Meditation May Be Good for the Heart

Meditation may be linked to a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. Researchers used data from a national survey conducted annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, identifying all patients with high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, stroke and coronary artery disease and any who reported that they meditated. Of 61,267 people…

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The U.S. Commits to Buying Millions of Vaccine Doses. Why That’s Unusual.

A Pfizer laboratory in Pearl River, N.Y. Pfizer, along with a smaller drugmaker, has entered into a contract with the U.S. government to provide millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine still under development.Credit…Pfizer, via Reuters The Trump administration’s commitment on Wednesday to purchase 100 million doses of a not-yet-finished vaccine is unusual in two…

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Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Tied to Premature Births

Several studies have found that living near oil and gas wells is associated with an increased risk for preterm birth. Now a new study has found one possible reason: flaring of natural gas. Natural gas, a byproduct of oil extraction, may be flared, or burned off, to quickly reduce pressure in the well or because…

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Health Care Comes to Us

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. The pandemic, an unemployment surge and unrest over racial inequality have made more Americans feel isolated, anxious or depressed. Psychological distress could prove temporary, but the hurt and the ripple effects are serious nevertheless. Now here’s some…

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‘Preppy Handbook’ Author LIsa Birnbach on the Brooks Brothers Bankruptcy

When the bankruptcy filing of Brooks Brothers was announced this month, I received more condolence emails and texts than I had when my beloved dog Henry died. The American haberdashery, with a pedigree matched by none, was in serious trouble. James Madison’s suits, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wardrobe and the Union Army’s uniforms during the Civil…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Daily Deaths Exceed 1,000

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA testing site in Milwaukee on Friday.Credit…Joshua Lott for The New York Times The U.S. announces a nearly $2 billion contract for millions of doses of a potential vaccine aimed for December. The Trump administration on Wednesday announced a nearly $2 billion contract with the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and…

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Valentino Suspends Reality with Its Dreamy Fall 2020 Couture Collection

Cinematic is the best way to describe Valentino’s haute couture collection for the Fall 2020 season. This morning, via livestream, the Italian label’s creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, took full advantage of the video format that has become part and parcel in the fashion industry to bring viewers into a realm of fantasy. The mini film,…

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Know Your Food

Good morning. A few summers ago, long before the pandemic came to upend our lives and economy, my friend and colleague Tejal Rao wrote a beautiful column for The Times about how she met the man who would become her life partner. The story was about how he enjoyed oysters — “keenly and quietly, without…

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Do You Really Want That Wedding Cake a Year Later?

For some newlyweds, celebrating their first anniversary means eating a helping of their preserved wedding cake together. The cake-freezing ritual stems from a 19th-century convention in which partners saved the top tier for their first child’s christening (with some believing it to be an omen of good luck). Nearly 46 percent of brides and grooms…

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At Magazzino, Social Distancing Devices Vibrate. So Does the Art.

COLD SPRING, N.Y. — I’ve been cheating, and it’s likely you have been too: Six feet apart is a lot farther away than most people seem to hope it is. I know this because at the recent reopening of Magazzino Italian Art, the museum of postwar and contemporary work here in the Hudson Valley, I…

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