How to Have a Birthday Party in the Coronavirus Age

Celebrating your birthday this year isn’t selfish. It’s generous. Whether you’re turning 12, 42 or 92, inviting people to come together in a unique, specific way to celebrate your birth is actually a form of meaning-making for everyone else. Birthday celebrations, when designed well, are an opportunity to express love, to mark life and to…

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Reese Witherspoon’s Disastrous Dress Giveaway for Teachers

In mid-March, just around the time that American schools and offices started closing because of the coronavirus pandemic, not that long before numerous designers had suddenly become heroes for volunteering their services to hand-sew masks so that surgical-grade ones could go to those who needed them most, the staff at Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s fashion…

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The Virus Revealed Our Essential Tech (and Weeded Out the Excess)

It has been weeks since the coronavirus brought our lives to a halt, shutting down our schools, offices and gyms. Stuck at home, we have had nothing but time to reflect on the things that matter. Consumer technology — most of it, anyway — is low on the list. That’s right. I’m admitting that many…

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A Plan to Reconnect a Town in Quarantine: 10,000 Onions

Luke Ackroyd wandered his family’s backyard Sunday morning, surveying an expanding vegetable garden. Before him were rising arugula sprouts and the stiff green spikes of young onion plants. A nurse anesthetist, Ackroyd was due on Monday to start a four-day shift on an airway team at Boston Medical Center, a 514-bed hospital and trauma center…

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Living Longer, and Better

Everyone has heard the advice: Don’t smoke. Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly. Use alcohol in moderation. Now researchers have created a method for estimating how many extra years of healthy living might be gained by following those admonitions. Their analysis, in JAMA Internal Medicine, followed 116,043 people ages 40 to 75 over an average…

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For Runners, Is 15 Feet the New 6 Feet for Social Distancing?

It may be a good idea to give one another more than six feet of space while exercising outside during the current coronavirus pandemic, according to a compelling new study that looked at how air flows around bodies in motion. The study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal and the results need…

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Overweight at 4? Beware of Broken Bones

Obesity in preschoolers may be linked to bone fractures in childhood, scientists report. Spanish researchers recorded body mass index in 466,997 children who underwent routine preschool health screening at age 4 between 2006 and 2013. They followed them for up to 11 years. In this study, which used World Health Organization definitions for body weight,…

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What Cancer Has Taught Me About Fear

Sequestered during the pandemic, I find myself thinking that cancer patients’ expertise in fear can help others heed its warnings. We all need tactics not only to overcome the destructive capacity of fear but also to tap its protective potential. An iconic portrait of one petrified creature, Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” captures the fright…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: South Korea Goes to the Polls During Pandemic

Here’s what you need to know: ImageLines at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday.Credit…Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters South Korea voters head to the polls wearing face masks and standing three feet apart. Millions of voters, all wearing masks, lined up at polling places across South Korea on Wednesday to elect the country’s 300-member National…

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