Monique Pillard, a Power in the Modeling World, Is Dead at 81

Monique Pillard, a booking agent who helped steer the careers of supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christie Brinkley, died on Dec. 3 at her apartment in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. She was 81. Her death was announced by Christine K. Schott, a friend and former business colleague, who said…

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Peter Boizot, Founder of the PizzaExpress Chain, Dies at 89

Peter Boizot, who founded the international restaurant chain PizzaExpress, beginning in Britain, where he helped shape the country’s casual dining scene, died on Dec. 5 in Peterborough, England. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his sister and only immediate survivor, Clementine Allen. There were few indications in Mr. Boizot’s youth that he would…

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Medical News Today: How can alternative treatments help with HIV?

Many people living with HIV choose to explore non-conventional therapies to ease the symptoms of HIV and side effects of the medications. Some alternative treatments can complement a person’s standard medical care, but others are not safe. Many people living with HIV use alternative therapies. According to one source, over 70 percent of people with…

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Christmas Is a Peak Time for Heart Attacks

Image Christmas may be the peak time for heart attacks — at least in Sweden. Swedish researchers studied 283,014 heart attacks between 1998 and 2013 that were documented in a registry that included the date and time when symptoms started. They found that compared with days in the two weeks before and after Christmas, the…

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Starting School Later Really Does Help Teens Get Sleep

Image Delaying school start times has helped Seattle teenagers get a better night’s sleep. During puberty, circadian rhythm is altered, and sleeping and waking are typically delayed to a later time. This creates a problem: Adolescent wake-sleep patterns do not coincide with those of conventional social life, and teenagers rarely get the recommended eight to…

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How to Officiate Your First Wedding (and Why You’d Want To)

You don’t need to go to seminary to officiate a wedding. In fact, depending on where you live, it may take only a few clicks of a mouse. Here’s everything you need to know about officiating your first wedding, from getting ordained to writing the ceremony — and why you’d even want to in the…

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U.S. Diplomats With Mysterious Illness in Cuba Had Inner-Ear Damage, Doctors Say

MIAMI — The American government employees in Cuba who suffered mystifying symptoms — dizziness, insomnia, difficulty concentrating — after hearing a strange high-pitched sound all had one thing in common: damage to the part of the inner ear responsible for balance, according to the first doctors to examine them after the episodes. Two years after…

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Modern Love: Listen: Finn Wittrock Reads ‘The Shirt Stays On’

Getting undressed in front of a new love interest can be scary. It can be especially daunting after four open-heart surgeries leave you with scars that you would prefer no one to see. On this week’s Modern Love podcast, the actor Finn Wittrock tells the story of a young man’s struggle with vulnerability in “The…

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Brick-Red Coats That Will Make You Feel as Powerful as Nancy Pelosi

Getty ImagesThe Washington Post «Don’t characterize the strength that I bring.» That’s a sentence uttered yesterday by likely Democratic House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a bizarre televised meeting with President Donald Trump and her Senate counterpart, Chuck Schumer. During a tense discussion about funding for a border wall, Pelosi also insisted Trump have «evidence-based…

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