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A Trial of Bezafibrate in Primary Biliary Cholangitis

Is bezafibrate an effective adjunctive treatment for patients with primary biliary cholangitis who do not have an adequate response to …

Medical Journals

8 Unusual Experiences to Have in Iceland

As the land of fire, ice, Northern Lights, and cheap flights, it’s no wonder Iceland has become one of the world's most popular destinations. From …

European Travel

Athens, Rising

It was Saturday night in Athens, and I was surrounded by dozens of young Greeks on the packed veranda of Six d.o.g.s., a cafe-bar and arts space that runs the length of an alleyway in the Monastiraki neighborhood. It was the 10-year anniversary party for Laternative, a local radio show launched in …

Europe

The Scarlet Virus

She was a large woman with an easy grin and open demeanor; her threadbare jacket was often askew but always meticulously clean. It was easy to …

Medical Journals

The Albino Community in Ghana: ‘I’m Motivated to Believe That I Can Survive’

ACCRA — When Bernice Agboada was 15 years old, she dropped out of high school because she couldn’t see the blackboard. The humiliation of walking to the front of the class to see what her teacher was writing was exacerbated by constant ridicule from her classmates. Two years later, she returned to …

Africa

Anthony Bourdain Spoke Out Where Other Men Wouldn’t

In the wake of Anthony Bourdain’s tragic death at age 61, there are many things the chef and journalist will be remembered for — from his immense …

Harvey Weinstein

Interactive Cancer Risk Matrix

This tool gives information on how different aspects of diet, as well as body weight and physical activity, might be linked to cancer risk. The …

Cancer

The 25 Greatest Kitchen Hacks Every Cook Should Know

<i>This content originally appeared on Cooking Light.</i><p>Genius ideas from the <i>Cooking Light</i> brain trust show you how to save time, minimize effort, make do …

Recipes

The Love of My Life

They wore each other like a pair of socks. He was at her house, she was at his. Everywhere they went—to the mall, to the game, to movies and shops and the classes that structured their days like a new kind of chronology—their fingers were entwined, their shoulders touching, their hips joined in the …

Hung Up

Global Burden of Cancer, 1990 to 2016

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Medical Journals

21 Books You Don’t Have to Read

And 21 you should read instead (technically 20 books—Adventures of Huckleberry Finn did not fare well).<p>We've been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we've read the Great Books. We tried. We got halfway through <i>Infinite Jest</i> and halfway through the SparkNotes on</i> …

Literature

Beyond Positano: This Is Where Italian Locals Go to Escape the Crowds

Skip Capri, Try Ischia<p>Capri has long been the preferred beach destination for the international jet-setters. However, Ischia is just as beautiful and …

Italy

How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People — and Its Banks

Photography by Sergio Corvacho<p>Above, Anna Delvey.<p>It started with money, as it so often does in New York. A crisp $100 bill slipped across the smooth …

Martin Shkreli

The Great Unsolved Mystery of Missing Marjorie West

<i>[]</i>On a damp Thursday morning in May 1938, hundreds of workers from Western Pennsylvania oil fields, given the day off to look for a missing girl, …

A Mother Wants the Internet to Forget Italy's Most Viral Sex Tape

Two years after her daughter’s suicide, a woman is fighting to limit how far a meme can go.<p>Maria Teresa Giglio has a daily routine of hunting down men who are trying to watch her daughter’s sex tape. She starts by searching the internet for her daughter’s name: Tiziana Cantone. Then she scours …

Internet

OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per …

Murder at the Alcatraz of the Rockies

Near dawn on April 21, 2005, José Guadian arrived at the federal prison where he’d worked for more than a decade. The bland, low-lying complex in …

Crime

Intravenous Immune Globulin to Prevent Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia

To The Editor: Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia is a prothrombotic drug reaction caused by anti–platelet factor 4 (PF4)–heparin antibodies of the IgG …

Turning Chaos to Calm - Emergency Physicians Monthly

A guide to mastering the fine art of verbal de-escalation in the face of increasing emergency department violence.<p>A 56-year-old male presents to the …

A Tale of Two Vegases

<i>Gayle Brandeis | Longreads | February 2018 | 12 minutes (3,027 words)</i> <b>The Best of Times —</b> March, 2007The night before I was slated to fly to Atlanta …

What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?

Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering …

The best facial cleansing brush you can buy

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The Insider Pick:<p>Like moody teenagers, facial cleansing brushes are commonly misunderstood. Spending upwards of $100 on a vehicle for face …

David Oliver: Tube feeding and deteriorating patients—guidelines can take us only so far

Like most geriatricians, I look after many patients with progressive vascular or Lewy body dementia, severe disabling stroke, near end stage …

Facing the Shortage of IV Fluids — A Hospital-Based Oral Rehydration Strategy

Puerto Rico produces 44% of the intravenous (IV) fluid bags used in the United States. On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck the island, …

Cousin Pam

"Cousin Pam! Here, Cousin Pam!" "Good morning. I’m your doctor. How do you feel today?" "Cousin Pam, you’re my doctor?" He looks puzzled. "You are in …

Where the Amish Go on Vacation

Each winter, for close to a century now, hundreds of Amish and Mennonite families have travelled from their homes in icy quarters of the U.S. and Canada to Pinecraft, a small, sunny neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida. Arriving on chartered buses specializing in the transportation of “Plain people” …

From Russia With Blood

Lavish London mansions. A hand-painted Rolls-Royce. And eight dead friends. For the British fixer Scot Young, working for Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic meant stunning perks – but also constant danger. His gruesome death is one of 14 that US spy agencies have linked to Russia – but the UK …

Return to Ward 17: Making peace with lost comrades

In 2016, I was treated in a psychiatric unit for PTSD after a career spent covering conflict and tragedy. Last July, I was back in Ward 17. It was time to face up to my moral injury and the event that drove me into mental hell.

The Ladies Who Were Famous for Wanting to Be Left Alone

<i>Patricia Hampl | Excerpt adapted from</i> The Art of the Wasted Day<i> | Viking | April 2018 | 18 minutes (4,735 words)</i> On the night of Monday, March 30, …