A Chef’s Dream Villa in Costa Rica

LOS PARGOS, Costa Rica — Impassable in spots during much of the rainy season, the dirt road to this village on the northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is a rutted, dust-spewing monster during the dry months. It is, as a friend once said, a “bone-jarring skunk of a road.” Until recently, visitors willing to…

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Mushrooms May Reduce the Risk of Memory Problems

Eating mushrooms may reduce the risk for mild cognitive impairment, or M.C.I., a type of memory impairment that is often a precursor of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Singapore used data on 663 Chinese men and women over 60. None had memory or thinking problems at the start of the study. In one-on-one interviews, they recorded…

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Australia Fare: Dier Makr Boldly Showcases Tasmania’s Natural Bounty

HOBART, Tasmania — There’s a special kind of easygoing pleasure in eating your way through Tasmania’s capital city these days, a sense that this is the exact right place and the exact right time for maximum 2019 deliciousness. The ingredients that create that impression are numerous. Hobart’s compact size makes it manageable and walkable, while…

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You Asked: Can CBD Prevent Pelvic Pain?

I suffer from pelvic pain, specifically vaginismus. I’ve been reading about the benefits of CBD with pain. I was wondering if CBD salves or lubricants were safe to use internally? And if CBD will actually reduce the pain one experiences with vaginismus. — Anonymous Short Take Vaginismus is a medical condition where the muscles of…

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Medical News Today: What causes recurrent cold sores?

Cold sores can occur when a person contracts the herpes simplex virus, which causes small, fluid-filled blisters around the lips and in the mouth. Many people get cold sores repeatedly throughout their lifetime, as the virus lies dormant in the body between outbreaks. The blisters usually break and form a sore that crusts over. They…

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Rites of Passage: Call Me Cozy

Cozy is my religion. There are few things in life I take as seriously as the cultivation and preservation of comfort. My mother says it’s because I’m a Taurus (“they love luxury!”). My father calls it being a bed creature. My friend Jemima spits, “You very rarely do anything that could possibly make you uncomfortable,”…

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Yoga for Incontinence? Evidence Is Lacking

Yoga exercises are often recommended to help control urinary incontinence in women, but there is no solid scientific evidence to show yoga works. Incontinence affects up to 15 percent of middle-aged and older women, and although there are medications and surgeries to treat it, the first approach is usually bladder training and exercise. Some find…

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Hungry City: Korean Bounty, Born From Poverty, in Flushing, Queens

The great black moon of the grill pan is silent, for now. One sits at the center of every table at Doraon 1.5 Dak Galbi, a small Korean restaurant a few blocks from the Broadway Long Island Rail Road stop in Flushing, Queens. Each pan is deep enough that none of the coming bounty will…

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Hungry City: Where the Grill Pan Awaits

Doraon 1.5 Dak Galbi in Flushing, Queens, specializes in dak galbi, a spicy chicken stir-fry cooked on a pan set at the center of your table. (In South Korea, dak galbi restaurants have been known to hand out aprons before a meal, to protect their customers’ clothing.)