Epic, Ikon and Mountain Collective: Updates to Next Year’s Ski Passes

The current snow-sports season is far from over, but the companies running the popular multiresort passes would like you to start thinking about the next one. Passes from the three main players are now on sale for the 2020-21 season, with incentives to buy early: As time goes on, prices go up and some perks…

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How Siblings’ Gender Can Affect a Child’s Development

When you talk about sibling issues, everyone takes it personally. Whether it’s birth order and the supposed advantages of being the oldest (or youngest, or middle), or the question of having (or being) the favorite child, people tend to respond immediately with their own sometimes very individual and emotional stories. What I want to talk…

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The Patient Was Like My Dad in Two Telling Ways: Age and Sex

Halfway through medical school, I discovered my dad’s age: 66. Of course, I knew how old he was before then — I’d celebrated his birthday every year, but the number didn’t really stick. It didn’t seem to matter. I had a vague notion of what his age meant, a coalescing of rounding decades and the…

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Haunted by a Gene

Year after year for two decades, Nancy Wexler led medical teams into remote villages in Venezuela, where huge extended families lived in stilt houses on Lake Maracaibo and for generations, had suffered from a terrible hereditary disease that causes brain degeneration, disability and death. Neighbors shunned the sick, fearing they were contagious. “Doctors wouldn’t treat…

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Pain researchers get a common language to describe pain

For the first time, an international collaboration of researchers have succeeded in creating a complete overview of all pain conditions in the face, mouth and jaw and classifying them in the same way. This means that medical doctors and dentists will have a common language and the same understanding of this pain. In turn, this…

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Genetic test could pick out ‘ultra high risk’ bone marrow cancer patients

A new genetic test could help doctors pick out patients with the bone marrow cancer multiple myeloma who are at ‘ultra high risk’ of their cancer progressing aggressively early on. Researchers showed that patients whose cancers display particular genetic patterns have a much poorer survival than average and are unlikely to benefit from a drug…

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Study shows CRISPR effectiveness against colitis pathogen

Research at North Carolina State University shows that the CRISPR-Cas system can be used to effectively target and eliminate specific gut bacteria, in this case Clostridioides difficile, the pathogen that causes colitis — a chronic, degenerative disease of the colon. In a proof-of-concept study published in the journal mBio, researchers were able to show pathogen…

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New study identifies valuable tool for treating pancreatic cancer patients

Pancreatic cancer is predicted to become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths by 2030. However, recent developments in staging and treatment provide options to improve the long-term survival rate for an otherwise devastating diagnosis. Today, new research published in Annals of Surgery from the University of Colorado Department of Surgery at the Anschutz Medical…

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Columbia study evaluates cervical cancer risks of IUDs

Patients who used copper intrauterine devices (Cu IUD) were found to have a lower risk of high-grade cervical neoplasms (cervical cancer) compared to users of the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS), according to a Columbia study recently published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Studies from the 1980s suggested reduced risk of cervical cancer among women who used…

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Academy of Osseointegration provides additional insight behind cancellation of its 35th Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington

Arlington Heights, Ill., March 10, 2020 — The Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) Board of Directors and staff sincerely appreciate the understanding shown by members and the global implant dentistry community in response to last week’s announcement to cancel AO’s 35th Annual Meeting. «Cancelling the Meeting was an unprecedented decision taken very seriously by AO’s Board…

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