My Friend Won’t Share Her Boyfriend’s Age. Should I Be Worried?

My friend does missionary work in a developing country. She’s in her 60s. She took up with a local man, and now her Facebook page is filled with heart-shaped photos of them and proclamations of how he’s changed her life. She mentioned an age difference, but wouldn’t say how old he is. (He looks to…

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Pumpkin Spice Is Coming Early to Dunkin’ and Starbucks

As a heat wave bears down on parts of the country, what could be better than wrapping your sweaty palms around a steaming pumpkin-flavored latte? If that is not your idea of summer fun, take it up with the coffee and doughnut chain that now goes by the name Dunkin’, which announced on Monday that…

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Maria Qamar’s Bold Art Is Both Therapy and Weapon

A 10-foot-tall inflatable red lota, a wall covered with balloons resembling bags of Maggi noodles, and a painting of an angry bindi-wearing woman declaring “Mera jism, mera hathyar!” These works of art at Maria Qamar’s exhibition, “Fraaaandship!,” at Richard Taittinger Gallery feel like her colorful, politically engaged Instagram feed brought to life. Her Pop art…

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Women no better at multitasking than men, study finds

New research has revealed that gender makes no difference in a person’s ability to multitask. Women are no better at multitasking than men, new research shows. Whether it is the result of anecdotal evidence or gender stereotyping, the belief that women are better at multitasking than men is very prevalent. In fact, in a 2015…

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Why the U.S. Has Long Resisted Universal Child Care

Most Americans say it’s not ideal for a child to be raised by two working parents. Yet in two-thirds of American families, both parents work. This disconnect between ideals and reality helps explain why the United States has been so resistant to universal public child care. Even as child care is setting up to be…

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Moral Distress in Neurosurgery

My patient had arrived from another hospital in the middle of the night. He was a wiry older man, restless but alert. He had a blood clot compressing the dominant hemisphere of his brain. He did not speak or move the right side of his body but fidgeted with his left hand and leg: pulling…

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Why Do We Hiccup?

Maybe it was because when the waiter asked, “Still or sparkling?” you chose sparkling. It could have also been that you were ravenous and ate a little too much. Or, possibly, it was your ex, who happened to be dining at the same restaurant and stood a little too long over your table making awkward…

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Patricia Altschul, 78, Is the Dowager Countess of ‘Southern Charm’

Image Patricia Altschul and her butler, Michael Kelcourse, have become fan favorites on Bravo’s “Southern Charm.”CreditHunter McRae for The New York Times CHARLESTON, S.C. — The first glimpse viewers had of Patricia Altschul on “Southern Charm,” a Bravo reality show about the lives of the rich and reckless in Charleston, was consistent with all of…

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Zulresso (brexanolone)

FDA warning: Severe sedation and loss of consciousness This drug has a boxed warning. A boxed warning is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Zulresso can cause severe sedation, with symptoms such as sleepiness, trouble thinking clearly, and…

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Show Their Sensitive Sides

Jake Gyllenhaal was getting emotional last Thursday night. Along with Tom Sturridge, he stars in “Sea Wall/A Life,” a pair of monologues about men who are committed to their wives, now playing at the Hudson Theater in Times Square. “It’s an unusual thing to see in drama,” Mr. Sturridge said. “We’re so used to dramatizing…

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