Generation Grandparent: Anna Quindlen’s ‘Life in the 60s’

Women now in their 60s, women who had careers and kids, can be forgiven for feeling like they grew up with Anna Quindlen even if, like me, we never met her. That’s because we read “Life in the 30s,” the column she began writing for this newspaper in 1986. Like many of us, she graduated…

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Phys Ed: 10 Years After an Exercise Study, Benefits Persist

The workouts we completed years ago may continue to influence and improve our health today, according to a fascinating new study of the current lives and health of people who joined an exercise study a decade before. The findings suggest that the benefits of exercise can be more persistent than many of us might expect,…

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Eat: A Love Letter to Homemade XO Sauce

In Hong Kong in the 1980s, when expensive Cognac was all the rage, legend has it that some smart cook at the Spring Moon restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel on Kowloon got it into his head to name the funky new condiment he’d come up with after the status mark on a bottle of Rémy…

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Skin Deep: Is That Chic Toothpaste Worth the Price?

Image CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times It was bound to happen. Toothpaste, perhaps the last part of your daily grooming regimen that had not been gussied up, has now been rethought. Chic dental care has arrived. It wasn’t so long ago that toothpaste, floss and mouthwashes were perfunctory products meant to clean but also to…

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In India, a Renewed Fight Against Leprosy

Three years ago, Siddamma’s mother-in-law developed pale patches on her arms. But Siddamma, 32, did not get along with her, and did not pry. A year or so later, she noticed that her husband had similar marks on his back — but he was on a rare visit home from herding goats, so she was…

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Study identifies how Enterococcus faecalis bacteria causes antibiotic resistant infection

A new study led by a research team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School describes how bacteria adapted to the modern hospital environment and repeatedly cause antibiotic-resistant bloodstream infections. Infections acquired by hospitalized patients are more often antibiotic-resistant than those that occur elsewhere, and hospitals invest considerable effort to prevent them. Despite…

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