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The Best Surf Spots In Portugal

Portugal is home to an amazing coastline (almost 1.800 kilometres!) and the country is widely known for its surf conditions, serving surfers from all levels and at (almost) all times. This Surf Guide will provide you with some of the best surf spots in Portugal, with most beaches being suitable for any surfer (conditions will […]

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How microaggressions in health care hurt minorities

Far too often, when Sarah Perren went to a Philadelphia hospital for her regular diabetes care, her doctor gave her dietary recommendations that she never could have afforded. Just stepping into the office made the 59-year-old Black woman feel tense and self-conscious; she sensed that the doctor thought she was just lazy for not following […]

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Blacks have higher incidence of cerebral venous thrombosis

Black Americans have a higher incidence of cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) compared with other races, according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Neurology. Fadar Oliver Otite, M.D., from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and colleagues identified all new cases of CVT in the State Inpatients Database of […]

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Helminth infections common in Medieval Europe, grave study finds

Although helminth infections—including tapeworms and roundworms—are among the world’s top neglected diseases, they are no longer endemic in Europe. However, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases report that these infections were common in Medieval Europe, according to grave samples analyzed from across the continent. Helminths are parasitic worms and they infect an estimated 1.5 […]

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A tailor-made molecule that ties nerve connections

Researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), UK and Japan have developed a neurologically acting protein and tested it in laboratory studies. In mice, the experimental compound ameliorated symptoms of certain neurological injuries and diseases, while on the microscopic level it was able to establish and repair connections between neurons. This proof-of-principle study […]

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Pandemic learning can strain children’s eyes

If your child will be doing online learning this school year, you need to take steps to protect them from eye strain, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says. “I really have seen a marked increase in kids suffering from eye strain because of increased screen time. Good news is most symptoms can be avoided by […]

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‘Crosstalk’ between muscle and spleen in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common muscle disease in children and is passed on by X-linked recessive inheritance. Characteristic is a progressive muscular atrophy. The disease often results in death before the third decade of life. Researchers of the Universities of Maynooth (Ireland) and Bonn have found a connection between dystrophic muscles and […]

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Recovery protocol cuts opioid use after elective neurosurgery

Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols can reduce postoperative use of opioids in patients undergoing elective spine and peripheral nerve surgical procedures, according to a study published online Aug. 6 in Pain Medicine. Tracy M. Flanders, M.D., from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues report on a […]