Phys Ed: Even a 20-Second Exercise ‘Snack’ Can Improve Fitness

As little as 20 seconds of brisk stair climbing, done several times a day, might be enough exercise to improve fitness, according to a pragmatic new study of interval-style training. The study finds that people can complete a meaningful series of insta-workouts without leaving their office building or even changing out of their dress shoes,…

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Greater access to information reduces unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions

A new study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy suggests that providing more information about how doctors prescribe drugs could reduce problems associated with overprescription. In 2016 the National Health Service described the resistance to antibiotics as «one of the most significant threats to patients’ safety worldwide.» Antibiotics are often the go-to prescription for many…

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Your smartphone now knows if you smoke and may help you quit

IMAGE: Smoking harms your health so badly even smartphone can detect it view more  Credit: Gero LLC Jan 23, 2019 — Smoking is one of the major life-shortening factors that leads to accelerated aging and premature death. Quitting smoking increases lifespan and decreases biological age, as measured by DNA methylation. However, many smokers find it hard…

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Medical News Today: How to identify a hepatitis C rash

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes inflammation in the liver. The liver plays a role in other body systems, including the skin. As a result, hepatitis C may cause rashes and other changes in the skin. Hepatitis C can cause scarring in the liver and lead to further issues, such as liver failure.…

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Front Burner: Make Union Square Cafe’s Seasonal Cider

Union Square Cafe’s spiked market cider has seasonal allure, with a cider base and an attractive fan of apple slices for garnish. They make vats of it in the restaurant and keep it chilled, but the recipe is easy to reproduce at home. To make two drinks: In a jar or pitcher, mix a cup…

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A Modern Cook’s Pantry

For many cooks, January brings new resolve to an eternal goal: having a well-stocked pantry. You may crave shelf systems and bulk ingredients, and sparkling new containers to keep them in. But look more closely at those catalogs and Instagram posts, and ask yourself: Will my spice jars ever truly match? Do I really need…

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in her words: What Is Toxic Masculinity?

Image CreditPetra Eriksson Welcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “By far the worst thing we do to males — by making them feel they have to be hard — is that we leave…

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Giambattista Valli Puts a Couture Spin on ’80s Prom Dresses

Getty ImagesDominique Charriau The Giambattista Valli runway was awash with voluminous, extra AF frocks, because everyone knows when it comes to the Italian designer’s dreamy creations, there’s no such thing as too much tulle. The designer took a deep dive into the ’80s for the house’s spring 2019 collection, bringing back the off-the-shoulder necklines, high-low…

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Allergic to Penicillin? You May Not Be

Millions of Americans who believe they are allergic to penicillin are not actually allergic. But they are steered away from using some of the safest, most effective antibiotics, relying instead on substitutes that are often pricier, less effective, and more likely to cause complications such as antibiotic-resistant infections. Those are the conclusions of a new…

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