A Wintry Tale of Deliverance

While Robin embarks on “a real rescue,” Don Eber is resolving to freeze to death in order to spare his wife and children his “future debasement.” Disease or chemotherapy has begun to scramble his words and Eber dreads the degeneration that reduced his beloved stepfather to a rail-thin, verbally abusive brute. Determined instead to do…

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How Midwives Have Stepped in in Mexico as Covid-19 Overshadows Childbirth

Rafaela López Juárez was determined that if she ever had another child, she would try to give birth at home with a trusted midwife, surrounded by family. Her first birth at a hospital had been a traumatic ordeal, and her perspective changed drastically afterward, when she trained to become a professional midwife. “What women want…

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The North Face x Gucci Explores the Great Outdoors

There are hypebeasts, and then there are hike beasts. The most anticipated fashion collaboration of the year (and 2021, if our predictions are correct) appeals to both parties. Our ears collectively piqued when we first heard the news in September: Gucci is joining forces with The North Face for a collection that bridges mountains, both…

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What pandemic messaging around changing holiday rituals gets wrong

In the midst of the raging coronavirus pandemic, we’re faced with agonizing decisions about whether to forgo treasured holiday rituals. Many people have defied health officials, putting themselves at risk of contracting COVID-19 or spreading the disease in order to uphold their family traditions in person. A new paper by two researchers at UC Berkeley’s…

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Diversity, severity of autism symptoms linked to mutation locations

NEW YORK, NY (Dec. 22, 2020)—One of the most recognizable characteristics of autism is an amazing diversity of associated behavioral symptoms. Clinicians view autism as a broad spectrum of related disorders, and the origin of the disease’s heterogeneity has puzzled scientists, doctors, and affected families for decades. In a recent study, researchers at Columbia University…

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Perspective: Why opioids cannot fix chronic pain

A broken heart is often harder to heal than a broken leg. Now researchers say that a broken heart can contribute to lasting chronic pain. In a reflections column published Dec. 21 in the Annals of Family Medicine, pain experts Mark Sullivan and Jane Ballantyne at the University of Washington School of Medicine, say emotional…

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Enzyme discovery can help rein in blood vessels that fuel cancer

LA JOLLA, CA—Most living things need oxygen to grow and thrive. Even cancerous tumors. That’s why tumors will readily sprout new blood vessels if their oxygen is starved, creating new lifelines for survival. A study published today from Scripps Research pinpoints the precise molecular machinery that makes this happen, providing scientific insights that can potentially…

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Secondary bloodstream infections associated with severe COVID-19

People with severe COVID-19 and a secondary blood infection were significantly sicker upon hospital admission, had longer hospital stays and poorer outcomes, according to a Rutgers study. The study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, is the first to assess the microbiology, risk factors and outcomes in hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19 and secondary…

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How the American child welfare system lost its way

Black children are removed from their families at much greater rates than any other race or ethnicity in this country. At the same time the sheer number of all child abuse investigations in the US is staggering: experts estimate that by age 18 one out of three children has been the subject of a child…

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