Diet may help preserve cognitive function

According to a recent analysis of data from two major eye disease studies, adherence to the Mediterranean diet — high in vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil — correlates with higher cognitive function. Dietary factors also seem to play a role in slowing cognitive decline. Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of…

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Flamingos form firm friendships

Flamingos form friendships that last for years, new research shows. The five-year study reveals that, despite being highly social as part of large flocks, flamingos consistently spend time with specific close «friends». They also avoid certain individuals, suggesting some flamingos just don’t get on. The University of Exeter study examined four flamingo species…

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Millions of Children Are at Risk for Measles as Coronavirus Fears Halt Vaccines

More than 100 million children could be at risk for measles because countries around the world are suspending national immunization programs in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection, international public health leaders warned on Monday. So far, 24 low- and middle-income countries, including Mexico, Nigeria and Cambodia, have paused or postponed such programs,…

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Cocktail Mixers Enter the Ice Age

Many prepared cocktail concoctions are shortcuts that shortchange the drink. Not these new frozen Cocktail Cubes. They’re made from straightforward organic ingredients that have been mixed and formed into the cubes to make fine classic cocktails like old-fashioneds, margaritas, bee’s knees and cosmopolitans, among others. Drop one, or two, into a shaker, add two ounces…

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A Queens Caterer Delivers

Paul Neuman, a caterer based in Long Island City, Queens, has started contactless delivery of prepared foods to locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and the Hamptons. The food is hearty and homestyle, and easy to reheat. Most of the items serve two and can be refrigerated for a few days or even frozen.…

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Mashed Potatoes, the Robuchon Way

Mashed potatoes are right up there in the comfort food hall of fame. And none can measure up to pommes purées, the legacy of the chef Joël Robuchon, who died in 2018. They’re served at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in New York (and elsewhere around the world), but the restaurant is closed for the pandemic…

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Maida Heatter’s Baking Recipes Remixed

There’s time to bake these days, and appetite to enjoy the results. You might consider making extra for the workers who are keeping us safe. To help, there are two newly assembled collections of the much-loved recipes from the doyenne of baking and chocolate, or as she was often called the “Queen of Cake,” Maida…

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U.S. Food Supply Chain Is Strained as Virus Spreads

The nation’s food supply chain is showing signs of strain, as increasing numbers of workers are falling ill with the coronavirus in meat processing plants, warehouses and grocery stores. The spread of the virus through the food and grocery industry is expected to cause disruptions in production and distribution of certain products like pork, industry…

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Despite Qualms, Arthritis Drug to Be Tested in Coronavirus Study

An Eli Lilly drug for rheumatoid arthritis carries a warning on its label saying patients with infections should not take it because it can make infections worse. Yet the National Institutes of Health is about to test it in people hospitalized with coronavirus infections. The study, whose innovative design is meant to find out —…

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