A Journey to Kashmir’s Gurez Valley

Seeking to learn more about the area, we met with a 31-year-old assistant professor of English language and literature at Dawar College. Raqeeb Ahmad Lone had grown up in Tulail — and loves Walt Whitman’s poetry and “Lord of the Flies.” After talking with him for a couple of hours about Dard Shin folk tales…

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Nonfiction: A Nobel Laureate Asks What Makes a ‘Disordered Mind’

THE DISORDERED MINDWhat Unusual Brains Tell Us About OurselvesBy Eric R. Kandel304 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $30. Disorders of the mind have meant different things to different people at different times. In Plato’s “Phaedrus,” Socrates extols divinely inspired madness in mystics, lovers, poets and prophets; he describes these disturbances as gifts of the gods,…

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Europe’s Triumphs and Troubles Are Written in Swiss Ice

As plague swept through Europe in the mid-1300s, wiping out more than a third of the region’s population, a glacier in the Alps was recording the upheaval of medieval society. While tens of millions of people were dying, pollen from the plants, trees and crops growing in Western Europe were being swept up by the…

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New Approach to Breast Reconstruction May Reduce Pain and Weakness for Some

Dr. Sbitany said that since he started talking about the new option, known as prepectoral breast reconstruction, he has been besieged by patients who have had submuscular implants for five, 10 or 15 years and want the reconstruction done over. Artificial breast implants are the most common method of breast reconstruction after mastectomy. When patients…

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Personal Health: The Risks to Children From Adults Who Smoke

Adults who wish to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke have options. Among my strategies: I don’t allow smoking in my home or car; I have no friends or close family members who smoke; I walk in front of smokers or cross the street to avoid them; I eat inside restaurants; and I hold my breath…

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The Checkup: For Kids With Concussions, Less Time Alone in a Dark Room

For all, the return to activity should be personalized, and family and school and coaches should understand the expectations and the plan. The final recommendation, “counsel patients to return gradually to nonsports activities after no more than two to three days of rest,” Dr. Giza said, should help avoid prolonged rest and isolation, which is…

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Don’t Use Infant Walkers

Advertisement Skull fractures, often from falling down stairs, are among the injuries that can occur with child walkers. Sept. 17, 2018 Image Credit More than 230,000 children younger than 15 months were treated in emergency rooms for injuries incurred while using infant walkers from 1990 to 2014. An analysis published in Pediatrics has found that…

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Cindy Pan, Colin Sullivan

Cindy Su Pan and Colin Alexander Sullivan were married Sept. 15 at Academy Mansion, an events space in New York. Kevin T. Sullivan, a brother of the groom who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated. The couple met at Columbia, from which they graduated, the groom cum laude. The bride, who is…

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Retro Report: How an Unsolved Mystery Changed the Way We Take Pills

Odds are that you have had moments of frustration trying to open new bottles of aspirin or other over-the-counter medications. Perhaps your fingernails are not up to the task of breaking the seal on the plastic wrap. Or maybe the pop-up cap is a challenge, seemingly designed to be not only childproof but also adultproof.…

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