Vows: A Business Trip Yields the Investment of a Lifetime

When Julian Olidort returned to his Manhattan office after a business trip to Israel five years ago, he said his first priority was “to assemble a team of co-workers” to assist in the delicate handling of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that emerged 6,000 miles away in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was an investment he was…

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Work Friend: My Company’s I.T. Director Is Holding My Data Hostage

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Information Technology Pirates The new I.T. director at my large, international office is a rude, condescending jerk. We’ve been through years without any I.T. leadership — the previous…

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Night Shifts May Raise the Risk of Miscarriage

Pregnant women who work night shifts may have an increased risk for miscarriage. Researchers studied 22,744 pregnant Danish women, tracking their work schedules and hospital admissions for miscarriage using government databases. The study, in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, found that after eight weeks of pregnancy, women who had worked two or more night shifts during…

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At Cosmopolitan Magazine, Data Is the New Sex

Image Big shoes: Jessica Pels in the offices of Cosmopolitan, with a photograph of Helen Gurley Brown behind her.CreditAmy Lombard for The New York Times “Bad ideas first!” is how Jessica Pels began a session brainstorming cover lines for the May issue of Cosmopolitan. She was named editor in chief at the Hearst Magazines publication…

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Ties: Great Eggspectations

Perhaps it started with the fortuneteller. Though I’d spent my 32 years steering clear of all tarot card readers and psychics — aware that whatever they prophesied would indelibly burrow itself into my mind — one happened to be holding court at an event I attended. I maintained my usual skepticism, until my co-worker returned…

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What to know about female sex hormones

Female sex hormones, or sex steroids, play vital roles in sexual development, reproduction, and general health. Sex hormone levels change over time, but some of the most significant changes happen during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. In this article, we discuss the different types of female sex hormones, their roles in the body, and how they…

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Modern Love: It Wasn’t My Wedding Ring. It Was My Only Ring.

After Christmas last year, when my boyfriend’s children were with his ex-wife, he and I went on vacation with my daughters to a sunny spot far from our separate homes in Montana. We have been together for years, sometimes blending our children’s lives, sometimes not, feeling no need (I don’t think?) to define our arrangement…

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