36 Hours: 36 Hours in Chamonix

In 1920, the town council of Chamonix, then a quiet French community of 3,000 people, decided to change the municipality’s name to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, thus forging an official link to the mountain, the highest in Western Europe, with a summit that soars 12,000 feet above the town center. The council’s goal was to prevent their Swiss…

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Women With Heart Emergencies Less Likely to Get Proper Care

Image Women with cardiac emergencies are less likely than men to receive proper treatment when the ambulance arrives, a new study reports. The analysis, in Women’s Health Issues, used four years of data from a federal government database to compile information on out-of-hospital emergencies involving people 40 and older with chest pain or cardiac arrest.…

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Why N.B.A. Stars Are Trading In Their Nikes

Before last summer, every top N.B.A. draft pick of this decade had signed a sneaker endorsement contract with Nike or Adidas. DeAndre Ayton, this year’s No. 1 pick, did not. “We were dealing with Nike people, Under Armour and all the other shoe companies,” he said soon afterward. “We just thought Puma was the right…

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Monique Pillard, a Power in the Modeling World, Is Dead at 81

Monique Pillard, a booking agent who helped steer the careers of supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christie Brinkley, died on Dec. 3 at her apartment in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. She was 81. Her death was announced by Christine K. Schott, a friend and former business colleague, who said…

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Peter Boizot, Founder of the PizzaExpress Chain, Dies at 89

Peter Boizot, who founded the international restaurant chain PizzaExpress, beginning in Britain, where he helped shape the country’s casual dining scene, died on Dec. 5 in Peterborough, England. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his sister and only immediate survivor, Clementine Allen. There were few indications in Mr. Boizot’s youth that he would…

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Medical News Today: How can alternative treatments help with HIV?

Many people living with HIV choose to explore non-conventional therapies to ease the symptoms of HIV and side effects of the medications. Some alternative treatments can complement a person’s standard medical care, but others are not safe. Many people living with HIV use alternative therapies. According to one source, over 70 percent of people with…

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Christmas Is a Peak Time for Heart Attacks

Image Christmas may be the peak time for heart attacks — at least in Sweden. Swedish researchers studied 283,014 heart attacks between 1998 and 2013 that were documented in a registry that included the date and time when symptoms started. They found that compared with days in the two weeks before and after Christmas, the…

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Starting School Later Really Does Help Teens Get Sleep

Image Delaying school start times has helped Seattle teenagers get a better night’s sleep. During puberty, circadian rhythm is altered, and sleeping and waking are typically delayed to a later time. This creates a problem: Adolescent wake-sleep patterns do not coincide with those of conventional social life, and teenagers rarely get the recommended eight to…

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How to Officiate Your First Wedding (and Why You’d Want To)

You don’t need to go to seminary to officiate a wedding. In fact, depending on where you live, it may take only a few clicks of a mouse. Here’s everything you need to know about officiating your first wedding, from getting ordained to writing the ceremony — and why you’d even want to in the…

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