19 Things About Betty Catroux

Few more compelling figures have emerged from the rarefied world of French fashion than Betty Catroux, who claims to have no interest in the subject. Her stark and androgynous style has been aped by imitators and cited as an inspiration by countless designers. She has long been the subject of endless speculation about what lies…

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2nd Death Near Seattle Adds to Signs Virus Is Spreading in U.S.

KIRKLAND, Wash. — As the coronavirus continued its march across the globe on Sunday, there were troubling new signs that it was spreading undetected in some American communities for weeks while the government resisted calls for more widespread testing. With testing now ramping up, the Seattle suburb of Kirkland has become an epicenter…

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It

PARIS — The empty auditorium of the drowned world was black with foreboding. A gaseous, lemony scent filled the air. Every once a while a drip would ripple out through the pool of water that had swallowed the seats three rows deep. Then furious gray storm clouds rolled across an LED screen on the ceiling.…

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19 Things We Know About Betty Catroux

Few more compelling figures have emerged from the rarefied world of French fashion than Betty Catroux, who claims to have no interest in the subject. Her stark and androgynous style has been aped by imitators and cited as an inspiration by countless designers. She has long been the subject of endless speculation about what lies…

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India’s Wine Country: A Charming Work in Progress

After a bumpy ride on broken, barely paved roads through Nashik’s dusty farm country, my family finally arrived at Grover Zampa Vineyards. At least, that’s what Google Maps told us. One of India’s oldest and best wineries looked more like a construction site that had been abandoned mid-project: An open-sided building was surrounded by concrete…

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Stop Touching Your Face!

Want to improve your chance of staying healthy? Stop touching your face! One of the more difficult challenges in public health has been to teach people to wash their hands frequently and to stop touching the facial mucous membranes — the eyes, nose and mouth, all entry portals for the new coronavirus and…

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The Benefits of Exercise for Children’s Mental Health

Recent research on the link between physical activity and depression risk in adults has suggested that exercise may offset the genetic tendency toward depression. Adults with genetic risks who exercised regularly were no more likely to develop depression than those without the genetic propensity. There’s good evidence that this same association holds in adolescents, a…

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Before Prostate Surgery, Consider ‘Active Surveillance’

Howard Wolinsky is a medical journalist in Flossmoor, Ill., who knows better than to go forward with potentially life-changing surgery without first seeking a second opinion. Nine years ago, at age 63, when a PSA blood test followed by a biopsy revealed cancer in his prostate gland, the diagnosing urologist said he could operate to…

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Heat Waves May Raise Risk of Premature Birth

Hotter and longer heat waves might increase the rate of preterm birth, new research suggests. Birth before 37 weeks of gestation is a leading cause of infant illness and death. The reasons for it are multiple and complex, but some previous studies have found evidence that one contributor could be extreme hot weather. This new…

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