N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects

Image CreditEric Risberg/Associated Press Six months after halting a study of moderate drinking that was underwritten by donations from the alcohol industry, the National Institutes of Health outlined a series of steps to prevent similar conflicts of interest and to safeguard the integrity of its research as well as its reputation. In a report issued…

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Rites of Passage: I Cross My Legs. Does That Make Me Less of a Man?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve crossed my legs. This is hardly a declaration, and, since I’m not a celebrity or dating one, neither breaking news nor worthy of trending status. It’s just something that comes to mind when I read stories about gender, sexuality, toxic masculinity and the power and politics of…

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Matter: Narrower Skulls, Oblong Brains: How Neanderthal DNA Still Shapes Us

People who sign up for genetic testing from companies like 23andMe can find out how much of their DNA comes from Neanderthals. For those whose ancestry lies outside Africa, that number usually falls somewhere between 1 percent and 2 percent. Scientists are still a long way from understanding what inheriting a Neanderthal gene means to…

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The 12 Products ELLE.com Readers Loved Most This Year

Drybar/Too Faced/Dr. Jart+ At ELLE.com, we aren’t afraid to admit it: we love to shop. A sale at Shopbop? I already have three items in my cart. Christmas candles that double as great gifts? Just tell me where to click. Extra cozy fragrances? One of each, please. But after months of indulging in our shoppies,…

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Amy Schumer Doesn’t Want To Look F*ckable

“I demand peak cozy at all time,” explains Amy Schumer. “I feel entitled to coziness and that is what this line is 1,000 percent about.» Schumer is chatting with me at the launch event for her clothing collection Le Cloud, located in a spacious New York flat that Joanna Gaines would very much approve of…

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‘That Way Madness Lies …’ Review: A Terrifying True Story, Ordinarily Told

The annals of documentary film are packed with movies that are formally rudimentary or even threadbare, but contain stories so compelling that they command a regard beyond what the film’s presentation accords them. “That Way Madness Lies …,” directed by Sandra Luckow, begins with my least favorite “here is a personal chronicle” gambit: The director…

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Voices: Am I ‘Old’?

A few years ago at a college reunion, I listened transfixed as the silver-haired philanthropist David Rubenstein urged us “to accelerate” as we entered the last chapters of our lives. Pick up the pace? So many of my contemporaries were stopping — if not stooping — to smell the roses. With his admonition in mind,…

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Doctors: International Patients, Seeking Cures in the States

“I need you to do everything for him,” the young man told me through an Arabic interpreter. We were at an impasse. We had many tools available to treat our patient’s pain and ease his suffering. But the young man wanted something more — a cure for his father, my patient. I backed away from…

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The Last of the Old-School Cabaret Artists

In the mid-20th century, cabaret clubs in the city made glamorous interiors, virtuosic singers, and beloved standards available to anybody with pocket money. Before they were stars, performers like Barbra Streisand and Harry Belafonte played rooms of just a few dozen tables. Cover charges were infrequent, so middle-class couples could make up much of the…

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