Medical News Today: Diabetes: How optimism may influence your risk

New research suggests that optimism may have a protective effect against type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women. In addition to lifestyle factors such as physical activity, optimistic personality traits may lower diabetes risk. A range of factors can raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Some of these factors — such as diet, physical…

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Don’t Kiss Your Pet Hedgehogs, C.D.C. Warns

Hedgehog owners should refrain from kissing their small, spiky friends, health officials said on Friday. Since October, 11 people across eight states have been infected with a particular strain of salmonella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, and all but one of those infected said they had contact with a hedgehog. “Don’t kiss…

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Medical News Today: Chinese fir tree compound may help to combat cancer

New research finds that a structural analog of a compound found in an endangered Chinese fir tree has cancer-fighting properties when combined with an existing cancer drug. Scientists devised a chemical analog of a compound from a rare Chinese tree that, combined with another drug, has cancer-fighting properties. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimate that…

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Jennifer Carl, Samuel Brickfield

Jennifer Turnbull Carl and Samuel Scappaticci Brickfield were married Jan. 26 at the Metropolitan Club in Washington. Inosi Nyatta, a cousin of the bride, received permission from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to officiate. The couple, who are both 29 and associates at law firms in New York, met at the University…

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Meredith Scott, Elliott Hyman

Meredith Suzanne Scott and Elliott Samuel Hyman were married Jan. 26 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Rabbi Michael Danziger officiated. The bride, 33, is a development associate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio and received a law degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. She…

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Sarah Riedl, Brandon Clark

Sarah Rose Riedl and Brandon Christopher Clark were married Jan. 26 at the Mid-America Club in Chicago. Heather E. Moran, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated. The bride and groom are each changing their middle name to Riedl. Mrs. Clark, 30, is a lawyer in the…

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Sarah Gelles, Jonathan Thrope

Sarah Gornstein Gelles and Jonathan Todd Thrope were married Jan. 26 at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center in Philadelphia. Rabbi Yael Levy officiated. The couple met at Amherst College, from which they graduated, the bride summa cum laude and the groom cum laude. Ms. Gelles, 30, is program manager in research and development for the…

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Alexandra Ristow, Colin McDonell

Dr. Alexandra Marie Ristow and Colin Patrick McDonell were married Jan. 26 at the Kualoa Ranch, a private nature reserve and cattle ranch in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Judge Richard Clifton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with chambers in Honolulu, officiated. The couple met at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif.,…

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Halley Goodman, Benjamin Mandel

Halley Marisa Goodman and Benjamin Zadek Mandel were married Jan. 26 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson officiated. Mrs. Mandel, 30, is a research analyst at Baron Capital, an asset management firm in Manhattan. She graduated magna cum laude with a dual degree — a bachelor of science in economics and…

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