When Life Looks Like a Wes Anderson Movie

This article is part of our latest Design special report, which is about taking creative leaps in challenging times. The last shelters on the Marangu route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro are little structures known as Kibo huts, the first built in 1932. When Robert Hune-Kalter, a Colorado-based bank employee, reached the huts, in…

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‘Dusty Hunter’ Scores Cecil B. DeMille’s Liquor Collection

Kevin Langdon Ackerman had a good lead, so he left his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Beachwood Canyon on a Tuesday morning in August and drove 18 miles northwest to Sylmar, Calif. He guided his metallic black BMW off the 210 and up the winding road to the top of Little Tujunga Canyon;…

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Advice for Decorating Your Home

This column is part of a series for the Design special report of The New York Times. Readers are invited to send questions to designadvice@nytimes.com. We moved into a new place in March, and our plans to furnish an extra room were waylaid by the pandemic. Is it a good idea to get a pullout…

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Is It OK to Use Connections to Jump the Line for a Specialist?

Over the past few years, my sister-in-law has experienced unusual problems with her eyesight for which she has seen several ophthalmologists and neurologists, some at private practices and others at major medical centers. There has been no consistency in the diagnoses and even less clarity in recommended treatments or medications. The condition seems to be…

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Studies Begin to Untangle Obesity’s Role in Covid-19

In early April, Edna McCloud woke up to find her hands tied to her hospital bed. She had spent the past four days on a ventilator in a hospital in St. Louis County, Mo., thrashing and kicking under sedation as she battled a severe case of Covid-19. “They told me, ‘You were a real fighter…

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Coronavirus Pandemic Drives Hike in Opioid Deaths

BARRE, Vermont — On the first Friday in June, Jefrey Cameron, 29, left his home around midnight to buy heroin. He had been struggling with addiction for seven years but had seemingly turned a corner, holding down a job that he loved at Basil’s Pizzeria, driving his teenage sister to the mall to go shopping…

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Vitamin D deficiency leads to obesity, stunted growth in zebrafish

Using a zebrafish model, researchers from North Carolina State University have found that vitamin D deficiency during early development can disrupt the metabolic balance between growth and fat accumulation. The results suggest a linkage between vitamin D and metabolic homeostasis, or equilibrium. The research team, led by Seth Kullman, professor of biological sciences at NC…

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Many ventilation systems may increase risk of COVID-19 exposure, study suggests

Ventilation systems in many modern office buildings, which are designed to keep temperatures comfortable and increase energy efficiency, may increase the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, particularly during the coming winter, according to research published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics. A team from the University of Cambridge found that widely-used ‘mixing ventilation’ systems,…

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Washington COVID-19 biorepository expands sample types

Seattle — September 29, 2020 — Recently expanded to support diagnostics developers earlier in the development cycle, the Washington COVID-19 biorepository now includes convalescent plasma to accelerate the development of antibody assays. The current pandemic showcases a critical need to accelerate the development and validation of quality diagnostic products for COVID-19. To support this effort,…

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Social media use linked with depression, secondary trauma during COVID-19

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Can’t stop checking social media for the latest COVID-19 health information? You might want to take a break, according to researchers at Penn State and Jinan University who discovered that excessive use of social media for COVID-19 health information is related to both depression and secondary trauma. «We found that social…

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