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Triclosan, often maligned, may have a good side — treating cystic fibrosis infections

Triclosan, often maligned, may have a good side — treating cystic fibrosis infections

Maybe you’ve had the experience of wading in a stream and struggling to keep your balance on the slick rocks, or forgetting to brush your teeth in the morning and feeling ...

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How you can provide support for the bereaved

How you can provide support for the bereaved

Recent headlines of celebrities and their loved ones who have died by suicide – Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, and Tina Turner’s son Craig Turner – have made this leading ...

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A rare instance when preventative screening is worth the dollar cost

A rare instance when preventative screening is worth the dollar cost

Very few people know about hepatitis B, the so-called silent killer, and the billions of dollars it costs the U.S. health care system. The hepatitis B virus can cause ...

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Alcohol’s health benefits hard to prove, but harms are easy to document

Alcohol’s health benefits hard to prove, but harms are easy to document

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world, including in the United States. About 70 percent of adults in the United States report past-year alcohol consumption, ...

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The age group most vulnerable if coverage goes away

The age group most vulnerable if coverage goes away

A widely shared New Yorker cartoon heralded “70 as the new 50” with the implications that being 50 was a joyous and healthy age. More than 10 years later, we are seeing ...

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A novel ‘smart’ antibiotic may target most common bacterial infection contracted in US hospitals

A novel ‘smart’ antibiotic may target most common bacterial infection contracted in US hospitals

The most common microbe you are likely to pick up during a hospital stay in the United States is Clostridium difficile. This pathogen secretes toxins that trigger diarrhea ...

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Attrition among social workers, medicine’s unsung heroes

Attrition among social workers, medicine’s unsung heroes

You can tell a lot about a job and the people doing it by asking them to describe their best day at work. For Ali, a 28-year-old pediatric cancer social worker, that day ...

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How Roe v. Wade changed the lives of American women

How Roe v. Wade changed the lives of American women

The recent announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has ignited widespread speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade. Some analysts believe that a new ...

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How to build a better, safer, more welcoming hospital

How to build a better, safer, more welcoming hospital

We spend much of our time in buildings, and they can have a profound effect on our well-being, for better or for worse. As long ago as 1943, Winston Churchill told ...

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Flu lasts for more than an hour in air and on surfaces – why cleaning can really help

Flu lasts for more than an hour in air and on surfaces – why cleaning can really help

Influenza, or flu, viruses cause about 200,000 hospitalizations every year in the U.S. Annual seasonal vaccination is our best line of defense, but in recent years, it has ...

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