Those Silly Chairs You Keep Seeing in the Park? They’re Lamzacs

You know the Lamzac. Its manufacturer, Fatboy USA, calls it an “inflatable lounge,” but it’s not exactly seat-shaped. It’s more amorphous, a thicc blob of color that you can fill with air wherever you happen to be: at the beach, the park, your airport gate. The original version retails for $39.99. It looks ridiculous. Also,…

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Sephora Will Shut Down for an Hour of Diversity Training Tomorrow

In 2015, the beauty retailer Sephora made its brand tagline “Let’s Beauty Together,” switching away from a prior mantra, “The Beauty Authority.” Its senior vice president for marketing and brand, Deborah Yeh, explained the tagline several years later: “Beauty is diverse and has many voices and faces,” she said. “We believe it’s for our clients…

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Japanese Women Want a Law Against Mandatory Heels at Work

TOKYO — Japan is the latest battleground for women revolting against the tyranny of high heels, as a fledgling movement seeks government protection from workplaces that require the footwear. Thousands of supporters have rallied behind the hashtag #KuToo — a pun based on the Japanese words for shoe (kutsu) and pain (kutsuu). It was started…

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F.D.A. Can Act Against Stem Cell Clinic, Judge Rules

A federal judge on Monday struck a blow against the rapidly growing stem cell industry, ruling for the Food and Drug Administration in its efforts to halt treatments by U.S. Stem Cell, a clinic in Sunrise, Fla., that blinded three patients by injecting a fat extract into their eyes. The decision does not shut down…

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In Williamsburg, a Childproof Home in the Trees

On a recent sunny morning, John and Allison Rapaport surveyed the fresh foliage of spring from their third-floor home office. The room projects out from their townhouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, like a periscope lens — but a very large one, with an angled wall of glass nearly 14 feet high. So it’s not surprising they…

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Letter of Recommendation: Washing Dishes

I’ve often said that the best job I ever had was washing dishes at a small Italian restaurant just after college. I say I washed dishes. I also bussed tables and prepped food and, at the end of the night, would blow into the state-mandated breathalyzer on the owner’s car so he could drive home…

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Sweden Finds a Simple Way to Improve New Mothers’ Health. It Involves Fathers.

The weeks after a mother gives birth are a universally vulnerable period. She is recovering physically and mentally, while dealing with sleep deprivation, round-the-clock caregiving and possibly breast-feeding. Yet after a few days in the hospital, she often doesn’t see a doctor for six weeks. A new study suggests a way to make a significant…

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How to Celebrate Pride Outside

This June, the L.G.B.T.Q. community and allies will celebrate WorldPride and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion in New York City. But the festivities won’t be contained to that urban jungle: The rainbow flag will also wave this summer and fall in the great outdoors, in a variety of backcountry trips, hikes, festivals…

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Intermittent Fasting Made My Life Easier, and Happier

At the urging of doctor friends and a few popular books, I embarked on a diet plan earlier this year called intermittent fasting. The basics are that I could eat the foods I enjoyed and most of my regular meals, but it had to be within a short time frame of eight to 10 hours.…

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Protecting Sleep in the Hospital, for Both Patients and Doctors

It was 11 p.m. and my 5-year-old patient was sleeping peacefully in her hospital bed, snuggled up with her mother and several stuffed animals. Her breathing was quiet and soft. Her bedside heart rate monitor, which glowed a faint yellow in the dark hospital room, was turned to “silent.” “Sorry, I have to take a…

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