She Saved Thousands of Best Friends. Then Covid-19 Killed Her.

Valerie Louie saved our beloved Uncle Mort from a life of abuse. Then she became a pandemic casualty. Her death is being mourned by households with four-pawed members across San Francisco and the Bay Area. Ms. Louie spent two decades rescuing dogs like Uncle Mort from shelters and finding them homes like ours anxious to…

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The New R.S.V.P.: A Signed Coronavirus ‘Waiver’

Before Ali Stagnitta, 26, an entertainment reporter who lives in Greenwich Village, could attend a weekend retreat in the Catskills last month organized by Soho House, a private club, she had to check off a few things. A fashionable face mask for group meditation sessions? Check. Warm jacket and gloves for nights around the campfire?…

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A Breakout Star From Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’

Name: Theo Germaine Age: 28 Hometown: Murphysboro, Ill. Now lives: A two-bedroom apartment in Chicago with his partner and three Balinese cats. Claim to fame: Mx. Germaine is a breakout star from “The Politician,” Ryan Murphy’s comedy drama for Netflix. Mx. Germaine, who identifies as trans nonbinary, also stars in the Showtime series “Work in…

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Auctioning Off a Dead Mall

PHOENIX — The body parts come as a surprise, even if you expect them, when they’re the only things left behind. When a mall has closed — its stores shuttered by recession, new spending habits or a deadly virus — the mannequins sometimes remain. They’re stripped and dismembered, their detached legs propped against bare walls…

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UCI researchers create model to calculate COVID-19 health outcomes

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 17, 2020 —University of California, Irvine health sciences researchers have created a machine-learning model to predict the probability that a COVID-19 patient will need a ventilator or ICU care. The tool is free and available online for any healthcare organization to use. «The goal is to give an earlier alert to clinicians…

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Will it kombucha? (video)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2020 — Kombucha is a bubbly, fermented tea that has gained popularity in the health and wellness scene over the last decade — but what is it exactly? This week, the Reactions team breaks down kombucha’s chemistry and investigates which ordinary beverages they can turn into kombucha: https://youtu.be/YxARRckS9dA. ### Reactions is a…

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Childhood intervention can prevent ‘deaths of despair’

DURHAM, N.C. — Mortality rates among young adults are rising in the U.S. due in part to «deaths of despair» — preventable deaths from suicide, drug overdoses and alcohol-related liver disease. An intensive childhood intervention program called Fast Track could help reduce these deaths by reducing risky behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood, finds new…

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Developing new classification criteria for improving antiphospholipid syndrome research

An international team of more than 80 collaborators led by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) investigators is developing new classification criteria for clinical research of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), a life-threatening autoimmune clotting disorder. In their paper, published online ahead of print on November 30, 2020, in Arthritis Care & Research, the investigators reported on the…

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