Medical News Today: Should you fast before a cholesterol test?

A doctor may instruct a person to fast before taking a cholesterol test. This was once standard practice, but new studies are changing this recommendation. A cholesterol test measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in a person’s blood. Cholesterol is a fat-like material that is present in all of the body’s cells. The body…

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Hypoallergenic Cosmetics: How to Choose It?

Hypoallergenic cosmetic products are called by far the safest ones. Yet, is it really so, and can their composition cause a negative reaction on the skin? What do hypoallergenic cosmetics mean? First of all, pay attention to the word “hypoallergenic”. The prefix “hypo” means “minimal”. That is, hypoallergenic cosmetics does not boast 100% guarantee against…

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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Singapore

Singapore’s main island is sometimes described as diamond-shaped — fitting, perhaps, since the sparkling city, which had a starring role in the movie “Crazy Rich Asians,” is known for its materialistic pursuits. But look past Singapore’s shiny veneer and you’ll find a compression of Chinese, Indian, Malay and other heritages reaching back far beyond the…

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Rites of Passage: How I Discovered This Thing Called Music

I didn’t listen to music until I was 27 years old. And even then, it wasn’t entirely by choice. It was suggested to me by one doctor and several Reddit users. I had moved from Los Angeles to New York City one year earlier, and those 12 months had been some of the most miserable…

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breakthroughs: The Harmonie Club Joins the 21st Century

Image Plush perch: Ms. Weinstein on the ground floor of the club.CreditVincent Tullo for The New York Times The new general manager of the Harmonie Club, Davina Weinstein, stood in its gleaming marble lobby on an early October evening and mingled with members who congratulated her on landing the job. “Davina, you deserve it,” said…

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A Mother’s Voice Is the Most Effective Smoke Alarm

Image A mother’s recorded voice will wake a child and get him out the room much faster than a standard smoke alarm, a randomized trial has found. Researchers recruited 176 5- to 12-year-olds old to test alarms. They taught the children a simulated escape procedure: Get out of bed at the alarm, walk to the…

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Wanda Ferragamo, 96, Dies; Reigned Over Family’s Luxury Goods Empire

Wanda Ferragamo, who stepped in to run her husband Salvatore Ferragamo’s shoemaking business after his death in 1960 and then oversaw its expansion into a global luxury goods brand, died on Friday in her hilltop villa near Florence. She was 96. An internal company memo signed by her surviving children confirmed her death. When Salvatore…

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F.D.A. Approves New Drug for Flu

The first new flu drug in 20 years won approval Wednesday from the Food and Drug Administration. The new antiviral, generically known as baloxavir marboxil but sold under the brand name Xofluza, is a single dose treatment. It is for use only in those aged 12 or more, the F.D.A. said, and should be taken…

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