A Glittering Goodbye to Hector Xtravaganza

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] “You can’t wear your hair down in a sequin dress,” a voice echoed through a corridor backstage, while fixtures of New York’s ballroom scene primped and prepared. “It snags!” Outside, a dazzling line of stylish guests waiting to enter…

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Neil Lane Doesn’t Watch ‘The Bachelor’

Neil Lane is a fixture of the “Bachelor” franchise. Since 2009, the jeweler has appeared on each season of the reality show to furnish its romantic hopefuls with rocks of all cuts and carats, free of cost. Sometimes those rings lead to long-lasting engagements and marriages. More often, the couples split within months of the…

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What to Cook: Red Wine Spaghetti Night!

Good morning. It’s Monday, and I hope you’ve got a full bottle of red wine at the ready. You’re going to need it to make dinner. That’s right, put on a big pot of salted water, because it’s red wine spaghetti night! (Are there four better consecutive food words than “red wine spaghetti night”? I…

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She Invented a Board Game With Scientific Integrity. It’s Taking Off.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The roseate spoonbill is roughly the size of a great blue heron, with the pink plumage of a flamingo and a giant spoon-shaped bill — “gorgeous at a distance and bizarre up close,” according to the Audubon Guide to North American birds. It is Elizabeth Hargrave’s favorite bird. “Crazy bills get…

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Personal Health: Colon Cancer Screening Can Save Your Life

Although I usually refrain from writing columns linked to national health observances, I believe that Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, in March, is too important to ignore. There are simply too many people who are still getting and dying from this preventable disease because they failed to get screened for it, including people without excuses like…

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Shopping Guide: Shopping for Table Lamps

A great table lamp can have an outsize effect on a room. Even in a space that has been thoughtfully designed, from the carpets to the curtains, it’s often possible to point to a single element that takes it all to another level. And more often than not, “oddly, it’s the lamp,” said the interior…

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Cancer Patients Are Getting Robotic Surgery. There’s No Evidence It’s Better.

Robotic surgery was never approved for mastectomy or any other cancer-related treatment, but that has hardly deterred doctors in the operating suite. The equipment is widely used to operate on patients with various malignancies, from breast cancer to prostate cancer. Yet there have long been questions about how well doctors are trained on the machines,…

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The Checkup: Using an Asthma Inhaler Correctly

Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, and using an asthma inhaler is often a first step toward medical autonomy for a child with asthma. But the value of technology depends on how you use it, and children — and adults — need to use their inhalers correctly for the devices to help.…

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How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine

Last month, President Trump signed an executive order making the development and regulation of artificial intelligence a federal priority. But one area where artificial intelligence is already taking hold is health care. Doctors are already using A.I. to spot potentially lethal lesions on mammograms. Scientists are also developing A.I. systems that can diagnose common childhood…

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