Ask Well: Can Grapefruit Juice Affect My Thyroid Medicine?

Q. Does grapefruit juice affect levothyroxine effectiveness? A. There are about 100 drugs that can have dangerous and even life-threatening effects if you eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking them, but levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone drug used to treat an underactive thyroid, is not one of them. Grapefruit juice may, however, slightly reduce…

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Critic’s Notebook: Netflix Finally Brings Romance to Reality TV

I almost swiped past it. “Dating Around,” Netflix’s latest reality show, is based on an unremarkable premise: In each episode, “one real-life single navigates five blind dates,” in search of “one match worthy of a second date.” This is the kind of conceptual void that reality television producers typically pad with gimmicks. They make their…

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Endocrine Society commends reinvigorated effort to regulate chemicals in personal care products

WASHINGTON, DC—The Endocrine Society applauded the reintroduction of a Senate bill that would give government regulators needed authority to protect consumers from exposure to hazardous endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in cosmetics and other personal care products. The Personal Care Products Safety Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Susan Collins, would set a rigorous safety…

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The chemistry behind kibble (video)

IMAGE: Have you ever thought about how strange it is that dogs eat these dry, weird-smelling bits of food for their entire lives and never get sick of them? There are… view more  WASHINGTON, March 8, 2019 — Have you ever thought about how strange it is that dogs eat these dry, weird-smelling bits of food…

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$3 million NIH grant to study APOL1 and HIV synergy

Two Children’s researchers have received a $3 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the mechanisms of APOL1 and HIV nephropathies in children, using a combination of Drosophila models, cultured human podocytes and a preclinical model. The APOL1 genetic variants G1 and G2, found almost exclusively in people of African…

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$2 million NIH grant to study nephrotic syndrome

A Children’s researcher has received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study nephrotic syndrome in Drosophila, a basic model system that has revealed groundbreaking insights into human health. The award for Zhe Han, Ph.D., an associate professor in Children’s Center for Genetic Medicine Research, is believed to be the…

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Trading cryptocurrency is problematic for regular gamblers, Rutgers study says

Researchers at the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s School of Social Work have found a link between frequently trading cryptocurrency — a digital and virtual currency — and problem gambling. The study, the first to explore cryptocurrency trading among regular gamblers, suggests crypto trading appeals to people struggling to manage their gambling…

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Study: Life-saving antibiotic receives new use guidelines from researchers around world

BUFFALO, N.Y. — An international panel of the foremost researchers on infectious disease and antimicrobials has formed new guidelines on the use of polymyxins, a class of antibiotics employed as a last resort to treat deadly, drug-resistant bacteria. The guidelines, published last month in Pharmacotherapy, set new standards for the clinical use of polymyxins, including…

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Vitamin D may protect against pollution-associated asthma symptoms in obese children

IMAGE: Many factors contribute to worsening asthma symptoms, such as serum vitamin D levels, obesity, and high indoor air pollution. view more  Credit: NIEHS A new study finds vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children living in urban environments with high indoor air pollution. The study out of John Hopkins University School of Medicine,…

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