The Glory (and the Taboo) of ‘WAP’

I was thrilled to listen to and watch “WAP,” Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion’s recently released homage to female sexuality and vaginal, shall we say, lubrication. (I recommend Googling what the acronym stands for, because it’s not something The New York Times is often allowed to print.) As a gynecologist, I’m used to dispelling…

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What’s the Deal With That Strawberry Dress on TikTok?

Last summer, a sacklike white dress mottled with black polka dots selling at Zara for $50 was all the rage on Instagram. But while the discomfiting qualities of 2019 may have called for something shapeless and relaxed, the sheer horror of 2020 demands an incredulous level of mythical escapism. Enter: the strawberry dress that took…

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Phoebe Philo’s Go-To Sneakers Are on Super Sale

Michel DufourGetty Images Ready to give your sweatpants a rest and slip into something more comfortable? Take a page out of Phoebe Philo’s book. She might’ve set the trends at major fashion houses like Céline and Chloé, but her personal uniform is refreshingly simple: A crewneck sweater, slouchy black trousers, and a crisp white pair…

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Murray’s Cheese Opens a New Shop and Restaurant in Queens

Headliner Murray’s Cheese Bar and Murray’s Cheese Shop The West Village-based Murray’s Cheese has had aging caves in Long Island City, Queens, since 2012. Now, not far from the caves, it has opened a satellite, a cheese shop and restaurant. At the moment, the restaurant has tables on the sidewalk, socially distanced, and there’s waiter…

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For Black Jam Makers, the Power Is in Preserving

When the photograph of a plastic bucket filled with moldy jam surfaced on social media in July, it upset a lot of people, not the least of whom were fans of Sqirl, the white-owned Los Angeles restaurant whose national profile rose on a thick, very Instagrammable slice of toast slathered with a layer of ricotta…

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Obesity May Be Bad for Your Brain

Obesity is associated with reduced blood flow to the brain, a new study has found, and this may help explain why obesity is associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers did brain scans on 17,721 men and women, average age 41, tracking blood flow in 128 regions of the brain. They classified the…

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A Novel Way to Combat Covid-19 in Nursing Homes: Strike Teams

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The coronavirus entered Cherry Springs Village quietly, then struck with force. Nearly every staff member and resident of the long-term care facility would become infected. They needed help — fast — and the county responded: It sent in a “strike team” of medical workers, emergency responders, clergy and others, in what is…

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How to Keep Your Collections From Looking Like Clutter

Whatever you’re drawn to — whether it’s antique ceramic plates, framed insect specimens or contemporary action figures — a collection can add personality to a home. Without one, in fact, your home may not feel complete. As Tom Stringer, a Chicago-based interior designer, put it: “They’re essential.” When his firm designs homes, Mr. Stringer said,…

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Remdesivir Tests for Covid Treatments Enter New Phase

A large federal study that found an antiviral drug, remdesivir, can hasten the recovery in hospitalized Covid-19 patients, has begun a new phase of investigation. Now it will examine whether adding another drug, beta interferon — which mainly kills viruses but can also tame inflammation — would improve remdesivir’s effects and speed recovery even more.…

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Beaten Back, the Coronavirus Regains Strength in France

PARIS — As the two women sat in deck chairs enjoying the last rays of sunshine near the Canal de l’Ourcq in Paris on Sunday evening, nearby loudspeakers jolted them with a reminder that they were in a new mask-mandatory zone. “You’ve got your mask?” Safiya Zenag, unmasked, asked her friend, who replied: “No, I…

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