Are Experiential Gifts More Trouble Than They’re Worth?

In November, ahead of the holiday shopping onslaught, the fitness lifestyle brand Peloton released a 30-second commercial called “The Gift That Gives Back.” If, somehow, it hasn’t wound its way onto one of your screens, the ad centers on a youngish mom who receives a Peloton bike ($2,245 and up) from her husband and proceeds…

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How to Cook a Pig

There are some once-a-year winter holiday extravagances I thrill to see again when their numbers come up. There’s a frozen milk punch and a caviar sandwich and a homemade Boston cream doughnut; there’s a hand-chopped steak tartare and a grilled Cheddar-cheese sandwich and a mid-December cookie swap pfeffernusse cookie with imported candied citron — all…

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Teen Marijuana Vaping Soars, Displacing Other Habits

Teenagers are drinking less alcohol, smoking fewer cigarettes and trying fewer hard drugs, new federal survey data shows. But these public health gains have been offset by a sharp increase in vaping of marijuana and nicotine. These diverging trend lines, published Wednesday, are among the findings in the Monitoring the Future survey — a closely…

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In global south, urban sanitation crisis harms health, economy

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cities in the «global south» — densely populated urban areas that are part of low-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America — should phase out pit latrines, septic tanks and other on-site methods of human waste management. Instead, cities should invest in sewage systems, according to a report released Dec. 18…

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Scientists discover a new mechanism in childhood kidney cancer

As an embryo develops, its cells must learn what to do with the thousands of genes they’ve been equipped with. That’s why each cell comes with a detailed gene-expression manual outlining exactly which genes should be switched on, to what extent, and when. To execute their respective manuals, the cells employ so-called chromatin reader proteins…

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Are herpes virus infections linked to Alzheimer’s disease?

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report today in the journal Neuron evidence that refutes the link between increased levels of herpes virus and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the researchers provide a new statistical and computational framework for the analysis of large-scale sequencing data. About 50 million people worldwide are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, a…

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