LEEP procedure: What to expect

LEEP stands for loop electrosurgical excision procedure. Doctors perform them to detect or treat cervical cancer. During a LEEP, an electrical current passes through a loop of wire. A doctor uses the wire to cut abnormal cells from the cervix. They send a sample of these cells to a laboratory to detect signs of cancer…

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The Wine Thief

Nicolas DeMeyer was a man centrally concerned with his image who always seemed to be hiding something. He had no Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account. Close friends can barely recall what he did for a living between 1999, when he graduated from Vassar College, and 2008, when he became the personal assistant to David Solomon,…

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Checking In? No Thanks. I’m Just Here to Use the Wi-Fi

Walk into a hotel lobby and you may notice something unexpected: People. Not people checking in, or waiting for someone to arrive or hustling to the elevator. No, people sitting, working and socializing. In the past handful of years, hotels have started to create lobbies and common spaces that are a destination in themselves for…

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On the Runway: Nancy Pelosi’s Coat Catches Fire

After #PantsuitNation, #CoatCountry? It’s a strong possibility, given the intense reaction to the autumn-leaf orange funnel-necked piece of outerwear Nancy Pelosi tossed on like a victor’s cloak after exiting her contentious meeting with President Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer on Tuesday. Who needs armor when you have a wool flamethrower? Along with her dark glasses,…

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Encounters: Wait Wait … for NPR Host Peter Sagal

Peter Sagal, the very fast-on-his-feet host of the weekly NPR news quiz “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” and the author of a new meditative memoir, “The Incomplete Book of Running,” was half an hour late for an appointment to buy running gear on a recent Tuesday morning. And all because Mr. Sagal, in town…

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On Comedy: Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think

Ellen DeGeneres got sick of dancing, and really, can you blame her? She has to be the only 60-year-old woman in America who is expected to dance with total strangers wherever she goes. “There’s been times someone wants a picture, and while I’m doing a selfie, they’re like: ‘You’re not dancing!,’” DeGeneres said in her…

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Medical News Today: HIV and a dry cough: What to know

HIV can cause a dry cough and other symptoms that affect the lungs and respiratory system. A dry cough may occur because HIV reduces the body’s ability to fight off infection and other diseases. However, respiratory problems can have many causes that are not necessarily linked to HIV. A person with persistent or severe respiratory…

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Fetal Tissue Research Is Curtailed by Trump Administration

Should the government pay for medical research that uses tissue from aborted fetuses? This debate, ever smoldering, has erupted again, pitting anti-abortion forces in the Trump administration against scientists who say the tissue is essential for studies that benefit millions of patients. In a letter last week that read like a shot across the bow,…

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No Regrets: Karlie Kloss Celebrates Thinkers

It was supposed to be a rare public outing for one of New York City’s most glamorous newlywed couples. Karlie Kloss, the supermodel turned computer coding advocate, and Josh Kushner, younger brother of the White House dauphin, Jared Kushner, were scheduled to attend the Berggruen Prize dinner on Monday at the New York Public Library.…

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