of drug overdose deaths in the US has never been higher. Most of those deaths—68 percent in 2017—have involved opioids. An estimated 10 million Americans aged 12 and older misused opioids in 2018. Insights from virtual reality experiments could help break the cycle of addiction, suggests new research from Washington University School of…

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A person’s perception of risk can tell us about their chances of opioid relapse

People in treatment for opioid addiction are more likely to relapse when they become more tolerant of risks, according to a study by Rutgers and other institutions. The findings can help clinicians better predict which patients are most vulnerable. In the study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers followed 70 people during their first seven months…

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Emily Kramer, Jared Shure

Emily Lauren Kramer and Jared Albert Shure were married Dec. 7 at the Mansion at Natirar, an events space in Peapack and Gladstone, N.J. Cantor Emanuel C. Perlman officiated Mrs. Shure, 37, is the senior vice president for business development and marketing at ClickPay, a financial technology company that collects rental payments online; she works…

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Brenna Davis, Justin LeClair

Brenna Lauren Davis and Justin Z. LeClair were married Dec. 7 in an outdoor ceremony at Lover’s Key State Park in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Lanie Davis, the bride’s sister, became a Universal Life minister for the occasion. The bride, 32, is the vice president for marketing at Aday, a woman’s clothing store in Manhattan.…

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Rachel Brodlie, Griffin Corse

Dr. Rachel Mendelssohn Brodlie and Griffin Jerry Corse were married Dec. 5 at their dairy goat farm in Cambridge, Vt. Patrick J. Mayo, a friend of the groom’s family who is a Universal Life minister, officiated. The bride, 45, will continue to use her name professionally. She is an associate veterinarian at the Milton Veterinary…

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Mary Brunelli, Christopher Edgar

Mary Claire Brunelli and Christopher Bryan Edgar were married Dec. 7 in Manhattan. The Rev. Brian G. Konzman performed the ceremony at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where he is an assistant pastor. The bride, 29, is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature at the City University of New York. She is…

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A $120,000 Banana Is Peeled From an Art Exhibition and Eaten

In plain sight of art aficionados and influencers, a prankster removed a $120,000 banana from an Art Basel exhibition in Miami Beach on Saturday, peeled it and then ate it. It happened on the second-to-last day of the art show, where much fuss and head scratching this week has been over a solitary banana —…

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Two New Drugs Help Relieve Sickle-Cell Disease. But Who Will Pay?

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved two transformative new treatments for sickle-cell disease, the first in 20 years. But the drugs are wildly expensive, renewing troubling questions about access to cutting-edge medicines. Adakveo, made by Novartis, can prevent episodes of nearly unbearable pain that occur when malformed blood cells get stuck in blood vessels.…

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My So-Karen Life

ImageCredit…Illustration by Saehan Park While everyone is complaining about boomers, Gen Z doesn’t want you to forget to complain about Generation X, the other generation that’s significantly older than them that also sucks. This sucking is embodied by the name Karen, the young people have noticed — middle-aged white moms who are always asking for…

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