Moderna and Pfizer Begin Late-Stage Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

The first large study of the safety and effectiveness of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States began on Monday morning, according to the National Institutes of Health and the biotech company Moderna, which collaborated to develop the vaccine. A volunteer in Savannah, Ga., received the first shot at 6:45 a.m., Dr. Anthony S. Fauci,…

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Kansai Yamamoto, Designer With Ziggy Stardust as a Client, Dies at 76

Kansai Yamamoto, the unapologetically flamboyant fashion designer whose love of color, unfettered imagination and exploration of genderless dressing caught the eye of David Bowie and helped define the look of his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, died on July 21 in Japan. He was 76. The cause was leukemia, a statement on his office website confirmed.…

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The Lawyer of His Dreams

A professional matchmaker was on the phone yet again with David Golden, providing another description of another woman who seemed suitable for a serial dater searching for someone with whom he could one day share true love. “OK now David, I have another client, Alexandra Brodman, she’s a lawyer from Greenwich,” he recalled the matchmaker…

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Does Wearing A Mask Protect Me? Growing Evidence Says Yes

Researchers have long known that masks can prevent people from spreading airway germs to others — findings that have driven much of the conversation around these crucial accessories during the coronavirus pandemic. But now, as cases continue to rise across the country, experts are pointing to an array of evidence suggesting that masks also protect…

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A Vodka for Gin Lovers

If you prefer vodka to gin, with tonic or in a martini, you might consider trying the new Amass Botanic Vodka from Denmark. It heads in the direction of gin, without the aggressive juniper profile. The vodka is distilled from wheat and mixed with marigold, chamomile and lemon, ingredients that have been processed in an…

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A Breakfast Crumble for Early Birds With a Sweet Tooth

LONDON — Years of close observation have taught me this: People are least adventurous in the morning. Even those who would normally thrust themselves into anything new are likely to stop at breakfast. “Oh, that looks great,” they say, “but not so early in the day.” It takes quite some time for our taste buds…

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Intermittent Fasting May Aid Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting is an increasingly popular diet technique. Now a randomized controlled trial reports that at least one version of the method — time-restricted fasting — may have benefits. In an eight-week trial, published in Cell Metabolism, scientists randomly assigned 58 obese men and women to three groups. The first ate whatever they wanted without…

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Stretching May Have Cardiovascular Benefits

A program of simple stretching exercises may help improve cardiovascular health. Italian researchers randomly assigned 39 volunteers to three groups. The first did a 12-week program, five 40-minute sessions a week, of bilateral leg, ankle and foot stretching. The second group did the same exercises, but on only the right side of the body and…

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Cookbook Series Honors Long Island’s Farmers and Produce

Loaves & Fishes, a prepared food shop in Sagaponack, N.Y., is publishing a series of monthly cookbooks based on what’s grown on local farms. The first three, covering June, July and August, have been released. The next set will appear in September. The starting lineup covers the Green Thumb, Foster Farm and Pike Farms. Each…

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Chocolate in a New York State of Mind

Chocolates that pay homage to New York — with colorful local images of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Wall Street and so forth on each square — are a new addition to the collections made and sold by the chocolatier MarieBelle New York. Fillings vary, but include toffee, pistachio, espresso and passion fruit.…

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