Exercise During Pregnancy May Have Lasting Benefits for Babies

Newborns whose mothers exercise during pregnancy may become physically coordinated a little earlier than other babies, according to a captivating new study of gestation, jogging and the varying ability of tiny infants to make a fist. The study’s findings add to growing evidence that physical activity during pregnancy can strengthen not just the mother but…

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Cook for Comfort

Good morning. Malaise grips me, even under bluebird skies and in low humidity, with mourning doves cooing in the eaves. It may still be hard for some, against the sorrow and anger reflected in the news these past few days, to become excited about cakes and ale, much less to pass along recommendations to cook…

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Have You Taken an Ambulance in the Last 5 Years? Share Your Experience

I’ve spent more than a decade writing about the American health care system, looking at what doesn’t work for patients and at legislators’ plans to fix it. Lately, I’ve become really interested in ambulance billing, an area of the health system that has received less scrutiny from politicians, but is a frequent source of surprising…

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Tech Meets Health Care, Sometimes Shakily

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Katie Thomas, who covers health and is based in Chicago, discussed the tech she’s using. As a health care reporter, what are your most important tech tools for doing your work? I mostly work from home near Chicago, and…

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Toni Morrison Dancing: Photos of the Author at Work and Play

There’s an image that will stay with me forever: Toni Morrison, Bill T. Jones and Max Roach were all onstage together. Toni Morrison read her beautiful text, Max Roach was at the drums and Bill T. Jones was dancing. And at the end of the evening, Jones took Morrison in his arms and waltzed across…

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Nicolas Cage on Acting, Weird Pets and That Dinosaur Skull

In a conversation with the Talk columnist David Marchese in The New York Times Magazine, Nicolas Cage answered many questions and raised a few more. It’s worth reading the full interview here. But let us whet your appetite. About that dinosaur skull. Cage made headlines in 2015 when he had to return a dinosaur skull…

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Woodstock Was the Birthplace of Festival Fashion

It’s hard to remember, now that every e-tailer from the luxury Net-a-Porter to the accessible ASOS has a section on its website devoted to “festival fashion;” now that brands like Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Amazon host special “activations” at Coachella; and now that influencers descend on Governors Ball to snap totally manufactured pictures of…

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Ricotta Will Change Everything You Know About Biscuits

I know what you might be thinking, that you don’t really need another biscuit technique, not now. Not when you’ve got that one you already make, tender with lard and chilled buttermilk. Not when you’ve got a whole routine, say, cutting up butter and letting it fall directly into a frozen bowl. Not when you’ve…

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Novartis Hid Manipulated Data While Seeking Approval for $2.1 Million Treatment

The drug maker Novartis concealed manipulated data from the Food and Drug Administration while applying for approval of an extremely expensive gene therapy treatment and then delayed reporting the issue, the agency said on Tuesday. Officials said the inaccurate data, which involved testing in mice of two different strengths of the treatment, did not affect…

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Arthritis Tied to Heart Disease. Pain Relievers May Be to Blame.

Osteoarthritis has been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, and a new study suggests that a large part of the risk comes from the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, or NSAIDs. Such drugs include ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve), as well as a variety of prescription NSAIDs. Researchers used Canadian health…

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