Chinese Restaurants Are Closing. That’s a Good Thing, the Owners Say.

KINGSTON, N.Y. — More than 40 years after buying Eng’s, a Chinese-American restaurant in the Hudson Valley, Tom Sit is reluctantly considering retirement. For much of his life, Mr. Sit has worked here seven days a week, 12 hours a day. He cooks in the same kitchen where he worked as a young immigrant from…

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Tracing the Path From Fast Fashion to ‘Trashion’

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. December is a season of consumption, and in the last two decades shoppers have filled their closets with what’s known as fast fashion: inexpensive clothing inspired by runway looks. But in our haste to find…

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Having a Dog as a Child Is Tied to a Lower Risk of Schizophrenia as an Adult

Living with a pet dog in childhood may be linked to a reduced risk of schizophrenia in adulthood. Researchers studied adult patients at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, 396 with schizophrenia and 381 with bipolar disorder. They compared them with 594 healthy controls. The participants reported whether they had had a dog or a cat…

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A Sleep Reset for the New Year

By Jane E. Brody As many as 20 percent to 30 percent of people in the general population sleep poorly. They may have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, some awaken much too early, while others do not feel rested despite spending a full night seemingly asleep in bed. For one person in 10, insomnia…

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Medical News Today: Aspirin: Friend or foe after breast cancer?

Many studies have suggested that women who take aspirin may have a lower risk of breast cancer. But how does this common anti-inflammatory affect the health outcomes of women who have already received treatment for the disease? Share on PinterestResearchers have been working to find out why aspirin use is linked to such a wide…

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Mouse pups born from eggs derived from the granulosa cells that surround oocytes

By introducing a chemical cocktail to granulosa cells, researchers in China induced the cells to transform into functional oocytes in mice. Once fertilized, these oocytes were then successfully able to produce healthy offspring, showing no differences from naturally bred mice. The chemical reprogramming method appears December 24 in the journal Cell Reports. Ovarian follicles are…

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Why isn’t there a vaccine for staph?

Staph bacteria, the leading cause of potentially dangerous skin infections, are most feared for the drug-resistant strains that have become a serious threat to public health. Attempts to develop a vaccine against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have failed to outsmart the superbug’s ubiquity and adaptability to antibiotics. Now, a study from Washington University School of…

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For a Festive Sip, Turn to Blackberry Liqueur

In place of cassis for a kir, turn to a blackberry liqueur from Heimat New York to add sultry richness to a glass of white or sparkling wine. (It’s also good for trifles.) It’s the latest flavor from the year-old company in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Ute Londrigan, who makes the liqueurs, has plumbed her German grandmother’s…

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Six Steps to Mentally Survive the Holidays

The so-called holiday blues do, in fact, exist, and according to a study by the American Psychological Association the most common symptoms are fatigue, stress, irritability, bloating and sadness. Healthy habits can be hard to maintain, because holidays often involve a respite from routine, a time to ignore our budgets, schedules, tolerance for alcohol, allergies…

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