High School Redux: A 1996 Playlist

Kathleen Anne Berroth and David Michael Diehr debated just about anything after they met in 1996 in their American cultures literature class at Sandy Union High School in Sandy, Ore. “I was a super-liberal hippie,” said Ms. Berroth, who goes by Katie, and was new to the school. “David was, I guess, an independent Ayn…

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Europe’s Patchwork Reopening

As the summer tourist season approaches and Western Europe’s Covid-19 crisis continues to subside, leaders across the continent are deciding whether and how to lift the border restrictions that they imposed amid a flurry of emergency measures in March. The European Commission has urged its members to coordinate their reopening, but a patchwork of strategies…

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Brooks Bros., ‘Made in America’ Since 1818, May Soon Need a New Calling Card

In late March, Brooks Brothers was showered with praise after announcing it would use its three clothing factories in the United States to make personal protective equipment to help fight Covid-19. Now those factories may become casualties of the coronavirus, and the future of Brooks Brothers — not to mention its identity as the ultimate…

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Their Wedding Day Was ‘Divinely Appointed’

Sparks were flying between Melody Thuston and Damion Cowan even before they attended the 2018 New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla. “That’s the night Damion first told me he loved me,” said Ms. Thuston, 32. “It was a wonderful way to start 2019.” Mr. Cowan, 33, a management and program…

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Coronavirus Global News Tracker: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageWorkers disinfect a street in downtown Cairo last week.Credit…Fadl AbuZaid/Picture Alliance, via Getty Images The virus surges in regions where populist leaders thought they’d been spared. For months, one enduring mystery of the coronavirus was why some countries with rickety health systems and crowded slums had managed to avoid…

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My Quarantine Boyfriend Lost Everything (but Found Me)

I met my quarantine boyfriend in early March, right before everything went down in New York City. Or possibly I met him years earlier when our children attended the same preschool, where they enjoyed playing near but not quite with each other, as toddlers do. Sometimes I lingered at pickup with his then-wife so the…

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NMDA receptors may link psychosis and sleep deficits

Sofya Kulikova, a researcher at HSE University in Perm, is part of an international research team that has discovered potential mechanisms that explain the sleep spindle deficit in electroencephalograms (EEG) of people with schizophrenia. The article was published in the Schizophrenia Research on June 5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S092099642030236X?via%3Dihub&fbclid=IwAR2VFGlKtqeYMsdtFidYS5yNpbarRGRA8Wts6TkIOCiWyDfkBot7z_yJs7w Individuals with schizophrenia are often characterized by a deficit…

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New tool employs air travel data to predict global spread of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters a new phase, punctuated by emerging hot spots and continuing global spread, a new analytical tool developed by RAND Corporation researchers allows policymakers to predict regional risks of importing cases of COVID-19. The tool, which melds information on infection rates with global air traffic data, has already produced a number…

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Are kidney transplant patients at higher risk? The European experience

Experience throughout the world, including in Europe, shows that advanced age is the most important risk factor for death in COVID-19: people aged over 70 years are over 10 times more likely to die compared to those aged below 50. Other factors increasing the risk of death include male sex and comorbidities, including obesity, hypertension,…

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