Check In: Hotel Review: The Figueroa, Los Angeles

Rates $155 and up The Basics For a 92-year-old hotel, the Hotel Figueroa is very “on trend,” as marketers like to say. It was built by the Y.W.C.A. as an exclusively female hostelry — a spot where single women, including aspiring actresses, could stay without fear of the Harvey Weinsteins of the world. The Figueroa…

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Ask Well: Is Eating Deli Meats Really That Bad for You?

Q. Is eating deli meats really that bad? Does it make a difference if it’s organic, nitrate-free or uncured? A. Meat and poultry are excellent sources of protein, B vitamins and certain minerals, but consuming even small amounts of processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. “We see a 4 percent increase in the…

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Lens: Passion, Romance and Yearning: Photos of People Kissing

Two pairs of sweaty palms and eyes shut tight. Two mouths slightly opened. And, sometimes, two hearts racing from a mixture of yearning and excitement. Kissing — that simple act of romance — is a hard thing to explain. But Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey of Project B, a group “dedicated to collecting and preserving…

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The uterus plays a role in memory, study finds

New research conducted in an animal model has uncovered an intriguing fact about the uterus, namely that it seems to interact with the brain and affect memory. The uterus may have other roles beyond reproduction, new research suggests, and removing the uterus could affect memory. The best-known role of the uterus is its function in…

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Modern Love: Your Dog Has Seen Me Naked

The women I’ve slept with this year have had two things in common: dogs and studio apartments. I never considered the awkwardness of this combination until it was too late. Josie was first, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix and an emotional wreck. In her defense, she was often left alone for long periods of time and, well,…

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How ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ Went From Parlor Act to Problematic

Rock Hudson did it with Mae West. Ray Charles did it with Betty Carter. Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt did it with a modern twist. And somewhere along the line, the 74-year-old song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” became a holiday standard, in heavy radio rotation, playing overhead in department stores, and covered on Christmas albums.…

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Breast Cancer Risk May Rise After Childbirth, but Is Still Low

Compared with women who have never given birth, those who recently had babies may have a slight increased risk of breast cancer that peaks after about five years and then gradually declines, according to a study published this week. The degree of risk increases with the mother’s age at the time she gave birth. The…

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Medical News Today: Endometriosis after a cesarean delivery: What to know

Having a cesarean section is a risk factor for endometriosis. Endometriosis following a cesarean delivery remains relatively rare, but it is a potential complication that women should discuss with their doctors. A 2013 study found that women who had undergone cesarean delivery were more likely to receive an in-hospital endometriosis diagnosis. They also found a…

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Life as a Runway: What 10 Entrepreneurs Wore to a Girlboss Rally

Image CreditKrista Schlueter for The New York Times They came from as far as India and Peru — hairdressers and editors, entrepreneurs and influencers. They came to learn the ways of Sophia Amoruso, the author of “Girlboss” and founder of Nasty Gal, the once-buzzy fashion label that filed for bankruptcy in 2016. The Girlboss Rally,…

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Why are my breasts sore before a period?

The menstrual cycle can cause many symptoms, including sore breasts. Hormone fluctuations before a period can lead to breast tenderness or pain. Doctors do not fully understand what causes these breast symptoms, but they know that specific hormones are involved. People can take some measures to reduce breast discomfort. However, if their breast pain becomes…

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