The Checkup: The War to End All Measles

Armistice Day was first celebrated in 1919, a year after the armistice that ended the long and terrible first World War, taking effect at precisely 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11. It was renamed Veterans Day in 1954, to honor all those who had served, but also perhaps to acknowledge that the “war to end all…

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Personal Health: Too Much Caffeine May Stress the Heart

As my brother neared the end of a smooth, swift recovery from open-heart surgery to bypass an 80-percent blockage in his heart’s most important artery recently, he reverted to a longstanding habit of downing many cups a day of strong coffee. I objected, but he insisted that the caffeine doesn’t affect him, meaning it doesn’t…

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The Instagrammers Next Door, Plugging Brands for Peanuts (or Shampoo)

By now you have probably heard of influencers, that group of internet-famous people who have more than a million social media followers and can make big money by plugging various brands. And you may have even heard of microinfluencers, who do the same thing for a still sizable but somewhat smaller social media audience —…

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In China, Desperate Patients Smuggle Drugs. Or Make Their Own.

JINZHOU, China — Zhang Zhejun used a fat plastic straw to gently tap the pale yellow pharmaceutical powder onto a piece of silver foil that lay on an electronic scale. He made sure the amount was just right before he poured it into a clear capsule. When you’re making cancer drugs at home, the measurements must…

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5 Worst First Date Ideas

Many people think that the ideal way to get to know a person is to stroll along the street and drink a cocktail or coffee. It sounds boring, but a simple date gives the optimal time to understand if people are interested in one another. In addition, the risk of getting into an embarrassing situation…

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Medical News Today: Could blue light reduce blood pressure?

Exposure to blue light may help combat hypertension, according to a recent study. If the findings are replicated in a larger sample, blue light could provide a cost-effective and side effect-free intervention. Blue light may be the future of blood pressure treatment. The results of an investigation into the effects of blue light on high…

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Ioanna Kefalas, Alexander Niejelow

Ioanna Thomas Kefalas and Alexander Nicholas Mark Niejelow were married Nov. 10 at New World Symphony hall in Miami Beach. Shaun Donovan, who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated. Until 2017, Mrs. Niejelow, 34, worked as the adviser to Mr. Donovan who was the director of the White House Office of Management…

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Evan Giesemann, Ryan Daniels

Evan Michael Giesemann and Ryan Daniels were married Nov. 10 at the City Winery in Washington. Kiana Hebron, a Universal Life minister, officiated. Mr. Giesemann (left), 28, works in Washington as a senior legislative assistant for Representative Mark Pocan, Democratic of Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with honors and is currently pursuing…

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Kristin García, Joseph Lippi

Kristin Marie García and Joseph David Lippi were married Nov. 10 at Zaza Gardens, an events space and former pickle factory in San Antonio. Matthew García, the bride’s brother, who became a Universal Life minister for the occasion, officiated, with Kelly Lippi, the groom’s sister, who led the vows and exchanging of the rings. Ms.…

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Winston Berkman, Joseph Breen

Robert Tunstall Winston Berkman and Joseph Lawrence Breen were married Nov. 9 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Shunya Togashi, a staff member of the New York City Clerk’s Office, officiated. On Nov. 17, Kenji Yoshino, who was a law professor of Mr. Berkman at N.Y.U., will lead the couple in their vows at the Boston…

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