As Animal-Assisted Therapy Thrives, Enter the Cats

Studies in this field are also “hard to randomize,” said Dr. O’Haire, whose own research has looked at the potential benefits of classroom guinea pigs for children with autism. Scientists who are testing a drug, for example, can easily give some participants a look-alike placebo. But what is the equivalent in a trial that pairs…

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Nonfiction: Bill Cunningham: An Enigma in a Blue Sanitation Worker’s Jacket

On a related note, we have Bill’s make-do-and-mend, zero-waste sensibility. Costumes and hats are often made from discards and objets trouvés. Any garret, no matter how grim, can be transformed into a nifty salon de chapeaux with a dollop of white paint and some moth-eaten Austrian drapes bought from the Salvation Army. Just be sure…

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Diet and Exercise May Stem Weight Gain of Pregnancy, but Should Begin Early

Advertisement Overweight women limited their weight gain with a diet and exercise program during pregnancy, but it did not lower their rate of complications like gestational diabetes. Image Heather Kinion joined a body weight study at Northwestern in her first trimester and was assigned to work with a nutrition coach.CreditCreditAlyssa Schukar for The New York…

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The Chicest Store in Milan Comes to New York

There were pedestrians ambling and drinkers drinking alfresco on the warm June day that Carla Sozzani stood outside what would shortly become 10 Corso Como New York, the American outpost of her pioneering Italian concept shop. That descriptor, now common for boutiques that stock not only fashion, but also art, furniture, books and whatever else…

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Tech Fix: Tech Can Hurt Our Sleep. So I Tried Bose Sleepbuds for Help.

The earbud modules are also extremely small — about the size of a pinkie fingertip. You insert them into silicone tips that go into your ear canal and tuck under your ear ridge. Bose provides three sizes, and I used the small eartips. The Sleepbuds are noise-masking — not noise-canceling — earbuds. Noise-canceling earphones eliminate…

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Modeling in the #TimesUp Era

Morgan Allen, a 20-year-old from Minneapolis, was contacted last November by a photographer named Haythem Lafhaj via Instagram, a relatively common way for new models, especially those outside fashion centers like New York, to network with image makers. Ms. Allen met with him a few times to work on photographs for her portfolio without incident,…

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Kenny Shopsin, Brash Owner of a Quirky Restaurant, Dies at 76

Kenny Shopsin, the colorful proprietor of a fabled Manhattan restaurant where the menu is vast and the customer has never been king, died on Sunday at his home in the West Village. He was 76. His son-in-law Andrew Lampert said he had fallen last year and had had a series of health problems since. Mr.…

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Legal Case to Smash Obamacare Hands the Democrats a Hammer

“Why would I not” look to the intent of the Congress that enacted the health law, he asked Mr. Elias. Much of the more than three hours of arguments centered on language in the Affordable Care Act that describes the individual mandate as “essential to creating effective health insurance markets” — language that the plaintiffs…

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