The iPhone at the Deathbed

After Robert Alexander died at 51 during heart surgery in June 2018, after he was taken from the hospital to the facility that would recover the tissue and bone he had donated, he was brought to his uncle’s farm in Hinton, Okla., where his six siblings, his mother and other family members and friends had…

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Why Teenagers Reject Parents’ Solutions to Their Problems

Parents of adolescents are often confronted by a puzzling sequence of events. First, teenagers bring us their problems; second, we earnestly offer suggestions and solutions; and third, teenagers dismiss our ideas as irritating, irrelevant or both. These moments feel ripe for connection. Why do they so often turn sour? Almost always, it’s because we’re not…

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Hidden Beneath the Hospital Gown

“Here is your gown,” the nurse had said as she handed over a cotton frock. After hours in the hectic emergency room, we arrived in my mother’s hospital room. My mother quickly assured her that she would not be needing it. She knew she was sick; she did not need the gown to confirm it.…

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How a Pharmacy Handles Mask Hoarders and Coronavirus Fears

HONG KONG — “It’s like World War III,” said May Tang, an employee at the Kit Pharm Dispensary Ltd. in Hong Kong. As panic over the coronavirus outbreak has swept across the city, residents have taken to waiting in line for hours to buy face masks, disinfectant and even toilet paper from places like Kit…

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Survey finds Americans strongly support organ and tissue donation for research

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—February 18, 2020 —A strong majority of Americans agree that organ and tissue donation for research contributes to health and medical breakthroughs and acknowledge significant shortfalls for donation. This is according to a new survey released today commissioned by Research!America in partnership with The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI). The survey finds that most…

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Mayo researchers create, test AI to improve EKG testing for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

ROCHESTER, Minn. — An approach based on artificial intelligence (AI) may allow EKGs to be used to screen for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the future. With hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the heart walls become thick and may interfere with the heart’s ability to function properly. The disease also predisposes some patients to potentially fatal abnormal rhythms. Current EKG…

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Endocrine Society updates osteoporosis Clinical Practice Guideline

WASHINGTON—The Endocrine Society today announced an update to its osteoporosis Clinical Practice Guideline to include recommendations for romosozumab, a new medication that was approved last year to treat postmenopausal women at high risk of fracture. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved romosozumab in April 2019, a month after the guideline was published. «We felt…

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BU study: Late fall may be best time of year to try to conceive

First-of-its-kind study accounts for when couples are most likely to start trying to conceive, finding couples conceive quicker in late fall and early winter, especially in southern states. In the US, birthdays peak in early September, but in Northern states—and Scandinavia—the peak comes earlier, in the summer or even spring. Although many factors likely go…

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Think all BPA-free products are safe? Not so fast, scientists warn

Using «BPA-free» plastic products could be as harmful to human health — including a developing brain — as those products that contain the controversial chemical, suggest scientists in a new study led by the University of Missouri and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For decades, scientists have studied BPA extensively…

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