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Quality patient care should be provided by all doctors

Tue., Feb. 21, 2017

Dear Doctor: I’ve read about a recent study that found that elderly patients with female doctors fared better than those who were treated by men. I wonder – what do Dr. Ko and Dr. Glazier think about these results? Dear Reader: You’re referring to the results of a study performed by Harvard researchers, published in December 2016 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. To say that it caused a bit of a stir is an understatement. Our colleague Dr. Ashley gave his take on these findings yesterday. Our reactions follow later.

New mosquito trap smart enough to keep just the bad bugs

Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 7 p.m.

In this photo provided by Microsoft, Microsoft researcher Ethan Jackson sets up a trap for mosquitoes in Harris County, Texas, in 2016. A new high-tech version trap is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape, and even record the exact weather conditions when different species emerge to bite. (AP)
A smart trap for mosquitoes? A new high-tech version is promising to catch the bloodsuckers while letting friendlier insects escape – and even record the exact weather conditions when different species emerge to bite. Whether it really could improve public health is still to be determined.

Unwanted tunes

Mon., Feb. 20, 2017

Dear Annie advice column for Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

‘Lego Batman’ stays No. 1, conquers ‘The Great Wall’

Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 7 p.m.

This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, in a scene from "The LEGO Batman Movie." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) ORG XMIT: NYET101 (Warner Bros. Pictures / AP)
The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, “The Great Wall” was intended to prove that the world’s no. 2 movie marketplace could produce Hollywood-sized blockbusters of its own. Though it ran up $171 million in ticket sales in China, “The Great Wall” pulled in $18.1 million in its North American debut over Presidents Day weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Around the remote: New HBO whodunit ‘Big Little Lies’ features star-studded cast

Sun., Feb. 19, 2017

The seven-episode series, adapted by David E. Kelley from a best-selling novel, is set in the tranquil coastal town of Monterey, where alpha females and trophy wives lead seemingly carefree lives in majestic homes. But the glossy picture-perfectionism is shattered when someone ends up dead during a swanky fundraiser gala.

Everything is Copy: Teaching vets, and learning even more

Sun., Feb. 19, 2017

Rachel Toor is a professor in the graduate creative writing program at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of five books, most recently, “Misunderstood: Why the Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever.” (Courtesy of Rachel Toor)
Like many others now in comfortable middle age, my political consciousness was shaped by the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. With my parents I went to protest marches and chanted “Hell, no, we won’t go.” I asked my babysitters why they wore bracelets with the names of men they’d never met on their wrists, vaguely understood about “going to Canada,” and plastered my school notebooks with peace signs. I may have a had a poster in my childhood bedroom that read “Make love, not war” when thoughts of making love were nothing less than disgusting.

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