A Food Cart Worker’s Biggest Job: Defending Vendor Rights

Running a street food cart is backbreaking work: schlepping around a heavy cart, then standing behind it for hours on end. Quitting the job would seem to be a gift to aching feet. It hasn’t turned out that way for Mohamed Attia, who left his smoothie and halal-chicken-over-rice carts last year to become the new…

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Meat Increases Heart Risks, Latest Study Concludes

Four months ago, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a controversial report that encouraged people not to worry about the health risks of eating red and processed meat, contradicting decades of nutrition advice. The report was widely criticized by public health experts, including leading health groups like the American Heart Association and the American Cancer…

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Taco Pizza and Other Stories

Good morning. It’s Caucus Day in Iowa, and a chunk of our newsroom is hunkered down in Des Moines, getting ready to report what’s happening into the night and early-morning hours of Tuesday. I hope you’ll follow along on our home page, and participate in our efforts to understand the news of the day and…

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China Pledged to Build a New Hospital in 10 Days. It’s Close.

Hospital construction in Wuhan on Jan. 24.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The same site on Sunday.Credit…Getty Images WUHAN, China — People desperate for treatment started descending on a new hospital that was mostly built in just 10 days to help cope with the outbreak of the new coronavirus in the central city of Wuhan on…

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J. Lo and the Power of 50

Fifty won the Super Bowl. Fifty years between wins for the Kansas City Chiefs, and 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez, whose halftime performance in a series of barely-there Versace bodysuits sent social media into something of a meltdown. More than four decades ago, Gloria Steinem crafted an aphorism that went down in history when, on her 40th…

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Helping Teenagers With Menstrual Pain

Period-related pain, medically known as dysmenorrhea, colloquially often called “cramps,” should not prevent an adolescent from participating fully in school, in sports, in social life. If that’s happening on a regular basis, she needs evaluation and help and support — from her family, and from the medical profession. “Painful periods can be very debilitating; I’ve…

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She Was Losing Fistfuls of Hair. What Was Causing It?

A woman in my knitting group recently asked if any of us knew where she could buy a gray wig. Though she seemed to have an ample head of hair, she reported that she’d been losing fistfuls every time she brushed or washed it. Obviously very upset about what was happening, she said she didn’t…

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Building a safer CAR-T therapy

FEBRUARY 3, 2020, NEW YORK — A Ludwig Cancer Research study has devised a new type of chimeric antigen-receptor (CAR) T cell—a family of promising immunotherapies for cancer—that can be switched on and off on demand. The study, led by Melita Irving of the Lausanne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, George Coukos,…

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HIT modernization crucial to improve healthcare for Native Americans and Alaska Natives

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indian Health Service (IHS), a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, needs technology improvements to enhance healthcare for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, according to a Health Affairs blog post written by Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine researchers. The authors urge Congress to support the…

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