New strategy for treating common retinal diseases shows promise

LA JOLLA, CA–Scientists at Scripps Research have uncovered a potential new strategy for treating eye diseases that affect millions of people around the world, often resulting in blindness. Many serious eye diseases–including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and related disorders of the retina–feature abnormal overgrowth of new retinal blood vessel branches, which can lead to…

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A new paradigm in patient care

Emergency intubation in the field is a challenge for everyone involved, most especially the patient. Paramedics and EMTs have to contend with less than ideal circumstances while they attempt to insert a stiff laryngoscope down the throat and into the lungs of a nonresponsive patient. “And the success rate is only about 50%, which is…

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For a Cheese Lover, Two New Books

A couple of tidy little informative guides to cheese have just been published. Anne Saxelby, one of New York’s premier cheesemongers, gives her 52 rules for cheese as it is today, starting with shopping. She goes on to serving, eating and storing what you buy and finally covering details about milks, cheese production and cheese’s…

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A West Coast Kouign-Amann

High-quality, crusty sourdough loaves shipped directly to your door are no longer uncommon. Manresa Bread, with several locations in the California Bay Area, has mailed its breads nationwide since 2016, but now the bakery has added a flaky, buttery and sugary Breton confection, kouign-amann (pronounced queen-am-AHN). They make it in an eight-inch round. The kouign-amann…

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Culinary Historians Turn to Zoom

The pandemic has forced the Culinary Historians of New York into Zoom mode for their programs. But there’s an upside: Instead of a reception at which snacks relevant to the lecture are served, the recipes are sent in advance, so participants can prepare and enjoy the food during the session. Next up will be Ben…

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An Around the World Kind of Rum

Rum is made in dozens of countries, each contributing a particular style to the drink. The terroir of the sugar cane, the way the rum is made and distilled, aging conditions and proof all affect the result, often distinctive enough to make the drink characteristic of its origins. Plantation Isle of Fiji Double Barrel Rum…

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