It’s Ghost Tour Season

Allison Chase was born to be spooky. When her older brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as child, largely excluding him from the sugar-fueled pleasures of trick-or-treating, Ms. Chase’s parents wanted to make sure he could nevertheless enjoy Halloween to its fullest. Her father began to stage elaborate charity haunted houses out of the…

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The New Health Care: The Problem With Probiotics

Even before the microbiome craze — the hope that the bacteria in your gut holds the key to good health — people were ingesting cultures of living micro-organisms to treat a host of conditions. These probiotics have become so popular that they’re being marketed in foods, capsules and even beauty products. Probiotics have the potential…

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Medical News Today: Antibiotic plus probiotic combination may kill off superbugs

An innovative approach uses a biocompatible material to encapsulate probiotic bacteria and combines them with antibiotics to tackle treatment-resistant infections. A new approach for battling treatment-resistant bacteria proved successful in petri dish experiments. Every year, over 2 million people in the United States develop infections that are resistant to treatment, and approximately 23,000 people die…

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A Push for Safer Fertilizer in Europe Carries a Whiff of Russian Intrigue

BRUSSELS — The trade group Safer Phosphates would seem to have a pitch-perfect message for an environmentally conscious European Union. It advocates cleaner soil and healthier food, with a website showing pristine fields of wheat. It is also supporting legislation that would place tighter regulations on fertilizer. But the group is not run by environmentalists.…

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Rebels in Congo Kill 15 and Abduct Children in Area of Ebola Outbreak

JOHANNESBURG — Congolese rebels have killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack in the center of the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Congo’s military said Sunday. The violence threatened to again force the suspension of efforts to contain the virus. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo…

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Phone Snubbing Can Destroy Relationships

Phone snubbing is a social phenomenon which is spreading so that many feel there must be a special word for it. The obvious choice is “phubbing” (Millennials will be long remembered for coining new words like “bae” or “fomo”) as an instantly recognized hybrid word. To cross the t’s it means that somebody pays more…

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Matthew Rimi, Geoffrey von Barton III

Matthew Louis Rimi and Geoffrey Scott von Barton III were married Oct. 20 at the Park Hyatt, a hotel in New York. The Rev. Louis Olivieri, who was ordained by the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, officiated, Mr. Rimi (left), 31, works in New York as a legal marketing and business development practitioner for Hogan Lovells,…

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