Wait —: Wait — Is Qai Qai America’s Most Important Doll?

“Wait —” is a weekly newsletter in which Caity Weaver investigates an unanswered (and possibly unasked) question in the news and pop culture. See last week’s inaugural edition and sign up here to receive it in your inbox going forward. One spring evening in 1901, a doctor in Massachusetts laid a tuberculosis-stricken man on a…

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The N.F.L.’s Obesity Scourge

An insidious scourge that has nothing to do with head trauma is ravaging retired N.F.L. players. In the past few decades, the N.F.L.’s emphasis on the passing game and quarterback protection has led teams to stock their offensive and defensive lines with ever-larger men, many of them weighing well over 300 pounds. But their great…

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All Your Favorite Bag Brands Are Doubling Down on This Micro Trend

If It Textures on It Bags were a thing, embossed croc would be it. And lately, all your favorite indie brands like Staud, By Far, Wandler, and more are making it look expensive—without costing you all the money. Cut in ladylike micro styles and modern shapes, it’s safe to say you don’t own anything like…

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Does Cannabis Use Cause Schizophrenia?

Nearly a century after the film “Reefer Madness” alarmed the nation, some policymakers and doctors are again becoming concerned about the dangers of marijuana, although the reefers are long gone. Experts now distinguish between the “new cannabis” — legal, highly potent, available in tabs, edibles and vapes — and the old version, a far milder…

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The Pour: Great Retsina, an Oxymoron No More

Anyone who has traveled to Greece or even eaten at a Greek restaurant in the United States may have received well-meaning advice from wine-loving friends: Don’t drink the retsina. On the face of it, the warning makes sense. The flavor of retsina, a wine infused with the resin of Aleppo pine trees, has often been…

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You Asked: Are Reusable Feminine Cloths Safe?

Are there any health risks associated with reusable-cloth menstrual pads? I recently read an article about cups, tampons and sponges, but was disappointed that the article didn’t touch on cloth pads. I currently use them but haven’t found much information on them from health professionals. — asked by Marie Short take Reusable menstrual pads are…

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New York Confronts Its Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Through the fall, traveler after traveler arrived in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities of New York from areas of Israel and Europe where measles was spreading. They then spent time in homes, schools and shops in communities where too many…

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A Beloved Provence-Based Wicker Workshop Comes to Paris

In 2016, Atelier Vime, a Provence-based antiques dealer and wicker workshop, was established in an old hôtel particulier in the village of Vallabrègues, France. Though it’s far from any passing foot traffic, within a matter of months the brand’s wicker and rattan furniture had caught the attention of interior designers, including Pierre Yovanovitch, Charles Zana…

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