For ‘blade runners’ taller doesn’t necessarily mean faster

Before hitting the track to compete in an officially sanctioned race, some elite Paralympic sprinters must do something most runners would find incredibly unsettling: remove their legs and swap them out with ones that make them shorter. The unusual mandate results from a recent International Paralympic Committee rule change that lowered the Maximum Allowable Standing…

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Macrolide Antibiotics Early in Pregnancy Tied to Birth Defects

Taking certain antibiotics early in pregnancy may increase the risk for birth defects, a new study reports. British researchers studied more than 180,000 children whose mothers were prescribed either penicillin or one of the macrolide antibiotics — such as erythromycin, clarithromycin or azithromycin — during or up to a year before pregnancy. Macrolides are often…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Japan Prepares to Release More Cruise Ship Passengers

Here’s what you need to know: ImageAmericans leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship via bus, in Yokohama, Japan, on Monday.Credit…Franck Robichon/EPA, via Shutterstock All Americans aboard Diamond Princess should be tested, C.D.C. says Americans who were passengers on a cruise ship quarantined in Japan should all be tested for the new coronavirus, the U.S. Centers…

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Gucci, Jil Sander, and More of the Best Looks Seen at Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week is here and the Italian design houses are doing what they do best: extravagance. Gucci presented a Lazy Susan runway show that presented backstage chaos as centerstage fodder, while Alberta Ferretti closed their show with Bella Hadid strutting in tiered gown. We rounded up our favorite looks from the fall-winter 2020 season,…

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I Tried 6 Popular Anti-Snoring Devices. Here’s How They Did.

A year ago, I was diagnosed with nasal polyps and regularly snored like a wild boar. I’ve had the polyps removed, but the snoring continues. I’m not alone. According to Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine (Fifth Edition), “about 40 percent of the adult population” snores. Sometimes my snoring wakes up my husband (and vice…

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White-Lipped Peccary Species May Be in Steep Decline

White-lipped peccaries travel in large packs throughout the forest. The hairy, pig-like creatures emit a distinctive musky smell that is not easy to forget, and play a crucial role in their ecosystems, dispersing seeds and creating habitats for insects and amphibians. Now, though, the species is facing a crisis. A recent study published in the…

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The Brand That Won’t Stop Trying to Be Cool

The Instagram posts began surfacing on a Thursday in November. The actress Lupita Nyong’o wore a knitted red and black midi-dress with a high neck and cap sleeves. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a full-length dress in black silk, with a plunging keyhole neckline and billowing sleeves slit down the sides. Both dresses came from the…

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To Prevent Next Coronavirus, Stop the Wildlife Trade, Conservationists Say

The coronavirus spreading from China has sickened at least 73,000 people and killed at least 2,000, setting in motion a global health emergency. But humans aren’t the only species infected. Coronaviruses attack a variety of birds and mammals. The new virus seems to have leapt from wildlife to humans in a seafood and meat market…

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Julia and the Hendersons

Good morning. Julia Moskin was in London recently, to speak with Fergus Henderson and his wife, Margot Henderson, celebrated British chefs and restaurateurs who have done a huge amount over the last 25 years to reinvent (some might say invent!) a particular kind of British cookery: minimalist, local and deeply seasonal. Julia’s article about the…

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These Creams Will Make Your Dry Skin Forget About Winter

Even if the last months have been comparatively mild in New York, winter still brings the inevitable — and inevitably rough — red and itchy dry skin. Generally we tackle it with a swipe of moisturizer on the hands and face, or a dab of dandruff shampoo on the scalp, but many of us skip…

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