The Checkup: Helping Children Conquer Chronic Pain

Acute pain that calls out to warn you — “Hey, don’t walk on this broken leg!” — may be unpleasant, but it’s also protective. That acute pain is letting you know that a part of your body needs to heal, or in some other way needs extra attention, said Dr. Neil Schechter, the director of…

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TAKE a Number: A Rising Threat to Pregnant Women: Syphilis

Syphilis continues to make a dismaying comeback in the United States. Between 2012 and 2016, the rate of primary and secondary syphilis among women increased 111 percent. Over the same period, the rate of congenital syphilis increased by 87 percent. The sexually transmitted disease is caused by infection with the bacterium Treponema pallidum. The bacterium…

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What to Cook: Cook for the Beloved Community

Good morning. It is Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Stevie Wonder has the soundtrack, and I think you might mark it by listening this morning to King’s “Loving Your Enemies” sermon, delivered at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., on Nov. 17, 1957. It’s not much of a food holiday. People trot out King’s…

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Medical News Today: Stair-climbing exercise ‘snacks’ boost health

Time is no longer an excuse for not exercising, as new research finds that even a few minutes of stair climbing at intervals every day is enough to improve cardiovascular and overall health. New research finds that even brief bouts of stair climbing can bring unexpected health benefits. Several recent studies have pointed out the…

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The Treasure Behind the Wall

Alex Bolen, the chief executive of Oscar de la Renta, planned to have his new store in Paris open around this week, just in time for the couture shows. He planned to have a presence in the city even if he didn’t have a show. He had it all figured out. Then, last summer, in…

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The New Health Care: Stuck and Stressed: The Health Costs of Traffic

Sometimes the seemingly small things in life can be major stressors. Nobody likes sitting in traffic, for example. According to one study, commuting is one of the least pleasant things we do. But it’s not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue. According to analysis by the…

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Personal Health: When Cancer Meets the Internet

When faced with an actual or potential diagnosis of cancer, most people are inclined to consult Dr. Google, often before they see a real live medical expert. Unfortunately, Dr. Google doesn’t always know what’s best. A generation ago, patients were largely dependent upon the physicians they consulted as to how best to deal with a…

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A New Designer Is Named to Reinvent Lanvin

The restructuring of Lanvin, the oldest French fashion house in continuous existence and one built on the premise of classic femininity and strength, is finally complete. On Monday, the brand’s new owner, the Chinese conglomerate Fosun International, and its new chief executive, Jean-Philippe Hecquet, named their new creative director: Bruno Sialelli, a relative unknown from…

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New study raises hopes of eradication of malaria

After major global successes in the battle against malaria, the positive trend stalled around 2015 — apart from in Zanzibar in East Africa, where only a fraction of the disease remains. In a new study published in BMC Medicine, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden explain why this was and show that new strategies are…

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Mouse studies show ‘inhibition’ theory of autism wrong

A detailed study of four mouse models of autism challenges the most common assumption about what goes wrong in brain circuits to cause disease symptoms. The major hypothesis today — one supported by many animal studies — has been that neurons in the autistic brain receive too little inhibition or too much excitation, which causes…

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