Epilepsy and sudden death linked to bad gene

IMAGE: Keep on Breathing: People with epilepsy can stop breathing and die suddenly, with or without a seizure. A group of UConn neuroscientists traced the problem to a gene that causes… view more  Credit: Dan Mulkey and Virge Kask, University of Connecticut. In sudden death in epilepsy, people stop breathing for no apparent reason and die.…

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Many elderly patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma benefit from targeted therapies

PHILADELPHIA—Many elderly patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC)—who are often underrepresented in clinical trials to treat the kidney cancer—are seeing overall survival benefits from treatment with targeted therapies, according to a new study from Penn Medicine researchers published this month in JAMA Network Open. Analyzing 13 years of data on Medicare patients, the study…

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Tailor-made prosthetic liners could help more amputees walk again

IMAGE: Dr. Elena Seminati, John Roberts, Matt Young and Dr. Vimal Dhokia display a bespoke prosthetic liner. view more  Researchers at the University of Bath have developed a new way of designing and manufacturing bespoke prosthetic liners, in less than a day. This potentially life-changing project combines advances in computer science with an innovative manufacturing process…

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Can boric acid help with a yeast infection?

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E-Cigarette Exploded in a Teenager’s Mouth, Damaging His Jaw

Kailani Burton bought a vaping kit for her teenage son Austin, hoping he would use it to quit smoking. In March of last year, she and her husband were sitting in the living room when they heard a loud pop. Austin raced in, holding his bloodied jaw. An e-cigarette had exploded in his mouth. “He…

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Getting an Invite to the Libido Party

Any hope for diminished (or nonexistent) sexual desire in a postmenopausal woman? — SW [Have a question about women’s health? Ask Dr. Gunter yourself.] Short Take Yes! While some women do report a decreased libido with menopause there are some interventions to consider, depending on the cause. Tell Me More Libido is complex and depends…

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Black Leaders Denounce Juul’s $7.5 Million Gift to Medical School

Earlier this month, Meharry Medical College, a 143-year-old historically black institution in Tennessee, proudly announced that it had received the second-largest grant in its history — $7.5 million to start a center to study public health issues that affect African-Americans. But the gift has prompted a vehement backlash from African-American health experts and activists because…

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John Cameron Mitchell Reads ‘Platonic, Until Death Do Us Part’

Mr. Mitchell wrote and starred in the musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” He also recently released a 10-episode musical podcast, “Anthem: Homunculus.” Keep listening after the reading to hear more from him, Mr. Stempler, Mr. Stempler’s “PLP” and the Modern Love editor Daniel Jones. More from Modern Love Read the column’s most recent material.…

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Feeling Lost After Graduation? Make a Map

The other day, my wife and I were visiting her grandmother to invite her to our upcoming anniversary party. She had not been to our place yet, so she asked for directions. Naturally, she took out a pen and paper, and scribbled down notes as I described the specific streets and landmarks that would guide…

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