As Tropical Destinations Reopen, Here’s What Travelers Need to Know

With travel to much of the world from America still shut down, countries in the Caribbean and Latin America are counting on their relative proximity to the United States (meaning short flights) and appeal as outdoor destinations (meaning social distancing) to restart tourism. “We have a very interesting competitive advantage in these Covid times because…

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The F.D.A. Wanted to Ban Some Hair Straighteners. It Never Happened.

It’s been more than a decade since a popular hair treatment called Brazilian Blowout appeared in salons, promising months of straight hair after a single application. But soon users were complaining that the product emitted noxious fumes that stung their eyes, brought on headaches, nosebleeds and nausea, and made it hard to breathe. Government health…

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The Case for Sausage Rolls

Good morning. Melissa Clark delved into the world of Australian sausage rolls this week, with an article about Paul Allam, an owner of Bourke Street Bakery in Sydney and Manhattan, and accompanying recipes stuffed with lamb, harissa and almond (above), pork and fennel sausage and vegan mushroom and leek. Sausage rolls are a mainstay of…

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Where Have All the Hospital Patients Gone?

Weathered, wiry and in his early 60s, the man stumbled into clinic, trailing cigarette smoke and clutching his chest. Over the previous week, he had had fleeting episodes of chest pressure but stayed away from the hospital. “I didn’t want to get the coronavirus,” he gasped as the nurses unbuttoned his shirt to get an…

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The Little-Known Women Behind Some Well-Known Landscapes

This article is part of our latest Fine Arts & Exhibits special report, which focuses on how art endures and inspires, even in the darkest of times. Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux and André Le Nôtre are names nearly as well known as their famous landscapes — Central Park for Olmsted and Vaux, and Versailles…

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Less Posing, More Pruning: Stylish Gardening Clothes Arrive

About five years ago, Rozae Nichols, a designer in Los Angeles, decided to get out of the fashion business, in which she had worked since the 1980s. A longtime animal rights activist and vegan, she turned her attention to a new project: Flora Animalia, an urban garden where she hosts educational food workshops and crafting…

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When the Doctor Is a Covid ‘Long Hauler’

I am a physician who contracted what was initially a fairly mild case of Covid-19 in early March. Seven months later, I remain substantially debilitated, with profound exhaustion and a heart rate that goes into the stratosphere with even the tiniest bits of exertion, such as pouring a bowl of cereal or making a bed.…

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This Tuna-Salad Sandwich Is Julia Child-Approved Lunch

It was early days in the “Baking With Julia” project. Julia was the beloved cookbook author and television pioneer Julia Child, and the project was a television series and cookbook. Writing the book was my job, and I was headed to Julia’s house in Cambridge, Mass., to sort out recipes and chapters. I walked in…

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Depression in Pregnancy May Raise Risk of Childhood Asthma

A mother’s psychological distress during pregnancy may increase the risk for asthma in her child, a new study suggests. Researchers had the parents of 4,231 children fill out well-validated questionnaires on psychological stress in the second trimester of pregnancy, and again three years later. The mothers also completed questionnaires at two and six months after…

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Why Running Won’t Ruin Your Knees

Could running actually be good for your knees? That idea is at the heart of a fascinating new study of the differing effects of running and walking on the knee joint. Using motion capture and sophisticated computer modeling, the study confirms that running pummels knees more than walking does. But in the process, the authors…

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