Memorial Sloan Kettering Leaders Violated Conflict-of-Interest Rules, Report Finds

This article was reported and written in collaboration with ProPublica, a nonprofit journalism organization. Top officials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center repeatedly violated policies on financial conflicts of interest, fostering a culture in which profits appeared to take precedence over research and patient care, according to an outside review released on Thursday. The findings…

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Cancer’s Trick for Dodging the Immune System

Cancer immunotherapy drugs, which spur the body’s own immune system to attack tumors, hold great promise but still fail many patients. New research may help explain why some cancers elude the new class of therapies, and offer some clues to a solution. The study, published on Thursday in the journal Cell, focuses on colorectal and…

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Ralph Metzner, LSD and Consciousness Researcher, Dies at 82

Ralph Metzner, a psychotherapist who began his career working with Timothy Leary on controversial studies at Harvard involving LSD and other drugs, then spent a lifetime exploring and writing about expanded consciousness in all sorts of cultures and settings, died on March 14 at his home in Sonoma, Calif. He was 82. His wife, Cathy…

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Pat Cleveland’s Fashion Family Came Through

Though “The Devil Wears Prada” may have been unintentionally documentary, not every viper pit cliché about fashion and its affiliates holds true. The loopy, fragile and gifted individuals who populate that world also often operate as an extended family, albeit a loose-knit and occasionally dysfunctional one. Seldom is this more evident than when trouble befalls…

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N.Y. Attorney General Sues Manhattan Stem Cell Clinic, Citing Rogue Therapies

Attorney General Letitia James of New York said on Thursday that she had filed a lawsuit against a for-profit stem cell clinic, Park Avenue Stem Cell, claiming it performed unproven, rogue procedures on patients with a wide range of medical conditions, from erectile dysfunction to heart disease. “Misleading vulnerable consumers who are desperate to find…

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Italy Meets Miami in a New Luxury Collaboration

Laure Heriard Dubreuil says she’s been barefoot for the past two weeks. She was on vacation in Mustique; now she’s back in New York, at the Soho outpost of the Webster, the luxury boutique she cofounded in Miami in 2009 (other branches are in Houston; Costa Mesa, California; and Bal Harbour, Florida). We’re on the…

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36 Hours: 36 Hours in St. Louis

Before travelers could fly there, St. Louis, on the Mississippi River, was a natural point of continental convergence for rails, trails and sails, the gateway to the West in the 19th century. That traffic, and the industry that grew up around it, created a legacy of wealth and power that is reflected in the city’s…

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Mind: Beyond Biden: How Close Is Too Close?

On Thursday afternoon, former vice president and potential presidential candidate Joe Biden released a video in which he discussed the importance of personal space. “Social norms have begun to change,” he said. “They’ve shifted, and boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset — and I get it.” Mr. Biden was responding to allegations by…

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Shaken? Stirred? Sorry, Your Martini Has Already Been Mixed

The martini is a simple cocktail achieved by complex means. Choices along the way include gin or vodka, shaken or stirred, olive or twist, bitters or no, wet or dry. At Abigail Hall, a new restaurant in Portland, Ore., the order is accomplished in only two steps: Grab bottle of martinis from the freezer. Pour…

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Hungry City: Simply Cooked Seafood Turns Luxurious at Taverna Kos

An important omission on the menu at Taverna Kos in Astoria, Queens, is the enormous plate of feta you may see passing your table en route to a smarter party of people. Heaps of the imported cheese, which the restaurant buys in 28-pound containers, come flecked with dried oregano and slicked with olive oil, and…

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