Disposable N95 Masks Can Be Decontaminated, Researchers Confirm

Researchers have confirmed that there are several effective methods for decontaminating the N95 masks worn by health professionals so that they can be used more than once, the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday. A substantial body of research already showed that the masks, designed for one-time use, can be reused in a crisis. And…

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This Simple Five-Ingredient Pasta Has Loads of Flavor

Every kitchen has at least one or two (or 10) specialty ingredients taking up space in the fridge or pantry. But if you broaden your scope, they can add layers to your cooking in new and unexpected ways. Why not stir a tablespoon of green curry into your next risotto? Sprinkle earthy turmeric into mashed…

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Add Some Tuna to Your Puttanesca

An anchovy- and olive-laden pasta puttanesca lacks for nothing. It’s garlicky and deeply savory, and you can make it in well under 30 minutes. But adding a can of tuna gives it body and heft. Which means that, if you don’t have — or don’t like — anchovies, you can leave them out without making…

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Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients

Obesity may be one of the most important predictors of severe coronavirus illness, new studies say. It’s an alarming finding for the United States, which has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Though people with obesity frequently have other medical problems, the new studies point to the condition in and of itself…

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How to Substitute Flours

Baking is a science, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to make substitutions. With some guidance, you’ll be able to substitute different flours into a single recipe. But you’ll just want to keep a few things in mind, notably protein content and the moisture. This guide is by no means comprehensive — it may not…

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How to Find (and Discuss) Natural Wines

Natural wines don’t easily fit as quick recommendations. They are generally made in minute quantities, which makes specific bottles hard to find. A better way to discover the world of natural wine is through the time-honored practice of shopping by importer. Some importers specialize in natural wines, but many offer blended portfolios. (Also, seeking out…

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France Defines Natural Wine, but Is That Enough?

Natural wine is healthy and pure; natural wine is wretched and horrible. It’s the future of wine; it’s the death of wine. For 15 years, natural wine has been a contentious time bomb that has divided many in the wine community, creating conflicts fought with the sort of anger that stems only from extreme defensiveness.…

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A Frank Talk About Fat

Marisa Meltzer will spare you the euphemisms. She’s not curvy or plus-size. Nor is she, as one of her dates genteelly put it, “carrying extra weight.” She is fat, she says plainly, a state she describes with a mixture of resignation and grit. Ms. Meltzer, who has dieted for most of her life, sometimes rigorously…

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How Does a New Yawker Tawk?

Surfacing The #BestNYAccent challenge on Instagram brought out the sound of an unflappable city. For a city whose residents have been cooped inside for weeks, taking to pot-and-pan clanging, conch-shell blowing and clapping out of windows to express themselves publicly, the arrival last week of the #BestNYAccent challenge on Instagram was a chance for catharsis.…

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Asthma Is Absent Among Top Covid-19 Risk Factors, Early Data Shows

For people with asthma, the outbreak of a pandemic that can lead to respiratory failure has not been a welcome event. Many health organizations have cautioned that asthmatics are most likely at higher risk for severe illness if they get the coronavirus. There’s been a run on inhalers, and coronavirus patients like the actor Idris…

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