On nitroglycerin, cardiovascular homeostasis and…bam, migraine!

London, UK: A clinical investigation recently published in the journal Cephalalgia, the official journal of the International Headache Society, suggests that migraine patients may exhibit a systemic pathophysiological alteration. The study, entitled «Abnormal cardiovascular response to nitroglycerin in migraine», was conducted by Dr. Willebrordus PJ van Oosterhout, from Leiden University Medical Centre, Department of Neurology,…

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In a Year of Notable Deaths, a World of Women Who Shattered Ceilings

Almost all were born between the world wars, one even before women had the right to vote. They came from white-collar homes and blue-, from black households and white. But when they died this year, they had something in common besides the final leveling that death brings. They had all found a place in a…

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Finding Joy in the Unknown

The way you meet your future spouse sets the tone for everything to come, some people believe, much like the opening music in a movie. This has definitely been true for Jennifer and Charanpaul Singh Gill who recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary (and appeared in the Vows column on Oct. 31, 1999). The two…

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Certain Foods May Help Postmenopausal Women Sleep Better

The right diet might help you sleep better. In a study of 77,860 postmenopausal women, researchers found that consuming foods that had a low glycemic index is associated with a reduced risk for insomnia. Foods with low glycemic indexes — for example, vegetables, nuts and whole grain breads — have carbohydrates that are slowly absorbed…

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36 Hours in Recife (and Environs)

Many people visiting Brazil make a beeline for the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. In doing so, they fly over Brazil’s fourth largest city, and one of the most culturally fascinating regions in the country. Recife and the northeastern corner of Brazil are a world apart from Rio, São Paulo and the rest of southern…

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Tortas, Comforting and Carefully Considered, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

An implicit rule in the art of sandwich-making is that texture — lots of it — is good. A handful of chips pressed into soft bread have the power to transform a humdrum sandwich into something infinitely more engaging. With that imperative in mind, the tecolota torta at Tortas Morelos in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is…

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Kate Figes, Feminist Author on Family Life, Dies at 62

LONDON — Kate Figes, a feminist writer known for her shrewd, sisterly books about family life, among them a primer on the turmoil of new motherhood and investigations into long-term relationships and infidelity, died on Dec. 7 at her home in London. She was 62. Felicity Rubinstein, her literary agent, said the cause was cancer.…

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For a Sweet 2020, Look to the Bitter in Wine

Many good wines have a built-in defense against being consumed by children: They are inherently bitter, a flavor that children seem genetically hard-wired to abhor. Eventually, taste buds evolve. Young adults come to love many bitter flavors, whether in beer, dark chocolate, arugula, Negronis, coffee or tea. Despite the prevalence of bitter flavors in popular…

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What’s Happening to Us? A Visual History of 2019

Produced by Eve Lyons and Elizabeth Bristow Text by Choire Sicha It’s very nearly 2020, an election year in the United States, and by the look of the country on TV and in the newspapers, you’d think every day was spent in bitter acrimony over health care and environmental catastrophe, financial inequality and discussing if…

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