9 Reasons to Date a Writer

A writer is one of the sexiest images of an ideal man. He is often responsible, creative, and in need of love just like any other romantic guy. Surprisingly, a lot of women believe that a male writer absolutely does not know how to build a relationship, and this occupation does not seem attractive to…

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I Doozy: Now Kids Are Skipping School to Serenade Their Teachers

Joy Foraste and Margit Foley, both mothers of Hingham Middle School students, organized the surprise that has made local celebrities out of Christopher Landis and his now-husband, Joseph Michienzie, of Weymouth, Mass. “I still get choked up watching it,” said Mr. Michienzie, who helped Ms. Foraste and Ms. Foley execute their plan on Dec. 21…

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A Race Against Space

“He wouldn’t want to live like this.” The cardiology team consulted us that Sunday evening. A patient was getting sleepy, and weak on one side. The man was 68 years old, not a healthy man, but a strong man. He had suffered a heart attack, again, and had been transferred from another hospital. Because he’d…

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Spinal Fractures Can Be Terribly Painful. A Common Treatment Isn’t Helping.

Scientists warned osteoporosis patients on Thursday to avoid two common procedures used to shore up painful fractures in crumbling spines. The treatments, which involve injecting bone cement into broken vertebrae, relieve pain no better than a placebo does, according to an expert task force convened by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. The…

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Cystic fibrosis drug combo found safe and effective for 2- to 5-year-olds

An open label Phase 3 study conducted at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and other centers established that a combination of cystic fibrosis drugs lumacaftor and ivacaftor is safe and effective in children aged 2-5 years, whose disease is caused by two copies of F508del-CFTR gene mutation — the most common…

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Discovery could advance blood pressure treatments

IMAGE: Scientists who led the study on blood pressure genetics included (back row, from left) Adriana Hung, M.D., M.P.H., Todd Edwards, Ph.D., (front row, from left) Jacklyn Hellwege, Ph.D., Ayush Giri,… view more  Credit: Photo by Steve Green A team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, working with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), has…

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Drought in Lesotho heightened HIV risk in girls

IMAGE: ICAP survey workers travel by horseback in rural Lesotho. New research finds drought conditions in the country heightened risk for HIV among adolescent girls. view more  Adolescent girls exposed to severe drought conditions in rural Lesotho had higher rates of HIV, according to a new study led by researchers at ICAP at Columbia University, a…

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ACR responds to CMS Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage proposed rule

ATLANTA, GA — In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) expressed its continuing concern with a recent CMS policy allowing Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to utilize step therapy for Part B drugs. In the comment letter, rheumatology leaders urged the agency to establish safeguards…

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