The Next Avocado Toast

Good morning. There’s all kinds of excitement in the Food section of The Times this week, from Tejal Rao’s exciting visit to the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, for beef Wellington and legerdemain, to Priya Krishna’s accounting of the rise of immigrant and refugee cuisine in Lancaster, Pa., the heart of Amish Country. And I…

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Forever 21 Sent Diet Bars to Customers Who Ordered Plus-Size Clothing

Robert MarquardtGetty Images Forever 21 customers who ordered clothes online this week were furious to find something extra in their packages: Atkins bars. The fast fashion retailer has come under fire for sending the diet bars to its customers—most of whom were shopping the brand’s plus-size offerings—as a «special promotion.» Unimpressed customers took to Twitter…

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Need a Mental Health Day? Some States Give Students the Option

Depression and anxiety. The state of the country. Climate change. Mass shootings. Today’s students are grappling with a variety of issues beyond the classroom. To that end, lawmakers in two states have recently recognized the importance of the mental health of their students by allowing them to take sick days just for that. The measures…

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How Weight Training Changes the Brain

Weight training may have benefits for brain health, at least in rats. When rats lift weights, they gain strength and also change the cellular environment inside their brains, improving their ability to think, according to a notable new study of resistance training, rodents and the workings of their minds. The study finds that weight training,…

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A Norwegian Valley Where the Old Ways Beckon

One sweltering night last July, I found myself inside a small auditorium in a Norwegian valley called Setesdal for a community concert. A young woman stood in the right aisle, dressed in the valley’s traditional bunad dress, a billowing black skirt with red and green stripes at the hem, a full-sleeved white blouse, and a…

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For Years, Alcohol Was My Only Comfort. Then It Nearly Killed Me.

On Sept. 29, 2016, I was at a private book signing in Williamson County, Tenn., for Alberto Gonzales, the former United States attorney general. As the chairwoman for the Montgomery County Young Republicans, I spent a lot of time sharing drinks with Tennessee’s political class. At the end of the evening, I decided to drive…

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Korean Fire Chicken Is Like a Super Spicy Chicken Parm

I first laid eyes on cheese buldak, a mozzarella-cloaked Korean dish that translates as “fire chicken,” in a 24-hour restaurant off Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. It was very late at night, and a couple in a window table were pulling long strings of melting cheese off a sizzling platter that beneath its glistening white…

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Mouse, not just tick: New genome heralds change in Lyme disease fight

Irvine, Calif., July 24, 2019 — As Lyme disease increases, researchers have taken a significant step toward finding new ways to prevent its transmission. The experts, who include a pioneer in Lyme disease discovery, have sequenced the genome of the animal carrying the bacteria that causes the illness. The advance by researchers at the University…

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Opioid prescribing rates higher in US compared with other countries

AURORA, Colo. (July 24, 2019) — Physicians in the United States may prescribe opioids more frequently to patients during hospitalization and at discharge when compared to their physician peers in other countries, according to a recently published study led by researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The study reviewed prescribing practices at…

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Immune therapy takes a ‘BiTE’ out of brain cancer

BOSTON — Building on their research showing that an exciting new form of immunotherapy for cancer has activity in patients with glioblastoma, the most common and most deadly form of brain cancer, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have created a new method that could make immune therapy more effective again brain tumors and expand its…

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