Forcing a smile for customers linked with more drinking after work

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Employees who force themselves to smile and be happy in front of customers — or who try to hide feelings of annoyance — may be at risk for heavier drinking after work, according to researchers. A team of researchers at Penn State and the University at Buffalo studied the drinking habits…


Culture of Secrecy Shields Hospitals With Outbreaks of Drug-Resistant Infections

In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out an urgent public alert about a deadly bacteria, resistant to virtually every known antibiotic, that sickened more than a dozen Americans who had elective surgery at Grand View Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. But when similar outbreaks take place at hospitals on American soil, the…


Front Burner: A Brooklyn Food Festival Celebrates Gowanus

Front Burner: Macaron or Macaroon, They Are Better Dipped

CreditEmon Hassan for The New York Times CreditEmon Hassan for The New York Times Macaron or macaroon? Ladurée, the French confection company credited with the invention of the filled macaron, has come up with a new variation: chocolate-dipped. The company isn’t the first with this macaron treatment, but these are delicately wrapped in milk or…


Front Burner: The Haggadah for a New Generation

Here’s a very complete Haggadah, the book that contains the texts for the Passover Seder, with the passages in English, Hebrew and transliteration. There are also sections adapted for children. And since the Seder is a meal, you’ll need recipes. There are 11 of them, not so traditional, for a Sephardic haroseth with dried fruit;…


Front Burner: More Carats for the Chocolate Bunny

This Easter bunny may look shy, but it has real presence. A hefty two pounds of dark or milk chocolate is molded to make its solid shape, hand-painted in 24-carat gold leaf. Too heavy for a basket, it deserves to be a centerpiece. Serving it may require a cleaver.

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Front Burner: A Bouquet of Napkin Holders

Choose Foods, Not Supplements

Taking dietary supplements will not extend life, researchers report, and taken in large quantities may even be harmful. In a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, scientists gathered dietary information in repeated in-person interviews with almost 31,000 men and women 20 and older. They also collected data on supplements used over the previous 30…


Times Insider: Candida Auris: The Fungus Nobody Wants to Talk About

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. In 30 years, I’ve never faced so tough a reporting challenge — and one so unexpected. Who wouldn’t want to talk about a fungus? Last year, I began spade work on a series of articles…


A Remarkable Rail Journey Into the Horn of Africa’s Past, and Future

We were around 30 miles shy of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, when the train hit a cow, its impact signaled by an abrupt drop in speed and a sharp judder rippling through the couplings. “What’s happening?” I asked the carriage attendant, as she hurried along the aisle. “No problem,” she replied brightly, without breaking stride. “A…