Child Vaccinations Plummet 63 Percent, a New Hurdle for N.Y.C. Schools

Reopening schools, pre-K and day care centers safely this fall was always going to be a crucial part of resuming normal life in New York City, and a herculean challenge for the nation’s largest school system. On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio raised alarms about an unexpected new hurdle: plummeting rates of childhood vaccinations as…

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When Can I See My Grandkids?

Grandparents have had enough. They want to see their grandchildren. A life in seemingly endless lockdown and isolation from grandchildren is not how grandparents want to spend their golden years. But adult children don’t want to risk exposing an older, more vulnerable generation to the new coronavirus during a family visit. The Centers for Disease…

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Why Air Jordan Sneakers Are as Good an Investment as a Birkin Bag

Focus On SportGetty Images When ESPN premiered The Last Dance in April, the 10-part series on Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls hit the ratings jackpot, becoming the most-watched documentary on the network. Its final two episodes aired Sunday. Nearly two decades have passed since Jordan’s retirement from the NBA, yet he’s as…

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This One-Pan Tuna Casserole Is Just What You Need Right Now

If there’s ever been a time to give in to cravings for retro comfort food, it’s now. And that’s why I whipped up a tuna casserole. But not the classic, cream-of-something soup kind. I made a fancified version based on a recipe I fell in love with a few years ago when I wrote a…

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What Is All of That Screen Time Doing to Your Skin?

You’ve probably heard more about the perils of blue light lately because our lives are more likely to be lived indoors and online. Our laptops, phones, tablets, TVs and even LED light bulbs are all sources of blue light. And now that we’re tethered to those devices, are we getting drenched? Should we be more…

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Returning to Exercise After Recovery From Coronavirus

Is it OK to resume athletic training, even if you have gotten through a bout of Covid-19 or tested positive for coronavirus or suspect you might have been infected? Two new expert-consensus statements from pulmonologists and cardiologists, published separately in The Lancet and JAMA Cardiology, urge caution. The new statements point out that the always-thorny…

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Slosh! Slurp! Welcome to the ‘Walktail’ Party

Earlier this month, as the state of Texas was about to ease its stay-at-home restrictions, Pam LeBlanc pulled her wedding dress out of a vacuum-sealed box, put it on for the first time in 21 years, poured herself a glass of prosecco, strapped on some heels, walked out of her house in Austin, and began…

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To My Patients’ Family Members, My Apologies

I wish I could tell you that I’m sorry. I would start with an apology for that Saturday afternoon phone call, nearly a month ago. You answered on the first ring, anxious for news of your son. You had been there for every one of his hospital admissions for nearly four decades, since he was…

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At Home Newsletter: All the Google Docs that are fit to print.

Welcome to At Home. Here’s an example of an email I used to get roughly four times a week before the pandemic, when my main job was running food and restaurant coverage for The Times and people went to restaurants all the time as if that was totally normal behavior, which it was. Hey, Sam:…

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Prototype Vaccine Protects Monkeys From Coronavirus

Scientists are already testing coronavirus vaccines in people, but the initial trials are designed to determine safety, not how well a vaccine works. The research published Wednesday offers insight into what a vaccine must do to be effective and how to measure that. “To me, this is convincing that a vaccine is possible,” said Dr.…

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