The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Chocolate

We don’t know what it is about, “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” and chocolate, but these two go together better than peanut butter and jelly. You can never go wrong when you give the gift of chocolate. You can give a beautiful box of chocolates, an imported cocoa powder, or delicious dark chocolate…

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In a Year of Abrupt Transitions, a Trip to Tahiti. And Calgary.

The 52 Places Traveler The 52 Places Traveler visits the definition of paradise in French Polynesia — and then makes his way to his final stop: Alberta in the dead of winter. Dec. 31, 2019 The last two stops for the 52 Places Traveler offered a contrast in scenery: Rangiroa’s Blue Lagoon, with its pristine…

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Medical News Today: Researchers discover new autoinflammatory condition

A team of specialists from Australia and the United States has identified a new autoinflammatory condition in humans. They also understand what causes it, which can help researchers find an adequate treatment. Share on PinterestResearchers have identified a new autoinflammatory condition, which they have named CRIA syndrome. Autoimmune conditions occur when the body’s immune response…

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Where Does the House End and the Yard Begin?

At David and Jamie Thompson’s house in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, it’s easy to lose track of where the house ends and the yard begins. The 5,380-square-foot home, which Mr. Thompson, the founding principal of the Los Angeles-based architecture firm Assembledge, designed for his family of four, is three separate pavilions connected…

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Exploring Spectacular Caves in a Quiet Corner of Vietnam

When Le Thi Bich brought her soon-to-be husband, Ben Mitchell, to visit her parents’ village of Phong Nha in 2007, tourism essentially consisted of day-tripping Vietnamese exploring a government-run cave by boat. In the narrowest part of Vietnam between Laos and the sea, the region is a captivating, almost prehistoric landscape of sweeping valleys and…

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How to Travel With Medical Marijuana

This fall, Sierra Riddle queued up at security at Los Angeles International Airport with a tincture bottle of THC oil — the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis — in her purse. Ms. Riddle, 31, a nursing assistant from southern Oregon, was traveling with her son Landon, 9, and uses medical marijuana to treat his severe nerve…

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How Cutting Food Stamps Can Add Costs Elsewhere

ImageA volunteer delivering produce donated by local grocery stores to a food pantry at South Congregational Church in Pittsfield, Mass., this fall.Credit…Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle, via Associated Press The Department of Agriculture recently finished work on a new rule that may take food stamps away from nearly 700,000 Americans by tightening work requirements. Several times…

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How to Talk to Someone With Alzheimer’s

“I don’t think anyone’s ever won an argument with a person with Alzheimer’s,” says Ruth Drew, who worked as a counselor in a hospital’s geriatric psychiatric ward before becoming a director with the Alzheimer’s Association, where she oversees the 24-hour 1-800 help line. Drew’s grandfather was afflicted with the degenerative brain disease. He would often…

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Objective subtle cognitive difficulties predict amyloid accumulation and neurodegeneration

Writing in the December 30, 2019 online issue of Neurology, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System report that accumulating amyloid — an abnormal protein linked to neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — occurred faster among persons deemed to have «objectively-defined subtle cognitive…

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