A Shrimp Creole for Our Times

Louisiana Creole cuisine is eclectic. Uniting the flavors and fare of West Africa, France, Spain, the Caribbean and the American South, it highlights the various cultures that resided in South Louisiana in the 18th century. And, as food often does, it transcended the otherwise-segregated society, bringing together heritages on a plate. Creole cuisine is often…

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It’s Time for a Better TV Room

With so much time spent at home, many of us are binge-watching TV in alarming amounts — and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. To get the most out of your time in front of the TV, you need more than just a handful of streaming services: You need a comfortable room where you want…

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How to Pretend You’re in Cartagena Today

While your travel plans may be on hold, you can pretend you’re somewhere new for the night. Around the World at Home invites you to channel the spirit of a new place each week with recommendations on how to explore the culture, all from the comfort of your home. On a clear day, from the…

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Paring Back Your Beauty Routine? Try Water, With a Boost

Like many American wellness remedies, the drink is actually a repackaged ritual from another country — in this case, Italy. Known to some Italian natives as “canarino,” or canary, the drink is one of the country’s many “nonna’s remedies” that are used as a post-meal digestif, upset-stomach soother or cold killer, depending on who you…

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A Night in the Hospital, From Both Ends of the Stethoscope

Just as the first coronavirus reports were emerging from China in late 2019, the medical world was observing the 20th anniversary of “To Err is Human,” the seminal report from the Institute of Medicine that opened our eyes to the extent of medical error. The news media jumped on the popular aviation metaphor, that the…

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How to Get More From Your Pandemic Bubble

Is your pandemic bubble a keeper? Among the many lessons learned in 2020, the power of a trusted friend group may be the most lasting. This summer, nearly half of Americans said they had formed a “pod” or social “bubble” — a select group of friends to help them cope with pandemic life. It took…

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Oral Contraceptives Tied to Lower Risk for Certain Cancers

Women who have used oral contraceptives may be at lower risk for ovarian and endometrial cancer. Oral contraceptives are known to be associated with a higher risk for breast cancer, but a new study in Cancer Research suggests the increased risk is small and of short duration. At the same time, researchers found that the…

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A Better Way to Take Blood Pressure?

Doctors usually take a blood pressure reading in only one arm, but a new study in Hypertension suggests they should be checking both. The difference between the two readings may be a marker of increased risk for cardiovascular disease — and death. Researchers combined data in 24 previous studies that measured bilateral blood pressure in…

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Gum disease-causing bacteria borrow growth molecules from neighbors to thrive

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The human body is filled with friendly bacteria. However, some of these microorganisms, such as Veillonella parvula, may be too nice. These peaceful bacteria engage in a one-sided relationship with pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis, helping the germ multiply and cause gum disease, according to a new University at Buffalo-led study. The research sought…

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