Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions

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The New York Times

The deaths of African-Americans at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Mo., in Cleveland and on Staten Island have reignited a debate about race. Some argue that these events are isolated and that racism is a thing of the past. Others contend that they are merely the tip of the iceberg, highlighting that skin color still has a huge effect on how people are treated.

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Could salt be the solution to superbugs?

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CBC News

Oct 11, 2016 11:41 AM MT

 

The solution to drug-resistant superbugs may be sitting on your kitchen table: salt.

Edmonton inventors have designed a salt-covered surface which is being used to fend off potent pathogens and help curb their spread within hospitals.

“It’s surprising because it’s so simple. We spend hundreds of millions — billions — of dollars that try to fight superbugs,” said Brayden Whitlock, one of the researchers involved in product development.

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Breast milk sugars promote healthy infant growth through gut microbiome

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EurekAlert!

Bacteria that live in the gut interact with dietary components to affect health and wellness. In a study published February 18 in Cell, a team led by Jeffrey Gordon at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis now finds key components in breast milk that promote healthy infant growth and how interactions with the gut bacteria drive this process.

IMAGE: THIS VISUAL ABSTRACT SHOWS HOW TWO PRECLINICAL MODELS FOR INFANT UNDERNUTRITION ESTABLISH A LINK BETWEEN CONSUMPTION OF SIALYLATED MILK OLIGOSACCHARIDES, THE GUT MICROBIOTA, AND HEALTHY GROWTH

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There’s new hope for blood cancers from umbilical cords

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The Washington Post

Jessie Quinn of Sacramento was 36 years old when loss of appetite, weight loss, some eye issues and finally pelvic pain sent her to the emergency room in 2010. Tests quickly revealed she had acute myeloid leukemia — a type of blood cancer that progresses quickly — and doctors told her that chemotherapy would probably not be enough; she would need a bone-marrow transplant.

Jessie Quinn — here with daughter Luna Williams — has been cancer-free for five years, thanks to a transplant of stem cells from a baby’s umbilical cord. (Courtesy of Jessie Quinn)

Jessie Quinn — here with daughter Luna Williams — has been cancer-free for five years, thanks to a transplant of stem cells from a baby’s umbilical cord. (Courtesy of Jessie Quinn)

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Surprisingly Little Evidence for the Accepted Wisdom About Teeth

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The New York Times

 

I brush my teeth twice a day, but not for as long as my dentist would like. I’d like to say I floss regularly, but that would be stretching the truth. I don’t scrape my tongue, I don’t rinse with mouthwash and I don’t use an interdental brush or Waterpik. However, I have one filling in my mouth, and I got that only when I had braces as an adult 15 years ago.

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How Diabetes Affects Older People

 

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JAMA

About 11 million Americans older than 65 years have diabetes. Most have type 2 diabetes, which is associated with overweight and obesity. Read more

Black Health Experts Renew Fight Against Menthol Cigarettes

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The New York Times

SEPT. 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — Menthol cigarettes account for about a third of all cigarettes sold in the United States, and they are particularly popular among black smokers — about four out of five report smoking them, according to federal surveys.

An advertisement for Newport menthol cigarettes on a Brooklyn bodega’s door. About four of five African-American smokers smoke menthol cigarettes, according to federal surveys.

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