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Puerto Rico school relies on holistic methods to teach, inspire

Justo Méndez Arámburu’s idea to start a nonprofit alternative school in Puerto Rico came to him in a dream. His 15-year-old daughter, Ana Mercedes, who had died in a car accident a few months earlier, appeared to him and encouraged him to open a school. “How would I do that?” asked the confused father, who […]

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Fine-tuning stem cell metabolism prevents hair loss

A team of researchers from Cologne and Helsinki has discovered a mechanism that prevents hair loss: hair follicle stem cells, essential for hair to regrow, can prolong their life by switching their metabolic state in response to low oxygen concentration in the tissue. The team was led by Associate Professor Sara Wickström (University of Helsinki […]

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Surgical quality and safety rely on institutional leadership, resources, and culture

CHICAGO: Hospital resources and infrastructure dedicated to improving quality and safety are essential for achieving safe and high-quality surgical outcomes. A comprehensive review of four key principles of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Quality Verification Program demonstrates the importance of an overall hospital culture of quality and safety, including top- and mid-level, quality-focused leadership […]

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Emotional exhaustion during times of unrest

Local and world events have brought out strong emotions and stressors this year, often one right after another. They include COVID-19, social distancing, quarantines, stay-at-home orders, furloughs, job loss, masking, racial injustice, protests and demonstrations. There’s no question 2020 has been a year full of change and trauma. In addition to social unrest, you may […]

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For kids with hearing issues, early intervention crucial to school readiness

When babies with hearing impairments get help very early in life, they are more likely to be “kindergarten-ready” when the time comes, a new study finds. In the United States, all states have government-funded “early intervention” programs designed to assist parents whose babies are deaf or hard of hearing. Ideally, that intervention starts soon after […]

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Women’s wellness: Is it safe to get a flu vaccination during pregnancy?

Yes, it’s safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women who are pregnant during flu season get a flu shot, regardless of their trimester. A flu shot during pregnancy can help: Prevent the flu and maternal complications. The flu is more likely […]

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Q&A: Rotator cuff tears—treatment and recovery

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m a 49-year-old man, and I’ve played tennis for many years without any injuries. But a few weeks ago, I developed pain in my shoulder during a match and was diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear. My doctor recommended rest and ice. That doesn’t seem to be helping much, and the pain […]