Care for a Cup of Satanic Chamomile?

As the world’s second most popular beverage (after water), tea has no shortage of devotees. But in the Western world, the way it is marketed often seems intended to target kindly old ladies, taut wellness gurus and well-heeled gourmands (in the market for a coffee substitute, perhaps). The United States has a varied community of…

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They Had Big Plans for the Lockdown. This Is What Happened.

When New York shut down this spring, Joe Harmer set his sights on a hobby. He got a kayak. He bought a camera. He purchased a tablet-style computer on which to sketch. He even ordered a guitar. But as the pandemic drags into its seventh month, all of the items are basically gathering dust save…

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They Met, Collaborated and Fell in Love

In their mutual interest in doing good while also doing well, Gabriela Berrospi and Anthony Delgado fell in love. Mr. Delgado, 34, has the easygoing supportive spirit of a big brother, and the I-did-it-and-you-can-too unflappability of a true optimist. So Ms. Gabriela Berrospi, 30, was inspired when he described his entrepreneurial education effort in Puerto…

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Love at First Re-Meet

Plenty of ambitious professional couples endure a period of long-distance romance in their relationship, but Drs. Janelle Nassim and Eric Smuclovisky, who became a couple in 2016, began living in the same city for the first time in June. They were married on Sept. 9 in Maine, after years of seeing each other just every…

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Awaiting a Return to Israel, Hand in Hand

Tamar Elisheva Jonas, from the Bronx, and Elliot J. Shalom, from Brooklyn, each moved to Israel — she in 2015 and he in 2017 — and then met in May 2019 on a blind date in Tel Aviv. “The intention from the first date was it could potentially lead to marriage,” said Mr. Shalom, 25,…

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The Long Road to Fatherhood

When my son’s life was stuck in neutral last fall, I decided to take him on a cross-country road trip. I thought an adventure would give him new experiences and perspectives, open his mind to possibilities. Driving coast-to-coast helped change my own stalled life 30 years ago. There’s a reason stories of the road have…

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Their ‘Love Map’ to a Good Relationship

Before Alexandra Hayes and Brian Robinson downsized their Sept. 12 wedding to 22 guests from 215, because of the coronavirus, they parsed each other’s feelings. “The experience encouraged us to think about starting our partnership together instead of throwing a big party, which we can do anytime,” Ms. Hayes said. It was an assessment arrived…

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He Had Caught Her Eye

When a cousin suggested an introduction to a colleague, Taylor Vogt immediately recognized a photo of the potential date, Craig Alfred, as the tall, athletic and good-looking man she had seen repeatedly while walking to her government job in Albany, N.Y. “He obviously caught my eye,” she said. “I just worked up the courage and…

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University of Minnesota receives seed funding for clinical study of metformin to treat, prevent COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- September 25, 2020 — University of Minnesota Medical School researchers received funding from the Parsemus Foundation to initiate research on the widely-used diabetes medication, metformin, available globally as an inexpensive generic drug for prevention and treatment for COVID-19. To prevent delay during the COVID-19 pandemic, the California-based Parsemus Foundation is funding the University…

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Cocaine addiction: Impact of genetic mutations elucidated

Cocaine addiction is a chronic disorder with a high rate of relapse for which no effective treatment is currently available. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, the CNRS, Inserm and the Paris Public Hospital Network (AP-HP) recently demonstrated that two gene mutations involved in the conformation of nicotinic receptors in the brain appear to play a…

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