Excess Body Fat Tied to Fatal Prostate Cancers

Many studies have found that obesity is associated with an increased risk for prostate cancer. Now a new study suggests that the degree of risk may depend on where in the body the fat is. The report, in the journal Cancer, included 1,832 Icelandic men. All underwent CT scans to measure subcutaneous fat in the…

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Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95; Built a Fashion Empire

Gloria Vanderbilt, the society heiress who stitched her illustrious family name into designer jeans and built a $100 million fashion empire, crowning her tabloid story of a child-custody fight, of broken marriages and of jet-set romances, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 95. Her death was confirmed by her son Anderson…

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Should I Call My Father?

This Father’s Day, I’m not sure if I should call my dad. I had the same misgivings a few days ago when it was his birthday. He turned 87. It’s not what you think. I have a wonderful father and we’ve had no falling out. But I anticipate that the phone calls will be more…

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The Boutique Fitness Boom

A visit to an upscale suburban mall or a city shopping district used to be marked by stops at Gap, Sharper Image and Barnes & Noble, ending in a pile of shopping bags. Now it’s about taking a $36 Pilates class, maybe followed by a $36 indoor cycling session if you’re really committed, then hitting…

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California Tests a Digital ‘Fire Alarm’ for Mental Distress

Last winter, several dozen people who were struggling with suicidal urges and bouts of intense emotion opened their lives to a company called Mindstrong, in what has become a closely watched experiment in Silicon Valley. Mindstrong, a venture co-founded by a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, promised something that no drug…

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When Gloria Vanderbilt Reviewed ‘Harriet the Spy’

Gloria Vanderbilt, who died on Monday, has a long list of books to her name: several memoirs, including 1985’s “Once Upon a Time”; a primer on the art of collage; an erotic novel, “Obsession” (“mint, cayenne pepper and a fresh garden carrot are deployed in the book in ways never envisioned by “The Joy of…

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It’s Time to Rethink Wine Criticism

Robert M. Parker Jr., who dominated wine criticism in the United States for roughly 30 years after his enthusiastic embrace of the 1982 Bordeaux vintage, formally announced his retirement last month after quietly withdrawing from writing a few years ago. The post-Parker era actually began a decade ago, as more critical voices and points of…

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Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future

Farmers and plant breeders are in a race against time. The world population is growing rapidly, requiring ever more food, but the amount of cultivable land is limited. Warmer temperatures have extended growth seasons in some areas — and brought drought and pests to others. “We face a grand challenge in terms of feeding the…

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Can Marijuana Help Cure the Opioid Crisis?

The idea that legal cannabis can help address the opioid crisis has generated much hope and enthusiasm. Opioid misuse has declined in recent years at the same time that cannabis use has been increasing, with many states liberalizing marijuana laws. Based on recent research, some advocates have been promoting this connection, arguing that easier access…

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