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Cambridge, Massachusetts - At a fashion-industry dinner in New York last fall, a reporter asked various notables what books they were reading. The famed designer Vera Wang had a distinctive choice: “Fragments and Assemblages,” a book about reading practices in 14th-century London, by MIT literature professor Arthur Bahr - although, as Wang noted, the topic was “out of my comfort zone.”
Cambridge, Massachusetts - What causes a proton to spin? This fundamental question has been a longstanding mystery in particle physics, although it was once thought that the answer would be fairly straightforward:
Dallas, Texas - Adults smokers with limited education face a greater risk of stroke than those with a higher education, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.
Washington, DC - Health care systems that keep HIV patients from dying early in low- and middle-income nations need urgently to be repurposed to treat the chronic diseases that many of these patients now have, experts say.
Scottsdale, Arizona - Transoral robotic surgery is a procedure to remove oral cancers in which a surgeon uses a sophisticated, computer-enhanced system to guide the surgical tools.
Yuma, Arizona - We have all experienced the annoying, relentless and throbbing pain associated with a headache. They can slow us down or even bring us to a complete stop. However, did you know that there are several different types of headaches, and knowing the type you've got can be the first step in effectively treating it?
Jacksonville, Florida - A team of researchers at Mayo Clinic and The Scripps Research Institute in Florida have developed a new therapeutic strategy to combat the most common genetic risk factor for the neurodegenerative disorders amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In the August 14 issue of Neuron, they also report discovery of a potential biomarker to track disease progression and the efficacy of therapies.
Scottsdale, Arizona - Birth control pills (oral contraceptives) can improve acne in women.