It Was Obvious from Day 1

A few months after graduating from Yale in 2010, Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim was home visiting her family in Los Angeles. Her sister, the actor Clementine Ford-Wilcox, hoping to encourage her to move back to L.A., took Ms. Shepherd-Oppenheim to a nightclub in Hollywood to meet people in the local L.G.B.T.Q. community. “I was looking for someone…

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Late stage breast cancer survival estimate is ‘rarely accurate’

Specialists warn that single number average survival estimates for advanced stage breast cancer are unhelpful and usually inaccurate. Instead, they advise doctors to provide several case-specific survival estimates to help people plan with realism and hope. Share on PinterestWhat is a more helpful approach when it comes to discussing survival rate estimates for late stage…

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Ho Chi Minh City’s Hilarious Side

Vietnam’s largest metropolis, Ho Chi Minh City, has long excelled at boundary-pushing night life. But now a vibrant new scene is creating late-night laughter across this city of 9 million: stand-up comedy. Started by English-speaking foreigners, stand-up comedy is increasingly becoming a new tradition among Vietnamese in the bustling city locally known as Saigon. Local…

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Luxury for Less: The Travel Advisor Gambit

After visiting the Grand Canyon with my 9-year-old daughter in August, I splurged on a two-night stay at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz., to cap off our mother-daughter trip. Upon arrival, we were upgraded to a two-bedroom, two-bath suite with a kitchenette, a fireplace and dual balconies facing the breathtaking red rocks of Boynton…

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Are There Benefits to Chlorophyll Supplements?

The therapeutic potential of chlorophyll — and its semi-synthetic derivative, chlorophyllin — has intrigued scientists for much of the past century. Chlorophyll is all around us: in the verdant trees, in the spinach at the salad bar, on the shelves of stores. It’s a popular ingredient in products that promise fresher breath, more energy and…

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Cleaning Up After My Brother’s Fatal Overdose

The last mark my brother made on the world was a bloodstain on a bathroom floor. He died of a fentanyl overdose, nearly one year ago. He was 35 years old. His body was found in a rented room in the basement of a run-down house in Vancouver, where fatal opioid overdoses are now so…

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He’s Never Going to Put Away That Shirt

I would not let the shirt defeat me. It had been sitting on top of a cabinet in our upstairs hallway, just outside of our bedroom, for days. There must have been a reason it landed there. Perhaps my husband, Doug, was about to wear it one day and changed his mind. Maybe he was…

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How do MAIT cells identify and attack foreign invaders?

Melbourne researchers have identified what makes a specialised immune cell, known as mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT), cells boost their numbers and attack foreign invaders at the site of the infection. T cells are a core component of the immune system, which recognise the presence of infectious agents through surface structures known as T cell receptors.…

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Vaping less harmful than smoking for vascular health, major study finds

Study finds significant improvements in vascular health of chronic smokers who transition to e-cigarettes Women see greater health benefits than men following switch to e-cigarettes VESUVIUS is the largest study to-date on the vascular impact of e-cigarettes versus tobacco cigarettes Cigarette smokers who switch to nicotine containing vaporisers could significantly improve their vascular health, a…

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