Margaret Fulton Brought the World to the Australian Table

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Tacey Rychter, an audience editor and writer based in Sydney. ______ When news broke Wednesday that Margaret Fulton, the best-selling Australian cookbook author, died at 94, many people posted photos of…

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Do Lox and Other Smoked Fish Increase Cancer Risk?

Q. Does eating smoked fish, such as smoked salmon or whitefish, increase the risk of colorectal cancer or other cancers, the way processed and deli meats do? A. It might. From a cancer risk perspective, the American Institute for Cancer Research considers smoked and cured fish in the same category as processed meats. Though other…

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Overcrowded and More Dangerous, Mont Blanc Faces a Crisis

The Goûter Refuge — a futuristic structure that clings to a cliff at 12,516 feet — is, for many people, the final stop en route to the top of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, straddling the border between France and Italy. Every summer at least 20,000 people attempt the 15,776-foot summit. The…

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Rest Me in a Pine Box and Let the Fiddle Play

“I hope to be around for a long time,” my father said, “but I’ve written my funeral plan so we’re all prepared.” That morning, he’d cycled to the farm in Fairhope, Ala., where he volunteered in exchange for organic vegetables. My dad was 62 but could pedal faster than his four middle-aged kids. He had…

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Psst, There’s a Secret Gossip Girl Tour in New York

For the last 21 years, Maurice Legere has been a security officer at the Lotte New York Palace, a hotel in Midtown Manhattan. And for the last decade, in addition to keeping the building safe, Mr. Legere has given a tour of the hotel to loyal fans of the “Gossip Girl” television show, showing them…

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How to Stay Cool During Europe’s Heat Wave

Across much of Europe, temperatures were setting records this week. In Paris, even before the thermometer hit 108.7 degrees on Thursday, beating a high mark set in 1947, the air felt like a furnace, and along sidewalks, people ducked into even the tiniest slivers of shade seeking relief. Prague hauled in water trucks to douse…

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Man Dies of ‘Brain-Eating’ Amoeba After Swimming in Lake

A man in North Carolina died on Monday after he went swimming in a lake and was infected by Naegleria fowleri, a single-celled organism known as the “brain-eating amoeba.” The man, Eddie Gray, 59, fell ill after he visited the Fantasy Lake Water Park in Cumberland County July 12, the North Carolina Department of Health…

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Neil Armstrong Died After Heart Surgery. That May Have Been Avoided.

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died in 2012 at age 82 after what should have been routine heart surgery. When nurses removed wires linked to a temporary pacemaker, he bled profusely into the membrane surrounding the heart. He died a week later. The medical details, disclosed this week by The…

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Juul Targeted Schools, Camps and Youth Programs, House Panel Claims

WASHINGTON — Last summer, with public concern about teenage vaping growing, Juul Labs paid a charter school organization in Baltimore $134,000 to set up a five-week summer camp to teach children healthy lifestyles. The curriculum was created by Juul — maker of the very vaping devices that were causing the most alarm among parents, health…

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