Children carry evidence of toxins from home flooring and furniture

IMAGE: Environmental Chemist Heather led a three-year study of in-home exposures to semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) among 203 children from 190 families. view more  Credit: Duke Photo DURHAM, N.C. — Children living in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in…

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Smoking may limit body’s ability to fight dangerous form of skin cancer

Melanoma patients with a history of smoking cigarettes are 40 per cent less likely to survive their skin cancer than people who have never smoked, according to a new report funded by Cancer Research UK. The study of more than 700 melanoma patients mainly from the north of England — and published today in Cancer…

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Jennifer Citak, Gabriel Gershowitz

Jennifer Sara Citak and Gabriel Joseph Gershowitz are to be married Feb. 17 at Montammy Golf Club in Alpine, N.J. Rabbi Shaul Robinson is to officiate. The bride and groom graduated from George Washington University, each summa cum laude. He also received a master’s degree in public policy summa cum laude from the school. The…

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Alisa Friscia, Kevin Guidette

Alisa Ann Friscia and Kevin Christopher Guidette are to be married Feb. 17 at Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church in San Juan, P.R. The Rev. Jose Quintero, a Roman Catholic priest, is to perform the ceremony. The bride, 35, is a new business sales executive at IBISWorld, a research firm to the financial industry in…

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Mini-Vows: They Learned Early On That Words Matter, and Also Location

Genevieve Anne Bentz and Samuel Jordan Lewis are to be married Feb. 17 at Bucks Fishing & Camping, a restaurant in Washington. Vincent Barbuto, a friend of the couple who was granted permission by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to officiate, is to lead the ceremony. The bride, who is 28 and…

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Can Fashion Week Not Be Garbage?

It’s fun to say something is “trash.” It’s less fun—in fact, it’s awful—to see trash, especially in the wild, or where people and animals try to live. Matty Bovan and A Sai Ta know all about it. As London natives and “Young Millennials,” the two British designers have grown up with climate change, landfills, and…

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London Fashion Week Opens With a Sperm-Print Fleece

«The penis is a powerful thing,» says designer Ashley Williams. It’s also, apparently, a part of an outerwear option, as Adwoa Aboah proved when she opened Williams’ show in a sperm-print fleece jacket and giant nun skirt. A sperm-print evening gown at Ashley Williams Getty Images The pattern came again in pants, in a strapless…

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You’re Addicted to Plastic. Can You Go Cold Turkey?

For Beth Terry, the epiphany came when she read an article about how albatross chicks are being killed by discarded plastics. It was time to banish plastic from her life. First, she focused on her kitchen and got rid of the shopping bags, microwaveable Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese, Clif energy bars and the prewashed salads…

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Encounters: Judd Apatow, an Autograph Geek, Hunts for Memorabilia

Judd Apatow has collected autographs since he was a boy. He began when he was about 9, and would write to celebrities — Jackie Gleason, Gilda Radner, Andy Kaufman — begging them to send signed photos. In high school, he cased autograph conventions. “I bought Harry Truman’s,” Mr. Apatow said. “I was very impressed with…

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