Art Lectures: “Science In The 17th Century Dutch Golden Age” (MFA Boston)

Peer through the lens of flourishing 17th-century Dutch technological innovation to witness wondrous advancements in science, including astronomy and medicine.

Harold J. Cook, John F. Nickoll Professor of History, Brown University

Medicine: “Relentless Prescription Drug Price Increases” (JAMA Podcast)

JAMA Network NewsDrug Pricing Theme Issue: Is Pharma Earning Too Much?, R&D Costs Required to Bring a New Drug to Market, Probiotic Safety, and more

One in 4 people in the US has difficulty paying the cost of their prescription medications. This stark fact was recently reported in a 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation public opinion poll among a nationally representative random sample of 1205 adults.1 Persons who reported having the greatest difficulty affording their prescription drugs were those who most needed them, including those who took 4 or more prescription drugs, spent $100 or more per month on their drugs, and reported being in fair or poor health.

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W.H.O. Update: 80% Of “Coronavirus/Covid-19” Patients – “Mild Symptoms”

Real-Time Update of Cases

Mar.03 — World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic speaks from Geneva about the latest advice for avoiding the coronavirus. He also comments on efforts to develop a vaccine and advice for public health workers. He speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: European Open.”

Study: “Dysfunctional And Variable Sleep” Increases Risks Of Cardiovascular Disease

From a MedPageToday.com online article (March 2, 2020):

Journal of the American College of CardiologyDysfunctional sleep likely is by far the most prevalent comorbidity in CVD. This makes it essential to explore the nature of sleep, but this is reliant on the enthusiasm of clinician scientists,” according to the editorialists.

“In modern society, both the quantity and quality of sleep are negatively influenced by factors such as longer hours of work, more shift work, artificial light and cell phones, all leading to self-reported daytime symptoms such as fatigue, tiredness, and sleepiness,”

A larger range in individual sleep duration and sleep timing across 7 days of wrist actigraphy was associated with significantly more CVD events over a median 4.9 years of follow-up (P=0.002 for both trends).

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Nature Videos: “A Georgia Winter” By Mark Williams

Filmed and Edited by: Mark Williams

Significant snow and ice is uncommon here in North Georgia as our recent winters have been much warmer. Here are a few scenes that I have assembled of those rare occasions during the past 2 years at Amicalola Falls and my home.

Music “Snowflake” by Borrtex

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