San Francisco’s Arty Past Still Makes Some Noise

SAN FRANCISCO — Audium, a 49-seat theater that is enclosed by 176 speakers, is a vestige of oddball experimentation in a rapidly gentrifying city. Stan Shaff, 91, who began his experiment six decades ago, just a few years before the Summer of Love, describes it as a “sound sculpture.” Mr. Shaff was inspired to create…

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How a Harlem Chef Spends His Sundays

Alexander Smalls, who introduced New Yorkers to Afro-Asian-American cuisine when he opened the Cecil in 2013, has always loved Sunday. “I give myself permission to do anything and everything and nothing,” he said. Cooking is a second act for Mr. Smalls. Before he opened Café Beulah, his first restaurant, which featured South Carolina Lowcountry fare,…

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High Blood Pressure in Young Adulthood May Be Bad for Your Brain

The cumulative effect of high blood pressure from young adulthood to middle age is associated with poorer mental function at age 50, a new study concludes. For their analysis, published in Circulation, researchers looked at 191 generally healthy men and women ages 18 to 30 who were participating in a larger health study. Over the…

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How to Give Bad News

I know bad news is coming my way when my oncologist walks into the exam room with a nurse. It doesn’t matter that he introduces her as a new nurse getting to know the system. In my more than six years of seeing my oncologist for metastatic colon cancer, he has never come in accompanied.…

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The Gift of Silence, When There Are No Words

My in-laws were visiting the day I found my sister Gretchen dead of an overdose. They didn’t know what to do. Provide comfort? Space? Just go on like normal, I said. Our town in upstate New York, about five hours from their Brooklyn home, offered suburban experiences that easily kept them entertained. A simple circuit…

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University of Miami researchers find an early behavioral marker for autism

In the first study of its kind, University of Miami researchers have found a strong behavioral signal to indicate which infants who have an older sibling with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will themselves be diagnosed with ASD as they grow older. The researchers found that such high-risk infants who exhibit an early social difficulty,…

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Nathan Ainspan named SIOP Fellow

Nathan Ainspan, PhD has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Dr. Ainspan was granted Fellow status by the SIOP Executive Board at its most recent meeting. The profession of industrial and organizational psychology addresses the full range of human interactions in organizational settings. Members of the profession may…

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Christopher M. Barnes named SIOP Fellow

Christopher M. Barnes, PhD has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Dr. Barnes was granted Fellow status by the SIOP Executive Board at its most recent meeting. The profession of industrial and organizational psychology addresses the full range of human interactions in organizational settings. Members of the profession…

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