Born to Trot

We had a sick donkey and a ticking clock, so there wasn’t time to fool around. Our friend Tanya McKean, a horse trainer and veterinary assistant, clicked a rope to the donkey’s halter, then looped it under her butt and swayed way back, using her full body weight to persuade the donkey to place his…

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What to do if you cannot feel an IUD’s strings

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What to know about cramping and IUDs

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We Flew All the Way Here for This?

My partner’s ex-wife throws up roadblocks to seeing his two daughters when we go to visit them. It’s a two-hour flight, so it’s not a small thing to visit. But his ex occupies all the girls’ time when we’re there. They are in their early 20s and live on their own. They complain about how…

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36 Hours in Yokohama

Yokohama resides in the perpetual shadow of its more prominent neighbor. Less than half an hour by train from Tokyo, the sprawling port city is the second-largest in Japan, yet registers as barely a blip among most tourists to the region. But that may soon change, at least among sports fans. This fall, Yokohama is…

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Can Personality Affect Dementia Risk?

Your personality in high school may help predict your risk of dementia decades later. Researchers reached this conclusion using a 150-item personality inventory given to a national sample of teenagers in 1960. The survey assessed character traits — sociability, calmness, empathy, maturity, conscientiousness, self-confidence and others — using scores ranging from low to high. For…

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A Nazi Version of DDT Was Forgotten. Could It Help Fight Malaria?

What if, after the Allies won World War II, world health officials had employed a Nazi version of DDT against mosquitoes that transmit malaria? Could that persistent disease, which still infects more than 200 million people a year and kills 400,000 of them, have been wiped off the planet? That is one of the musings…

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H.E.R, Kendall Jenner, and More Star in the Giambattista Valli x H&M Campaign

I’ve never frolicked through a rose-filled garden in a frothy tulle gown before, or sashayed through an ancient Roman mansion in an embellished cropped jacket and billowy floral dress, but I imagine that’s the feeling Giambattista Valli’s elaborate, ethereal designs evoke. In fact, that’s exactly what H.E.R, Kendall Jenner, Chiara Ferragni and the rest of…

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Taking Ayahuasca When You’re a Senior Citizen

At 74, the venture capitalist George Sarlo might not have seemed an obvious candidate for an ayahuasca experience. Mr. Sarlo, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant who arrived in the United States in 1956, has had great professional success as the co-founder of Walden Venture Capital. He lives in an upscale San Francisco neighborhood, in a large…

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You’re Only as Old as You Feel

Not long ago, Stephanie Heller, a New Jersey realtor, was leaving her gym after a workout when she noticed a woman in the parking lot struggling to bend down. “I don’t know if she dropped something and had to pick it up, or if her shoe was untied,” Ms. Heller said, but she eagerly bounded…

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