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Widowhood increases risk of Alzheimer’s, study says

Widowhood increases risk of Alzheimer’s, study says

Losing your spouse or life partner and gaining the designation “widow” or “widower” is one of life’s cruelest blows. Now science believes that widowhood may hasten the development of a type of cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s. Over a three-year period, cognitive abilities declined three times faster in widowed adults with high levels of beta-amyloid…MORE

A patient kept getting kicked off liver transplant waiting lists for alcohol abuse. But she wasn’t drinking, her bladder was making the alcohol

A patient kept getting kicked off liver transplant waiting lists for alcohol abuse. But she wasn’t drinking, her bladder was making the alcohol

A woman insisted she needed a liver transplant. But doctors wouldn’t allow it, removing her from waiting lists and recommending treatment for alcohol addiction instead. She denied, again and again, any problems with alcohol. Her urine ethanol levels, though, told a different story. When the patient showed up on the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s…MORE

Gender stereotypes keep boys from reading as well as girls

Gender stereotypes keep boys from reading as well as girls

Girls can’t do math. Boys can’t read. These negative stereotypes are not only reinforced by teachers and parents but by a child’s peers in the classroom as well, a new study finds. “Our study may be the first to investigate how students’ stereotypical beliefs about the reading ability of boys form what you might call…MORE

Nature makes children happier, science shows

Nature makes children happier, science shows

As my wife, daughters and I hiked through the woods at one of the many state parks near our home, I explained to them how we were doing three things that were simultaneously boosting our happiness at that moment. First, we were getting exercise, a proven mood booster. Second, we were spending quality time with…MORE

Opioid manufacturer reaches proposed $1.6 billion settlement

Opioid manufacturer reaches proposed $1.6 billion settlement

A large opioid manufacturer has reached a settlement agreement in principle worth $1.6 billion with attorneys general for 47 states and US territories, according to a company press release. Mallinckrodt announced Tuesday that the proposed deal will resolve all opioid-related claims against the company and its subsidiaries if it moves forward. Plaintiffs would receive payments…MORE

What is a pandemic?

What is a pandemic?

The deadly novel coronavirus outbreak has turned a spotlight on the science of disease, raising the question: What exactly is a pandemic? An outbreak is the occurrence of disease cases in excess of what’s normally expected, according to the World Health Organization. An epidemic is more than a normal number cases of an illness, specific…MORE