In Indonesia, Outlaw Gold Miners Poison Themselves to Survive

TALIWANG, Indonesia — The wildcat miner had something to prove: processing gold ore with liquid mercury was perfectly safe. So he drank some of the toxic chemical, choosing the promises of gold fever over the pain of mercury poisoning. “I have no worry about mercury,” bragged the fast-talking Syarafuddin Iskandar, 58. “I drank it. We…

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Gracie Gold Embraces a Rugged Comeback Path

The New York Times Sports department is revisiting the subjects of some compelling articles from the last year or so. Here is our January report on Gracie Gold’s mental health battle. Gracie Gold is still on the ice, steadily building a comeback in figure skating one small victory at a time. At 24, she has…

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Medical News Today: Should we all be eating more protein?

A recent review and meta-analysis investigating protein intake conclude that consuming the recommended daily allowance is fine for most people, most of the time. However, more protein is not necessarily beneficial. Share on PinterestProtein supplements are increasingly popular. Many of us enthusiastically indulge in holiday treats, which means that come New Year’s Day, beginning a…

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California law banning sale of cosmetics tested on animals goes into effect January 1st

SACRAMENTO—A groundbreaking law, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which passed in 2018, will ban all sales of cosmetics that have been tested on animals after January 1, 2020. The new law, authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (Stockton) and co-sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, was applauded by conscientious…

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What comes first, beta-amyloid plaques or thinking and memory problems?

MINNEAPOLIS — The scientific community has long believed that beta-amyloid, a protein that can clump together and form sticky plaques in the brain, is the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Beta-amyloid then leads to other brain changes including neurodegeneration and eventually to thinking and memory problems. But a new study challenges that theory. The study…

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Pharmacies leave customers hanging when it comes to disposing of antibiotics and opioids

Proper disposal of leftover medication, particularly antibiotics and opioids, can help reduce antibiotic resistance, prevent children from being poisoned and stop the misuse of addiction-forming drugs. But a telephone survey conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco found that fewer than half of California pharmacies provided disposal instructions meeting U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines,…

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Short or long sleep associated with Pulmonary Fibrosis

Scientists have discovered that people who regularly sleep for more than 11 hours or less than 4 hours are 2-3 times more likely to have the incurable disease, pulmonary fibrosis, compared to those that sleep for 7 hours in a day. They attribute this association to the body clock. The study also reveals that targeting…

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AIM-HI Accelerator Fund portfolio firm receives Virginia Catalyst funding

ROCKVILLE, MD — A portfolio start-up company of the AIM-HI Accelerator Fund has been awarded $700,000 from Virginia Catalyst to commercialize its lead cancer drug candidate. Richmond-based InterLeukin Combinatorial Therapies (ILCT) is developing unique engineered therapeutic interleukins (a type of protein) which destabilize and can kill cancer cells. The grant was one of six, totaling…

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Study: Children who drank whole milk had lower risk of being overweight or obese

A systematic review and meta-analysis led by St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto found children who drank whole milk had 40 per cent lower odds of being overweight or obese compared with children who consumed reduced-fat milk. The research, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, analyzed 28 studies from seven countries that…

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