Personal Health: The Case Against Appendectomies

Pity the poor appendix, a 2- to 4-inch-long wormlike pouch dangling from the head of the cecum, where the large and small intestines meet. For most of its medical history — anatomists have known about it for well over five centuries — it was maligned as a mysterious, vestigial and seemingly useless organ that could…

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Libraries, Gardens, Museums. Oh, and a Clothing Store.

Shhh. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of wind whistling through the abandoned malls of America as the Cassandras of contemporary retail cry their doom through corridors lined by fronds of lonely greenery: the end of a way of shopping, and all that. But train your ears toward another direction. In Asia, an entirely…

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power moves: An Illustrated Guide to Making People Get Lost

Lorelei Ramirez demonstrates how to express a full range of emotions when turning down your co-workers’ holiday outings. We relish the chaos. What’s holding you back? Say yes! Progress is associated with an open door, taking the invitation, putting yourself out there. That “it will work out somehow,” that “everything will fall into place” and…

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Global Health: The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill

Progress against malaria has stalled, and the disease remains a significant threat to billions of people despite the expensive, decades-long efforts to contain it, the World Health Organization reported on Monday. According to the W.H.O.’s latest annual assessment, there were an estimated 220 million cases of malaria last year, and about 435,000 deaths from the…

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Shopping Guide: Shopping for Doorknobs

Charlotte Moss wishes people would pay more attention to the hardware on their doors. “It’s one of those items that sometimes gets left to the end” of renovations, said Ms. Moss, the well-known interior designer. “To me, it’s equivalent to a buzzkill when you spend all this money decorating or building a house and forget…

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When a College Student Comes Home to Stay

Parents tend to think of getting in to college as the finish line of a race. They may worry about their high schooler’s grades, or tech usage, or friend group, but tell themselves, “As long as my kid gets off to college, it will be fine.” Unfortunately, that’s not always so. Thirty percent of freshmen…

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How does social media use affect our body image?

A new study reveals how social media use could affect the self-perceived body image of young women. Being active on social media may affect how young women perceive their own appearance. Recently, the effects of social media use on our mental health and well-being have been the topic of much debate. According to the social…

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The Great Promise of China

Western luxury money has been pouring into China at a rapid rate this fall. In the last four weeks alone Richemont, the Swiss owner of brands like Cartier and the e-tailer Yoox Net-a-Porter, announced a joint venture with the Chinese online retail giant Alibaba in a bid to crack the online shopping market of a…

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Selling Luxury: They’re Luring You In

The top five influencers in China Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images 1. Peter Xu (above) A blogger, now known for fashion collaborations and appearances 2. Tao Liang, or Mr. Bags His online shop sold thousands of handbags in seconds 3. Ye Si, or Gogoboi One of China’s most influential fashion bloggers 4. Ji Liang Writer, blogger, fashion…

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