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'Lost golden city of Luxor' discovered by archaeologists in Egypt

'Lost golden city of Luxor' discovered by archaeologists in Egypt

Please be respectful of copyright. Unauthorized use is prohibited.Three thousand four hundred years ago, a contentious ancient Egyptian king abandoned his name, his religion, and his capital in Thebes (modern Luxor). Archaeologists know what happened next: The built the short-lived city of Akhetaten, where he ruled alongside his wife, Nefertiti and worshipped the sun. After his death, his young son Tutankhamun became ruler of Egypt—and turned his back on his father’s controversial legacy.But why did Akhenaten abandon Thebes, which had been the capital of ancient Egypt for more than 150...

Apr 8
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Research confirms medieval ‘birthing girdles’ were used by women during labor

Research confirms medieval ‘birthing girdles’ were used by women during labor

ADIn medieval Europe, women feared childbirth.They had good reason: What would be considered simple deliveries today were fraught with dangers for both mother and child. Death and injury were common, and between 30 and 60 percent of babies died as infants.To help, women turned to religious rituals and folk medicine — and objects known as birthing girdles. Made of iron, paper or even deerskin, the girdles were covered with iconography and wrapped around the birthing woman.But until now, archaeologists didn’t have direct evidence they were used in childbirth.When British archaeologists...

Mar 19
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The human body, how it is understood and what it can endure, is the art for this exhibit

The human body, how it is understood and what it can endure, is the art for this exhibit

ADThe human body is complex and intricate — and the way we see it affects how we treat it. That simple premise informs , a new exhibition at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. The art in the exhibition shows how understandings of the body have changed over time and illustrates how much artists themselves contribute to knowledge about the body, inside and out.The exhibit is even accessible to those who can’t get to Lawrence, Kan., to see it in person. You can view it at .Highlights include Sean Caulfield’s riffs on the 16th-century scientist Andreas Vesalius’s influential...

Mar 12
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Smoking, drinking, drugs may bring on early heart disease, report suggests

Smoking, drinking, drugs may bring on early heart disease, report suggests

ADSmoking, drinking and drug use have long been linked to heart disease in older adults.A new suggests that recreational substance use can bring on heart attacks, strokes and other cardiac events in earlier life, too — and those who have used four or more substances are nine times as likely to experience early heart disease than those who don’t.The observational study, published in the journal Heart, looked at nationwide Veterans Affairs health-care data covering 1.2 million patients who receive primary care from the federal department. Researchers focused on heart attack, stroke or angina...

Feb 19
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Breast cancer death rates have risen slightly for women in their 20s and 30s

Breast cancer death rates have risen slightly for women in their 20s and 30s

ADBreast cancer death rates for U.S. women have been falling for decades.Now, that trend has ended for younger women. published in the journal Radiology shows that breast cancer death rates for women under 40 are no longer decreasing.The study looked at data gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics between 1969 and 2017. The breast cancer mortality rate had been falling steadily between 1989and 2010. It decreased between 1.5 and 3.4 percent per year for each decade of age for adult women from 20 to 79, as breast cancer screening rates steadily rose.The trend has continued to...

Feb 12
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Pandemic stokes rising worries about violence and fuels gun ownership, new study finds

Pandemic stokes rising worries about violence and fuels gun ownership, new study finds

ADThe pandemic presents an unprecedented danger to human health — and not just because of covid-19. New suggests the pandemic has stoked rising worries about violence and fueled gun ownership.Published in the journal JAMA Network Open, the study relies on data from the , which covers topics related to firearm ownership, practices and exposure to violence. The 2,870 California adults surveyed reported rising concern about violence during the pandemic. About 1 in 10 were concerned someone they know might harm themselves.About 7 percent of respondents who reported they had experienced unfair...

Jan 15
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Height, weight and nutrition of youths vary widely around the globe, study says

Height, weight and nutrition of youths vary widely around the globe, study says

ADHow tall is the average 19-year-old?The answer depends on where you look — heights and weights vary worldwide. A of children and adolescents from 5 to 19 around the world shows just how much the average varies. It also reveals wide rifts in health and nutrition in the tallest and shortest nations.Published in the Lancet, the study pooled data from over 2,000 population-based studies. The researchers acquired height and weight measurements from 65 million children in 200 countries.All those measurements produced a decidedly diverse picture of height and weight. While European countries...

December 4, 2020
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Most children are eating vegetables, but they eat less fruit as they grow older, a multiyear study shows

Most children are eating vegetables, but they eat less fruit as they grow older, a multiyear study shows

Nutritional guidelines stress the importance of a varied diet of fruits and veggies. But how much do kids really consume? A new from the National Center for Health Statistics sheds light on the eating habits of children and teens — and shows that while most kids are eating vegetables, they eat less fruit as they grow older.Between 2015 and 2018, the data shows, about 75 percent of kids and adolescents ate fruit on a given day. More than 90 percent ate vegetables.While 90 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds ate fruit on a given day, only 64.3 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds did the same. Younger...

November 13, 2020
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Nearly 1 in 3 young adults in the U.S. is unfamiliar with the five signs of a stroke

Nearly 1 in 3 young adults in the U.S. is unfamiliar with the five signs of a stroke

For years, experts have tried to hammer the message home: Call 911 at the first signs of a stroke.But is their message getting through?Not as well as hoped, a new study suggests: Nearly 1 in 3 young adults (mean age 31.3) in the United States is unaware of all five stroke symptoms.The sooner people call for help after stroke symptoms — sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side; trouble speaking or confusion; sudden trouble with eyesight; sudden trouble walking or dizziness; and sudden, severe headache with no known cause — the higher the likelihood the patient will survive.A group...

October 30, 2020
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‘Botanicum Medicinale’ uncovers ancient roots of herbal treatments, plants’ importance in modern medicine

‘Botanicum Medicinale’ uncovers ancient roots of herbal treatments, plants’ importance in modern medicine

Since forever, people have looked to plants for healing. And plant-based medicine isn’t just the territory of herbalists; from your cup of tea to the prescription medicines you may rely on, medicines derived from or inspired by plants are all around us.“” tells the story of herbal medicine with the help of gorgeous botanical illustrations and a wealth of knowledge about the history and future of healing plants. Written by British science writer Catherine Whitlock and designed by Lindsey Johns, it’s a veritable garden of information about plants and their medicinal properties.It features 100...

October 9, 2020
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