Research confirms nerve cells made from skin cells are a valid lab model for studying disease

The incidence of some neurological diseases—especially those related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases—is increasing. To better understand these conditions and evaluate potential new treatments, researchers need accurate models that they can study in the lab. Researchers from the Salk Institute, along with collaborators at Stanford University and Baylor College of Medicine, have shown that cells from mice […]

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Mutual appreciation key to saving marriage after a stroke, study shows

Laurel Sproule knew something in her 18-year marriage was changing when she came into the kitchen and found her husband Fred just standing there. He’d suffered a recent heart attack and then a stroke, but was home, and slowly responding to therapy. Getting ready to go out one day, they needed to eat lunch first, so Laurel laid out sandwich […]

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Making the most of a well-woman checkup

(HealthDay)—Don’t wait until you get sick to see a doctor—wellness visits for women can catch problems before they become serious, as well as make sure you’re taking all the right steps for good health. A well-woman checkup focuses on preventive care. It may include immunizations, screenings to check your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other health markers, and advice for […]

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Our social judgments reveal a tension between morals and statistics

People make statistically-informed judgments about who is more likely to hold particular professions even though they criticize others for the same behavior, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “People don’t like it when someone uses group averages to make judgments about individuals from different social groups who are otherwise identical. They […]

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Emotional Hangovers Are a Real Thing — Here's How to Cure Them

Many of us (unfortunately) know what a hangover is and have experienced one. After a long night of drinking, we wake up feeling sluggish, dizzy and nauseated and have a sensitivity to light or sound. But it’s not just alcohol that can make you feel awful the next day — emotions can have the same effect. So what is an emotional […]

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Rich people found to be more charitable if given a sense of control

A pair of researchers, one with Harvard Business School, the other with the University of British Columbia, found that when soliciting donations from wealthy people, it pays to offer them a sense of control. In their paper published on the open access site PLOS ONE, Ashley Whillans and Elizabeth Dunn describe their study, which involved sending donation request letters to […]

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Macy’s Has Everything You Need to Upgrade Your Life for 2019—on a Major Discount

There’s something about the end of the year that makes us want to overhaul pretty much… everything. New year, new me, right? Which is why we seriously can’t wait for the biggest and best opportunity to re-up on socks, underwear, leggings, comfy sneakers, and our beauty holy grail products—not to mention fresh sheets, towels, and even mattresses (!) to get […]

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Study shows in older people, type 2 diabetes is associated with a decline in brain function over five years

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that in older people living in the community, type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a decline in verbal memory and fluency over 5 years. However, contrary to previous studies, the decrease in brain volume often found in older people with T2D […]

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Powell River teen with special needs desperately awaits medivac to Vancouver

A Powell River mother is speaking out as her son desperately awaits transfer to hospital in Vancouver. Shawna Lamden Bennett’s 14-year-old son Isaac has been under heavy sedation at Powell River General Hospital since Sunday. Isaac has severe autism, and about 10 days ago his school placed him in a bathroom. He had a strong reaction, and for several minutes […]

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