China threatens retaliation after U.S. orders closure of Houston consulate

In a dramatic escalation of tensions, the State Department has ordered the closure of China’s Houston consulate — a move the Chinese on Wednesday called an “outrageous and unjustified” provocation State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said the U.S. was acting to “protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.” On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced […]

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Stepping-down asthma medication may reduce costs without worsening health out

International guidelines for asthma treatment recommend clinicians find the minimum effective dose that can control symptoms, yet asthma patients are increasingly prescribed high doses of medication. A study published in PLOS Medicine by Dr. Chloe Bloom at Imperial College London, United Kingdom and colleagues found that stepping-down medication doses did not increase asthma exacerbations and […]

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Global warming boosts heat-related cardiovascular hospitalizations, study finds

The impact of high temperatures on hospitalizations due to cardiovascular diseases has increased over the past two decades in Queensland, Australia, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Shanshan Li and Yuming Guo of Monash University, Australia, and colleagues. Extreme temperatures—both cold and hot—are known risk factors for cardiovascular morbidity […]

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