The Fight to Save the Traditional Tortilla

TLAXIACO, Mexico — Petra Cruz González wakes at 6 every morning to make some 400 tortillas by hand. Despite a few modern advancements, like an electric flour mill and a metal hand press, she still cooks them over a wood fire as she learned to do when she was 8 years old. Ms. González, 49,…

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Vows: Always in Search of Happy Endings

Though Skye Curtin loves fairy tales, she knew her wedding to Austin McCormick would have no pixie dust or fancy details. She knew she wouldn’t be fussing over cake icing or place-card fonts. Ms. Curtin, who works four jobs and has a long commute to classes at the University of North Georgia, simply had no…

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Check In: Hotel Review: The Source Hotel + Market Hall, Denver

Rates Doubles start at $249. The Basics When Zeppelin Development turned an 1880’s-vintage iron foundry into a food hall in 2013, it helped establish Denver’s River North Art District, or RiNo, as the city’s trendiest neighborhood, today a hub for street art, microbreweries and more food halls. Now, five years later, the group has followed…

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Ask Well: Does the Gut Microbiome Ever Fully Recover From Antibiotics?

Q. What are the consequences of taking antibiotics on your gut microbiome? Does the gut ever fully recover? A. Most gut bacteria recover quickly, but there can be long-lasting consequences from taking antibiotics. The changes, however, are not necessarily harmful. The gut microbiome, the roughly 10 trillion to 100 trillion bacteria and other microorganisms that…

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Modern Love: The Mystery of the Holiday Fruitcake, Solved!

A few years ago my father arranged to send me a mail-order fruitcake at Christmastime. Although I had a good job and owned an apartment in Manhattan, he feared my cupboards and refrigerator might be bare. I had recently moved from California, where my parents still lived in their suburban bungalow of 50 years, the…

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Juul Closes Deal with Tobacco Giant Altria

The tobacco giant Altria, maker of Marlboro and other top-selling brands of cigarettes, has agreed to pay nearly $13 billion for a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs, the wildly popular vaping company that burst on the scene in 2015 with a mission to render cigarettes obsolete. To sweeten the deal, part of Altria’s investment…

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12 People Hospitalized With Infections From Stem Cell Shots

Twelve patients became seriously ill after receiving injections that supposedly contained stem cells from umbilical cord blood, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which issued a warning to the California company, Genetech, that made the blood product they were given. (The company has no connection with Genentech, the biotechnology corporation.) The F.D.A. said on…

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Medical News Today: What to do when a pill gets stuck in the throat

Having a pill stuck in the throat can be irritating or even dangerous, but it is important to stay calm and find a solution. The following is what to do when a pill becomes stuck in the throat. The United States National Safety Council note that 5,051 people passed away from choking in 2015. For…

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A Brooklyn ‘Green’ Builder and His Wonderwall

While many townhouses in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, are tricked out with glowing Santas and elaborate Nativity scenes, one homeowner has put forth a different decorative concept. Gennaro Brooks-Church, 47, a “green” builder, has covered his house with a patterned wall of plants. He maintains that it is one of the first living facades in New…

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