Hungry City: A Menu That Roams Ecuador From Queens

Lucila Melania Dutan, whose middle name graces the awning, runs the restaurant with the help of her children, Jennifer, Alex and Nestor Jazmani Dutan, along with their half sister, GiGi Gonzalez. The elder Ms. Dutan grew up in the small town of Biblián in the southern province of Cañar, at an altitude close to 9,000…

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Alessandro Michele, Fashion’s Modern Mastermind

François-Henri Pinault, the chairman and C.E.O. of Kering, which is the luxury conglomerate that owns Gucci, says that before Michele took the reins, the problem at Gucci wasn’t really sales, which remained respectable. “The perception of Gucci as a fashion authority, as one of the trendsetters, was declining,” he said. He fired both Giannini and…

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The Cycle: Why I Wanted to Learn to Perform Abortions

It starts with steel. A speculum. A needle. A tenaculum to steady the cervix. A set of dilators. These were the instruments I used when I trained to perform abortions in the 1990s. There was also plastic and suction. The equipment was all so hard and sharp, and yet the procedure itself required a delicate…

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A Kitchen Visionary, Reimagining Dishes and a Woman’s Role

WASHINGTON — Amy Brandwein is a chef who has visions, and one of the tastiest involves eggplant. Contemplating the penne alla Norma that was already on her menu at Centrolina, she imagined her favorite part of the dish — the ragù of golden chunks of fried eggplant coated in marinara sauce — piled high in…

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Biking the Open Road in Colorado, With a Few Bumps Along the Way

The granite cliffs of Unaweep Canyon, in the western area of Colorado, just south of Grand Junction and about 265 miles from Denver, are said to be some of the oldest exposed rocks in the state — roughly 1.5 billion years old, or a third of the earth’s recorded history. This sparse, unaltered landscape has…

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How a breastfeeding mechanism may affect breast cancer

New research shows how a normal mechanism that helps the breast adapt to breastfeeding could lead to the accumulation of premalignant breast cells. Some of the mechanisms that enable breasts to lactate could also lead to the accumulation of abnormal breast cells. The link between breastfeeding and breast cancer has been the subject of several…

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The Checkup: Helping Pediatricians Care for Transgender Children

Growing up gender-diverse means children and adolescents are much more likely to be bullied and excluded, and they are at high risk for depression, suicidal thoughts and suicide. “The statistics are pretty stark,” Dr. Breuner said, “triple the rate of suicide, five times the risk of suicidal ideation, bullying, teasing, abuse. It’s just horrific.” “The…

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Trilobites: Watch This Blob of Cells Become an Embryo in High-Resolution

When the video above starts, this wiggling, glowing blue blob seen under a new high-resolution microscope doesn’t look like much. But in just 26 seconds you and I can watch the blob’s tiny cells multiply, interact and organize into the first organ systems of a living mouse embryo. The hollow crater forming on the left…

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Personal Health: Should You Have Knee Replacement Surgery?

Now a growing number of experts are asking if all these operations are really necessary, especially those done at younger ages. Are all prospective patients giving lesser remedies a fair trial? How many knee replacements result from unrealistic patient expectations or the subtle influence of monetary gain among surgeons who perform them? One recent study…

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