The Charleston You Haven’t Seen

After years of working in creative industries, Karen Baldwin was intent on engaging the artistic community of Charleston, S.C., when she began planning to make a home there. “There’s a whole creative side of Charleston that people aren’t even aware of,” said Ms. Baldwin, 59, who previously lived in New York, where she studied fine…

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Should I Report Officiants Who Won’t Marry Same-Sex Couples?

I’m a professional wedding officiant and longtime L.G.B.T.Q. rights advocate. While I recognize that some officiants and other vendors may have ethical or religious objections to same-sex unions, I rejoice that marriage equality is the law of the land. Many wedding expos, websites, registries, professional organizations and social media groups have nondiscrimination policies requiring all…

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National Foundation for Cancer Research conducts Salisbury Award Competition

ROCKVILLE, MD – The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) last Thursday, November 14, conducted its latest Salisbury Award Competition for Entrepreneurial Translational Research. This event featured 16 individual cancer research projects from 15 institutions, selected from among a total of 36 applications. It concluded with an evening ceremony at which finalists were recognized, the…

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Ammonia levels do not aid management of hepatic encephalopathy in cirrhotic patients

The liver performs several critical functions including filtering blood, detoxifying chemicals and metabolizing drugs. When the liver is damaged by hepatitis, alcohol, or primary liver disease, fibrosis ensues. Long-term fibrosis contributes to cirrhosis of the liver, which in turn can cause severe complications, including hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a condition that results in a temporary decline…

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