Shopping Guide: Shopping for Throws

A good throw is as comforting as it is beautiful, providing a little extra warmth whenever you need it and making a room feel more welcoming and relaxed. “It’s a homey thing,” said Ameé Allsop, a designer in East Hampton, N.Y., who often creates minimalist spaces warmed up by textured linen and other textiles. And…

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The Checkup: Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Opioids for Children

In a new survey of more than 1,000 parents by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, more than half were worried about opioid addiction, but almost two-thirds thought that opioids were the most effective pain medications for a child to take after a fracture or an operation. Experts in pediatric pain want parents to understand that…

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Personal Health: For Real Weight Control, Try Portion Control

I had hoped to avoid ushering in the new year with yet another weight/diet column, but three circumstances prompted me to reconsider: 1) The latest data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the weight of American men and women has continued its upward climb, with the average B.M.I. now almost…

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The New Health Care: The Unsung Role of the Pharmacist in Patient Health

Image “Older adults are taking an awful lot of pills these days,» says a professor of medicine and pharmacy. Getting them to stop taking unnecessary ones is harder than one might think. CreditRich Pedroncelli/Associated Press We know many people end up with a risky pileup of prescribed medications. Many efforts have been made, with varied…

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Kick-starting the genome in early development

IMAGE: Merged image showing a colony of mouse embryonic stem cells fluorescently stained for Dppa2 in red, Dppa4 in green and DNA in blue. view more  Credit: Dr Melanie Eckersley-Maslin, Babraham Institute Key points: Researchers identify factors responsible for activating the zygotic genome A small number of mouse embryonic stem cells mimic the two-cell embryo stage,…

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Women twice as likely to suffer from severe depression after a stroke

New research today published in the European Journal of Neurology has found that women are twice as likely to suffer from severe depression following a stroke than men. The team of researchers from King’s College London followed the progress of symptoms over five years after stroke onset in 2,313 people (1,275 men and 1,038 women).…

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Artificial skin could give superhuman perception

A new type of sensor could lead to artificial skin that someday helps burn victims ‘feel’ and safeguards the rest of us, University of Connecticut researchers suggest in a paper in Advanced Materials. Our skin’s ability to perceive pressure, heat, cold, and vibration is a critical safety function that most people take for granted. But…

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Study finds freestanding EDs charge more than urgent care centers

Freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) may charge more than urgent care centers (UCCs) to provide care for fewer patients who have similar characteristics and conditions, according to a study released in the Journal of Emergency Medicine. FSEDs are Emergency Departments that are not attached to an acute care hospital and may either be independent or affiliated…

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A ‘compelling call’ for pediatricians to discuss firearm safety

IMAGE: This is Kavita Parikh, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s National Health System, and senior author of the invited commentary; Lead Author Shilpa J. Patel M.D., MPH, emergency medicine specialist;… view more  Paradoxically, as overall firearm ownership decreased in U.S. households with young children from 1976 to 2016, the proportion of these families who owned…

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