A Far Cry From Overcooked Turkey

My mother-in-law passed away suddenly over the summer. Greta Allen, my husband Karl’s mum, was Irish through and through. Warm and unapologetically herself, she was wise and funny, and she could take a joke just as happily as she could dish it out. “You cook your broccoli like it was brisket,” I remember mocking her…

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The New Health Care: Why Standing Desks Are Overrated

We know that physical activity is good for us, and that being sedentary is not. Some have extrapolated this to mean that sitting, in general, is something to be avoided, even at work. Perhaps as a result, standing desks have become trendy and are promoted by some health officials as well as some countries. Research,…

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Omega-3s May Lower the Risk of Preterm Birth

Image Taking omega-3 supplements during pregnancy may lower the risk for preterm birth, a review of studies has found. The analysis, in the Cochrane Reviews, considered 70 randomized trials that included almost 20,000 women. A few studied fish consumption, but most tested supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, the fats found in fish. The researchers found…

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Finding the Perfect Cocktail in Buenos Aires

To get a general idea of how the people of Buenos Aires drink, you need only go inside any grocery or convenience store. It won’t be too many steps before you’re confronted with an end-of-aisle liquor display. But it won’t be vodka or rum on sale. It will be Campari, Fernet Branca, Cynar, Cinzano vermouth…

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Personal Health: The Case Against Appendectomies

Pity the poor appendix, a 2- to 4-inch-long wormlike pouch dangling from the head of the cecum, where the large and small intestines meet. For most of its medical history — anatomists have known about it for well over five centuries — it was maligned as a mysterious, vestigial and seemingly useless organ that could…

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Libraries, Gardens, Museums. Oh, and a Clothing Store.

Shhh. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of wind whistling through the abandoned malls of America as the Cassandras of contemporary retail cry their doom through corridors lined by fronds of lonely greenery: the end of a way of shopping, and all that. But train your ears toward another direction. In Asia, an entirely…

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power moves: An Illustrated Guide to Making People Get Lost

Lorelei Ramirez demonstrates how to express a full range of emotions when turning down your co-workers’ holiday outings. We relish the chaos. What’s holding you back? Say yes! Progress is associated with an open door, taking the invitation, putting yourself out there. That “it will work out somehow,” that “everything will fall into place” and…

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Global Health: The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill

Progress against malaria has stalled, and the disease remains a significant threat to billions of people despite the expensive, decades-long efforts to contain it, the World Health Organization reported on Monday. According to the W.H.O.’s latest annual assessment, there were an estimated 220 million cases of malaria last year, and about 435,000 deaths from the…

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Shopping Guide: Shopping for Doorknobs

Charlotte Moss wishes people would pay more attention to the hardware on their doors. “It’s one of those items that sometimes gets left to the end” of renovations, said Ms. Moss, the well-known interior designer. “To me, it’s equivalent to a buzzkill when you spend all this money decorating or building a house and forget…

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