Coronavirus Tests Are Supposed to Be Free. The Surprise Bills Come Anyway.

The New York Times is investigating the costs associated with testing and treatment for the coronavirus and how the pandemic is changing health care in America. You can read more about the project and submit your medical bills here. Sarah Goldstone got a coronavirus test in Massachusetts after her health insurer said it was “waiving…

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Byron Lars Is Still Here

For the veteran fashion designer Byron Lars, who was named “rookie of the year” by Women’s Wear Daily in 1991, fashion moments never stop. Inside an apparel factory in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, a rack of Byron Lars fashion merchandise caught the stylish eye of Xiaochong, a Chinese fashion entrepreneur who manufactures goods at…

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An Easier Way to Insure That Watch

You just got a new Rolex or Audemars Piguet. The last thing on your mind: watch insurance. Too much hassle, right? Maybe not anymore. The team at Hodinkee, a premiere online source of watch news and timepiece reviews, is branching out. As of Thursday, it is adding insurance to its expanding list of watch-related services.…

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Exercise May Make It Easier to Bounce Back From Stress

Exercise makes it easier to bounce back from too much stress, according to a fascinating new study with mice. It finds that regular exercise increases the levels of a chemical in the animals’ brains that helps them remain psychologically resilient and plucky, even when their lives seem suddenly strange, intimidating and filled with threats. The…

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I Think of My Grandfather Every Time I Make Kofta

Whatever my grandfather did, he devoted himself completely to it. He took his time. He did it well. It didn’t matter how the small the job — cutting a melon for dessert; ironing shirts and trousers and, to my embarrassment, even underpants; wrapping gifts with paper by folding perfect lines; parallel parking on the curb…

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Kim Jones to Replace Karl Lagerfeld at Fendi

The job of artistic designer at Fendi has finally been filled. The storied Roman fashion house and fur specialist announced on Wednesday that the British fashion designer Kim Jones would replace Karl Lagerfeld, who died in February of last year, in the role. Mr. Jones will be responsible for the haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur…

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Caffeine shot delivers wakeup call on antifungal drug resistance

The management of fungal infections in plants and humans could be transformed by a breakthrough in understanding how fungi develop resistance to drugs. It was previously thought that only mutations in a fungi’s DNA would result in antifungal drug resistance. Current diagnostic techniques rely on sequencing all of a fungi’s DNA to find such mutations.…

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Designed antiviral proteins inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in the lab

Computer-designed small proteins have now been shown to protect lab-grown human cells from SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The findings are reported today, Sept. 9, in Science In the experiments, the lead antiviral candidate, named LCB1, rivaled the best-known SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies in its protective actions. LCB1 is currently being evaluated in rodents. Coronaviruses…

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Small proteins against SARS-CoV-2 neutralize infection in cell culture

Using innovative computer-based approaches, researchers have developed protein inhibitors that block the interaction between the SARS-CoV-2 virus and human cell receptor ACE2. In cell culture, the most potent of these inhibitors could neutralize virus infection, paving the way for their use in therapies that could be delivered more easily than antibodies. SARS-CoV-2 infection generally begins…

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