Crunchy, Creamy and Just Sweet Enough

Although their name suggests that they’re defined by sweetness, sugar snap peas are really about the crunch. They aren’t any sweeter than regular peas. When you get good regular peas in season, they can be so sugary that it’s impossible not to eat them all right as you shell them, leaving nothing for dinner. (Produce…

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How 133 Epidemiologists Are Deciding When to Send Their Children to School

ImageAt a pre-K graduation ceremony in Jersey City, N.J., this week. Some schools are allowed to open if they take precautions like dividing students into small groups and requiring masks.Credit…Seth Wenig/Associated Press For many parents, the most pressing question as the nation emerges from pandemic lockdown is when they can send their children to school,…

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Pandemic Shopping for Your Neighbors

About two weeks ago, I found packets of yeast for sale at a corner market, displayed on a shelf like it was no big deal, like yeast hadn’t become a precious commodity during the coronavirus pandemic as supermarket shelves emptied and Americans took up bread-baking like a national pastime. I don’t even bake bread. But…

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Her Sixth-Grade Crush Grew Up

In 1979, in a middle school homeroom in Detroit, Wendy Hopkins sat next to Anthony Forbers and developed a crush. “He was the smartest kid in the classroom,” she said. “We never met outside of school, just talked in the classroom. General kids conversating.” After heading off to different high schools, they lost touch. Mr.…

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You and Me and Quarantine

This was not the wedding that Alyssa Bello and Christian Messina had imagined. Like so many other couples affected by the coronavirus, Ms. Bello said it was “an emotional roller coaster” to get to their May 30 ceremony at St. Athanasius, a Roman Catholic church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. The couple met in December 2015 at…

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The Future Seen in a Cat Food Bowl

Dr. Richard Gregory Ellis and Jana Groh connected in April 2017 on Craigslist while he was looking for an apartment in Cambridge, Mass., and she was desperately seeking a roommate before her lease was up. “I had two different offers,’’ said Dr. Ellis, who was taking a medical Spanish course in Ecuador before starting a…

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Inhibitory interneurons in hippocampus excite the developing brain

WASHINGTON (June 12, 2020) — Brain function depends on inhibitory cells that balance or ‘brake’ excitation. These neurons allow the brain to process information and also prevent runaway seizures. A new study from the George Washington University (GW), however, reports that in some critical structures of the developing brain, the inhibitory neurons cause excitation rather…

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The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health: Experts call for more awareness of the potential impact of physical distancing on adolescent peer relationships and social development

In an opinion piece, authors say that adolescents could be more susceptible to negative effects of physical distancing during COIVD-19 as they are in a period of vulnerability where peer interaction is a vital aspect of their social development. They call for policymakers to give urgent consideration to young people when considering easing of physical…

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COVID-19 may trigger new diabetes, experts warn

Emerging evidence suggests that COVID-19 may actually trigger the onset of diabetes in healthy people and also cause severe complications of pre-existing diabetes. A letter published today in the New England Journal of Medicine and signed by an international group of 17 leading diabetes experts involved in the CoviDiab Registry project, a collaborative international research…

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