Standing Out From the Herd

Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. Do any animals have fingerprints or other features that uniquely identify individuals? A. Scientists generally agree that closely related species like gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans have ridge patterns on fingers and toes that resemble those of humans and can be used to identify individuals. As with humans, no two individuals with…

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The Most Summery Weeknight Pasta

Good morning. Florence Fabricant delivered a beautiful new recipe for fettuccine with lobster and zucchini (above) this week, and it would be great to make it this evening because there are few acts more summery than cooking lobster on a weeknight. But I’ve been messing around with these smoker tubes lately, and it’s like I’m…

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Even Researchers Don’t Know Which Doctors Medicare Advantage Covers

If you try to use Medicare Advantage, figuring out which doctors are available (and where) can be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible. Medicare Advantage is the government-subsidized, private plan alternative to the traditional public Medicare program. It has had strong enrollment growth for years. That growth has received a boost from the Trump administration, which…

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Nutritional supplements and diets not always protective, WVU research suggests

IMAGE: This is Safi Khan, Assistant Professor, WVU School of Medicine view more  Credit: WVU MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Do the nutritional supplements people take or the diets they adhere to actually protect them against cardiovascular problems and death? Maybe not, suggests a new umbrella review of meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials by Safi Khan, an assistant professor in…

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Too much screen time for the kids? Grandparents may also be complicit

Grandparents have long been associated with letting their grandchildren do things their parents would never permit. Candy. Extended bedtime. Too much television. Carefree fun. They like to spoil their grandchildren. A new study by Rutgers and other researchers finds that today’s grandparents are still true to their traditional fun-loving image — allowing their grandchildren, while…

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