The Once and Future Handbag

In a case of truly unfortunate timing, the week before the Victoria and Albert Museum’s blockbuster show celebrating all things bag related — an exhibition over 18 months in the making, one of the largest ever in a museum, with loans from around the world — was to have opened on April 25, Britain shut…

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Research examines impact of hurricanes on hospitalizations, medical providers

AUDIO More older adults are hospitalized in the month following hurricanes while fewer primary care doctors, surgeons and specialists are available in some of their communities in the long term, according to a pair of University of Michigan studies. The findings are noteworthy as the population of older adults is rapidly growing alongside increasing impacts…

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Researchers create roadmap for eliminating defects in health care value

CLEVELAND — A new paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst states that the U.S. health care system spends in excess of $1.3 trillion annually on sub-optimal behavior and outlines a roadmap for reducing costs by eliminating defects in health care value. The paper, entitled Making a Dent in the Trillion-Dollar Problem:…

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Special session of Legionella Conference to address emergent health crisis

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Dec. 10, 2020) — A virtual special session of the annual Legionella Conference co-hosted by NSF Health Sciences and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) will focus on disease prevention from waterborne pathogens during a public health crisis. Previously set for January 2021 in Chicago, this special session of the conference has…

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Germans want open communication of uncertainty in the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the uncertainty inherent in science. The results of a Germany-wide study conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charite — Universitaetsmedizin Berlin show that most Germans want to be openly informed about this uncertainty. The results have now been published in the journal…

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Roadmap offers solutions for future of food, global ag innovation

ITHACA, N.Y. — To deflect future world food crises created by climate change and growing consumer demand, a Cornell University-led international team of economists, scientists and business experts has created a road map for global agricultural and food systems innovation, reform and sustainability. The group’s report — «Socio-Technical Innovation Bundles for Agri-Food Systems,» funded by…

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Antiepileptic drug reduces motor neuron excitability in ALS

BOSTON — The antiepileptic drug ezogabine reduced pathologic excitability of cortical and spinal motor neuron cells that are early signs of clinical dysfunction in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a study conducted by the Neurological Clinical Research Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In addition to providing a clearer understanding of motor…

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COVID-19 may also invade the central nervous system, cause neurological illnesses

CLEVELAND — COVID-19 is known primarily as a respiratory disease, with symptoms that include cough, shortness of breath, and, in severe cases, acute respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia. Now, researchers from Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Biomedical Engineering note in a recent review that infection with the coronavirus may also affect the central nervous system and…

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