At War: The Day They Came to Tell Me My Husband Died

When the doorbell rang on New Year’s Eve four years ago, I knew something was wrong. It was 9 p.m. I was alone. I opened the door to three men in uniform. This was something I had imagined many times before, although in my visions they wore Army dress blues instead of the grays worn…

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Bites: In Houston, Food and Drink Elevated by Two Local Stars

When you arrive at the tiny glass-encapsulated Better Luck Tomorrow in Houston’s hip Heights neighborhood, you’re asked to join the bar’s “club,” which requires a signature before you’ve even looked at the menu. It’s the bar’s coy way of working around local restrictions that prohibit the sale of alcohol unless the establishment is a private…

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Ask Well: When Should I Take an Antibiotic?

Q. I know that antibiotics don’t treat viruses, but at some point, isn’t it time to try one? A. With the caveat that medical expertise is required to differentiate bacterial illnesses from viral ones, many common infections have features that can help you decide when an antibiotic might be appropriate. In patients with bronchitis, the…

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How to Get a Man to Marry You? – Learn from Kate Middleton

Can a girl marry a prince? She can hope to do so, of course, but the probability whether she will marry or not is 50:50. Each of us may find a personal “prince”. He, like a man of noble blood, can sometimes wait for years before proceeding with an engagement or wedding. How can you…

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Giorgio Armani to Redecorate Madison Avenue

Image A rendering of the new Armani store facade at 760 Madison Avenue. Work is to begin next year.CreditCookFox Architects, via Giorgio Armani PARIS — A new couture collection was not the only unveiling masterminded by Giorgio Armani this week. On Friday, the Italian fashion designer — who was on the 2018 Forbes list of…

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Scientists successfully obtain synthetic growth factor compatible to the native protein

IMAGE: HGF activates MET receptor and activation of MET receptor triggers intracellular signaling leading to the enhancement of cell division, migration, survival, and 3-D tubulogenesis. These biological activities lead to the… view more  Credit: Kanazawa University Growth factors are ligands that play important roles in the body — they are responsible for tissue regeneration, wound healing,…

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Microplastic contamination found in common source of groundwater, researchers report

IMAGE: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center researcher John Scott is part of a team of researchers who are among the first to explore microplastic contamination in groundwater systems. view more  CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Microplastics contaminate the world’s surface waters, yet scientists have only just begun to explore their presence in groundwater systems. A new study is the…

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Helmholtz scientists identify the causes of cortisone-induced side effects

IMAGE: Steroid treatment can trigger metabolic changes such as a fatty liver (shown here) via the transcription factor E47. view more  Credit: © Helmholtz Zentrum München Patients undergoing long-term treatment with steroids may suffer from metabolic side effects. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), partners in the German…

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Understanding the emergence of leukemia

IMAGE: Microscopic image of a thymus section. Mature T lymphocytes (red and green) are at the centre of the thymus whereas the precursor cells (yellow) are located at the periphery. view more  Credit: Mariana Ávila, IGC. Acute T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia is a rare type of blood cancer that affects mostly children. This blood cancer appears from…

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An integrative approach to studying lipid biology

The synthesis and transport of biological lipids across the mostly water-filled interior of the cell is a longstanding problem in biology. One of the solutions that nature has employed to solved it, is to use lipid-binding proteins, which work in various ways: enzymes that penetrate biological membranes, «chaperone» proteins that solubilize lipids in a pocket…

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