Medical societies join ACR to oppose policy limiting access to in-office treatments

ATLANTA — In comments submitted to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, medical societies representing rheumatology, ophthalmology, dermatology, gastroenterology and urology specialists joined the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) to raise grave concerns about a recent insurance trend that requires providers to obtain physician-administered treatments through mail-order specialty pharmacies. Providers are concerned the mandate adds additional layers…

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DIY tools TalkBox and SenseBox help people with disabilities to communicate

Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have developed do-it-yourself (DIY) assistive technology prototypes that are revolutionizing how people with disabilities can access tools that will help them interact with the world. Foad Hamidi, assistant professor of information systems, and his collaborators at York University in Canada and the Pamoja Community Based Organization…

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Grizzly Bear Death Rates Are Climbing

ESSEX, Mont. — The long freight trains climb slowly over Marias Pass, through snow-draped mountains south of Glacier National Park and north of the Great Bear Wilderness, snaking through some of the wildest country in the Lower 48. Some 25 trains a day, each a chain of 90 to 120 cars, make the journey over…

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In Trump’s Budget, Big Health Care Cuts but Few Details

WASHINGTON — President Trump told a group of governors on Monday that he was pulling back from efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, reasoning that with the end of the individual mandate already in force, the law was basically “not Obamacare anymore.” About an hour later, the White House released a budget proposal for…

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Pangolins Are Suspected as a Potential Coronavirus Host

In the search for the animal source or sources of the coronavirus epidemic in China, the latest candidate is the pangolin, an endangered, scaly, ant-eating mammal that is imported in huge numbers to Chinese markets for food and medicine. The market in pangolins is so large that they are said to be the most trafficked…

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Bruce McEwen, 81, Is Dead; Found Stress Can Alter the Brain

It was a staple of medical thinking dating to the 1910s that stress was the body’s alarm system, switching on only when terrible things happened, often leaving a person with an either-or choice: fight or flight. The neuroscientist Bruce S. McEwen trailblazed a new way of thinking about stress. Beginning in the 1960s, he redefined…

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Shortcuts to a Vietnamese Dinner

Premade simmer sauces have become a big thing for shortcutting Indian cooking at home. Now, Charles Phan, the founder and chef at the Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco, has taken the same approach to Vietnamese fare. He has introduced four braising sauces, two for quick stir-fries and two for slower simmers; each comes with…

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Dungeness Crabs and Other Delights From the Deep

Some hard-to-find seafood from across the globe sits alongside the usual fillets of black sea bass and piles of clams at Essex Pearl, a fish market and restaurant in the new Market Line food hall on the Lower East Side from the fishmonger Steven Wong. Tempted by some Maine sea urchins, slender Massachusetts razor clams…

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