The ‘Burn Scars’ of Wildfires Threaten the West’s Drinking Water

Colorado saw its worst fire season last year, with the three largest fires in state history and more than 600,000 acres burned. But some of the effects didn’t appear until this July, when heavy rain pushed sediment from damaged forests down mountainsides, causing mudslides that shut down sections of Interstate 70 for almost two weeks. Immense quantities of sediment choked […]

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The pandemic has further contributed to bias, worse outcomes in pain management

Research about COVID’s impact on the presence of bias in healthcare is in its infancy, but the pandemic appears to have “exacerbated biases already inherent in the healthcare system, especially socioeconomic ones,” said, Amy Pearson, MD, a board-certified pain medicine physician and Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. “Patients who already had […]

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Rates of the most common form of liver cancer are rising in rural areas

Research indicates that rural Americans are disproportionately affected; those most at risk are men ages 60–69, non-Hispanic Blacks, American Indian/Alaskan Natives and those who live in the South or in high-poverty areas. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer and the fastest-growing cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to national cancer statistics. Historically, […]

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Protecting the microbiome essential to fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Protecting the microbiome may be essential to curbing the spread of harmful, drug-resistant bacteria, suggests a study published today in eLife. Trillions of bacteria inhabit the human body and there is growing evidence that this microbiome is essential to human health. The findings add to this evidence by showing that a healthy microbiome not only plays a crucial role in […]

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If You’re A Capricorn, Ask These Questions On The First Date

Dragon Images/Shutterstock By Camila Barbeito/Sept. 9, 2021 3:22 pm EDT If you’re getting ready for a first date, why not let your zodiac sign do the talking? Whether you just got out of an über-committed relationship or you’ve gone on dating app meet-ups once a week for way too long, letting the zodiac guide the conversation might be the trick you’re […]

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How the brain solves problems

In trying to think of an introduction for this article it occurred to me that had I been inside an MRI, the screen would have showed several brain regions lighting up like Times Square as my mind was attempting to solve the problem. First, the prefrontal cortex, basal ganglia and thalamus would recognize that the blank page meant that there […]

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Using video for the early detection of autism

Individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder often present communication issues and difficulties in social interactions. Although very frequent, this disorder is challenging to diagnose before the age of five. However, early care can compensate for these difficulties by providing specific behavioral intervention focused on the development of skills affected by autism. This is why an interdisciplinary team at the University […]

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The Best Podcasts For New Moms

Syda Productions/Shutterstock By Ashley Moor/Aug. 31, 2021 9:54 pm EDT Especially for new moms, pregnancy and motherhood can be overwhelming. It’s likely that you’re nearly overcome with questions and anxiety that leads you to spend hours researching every aspect of motherhood — from breastfeeding to postpartum depression. Rather than sifting through thousands of articles on the internet, perhaps you’d rather enjoy […]

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To Quarantine or Not: The Hard Choices Schools Are Leaving to Parents and Staff

On the second day of high school in Texas, Natosha Daniels’ 14-year-old daughter went all day without eating because she did not want to remove her mask. The teen’s school has a couple of thousand students, and the cafeteria was crowded. Plus Round Rock Independent School District outside Austin didn’t require masks, so some students weren’t wearing them. Even her […]

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