Leann Birch, Who Knew How to Get a Child to Eat Peas, Dies at 72

Leann L. Birch, whose research into children’s eating habits challenged some long-held notions about finicky young diners and led to new insights on childhood nutrition and obesity, died on May 26 in Durham, N.C. She was 72. Her daughter, Charlotte K. Newell, said the cause was cancer. Dr. Birch, a developmental psychologist, and the researchers…

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Leah Chase, Creole Chef Who Fed Presidents and Freedom Riders, Dies at 96

Leah Chase, the nation’s pre-eminent Creole chef, always knew what to feed her famous customers. The Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. liked barbecued ribs, and James Baldwin preferred gumbo. The singer Sarah Vaughan ordered stuffed crab to go, and Nat King Cole always wanted a four-minute egg. She once had to stop President Barack Obama…

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Medical News Today: New study links air pollution with atherosclerosis

New research suggests that chronic exposure to ambient ozone may raise the risk of atherosclerosis and harm arterial health. New findings indicate that smog, which largely consists of ambient ozone, may lead to atherosclerosis, a cardiovascular condition. Atherosclerosis is the result of fatty deposits — such as cholesterol, fat, or cellular waste — accumulating inside…

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Russell Harvard, Reaching Beyond ‘King Lear’

Even though he gouges out eyeballs eight times a week, Russell Harvard seems like a really nice guy. When I tell the actor that I have a cold, as we sit in a corner of the Lambs Club in the theater district, he insists on pouring me a glass of the jasmine, elderflower and violet…

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Confirm or Deny: Russell Harvard

Maureen Dowd: You keep a stack of two-dollar bills to randomly hand out to hard-working people. Russell Harvard: I do, from time to time, because when I give the two-dollar bills, their faces light up! I love seeing that. You kept the fringed jacket you wore as the assassin Mr. Wrench in “Fargo.” Yes, from…

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Medical News Today: Is virtual reality the next frontier of Alzheimer’s diagnosis?

New research that aimed to highlight the potential of new technologies to diagnose disease has suggested that virtual reality may play a crucial role in monitoring Alzheimer’s disease. VR headsets may soon serve as a better alternative to standard testing for Alzheimer’s. Dementia is a general term to describe the impairment of cognitive functions such…

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Corinne Warren, John Sawyer Jr.

Corinne Elizabeth Warren and John Ansel Sawyer Jr. were married June 1 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Heather Rathbone, a Universal Life minister, officiated. Ms. Warren, 29, is a trial lawyer for the Maryland office of the public defender in Baltimore. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received a law degree…

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