Another Reason to Take Your Blood Pressure Drugs: Lower Dementia Risk

Controlling blood pressure in middle age may reduce the risk for dementia. The benefits of reducing blood pressure to lower the risk for cardiovascular disease are well known, but the role of blood pressure control in dementia has been less certain. Now pooled data from six large observational studies suggests that antihypertensive medicines may lower…

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Medical News Today: What happens if a dog bite gets infected?

If a dog bite pierces a person’s skin, bacteria from the animal’s mouth can get into the body, which can cause an infection. Washing the wound thoroughly can remove the bacteria from the body and help prevent infection. If the bacteria stay in the body, they can cause an infection, such as tetanus, rabies, or…

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Medical News Today: Ringworm: How long is it contagious?

Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes ring-shaped lesions on the outer layers of the skin. These lesions are typically red and itchy, and they can appear on the scalp, outer extremities, or torso. Ringworm is highly contagious and can spread through contact with other areas of the body and other people. Ringworm remains contagious…

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Alfred Portale Opens His New Chelsea Restaurant

Headliner Portale Alfred Portale is redoing a lot of things for his new Chelsea restaurant, including his own food. The chef, whose name has been synonymous with new American cuisine for more than 30 years, has gone back to his Italian roots. “What I set out to do was something totally different,” he said. He’s…

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Patient Care Is Wrenching: A Psychiatrist, a Nurse and a Doctor Bare All

THE SOUL OF CAREThe Moral Education of a Husband and a DoctorBy Arthur Kleinman262 pp. Viking. $27. Kleinman, a medical anthropologist and psychiatrist, has crammed two books into one in “The Soul of Care.” You can skip the first one, devoted mostly to his early life and medical training; it’s a bit of a dull…

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Llama San Is Not a Typical Postcard From Peru

Erik Ramirez isn’t playing with the usual set of flavors at his new restaurant, Llama San. He isn’t putting them together in the usual ways, either. The starting point of his menu is Nikkei cuisine, the hybrid style forged by Japanese cooks living in Peru, but Mr. Ramirez hasn’t let himself get tied down by…

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Late evening eating may compromise women’s heart health

New research finds that eating more calories in the evening is associated with poorer cardiovascular health in women. Share on PinterestEating more of the day’s calories after 6 p.m. is linked with poorer heart health in a new study. Evidence is accumulating that meal times can impact cardiometabolic health. One recent study, for example, showed…

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Taking It All In: Hasan Minhaj’s Week

In “Patriot Act,” his topical comedy series on Netflix, Hasan Minhaj is ambitious. “The types of stories that I gravitate to are big international stories, big cultural stories or big domestic issues,” he said. “That’s the gamut for me.” But in his personal life, intimacy rules: the cozy evenings spent cooking in his Hell’s Kitchen…

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Gulf Oysters Are Dying, Putting a Southern Tradition at Risk

NEW ORLEANS — For decades, customers who visited the P & J Oyster Company’s headquarters in the French Quarter on the day before Thanksgiving were greeted by a sampling of what the holiday would bring: baked oysters, oyster dressing, oyster soup, oysters Rockefeller. “There are so many things you can make with our oysters,” said…

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For the Teen Who No Longer Wants a Period…

My very active 12.5-year-old daughter hates getting her period, which she began having two years ago. When can young women begin to use hormonal birth control methods that reduce the number of periods they have each year? Are there reasons young women should wait until they are older? — Jessica Jimenez, Texas [Have a question…

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