Sellers of Sex Toys Capitalized on All That Alone Time

Well, the data bears out what we expected. Sex toys are selling. Adam and Eve, a company with franchised locations across North America and an online store, reported a 30 percent increase in online sales in March and April based on the same time period last year. Other big companies that do most of their…

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China Defends Its Coronavirus Response

Here’s what you need to know: ImageShoppers in Tokyo last month. Face masks were a common sight in the city long before the coronavirus arrived.Credit…Noriko Hayashi for The New York Times Japan’s embrace of face masks may be the secret to its virus-fighting success. When the coronavirus arrived in Japan, people did what they normally…

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U.K. Lab to Sidestep Drug Industry to Sell Potential Virus Vaccine

LONDON — A prominent British laboratory is forming a special partnership that would sidestep the drug industry to sell a potential vaccine against the coronavirus without profits or licensing fees in Britain and in low- and middle-income countries. Scientists, nonprofit groups and public health experts have urged that any successful vaccine to combat the pandemic…

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How to Write Found Poetry

These days, people are turning to art or poetry while stuck at home, because they want to feel something other than being at home. One way to feel something different and exciting is to craft a found poem. Rita Dove, a former United States poet laureate, said that poetry is “the bones and the skeleton…

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Hope for patients with primary hyperoxaluria type 1

Primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1) is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder that begins in childhood and adolescence. Various defects in the enzyme alanine-glyoxylate aminotransferase cause an overproduction of oxalate in the liver, which is excreted in the urine (hyperoxaluria). It leads to the formation of recurrent kidney stones, renal calcification (nephrocalcinosis) and kidney injury, even…

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ANCA-associated vasculitis: The ADVOCATE Study

ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) is a systemic disease involving the formation of special autoantibodies (so-called anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies/ANCA) and vascular inflammation. There are several diseases associated with involvement of the kidneys, lungs, upper respiratory tract, heart, skin and the nervous system; potentially life-threatening courses of disease are also possible. Immunosuppressive therapy is provided, which can lead…

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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, inflammatory, autoimmune disease, in which damage is caused to multiple organs and tissues by the formation and deposition of immune complexes (antigen-antibody complexes). The kidneys are also affected in about half of the patients when immune complexes accumulate in the glomeruli, resulting in a glomerulonephritis called lupus nephritis…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Job Losses Widespread Even if Virus Is Not

Here’s what you need to know: ImageThe first night the restaurant Bin707 was opened in Grand Junction, Colo., on Monday.Credit…Benjamin Rasmussen for The New York Times Some parts of the United States face financial ruin but few infections. In Corpus Christi, the oil and gas and vacation town on the southeastern coast of Texas, it…

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How to Navigate Your Community Reopening? Remember the Four C’s

When the country was largely under lockdown, at least the rules were mostly clear. Essential workers ventured out; everyone else sheltered in. Bars and restaurants were closed except for dining out; hair salons and spas were shuttered. Outings were limited to the supermarket or the drugstore. Now states are lifting restrictions, but detailed guidance about…

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Navigating Home Care During the Pandemic

In March, Amy Carrier asked one of the two women who provided home care for her mother to stop coming to work. Her mother, 74, has Alzheimer’s disease and lives with her in Corvallis, Ore. To protect her from the coronavirus, “it was clear that I needed to lock down my house,” said Ms. Carrier,…

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