A Norwegian Valley Where the Old Ways Beckon

One sweltering night last July, I found myself inside a small auditorium in a Norwegian valley called Setesdal for a community concert. A young woman stood in the right aisle, dressed in the valley’s traditional bunad dress, a billowing black skirt with red and green stripes at the hem, a full-sleeved white blouse, and a…

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For Years, Alcohol Was My Only Comfort. Then It Nearly Killed Me.

On Sept. 29, 2016, I was at a private book signing in Williamson County, Tenn., for Alberto Gonzales, the former United States attorney general. As the chairwoman for the Montgomery County Young Republicans, I spent a lot of time sharing drinks with Tennessee’s political class. At the end of the evening, I decided to drive…

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Korean Fire Chicken Is Like a Super Spicy Chicken Parm

I first laid eyes on cheese buldak, a mozzarella-cloaked Korean dish that translates as “fire chicken,” in a 24-hour restaurant off Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. It was very late at night, and a couple in a window table were pulling long strings of melting cheese off a sizzling platter that beneath its glistening white…

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Mouse, not just tick: New genome heralds change in Lyme disease fight

Irvine, Calif., July 24, 2019 — As Lyme disease increases, researchers have taken a significant step toward finding new ways to prevent its transmission. The experts, who include a pioneer in Lyme disease discovery, have sequenced the genome of the animal carrying the bacteria that causes the illness. The advance by researchers at the University…

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Opioid prescribing rates higher in US compared with other countries

AURORA, Colo. (July 24, 2019) — Physicians in the United States may prescribe opioids more frequently to patients during hospitalization and at discharge when compared to their physician peers in other countries, according to a recently published study led by researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The study reviewed prescribing practices at…

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Immune therapy takes a ‘BiTE’ out of brain cancer

BOSTON — Building on their research showing that an exciting new form of immunotherapy for cancer has activity in patients with glioblastoma, the most common and most deadly form of brain cancer, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have created a new method that could make immune therapy more effective again brain tumors and expand its…

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Microrobots show promise for treating tumors

IMAGE: An artist’s illustration of microrobots inside the gut. view more  Credit: Caltech Targeting medical treatment to an ailing body part is a practice as old as medicine itself. A Band-Aid is placed on a skinned knee. Drops go into itchy eyes. A broken arm goes into a cast. But often what ails us is inside…

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UMass researchers receive $10 million grant to study jail-based opioid addiction treatment

IMAGE: Assistant professor, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are among the scientists at a dozen institutions nationwide that will form the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN), an ambitious, $155 million…

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America’s packaged food supply is ultra-processed

IMAGE: Distribution of health star ratings by major food category for foods that were and were not classified as ultra-processed. view more  Credit: Northwestern University About 80% of Americans’ calorie consumption comes from store-bought foods, beverages Food supply plays a central role in the development of obesity, cardiovascular disease Compared to other western countries, U.S. has…

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3D printed pill samples gut microbiome to aid diagnosis and treatment

IMAGE: Bacteria in the gut are pulled into the helical channels by an osmotic ‘pump’ in the pill. view more  Credit: Nano Lab, Tufts University MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (July 24, 2019) — A research team led by Tufts University engineers has developed a 3D printed pill that samples bacteria found in the gut — known as the…

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