How to Win at Taking Your Child to Work

[Click here to get NYT Parenting in your inbox once a week.] Thursday, April 25, is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a day meant to help kids imagine their future adult lives as full of professional possibility (as opposed to full of Google Docs and painful jargon like “solutioning”). This year will…

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The Chic Octogenarian Behind Barbie’s Best Looks

Image CreditEmily Berl for The New York Times LOS ANGELES — Carol Spencer, 86, may be the most influential fashion designer you’ve never heard of. In the mid-1960s, she made a red pencil skirt with a white sleeveless blouse that had red stitching and three red buttons down the front. Short white gloves came with…

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Divorce Advice (And It Won’t Cost You a Thing)

Divorce can be costly, as most people know, with each side expected to spend, on average, $15,500, during the process, according to Nolo, a publisher of legal books and software. Many spouses spend a whole lot more. The bulk of these expenses are for lawyer fees, which are typically around $250 an hour, but can…

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Medical News Today: How ketamine can change the brain to fight depression

New research in mice, which the National Institutes of Health supported, shows how ketamine can alter brain circuits, quickly redressing depression-like symptoms. Ketamine stimulates the regrowth of dendritic spines in the prefrontal cortex, according to a new animal study. Previous studies have shown that ketamine — an anesthetic — can rapidly reduce severe symptoms of…

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New York Times Communities You Can Join Online

After visiting The Times’s website to catch up on the news or read your favorite columnist, do you A) dash off to the rest of your day, or B) stop to have a virtual cup of coffee and conversation with other readers? Every month, tens of thousands of readers pause on our site to do…

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Eat: Honest Recipes, Like This Beef Carpaccio, Will Never Go Out of Style

Prune turns the big 20 this year — which is, we often joke, actually 140 when counted in fiercely competitive and fickle restaurant years, where one can go from sizzle-hot to morgue-cold in a New York minute. I’ve been reflective about making it this far, which is to be expected, but I’ve surprised myself by…

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Phys Ed: After a Knee Injury, Be Wary When Returning to Sports

Athletes who have torn an anterior cruciate knee ligament often rely on elaborate batteries of physical tests to tell them if and when they are ready to return to competitive sports. But a new review of studies of athletes and A.C.L. injuries raises serious concerns about the reliability of these return-to-play tests. The review finds…

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noted: Me-OW! It’s the End of the Catfight

Image Physical altercations between rival female characters were a common plotline on the 1980s ABC television drama “Dynasty.”CreditBettmann Archive, via Getty Images There is a word that starts with “c” that is exclusively used to describe women. Usually, it’s deployed when we are being argumentative, standing up for ourselves, or otherwise not behaving as nicely…

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Doctors: Getting to Know Our Patients

His email started out in a straightforward way, as most of the communications I receive from trainees do. He identified himself as being in his final year of medical school and asked about spending time rounding with me on our inpatient leukemia service. But then he went into territory I didn’t anticipate. “I am going…

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