A Possible Remedy for Pandemic Stress: Exercise

Can we help ease the stress of the coronavirus pandemic by moving more? A new study of exercise and mental health during the early stages of the nationwide lockdown suggests that the answer is yes. It finds that people who managed to remain physically active during those early weeks of sheltering at home were less…

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You Thought Your Cat Was Fancy?

Not so long ago, wild cat companions were associated with glamour, class and creativity. Salvador Dalí brought his ocelot to the St. Regis. Tippi Hedren lounged with her lions in her Los Angeles living room. Josephine Baker’s cheetah, collared in diamonds, strolled the Champs-Élysées. In their time, these wild creatures made chic pets. But by…

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Family Life Is Chaotic. Could Office Software Help?

Michelle Penczak and her husband, Maj. Sean Penczak, had planned, pre-coronavirus, to move from Kailua, Hawaii, to Atlanta for Major Penczak’s new job with SkyWest airlines in May. A cross-country relocation isn’t easy under normal circumstances, especially with two boys, ages 1 and 4. Then the pandemic arrived. Major Penczak was furloughed, and the couple,…

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Pride and Panic: Children of Health Care Workers Grapple With Pandemic

When Marcela Vasquez, a phlebotomist at Long Island Community Hospital, gasped for air in a quiet room at home, she wondered: If I die, who will take care of my children? As the fevers and body aches wracked her body, Ms. Vasquez’s 13-year-old daughter, Alyssa Barnes, feared the same. “I really need her,” Alyssa said…

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Experts Fear Increase in Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

After going through a harrowing bout of postpartum depression with her first child, my patient, Emily, had done everything possible to prepare for the postpartum period with her second. She stayed in treatment with me, her perinatal psychiatrist, and together we made the decision for her to continue Zoloft during her pregnancy. With the combination…

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Big Pharmacy Chains Also Fed the Opioid Epidemic, Court Filing Says

Through years of lawsuits and rising public anger over the opioid epidemic, the big American pharmacy retailers have largely eluded scrutiny. But a new court filing Wednesday morning asserts that pharmacies including CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Giant Eagle as well as those operated by Walmart were as complicit in perpetuating the crisis as the…

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How to Compost, Step by Step

How’s that compost coming? If you live in a New York City apartment, it may be on hold, because the city has suspended its composting program (although there are workable alternatives). But if you’re lucky enough to have a garden of your own, there’s no time to lose. “The answer to so many gardening questions…

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Composting

How’s that compost coming? If you live in a New York City apartment, it may be on hold, because the city has suspended its composting program (although there are workable alternatives). But if you’re lucky enough to have a garden of your own, there’s no time to lose. “The answer to so many gardening questions…

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They Evoke Darth Vader, but These Masks May Save Your Doctor’s Life

Even among the surreal sights of an intensive care unit crowded with Covid-19 patients, Dr. Elaine Fajardo’s mask stands out. Jet-black silicone with magenta-capped filters protruding from both sides, it is more commonly the protection of choice at construction sites and industrial plants. But for Dr. Fajardo, it has been a precious and potentially lifesaving…

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How to Turn Vegetables Into a Tie-Dye Pattern

DESIGNER D.I.Y. SERIES Image Credit…Charlie Engman In the latest installment of our Designer D.I.Y. at Home series, Hillary Taymour, the creative director of Collina Strada, offers a creative use for excess beets. May 27, 2020 At a time when everyone is isolated at home, nervous about spending money and without an occasion to dress up,…

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