Why the U.S. Has Long Resisted Universal Child Care

Most Americans say it’s not ideal for a child to be raised by two working parents. Yet in two-thirds of American families, both parents work. This disconnect between ideals and reality helps explain why the United States has been so resistant to universal public child care. Even as child care is setting up to be…

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Moral Distress in Neurosurgery

My patient had arrived from another hospital in the middle of the night. He was a wiry older man, restless but alert. He had a blood clot compressing the dominant hemisphere of his brain. He did not speak or move the right side of his body but fidgeted with his left hand and leg: pulling…

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Why Do We Hiccup?

Maybe it was because when the waiter asked, “Still or sparkling?” you chose sparkling. It could have also been that you were ravenous and ate a little too much. Or, possibly, it was your ex, who happened to be dining at the same restaurant and stood a little too long over your table making awkward…

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Patricia Altschul, 78, Is the Dowager Countess of ‘Southern Charm’

Image Patricia Altschul and her butler, Michael Kelcourse, have become fan favorites on Bravo’s “Southern Charm.”CreditHunter McRae for The New York Times CHARLESTON, S.C. — The first glimpse viewers had of Patricia Altschul on “Southern Charm,” a Bravo reality show about the lives of the rich and reckless in Charleston, was consistent with all of…

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Zulresso (brexanolone)

FDA warning: Severe sedation and loss of consciousness This drug has a boxed warning. A boxed warning is the most serious warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It alerts doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Zulresso can cause severe sedation, with symptoms such as sleepiness, trouble thinking clearly, and…

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Show Their Sensitive Sides

Jake Gyllenhaal was getting emotional last Thursday night. Along with Tom Sturridge, he stars in “Sea Wall/A Life,” a pair of monologues about men who are committed to their wives, now playing at the Hudson Theater in Times Square. “It’s an unusual thing to see in drama,” Mr. Sturridge said. “We’re so used to dramatizing…

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Scientists Discover New Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis

TSAKANE, South Africa — When she joined a trial of new tuberculosis drugs, the dying young woman weighed just 57 pounds. Stricken with a deadly strain of the disease, she was mortally terrified. Local nurses told her the Johannesburg hospital to which she must be transferred was very far away — and infested with vervet…

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Lead Crisis in Newark Grows, as Bottled Water Distribution Is Bungled

NEWARK — A growing crisis over lead contamination in drinking water gripped Newark on Wednesday as tens of thousands of residents were told to drink only bottled water, the culmination of years of neglect that has pushed New Jersey’s largest city to the forefront of an environmental problem afflicting urban areas across the nation. Urgent…

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Dozens of Young People Hospitalized for Breathing and Lung Problems After Vaping

Nearly three dozen young people have been hospitalized around the country in recent weeks for severe respiratory problems after vaping either nicotine or marijuana, stumping doctors treating them. The Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin public health departments are investigating these cases and at least 20 additional emergency admissions that doctors suspect are related to vaping some…

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How the Family Behind Heath Ceramics Fishes — and Cooks — Summer Salmon

In “One Good Meal,” we ask cooking-inclined creative people to share the story behind a favorite dish they actually make and eat at home on a regular basis — and not just when they’re trying to impress. Every summer, Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic pause their roles as co-owners of the iconic Bay Area-based pottery…

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