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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The DFG to fund 16 new research training groups

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is establishing 16 new Research Training Groups (RTGs) to further support early career researchers. This was decided by the responsible Grants Committee in Bonn. The new RTGs will receive a total of approximately €72 million in funding for an initial period of four and a half years, starting…

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Relevant social stimuli may reduce interest in drugs

Researchers of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Malaga (UMA), specialized in addictive disorders, have demonstrated in an animal model that the presence of a relevant social stimulus reduces interest in cocaine. These members of the «Neuropsychopharmacology Applied to Neurological and Neuropsychiatric Disorders» group of the Institute of Biomedical Research in Malaga (IBIMA),…

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Fecal transplantation to treat patients with Parkinson’s disease: Hope or hype?

Amsterdam, NL, November 15, 2019 — Constipation is a common complaint in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Fecal microbiome transplantation (FMT) and pre- and probiotics are potential options for treating constipation and restoring the microbiome of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), but scientists warn that clinical data are scarce, and more research is needed before…

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