Historical housing disparities linked with dangerous climate impacts

Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather and will likely become even deadlier due to climate change. However, extreme heat does not affect all people equally. Surface temperatures in different neighborhoods within a single city can vary by a whopping 20 degrees (F), making some people…

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Hospital critical care resuscitation unit improves patients’ chances of survival

Patients with acutely life-threatening health conditions who were treated in the innovative Critical Care Resuscitation Unit (CCRU) received faster treatment and had better health outcomes, including a 36 percent lower risk of dying than those who were transferred from a hospital’s emergency department then evaluated and treated in a traditional intensive care unit, according to…

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A new old therapy

The fight against drug-resistant pathogens remains an intense one. While the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) 2019 «biggest threats» report reveals an overall decrease in drug-resistant microbe-related deaths as compared to its previous report (2013) the agency also cautions that new forms of drug-resistant pathogens are still emerging. Meanwhile, the options for treating infections by…

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Participants in environmental health studies vulnerable to re-identification

Newton, Mass. (January 13, 2020) — Before sharing human research data, scientists routinely strip it of personal information such as name, address, and birthdate in order to protect the privacy of their study participants. However, reporting in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers at Silent Spring Institute and their colleagues show that for environmental health…

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Ronald Melzack, Cartographer of Pain, Is Dead at 90

Soldiers with deep wounds sometimes feel no pain at all for hours, while people without any detectable injury live in chronic physical anguish. How to explain that? Over drinks in a Boston-area bar, Ronald Melzack, a psychologist, and Dr. Patrick Wall, a physiologist, sketched out a diagram on a cocktail napkin that might help explain…

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All the Looks From the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards

The Golden Globes were just the beginning of award season. It’s week two, and the stars are already flocking to the second big award show on the 2020 calendar: the Critics’ Choice Awards. Here, what everyone is wearing, from Zendaya to the Game of Thrones cast.

On Instagram, Houseplant Sellers Turn Likes Into Green Thumbs

Ever heard of a plant coach? They don’t wear whistles or train plants to grow. No, they instruct people on which plants will survive in their homes, teaching them how to take care of their chlorophyllous children and the way to style the greenery to their liking. The playing field for these coaches is often…

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Medical News Today: Are some parrots selfless?

Humans and some other mammals stand out among animals by showing kindness and helping other individuals in need. But do birds also demonstrate selflessness? The answer is «yes» — at least in the case of the African gray parrot. Altruism — the act of offering help to someone in need even if it does not…

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Patek Philippe Commands the Future

GENEVA — Thierry Stern looked pleased when, in an interview in early December, he said 2019 would be a record year for Patek Philippe. “I’m not running after records every year, though,” Mr. Stern, the chief executive, said, declining to detail the company’s turnover. “This is the beauty. We don’t have any shareholders. We don’t…

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