‘Who Are We for?’ How the Virus Is Testing the Identity of Chinatown

Hop Kee is a basement Cantonese eatery offering $9.50 shrimp lo mein. Hwa Yuan Szechuan is a three-story, white-tablecloth restaurant where the whole fish with hot bean sauce is $45. Both have long histories in Manhattan’s Chinatown, and a deep aversion to delivery apps. Hop Kee’s owner could not afford the services’ high fees. Hwa…

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What a Family That Lost 5 to the Virus Wants You to Know

FREEHOLD, N.J. — Each morning they awake with fingers curled inward, stiffened like claws. Their schedules are dictated by doctors’ appointments, physical therapy sessions and bouts of exhaustion. After weeks on ventilators, two siblings remain too weak to work even as their medical bills mount. But at a table filled with several members of a…

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U.S. Commandos at Risk for Suicide: Is the Military Doing Enough?

He was one of the most elite military men in America, but his service in the Special Operations forces (S.O.F.) had taken a heavy toll. “The job I love and have committed my whole being to is creating my suicidal condition, but I’d rather die than admit to having trouble and being removed from my…

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What is the TikTok subculture Dark Academia?

School, as most of us know it, came to a halt this spring. There were no graduation gatherings and no proms. No study abroad or in-person summer classes. And what will happen in September is still largely unknown. Yet in the digital world, a different kind of academic community is thriving, one where students have…

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The Secret to Deep Cleaning

There’s no way around it: When you rarely leave home, things get dirty faster. Windows are left open longer, kitchens and bathrooms are used more frequently, and bits of pencil shavings and cereal crumbs somehow manage to elude the trash bin. Keeping up with the mess can be a challenge — especially when you have…

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Surgery or Medical Procedure? What to Know Before You Go

For months, Patricia Merryweather-Arges, a health care expert, has fielded questions about the coronavirus pandemic from fellow Rotary Club members in the Midwest. Recently people have asked, “Is it safe for me to go see my doctor? Should I keep that appointment with my dentist? What about that knee replacement I put on hold: Should…

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What Coronavirus Researchers Can Learn From Economists

ImageA drug that has recently been found to help some Covid-19 patients could form the basis of natural experiments.Credit…Nati Harnik/Associated Press The recent news that a decades-old steroid drug, dexamethasone, showed a one-third reduction in mortality for patients with severe Covid-19 infections has generated immense hope in the medical community. The finding came from the…

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Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many?

At a May 30 birthday party in Texas, one man reportedly infected 18 friends and family with the coronavirus. Reading reports like these, you might think of the virus as a wildfire, instantly setting off epidemics wherever it goes. But other reports tell another story altogether. In Italy, for example, scientists looked at stored samples…

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Light drinking may protect brain function

Light to moderate drinking may preserve brain function in older age, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. The study examined the link between alcohol consumption and changes in cognitive function over time among middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. «We know there are some older people who believe that drinking…

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