Happy Birthday! Just Don’t Open Your Inbox.

When Shannon Franklin, an engineering headhunter in Tampa, Fla., turned 40 this past January, she expected “Happy birthday!” text messages and Facebook posts from high school and college acquaintances. She even anticipated hearing from her mom’s friends — and her ex-boyfriends, too. One former beau inquisitively prompted, “Forty’s the big one. Still not married?” said…

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Cool Nonalcoholic Drinks for Your Sober Summer

More bad news for LaCroix Sparkling water: Booze-free options at happy hour are proliferating far beyond seltzer. As the #partysober ethos collides with Foodie Nation, a new generation of alcohol-skeptical mixologists, craft brewers, and micro-distillers are churning out alternatives to beer and spirits to ensure no one is left thirsty at those summer clambakes and…

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Matters of the Harp and of the Heart, Too

Alix Christine Maud Raspé and Erik Daniel Gray were married June 15 at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert in Dorset, Vt. The ceremony was led by the groom’s father, the Rev. Dr. James H. Gray, a United Church of Christ minister and the pastor there. Mrs. Gray, 26, who is keeping her…

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Two Rugby Teammates Mutually Awe-Struck

Julius Alan Schorzman and Louis Edward Morton were married June 14 at the Seattle Tennis Club in Seattle. Robert Barnhart, a friend of the couple who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated. Mr. Schorzman (left), 40, is a senior business analyst in Seattle for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He graduated…

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‘The Gaze Is Ours’

The Look Latinx artists and creative thinkers are incorporating family history and cultural heritage into their work. Image Gabriela Ruiz is a multidisciplinary artist living in Los Angeles. She is part of a group of emerging artists, designers and archivists whose work celebrates Latinx identity.CreditNatalia Mantini for The New York Times Learning to make adobe…

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Medical News Today: Hundreds of current medical practices may be ineffective

«Medical reversal» is a term that defines instances in which new and improved clinical trials show that current medical practices are ineffective or misguided. New research reveals that there are currently almost 400 medical reversals. A new meta-analysis finds that almost 400 medical practices may not be effective. Medical reversals occur when new clinical research…

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Medical News Today: How a lethal toxin might help in the opioid crisis

With the opioid crisis in the spotlight, scientists are searching for new ways to tackle pain. One group has turned its attention to a lethal toxin that occurs naturally in some marine creatures. The latest study in rats provides encouraging results. A number of marine animals contain tetrodotoxin, including the blue-ringed octopus. Opioids are a…

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Bribes and Backdoor Deals Help Foreign Firms Sell to China’s Hospitals

BEIJING — A trip to the sauna. A golf club membership. Luxury watches. Neatly packed bricks of red Chinese bills worth $220,000. The bribes lined the pockets of health care officials across China. Their purpose: to get public hospitals to buy millions of dollars’ worth of sophisticated medical equipment made by foreign companies like General…

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For the Third Time, W.H.O. Declines to Declare the Ebola Outbreak an Emergency

For the third time, the World Health Organization declined on Friday to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a public health emergency, though the outbreak spread this week into neighboring Uganda and ranks as the second deadliest in history. An expert panel advising the W.H.O. advised against it because the risk…

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