What Pregnant Women Should Know About Coronavirus

Pregnant women are often particularly susceptible to respiratory infections and, once infected, can become seriously ill, with long-lasting consequences for both mother and baby. Is that true for the new coronavirus? The information available so far is thin, but it appears that pregnant women are no more likely than anyone else to have severe symptoms…

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Coronavirus Updates: Governments Shift Focus to Containment, as Virus Spreads Globally

Here’s what you need to know: ImageBeijing on Tuesday. China reported 125 confirmed new infections, the lowest such total since January.Credit…Nicolas Asfouri/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Governments seek to cushion social and economic impact of the virus. With the threat of a full-scale pandemic growing by the day, governments around the world shifted their focus…

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When a Drug Study Abruptly Ends, Volunteers Are Left to Cope

On March 21, 2019, the staff at the Penn Memory Center in Philadelphia was scrambling to learn more about an early-morning announcement: Two pharmaceutical companies, Biogen and Eisai, would discontinue their clinical trial of a drug intended to slow the progression of early Alzheimer’s disease. A “futility analysis” had shown that aducanumab, being studied in…

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‘No Way Out’: In China, Coronavirus Takes Toll on Other Patients

WUHAN, China — The 3-year-old boy was anxiously waiting for yet another round of chemotherapy. Then the new coronavirus outbreak hit, and doctors suddenly turned him away. The boy, Fu Haoran, who has leukemia, is one of many seriously ill people struggling to find urgent, lifesaving treatment and left to fend for themselves as China…

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How to Get the Bedroom of Your Dreams

One of best moments of a long, hectic day often comes at the very end, when you fall into bed, pull up the covers and drop off to sleep. Unless, of course, your bedroom is an uninviting mess. A poorly chosen paint color you would rather forget, an uncomfortable rug underfoot and the glare of…

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What Happened to D.I.Y. Collages?

The wall behind Sierra Palantino’s bed is covered with photographs: a bushel of coral- and pearl-colored roses; a bouquet of ruby and pink Mylar balloons; a close-up of a neon sign that says, “all the feels.” In thousands of bedrooms around the world, the same pictures are arranged in a neat collage. Collage kits, as…

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I Went to Iraq to Take Photographs. I Stayed On as a Medic.

We heard the explosion, likely a car bomb. There were many that day. Thirty minutes later, three Humvees came barreling around the corner of nearby buildings with wounded civilians on their hoods and packed inside. They pulled up to our trauma-stabilization point, a makeshift medical unit in an abandoned home on the outer edge of…

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Should I Tell My Boss I Have a Disabling Medical Condition?

More than two years ago, I changed careers from nonprofit to public service. I immediately connected with my employer, who has become a mentor to me, and in other circumstances (him not being my boss), I would consider him a friend. Three months into my tenure, health issues landed me in the hospital. The issue,…

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Kanye West Returns to Paris Fashion Week

PARIS — The Kanye West fashion revival tour was announced the day before it began, and came with an invitation containing rattlesnake eggs and dried sage. It kicked off Sunday morning in the peeling 19th-century environs of the Bouffes du Nord theater (formerly home of Peter Brook’s International Center for Theater Research) with a rousing…

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Cancer survival rates improve for young adults

A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, published by Oxford University Press, finds improvements in five-year survival rates for all cancers in young adults. For some cancers, however, there has been little improvement since the 1970s. Over the past several decades, treatment of cancer in adolescents and young adults (people between…

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