A Probiotic for Obesity?

People with obesity-related disorders may benefit from supplements of a common gut bacterium, a small pilot study suggests. Researchers tested the bacterium, Akkermansia muciniphila, in 32 men and women who met the criteria for metabolic syndrome by having at least three of five conditions: high fasting blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL…

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Summer Blockbusters

Good morning. I hate to be a bummer but daylight’s burning and the year’s half over and if this thing of ours were a rom-com, we’d be deep in Act II: rising action, higher stakes. Something’s gotta give! Before long, we’ll be buying the kids new Buster Browns and planning out school lunches, soccer practices,…

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Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

Image CreditVictoria Roberts Q. Why have bedbugs become such a problem? Are there any new ways to attack them? A. Scientists believe that bedbugs have developed resistance to some insecticides, and travel is helping to spread the resistant insects worldwide. Another major contributor is the failure of many hotels and residential landlords to identify infestations…

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Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage

By studying a large cohort of women who had already been through menopause, researchers have found that cardiovascular risk is associated with body shape, which results from how fat is distributed in the body. A new study suggests that in women over 50, body shape is associated with cardiovascular risk. Existing studies have suggested that…

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‘No Lips. No Hands. No Lobsters.’

PARIS — It’s cooled off in France in all sorts of ways. The heat wave that smothered the country finally broke on Monday. The “Yellow Vest” protests that raised the political temperature have mostly fizzled. Les Bleues are out of the World Cup. And in Paris, at the Couture, Daniel Roseberry, a 33-year-old unknown American…

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Reversing the Damage of a Massive Stroke

Strange as it may seem, the massive stroke Ted Baxter suffered in 2005 at age 41, leaving him speechless and paralyzed on his right side, was a blessing in more ways than one. Had the clot, which started in his leg, lodged in his lungs instead of his brain, the doctors told him he would…

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Keeping the Fun in Children’s Sports

A new clinical report on organized sports for children, preadolescents and adolescents from the American Academy of Pediatrics keeps coming back to the question of fun. The report summarizes evidence on the many benefits of sports participation for children, from acquiring motor skills to developing positive self-image, from strong social interactions to higher levels of…

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A Whirlwind, Round-the-World Food Tour of Queens

The $3.50 kebab was supposed to be a stopgap measure, a placeholder for a lunch that would have to wait until after an appointment in Manhattan. Neither the foil-wrapped sandwich nor the dumpy corner shop was much to look at. But the first bite — moist ground lamb laced with onion and a jolt of…

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Shopping for Bar Cabinets

A piece of furniture dedicated solely to drinks might seem like an extravagance. But when it comes to entertaining, a well-functioning bar cabinet can be useful for both host and guests. “It’s a matter of convenience,” said William Sofield, the interior designer who founded Studio Sofield in New York. “I tell everyone, ‘I’ll make you…

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