The Cycle: Food, My Frenemy

Seven years ago I lost 60 pounds, but recently I’ve struggled with gaining it back. I’m not alone in my weight struggles. Nor am I alone in the eating disorder I have wrestled with for the last 40 years. It’s the most common eating disorder, according to a meta analysis in the Annals of Internal…

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‘We Don’t Do the Black Friday Madness’

The “33 hour” sale at Dunham’s begins the morning after Thanksgiving and lasts through Monday, when the local schools are closed for deer-hunting season. There are no giant sales on flat-screen televisions or stockpiles of the hottest holiday toy. The big draw is the hot chocolate and the chance to win a $100 gift card.…

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Medical News Today: What an exotic fish can do for human heart health

People with heart failure experience heart cell loss that can damage the heart muscle to such an extent that they need a transplant. One species of exotic fish, the tetra fish, has the amazing ability to repair its own heart. Can we apply this mechanism to healing human hearts? The tetra fish can regenerate heart…

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The Comforting Appeal of Herbs

ONCE, HERBS WERE weapons. Five thousand years ago, the Sumerians recorded, in cuneiform, lifesaving prescriptions of myrtle and thyme. The oldest surviving text of Chinese herbal pharmacology, extolling the benefits of ginseng, camphor and cannabis, was set down in the first century A.D. Around the same time, the Greek physician Dioscorides documented the properties of…

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El Espace: Another Hot Take on the Term ‘Latinx’

El Espace is a column dedicated to news and culture relevant to Latinx communities. Expect politics, arts, analysis, personal essays and more. ¿Lo mejor? It’ll be in Spanish and English, so you can forward it to your tía, your primo Lalo or anyone else (read: everyone). The paradox of working in media is that even…

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5 Places: Five Places to Shop in Havana

Visitors to Old Havana usually come to the neighborhood to take in its faded beauty, the vintage cars cruising cobbled streets and the colonial buildings dating back to the city’s Spanish roots in the 16th and 17th centuries. This photogenic neighborhood, a Unesco World Heritage site, isn’t typically thought of as a shopping destination. But…

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