Thanksgiving in July? The Times Food Desk’s Recipe for Success

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Food may be seasonal, but holiday memories are forever. That might be part of the reason Sam Sifton and his NYT Cooking team start planning their Thanksgiving coverage months ahead of the big day: Those…

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WNBA Game-Day Fashion Deserves Recognition, Too

Russell Westbrook and LeBron James aren’t the only ones stepping out in trendsetting game-day drip. WNBA players like Tamera «Ty» Young and Lexie Brown are also making fierce sartorial selections and it’s high time we recognize them. Thanks to fashion blogs like WSLAM, WNBA Kicks, and LeagueFits, professional female ballers are finally starting to get…

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Standing Out From the Herd

Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. Do any animals have fingerprints or other features that uniquely identify individuals? A. Scientists generally agree that closely related species like gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans have ridge patterns on fingers and toes that resemble those of humans and can be used to identify individuals. As with humans, no two individuals with…

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The Most Summery Weeknight Pasta

Good morning. Florence Fabricant delivered a beautiful new recipe for fettuccine with lobster and zucchini (above) this week, and it would be great to make it this evening because there are few acts more summery than cooking lobster on a weeknight. But I’ve been messing around with these smoker tubes lately, and it’s like I’m…

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Giving up alcohol may significantly boost mental health

The debate as to whether moderate drinking is good, bad, or has no effect on health has been ongoing for years. Now, a new study suggests that people — especially women — who give up alcohol can experience better mental health and reach levels of well-being almost on a par with those of lifelong abstainers.…

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The Challenge of Caring for a Stroke Patient

Kelly Baxter was 36 years old and had just moved to Illinois with her 41-year-old husband, Ted, when he suffered a disabling stroke that derailed his high-powered career in international finance. It derailed her life as well. “It was a terrible shock, especially in such a young, healthy, athletic man,” she told me. “Initially I…

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Even Researchers Don’t Know Which Doctors Medicare Advantage Covers

If you try to use Medicare Advantage, figuring out which doctors are available (and where) can be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible. Medicare Advantage is the government-subsidized, private plan alternative to the traditional public Medicare program. It has had strong enrollment growth for years. That growth has received a boost from the Trump administration, which…

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Team Sports May Help Children Deal With Trauma

I wrote last week about finding ways to make sure that sports participation stays fun for kids, so they can enjoy the benefits of physical activity and fitness. Keeping the body healthy and active has psychological benefits as well, and a new study suggests that organized sports participation may be helpful for kids who are…

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Nutritional supplements and diets not always protective, WVU research suggests

IMAGE: This is Safi Khan, Assistant Professor, WVU School of Medicine view more  Credit: WVU MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—Do the nutritional supplements people take or the diets they adhere to actually protect them against cardiovascular problems and death? Maybe not, suggests a new umbrella review of meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials by Safi Khan, an assistant professor in…

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