Widowhood accelerates cognitive decline among those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease

Boston, MA — The death of a spouse often means the loss of intimacy, companionship and everyday support for older adults. A new study finds that widowhood can have another profound effect: It may accelerate cognitive decline. Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed older, cognitively normal Americans enrolled in the…

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UCLA engineers develop miniaturized ‘warehouse robots’ for biotechnology applications

UCLA engineers have developed minuscule warehouse logistics robots that could help expedite and automate medical diagnostic technologies and other applications that move and manipulate tiny drops of fluid. The study was published in Science Robotics. The robots are disc-shaped magnets about 2 millimeters in diameter, designed to work together to move and manipulate droplets of…

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Metabolic health and weight management key to minimizing diabetes risk

CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 26, 2020)–Increased fat distribution during menopause has long been shown to increase insulin resistance and the risk of diabetes. A new study based on data from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) shows that being metabolically unhealthy increases diabetes risk, even in women of normal weight. Results are published online today in Menopause,…

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The Basics of ‘Medicare for All’

ImageBernie Sanders in Houston on Sunday. “Medicare for all” may be closest to Canada’s system.Credit…Larry W Smith/EPA, via Shutterstock It’s possible you’ve tuned out when the Democrats running for president have tussled over “Medicare for all.” But now that Bernie Sanders, who introduced the Medicare for All Act in the Senate, is ascending in the…

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