Donald Trump Has Drained the Swamp (of Good Christmas Parties)

WASHINGTON — It would have been a swell party. There was an oyster tower made from solid ice and charcuterie tables piled high in every room. The Charles Orban Champagne was flowing. And the site of this annual soiree, hosted by the French ambassador at the official residence, is one pretty pile of bricks. What…

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My Friends Serve Underage Kids Alcohol. Should I Speak Up?

Our Adolescence columnist, the psychologist Lisa Damour, responds to a reader’s question. The question is lightly edited and is being published with the consent of the person who submitted it. [To submit a question, email AskDrDamour@nytimes.com.] ImageCredit…Lilli Carré Q. My longtime friends and I have college kids coming home for the holidays and we have…

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Finding Light at the Darkest Time of the Year

It was in the parking lot of the tree farm that I watched my son’s little feet walk ahead of me and thought to myself, this is what it feels like to get what you want. My whole world wrapped up in two people: my husband prepping the truck for the tree, and our son’s…

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Holiday Nights, Merry and Bright

April may be the cruelest month, but December, the darkest, can feel unkind, too. New York, however, offers its own illumination during these long, blustery nights, and not just Rockefeller Center’s seasonal sparkle. Here’s a guide to some of the lavish light displays across the city, including twinkling and towering sculptures, Chinese-style lantern shows and…

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What will you do with your body after you die? (video)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2019 — After you die, your body has quite a few options — from being turned into a diamond to helping solve a murder. This week, let us break down the possibilities so you can rest easy: https://youtu.be/1C0AF_y_Ms8. ### Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS…

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Sutter to receive funding for Mason and Partners (MAP) Clinic

Rebecca Sutter, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services, is set to receive $75,000 from Potomac Health Foundation. With these funds, the MAP Clinic will be expanded and open a Mason and Partners Clinic co-located with the Prince William County School (PWCS) system to provide school entry health services to uninsured/…

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CDC grant to focus on effects of nano-coal dust on lung disease in coal miners

Penn State researchers in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering received a $400,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to research coal dust in underground mines and its effect on lung disease in miners. Inhaling coal mine dust is…

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Obesity in pregnant moms linked to lag in their sons’ development and IQ

A mother’s obesity in pregnancy can affect her child’s development years down the road, according to researchers who found impaired motor skills in preschoolers and lower IQ in middle childhood for boys whose mothers were severely overweight while expecting them. A team of nutrition and environmental health researchers at The University of Texas at Austin…

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Researchers studying vaginal birth injuries and recovery

If a new mother sustains an injury to her levator ani muscle—the main muscle supporting the pelvic floor—during vaginal childbirth, that woman is at risk of developing a pelvic floor disorder. Such an injury can have a substantial impact on a woman’s quality of life. In collaboration with Dr. S. Abbas Shobeiri, Vice Chair, Gynecologic…

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