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Marcus Smart’s game-tying flop was genius in Heat-Celtics Video game 1

The Miami Heat led the Boston Celtics by one point after Jimmy Butler canned a corner three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. As the Celtics inbounded the ball on the sideline following a timeout, Marcus Smart drew a defensive foul on Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. before…

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Johnson & Johnson begins Stage 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial in U.S.

A fourth Covid-19 vaccine candidate has gone into the final stage of clinical trials in the U.S., with Johnson & Johnson announcing the start of its Phase 3 trial Wednesday.The drugmaker follows Pfizer and Moderna, whose Phase 3 trials began in late July. AstraZeneca also started its Phase 3 vaccine trial this month, but it…

Russian opposition leader Navalny leaves health center after Novichok poisoning

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been discharged from a Berlin hospital where he was being treated after he was poisoned with what Germany said was a military-grade nerve agent in Russia last month.The Charité hospital said in a statement Wednesday that Navalny’s condition had improved sufficiently for him to be discharged from acute inpatient…

DHS awarded $6 million in contracts to firm where Acting Secretary Wolf’s wife is executive

WASHINGTON — The consulting firm where the wife of acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is an executive has been awarded more than $6 million in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security since September 2018, according to records on the federal government website USA Spending.Wolf became chief of staff at the Transportation Security Administration,…

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EMA Panel Backs Baricitinib for Moderate-to-Severe Atopic Dermatitis

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Even Moderate Drinking May Raise High Blood Pressure Risk in Diabetes

New research suggests that even moderate alcohol consumption may raise hypertension risk in adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Investigators analyzed data from over 10,000 adults participating in the ACCORD trial and found that moderate alcohol consumption raised the odds of elevated blood pressure (BP), stage I hypertension, and stage II hypertension by 79%, 66%,…