Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS

Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research published this week in the journal Environmental Health. Researchers from the University of British Columbia analyzed data for 678,000 adults in Metro Vancouver. They found that living less than 50 metres…

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Why cells need acidic lysosomes

Just like the body contains lungs, liver, and lymph nodes, so does each of the body’s cells contain tiny specialized organs. Perhaps most peculiar among them are lysosomes—bubble-like sacks that act as part recycling bin, part stomach. Among other things, a lysosome devours cellular debris—and, like a stomach, it needs to be acidic to do…

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Liver fibrosis ‘off switch’ discovered in mice

Chronic alcohol abuse and hepatitis can injure the liver, often leading to a buildup of collagen and scar tissue. Understanding this process, known as liver fibrosis, could help researchers develop new ways to prevent or treat conditions such as alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and nonalcoholic flatty liver disease (NAFLD). In a study published…

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Engineered capillaries model traffic in tiny blood vessels

Engineered human capillaries are providing an astounding view of how red blood cells transit ultra-small blood vessels. This new platform was used in a recent study to learn how severe malaria infection causes red cells to get stuck in blood microvessels. As they accumulate, the parasite-infected red cells obstruct the narrowest routes of blood flow…

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Can I mix those chemicals? There’s an app for that!

Improperly mixed chemicals cause a shocking number of fires, explosions, and injuries in laboratories, businesses, and homes each year. A new open source computer program called ChemStor developed by engineers at the University of California, Riverside, can prevent these dangerous situations by telling users if it is unsafe to mix certain chemicals. The Centers for…

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China Silences Critics Over Coronavirus Outbreak

The SARS disaster was supposed to drag China into a new era of openness and responsibility. The deadly disease rippled across the world 17 years ago, abetted by a Chinese government that covered up its spread. As the scope of it became clear, China’s journalists, intellectuals and other critics helped shame Beijing into opening up…

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Smokers Should Quit at Least 4 Weeks Before Surgery, W.H.O. says

It goes without saying that cigarettes and surgery are not a winning combination. Scores of studies have shown that patients who use tobacco have poorer post-surgical outcomes. But many doctors give smokers conflicting advice on the ideal length of time they should go cold turkey before their operations. A new report released this week by…

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Kaia Gerber Created a 90s-Inspired Shoe Collection With Jimmy Choo

Kaia Gerber was just a few years shy from being a 90s baby, but with one of the biggest supermodels of 80s and 90s as her mother and a signature style of oversized sharp-shoulder blazers, high-waisted mom jeans, and crop tops, fashion’s it-girl has been doing her homework. Now, Kaia is adding another feat to…

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A Party Spot Opens Near Chinatown

Omar’s La Boîte Lower East Side Omar Hernandez, the restaurateur and night life spirit animal, has set his sights on the Lower East Side. After making a name for himself in Miami, Mr. Hernandez arrived in Greenwich Village in 2013 and opened Omar’s La Ranita, a private supper club that had a brief but storied…

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Modern Love Podcast: Jessalyn Gilsig Reads ‘My Secret Left Me Unable to Help’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Can a parent’s transgression be forgiven if well-intentioned? Joyce Maynard poses that question in “My Secret Left Me Unable to Help,” her 2009 essay describing her decision to invade her adult daughter’s privacy in an effort…

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