The James Beard Awards Redraws Its Map

The James Beard Foundation is shaking up its restaurant award regions, carving the country into new territories to better reflect shifts in population and dining. The changes, which the national culinary organization planned to announce on Tuesday, reflect growth in the number of restaurants outside traditional food powerhouses like New York, Los Angeles and San…

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The importance of ‘sport-related hobbies’ for middle aged women

Leisure time physical activity improves the blood lipid profile, a marker of cardiovascular risk, of postmenopausal women. Sports-related hobbies are vital for the heart health of postmenopausal women. This is the main takeaway of a new study that appears in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology. Sira Karvinen — a postdoctoral researcher from the Gerontology Research…

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For One Playwright, It Wouldn’t Be Home Without a Little Melodrama

It’s a lucky thing that the playwright Theresa Rebeck is so at home with drama. Otherwise, she would have had zero patience with the theatrics involved in wrangling the brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, that her family has occupied for the past 18 years. “Previously, a crazy man lived here,” said Ms. Rebeck, 61, who…

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Why We Feel Compelled to Say ‘Bless You’ When Someone Sneezes

Saying “bless you” or “God bless you” after someone sneezes seems to be a reflex response. Why do we feel compelled to say it to anyone who sneezes, even if the sneezer is a stranger or the sneeze is heard from afar? “Saying ‘God bless you’ following a sneeze is a common refrain, so common…

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¿Son normales los coágulos sanguíneos durante el ciclo menstrual?

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As Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Drags On, Untracked Cases Sow Confusion

The United States remains committed to fighting Ebola in Africa, American health officials said on Monday, but the scope of the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become somewhat unclear. There were rumors that Ebola had reached Tanzania, the officials noted. And the arrest of Congo’s former health minister, who until recently…

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Would a Purdue Bankruptcy Protect the Sacklers? Good Question.

After months of negotiations and threats, Purdue Pharma has finally filed for bankruptcy. But it’s hardly a done deal. The bankruptcy filing is part of a settlement agreement that the company and its owners negotiated with lawyers for states and thousands of local governments that have struggled for years with the opioid crisis. They support…

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New Yorkers and Their Skates, From Discos to Commutes

They came to Brooklyn from as far away as California, dressed in cutoff shorts, sequins and cowboy hats. It was September 1980 — the last days of disco — and Donna Summer thumped on a boombox in Prospect Park. There, 800 people had gathered to compete in what was billed as the first roller-skating marathon…

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Simone Rocha Stans Dresses Over Pants

When one hears «the ’90s are back,» it’s generally not the 1890s. But Simone Rocha took us there with her Spring 2020 collection, which married gauzy gowns and encrusted pearl headbands with lace shorts, organza pants, and some very sharp pajama bottoms. EstropGetty Images Both a gender bend and an allusion to antique porcelain dolls,…

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A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World

When the Indian government bowed to powerful food companies last year and postponed its decision to put red warning labels on unhealthy packaged food, officials also sought to placate critics of the delay by creating an expert panel to review the proposed labeling system, which would have gone far beyond what other countries have done…

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