Xinjiang Returns to Work, but Coronavirus Worries Linger in China

HONG KONG — In the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, the government says, major construction projects have resumed, oil field workers are back on the job, garment factories are making masks and spring planting is underway. Students returned to school last week, and one class was greeted by the region’s top Communist Party leader, who…

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Coronavirus and Fever Temperature: Tracking Symptoms with Thermometer

After I was told I’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus, I tried to follow the best medical advice. I started working from home. I socially isolated. And I “self-monitored” for signs I’d been infected. Or, at least, I tried to. Covid-19 symptoms seem pretty clear. The dry cough and difficulty breathing. Fatigue. And the…

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You Deserve a Good Lunch

Good morning. Here we go again with the screens and the earphones, another day on the uncomfortable chair, the dog at my feet. The commute wasn’t bad, though, and there was a beautiful, orange-yolked egg for breakfast, nestled in a piece of toast — what some call a Guy Kibbee, after the actor, who made…

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For Shut-In Pilgrims, the World’s Holiest Sites Are a Click Away

For nearly two years, Eilat Lieber, director and chief curator of the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem’s Old City, has been excited for this April, when Passover, Easter and Ramadan — touchstone holidays of three major religions — would collide for the first time in nearly two decades. To prepare for the 400,000 or…

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A World Turned Upside-Down

In this season of infection, the stock market little more than a twitching corpse, in an atmosphere of alarm and despondency, I am reminded of the enlightenments of the strict curfew Uganda endured in 1966. It was, for all its miseries, an episode of life lessons, as well as monotonous moralizing (because most crises enliven…

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Are Bike Lanes Really Safe?

In just the last eight months, I’ve had two cycling accidents when inattentive drivers made right turns and cut me off. So far I’ve been lucky, escaping with bloody scrapes and a bent bike wheel. But I can’t help wondering how long my luck will last. According to data compiled by The New York Times…

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Live Coronavirus News Coverage and Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageDr. Anthony S. Fauci, center, at a coronavirus briefing earlier this month. Dr. Deborah L. Birx, behind him, leads the White House’s coronavirus task force.Credit…Al Drago for The New York Times 200,000 Americans could die even if the U.S. takes aggressive action, Fauci says. Two of the top doctors…

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Alcohol consumption by fathers before conception could negatively impact child development

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have explored the relationship between parental alcohol consumption — before conception in the case of fathers and during pregnancy in the case of mothers — and offspring development. In a paper published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the researchers report that when alcohol-exposed male…

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Boosts in serum EPA levels from prescription fish oil drive heart benefits

Higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in the blood—and not a decrease in triglyceride levels as originally thought—appear to explain the striking reductions in cardiovascular events and deaths seen among people taking 4 grams daily of the prescription fish oil, icosapent ethyl, according to findings from a REDUCE-IT substudy presented…

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