Watch What Happens When Real Housewives Don’t Wear Masks

“Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” is a rollicking talk show on Bravo. Its host, Mr. Cohen, is the network’s in-house yenta and debate moderator among its many warring reality TV personalities. Typical topics of conversation in his delightful, boozy clubhouse used to include whether the guests have had plastic surgery and whether they…

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What Happened to Those Couples Who Quarantined Together?

It started with a yoga class, a stroll through a secondhand bookstore in Berkeley, Calif., and a rapidly accelerating pandemic. After just eight dates — just over a month after they met — Scott Lucas, a deputy editor at BuzzFeed News, and Lyz Keating, a public health professional, decided to move in together. They went…

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In New York, Roommates Make a Comeback

In New York, where high rents, small apartments and vibrant social lives were, until recently, hallmarks of life, roommates were seen by many as a financial necessity rather than a lifestyle choice: people with whom one ideally maintained a cordial, if arms-length relationship until circumstances allowed for the move to your own studio apartment. But…

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Yuna Has Bought Some Weird Things in Quarantine

Like us, Yuna has spent her quarantine wearing her husband’s hoodie, watching Netflix home makeover shows, and buying weird stuff online. The Malaysian singer has spent the last six months in her hometown of Kuala Lumpur. «It’s just like being back to the teenager Yuna,» she says, «Where my mom has the privilege of just…

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Sheldon Harnick: Working From Home for 55 Years

Sheldon Harnick met his future wife, Margery Gray, in 1960, when she was auditioning for his new Broadway musical, “Tenderloin.” Try as she might, Mrs. Harnick, now a photographer and artist, can’t recall the song she sang on that fateful day. Mr. Harnick, the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning lyricist, is similarly in the dark, but he…

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How I Worked From Home Abroad in Mexico for 35 Days During the Pandemic

When I decided to travel to Mexico in the middle of the pandemic for more than a month, I didn’t have many supporters among my friends and family, with fair concern. The country is currently one of the hardest hit by the virus — and is now approaching nearly 900,000 cases. Traveling now clearly isn’t…

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Giving Recipe Creators Their Due

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. In September, Marilyn Monroe received a New York Times byline. The story? The star’s recipe for stuffing. Monroe was one of thousands of recipe creators who recently received authorship credit for dishes that have been…

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The Healing Power of Singing

Years ago, I took to the stage with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir. We sang Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem and the Dream of Gerontius in the Town Hall. There I was, my feet in sensible shoes, sweat staining my crisp white shirt, singing my little heart out in front of the giant organ. I still…

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Focused efforts needed to help health IT reach its promise

Despite significant investment in health information technology such as computerized health records and clinical decision support, leveraging the technology to improve the quality of care will require significant and sustained effort by health systems, according to a new RAND Corporation study. In order to accelerate change, better mechanisms for creating and disseminating best practices are…

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New approach to diagnosing genetic diseases using RNA sequencing increases yield

In the world of rare genetic diseases, exome and genome sequencing are two powerful tools used to make a diagnosis. A recent addition to the toolkit, RNA sequencing, has been demonstrated to help researchers narrow down disease candidate variants identified first on exome and genome sequencing. A new study from Baylor College of Medicine finds…

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