Eleven States Now Letting Uninsured Sign Up for Obamacare

Eleven states and the District of Columbia have opened enrollment under the Affordable Care Act to allow laid-off workers to get subsidized health insurance, and the Trump administration, which has been gunning to repeal the law, is considering opening the federal exchange to new customers. The new enrollment periods will ease insurance sign-ups for people…

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Grieving the Losses of Coronavirus

When it comes to the coronavirus outbreak, what’s the word related to mental health that you hear most? If you said “anxiety,” you’re not alone. But if you were to sit (virtually, of course) in a therapist’s office like mine or any of my colleagues’, what you might hear just as often is the word…

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The Best Canned Tomatoes

At this moment, as you’re holed up at home, the best canned tomatoes are the ones you’ll grab from your cabinet to make dinner. A 28-ounce can of whole, peeled tomatoes is one of the most versatile players in the cupboard. Canned tomatoes deliver velvety, bright pasta sauce in the dead of winter and perk…

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Coronavirus Patients in Limbo as Gilead Suspends Emergency Drug Access

Overwhelmed by demand for an experimental treatment for coronavirus, the drug maker Gilead abruptly shut down its emergency access program, leaving doctors and families scrambling for answers. The company said it was setting up a broader access program that could try to help more people, but some said the transition is delaying remedies for very…

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A Highly Adaptable Vegetarian Skillet Chili

Are you ready for another bean dish? I sure am, which is a good thing considering how many kinds of beans I have on hand. (I’m not hoarding; I’m just extremely well stocked.) Over the weekend, I put a couple of cans of beans to work in a quick vegetarian skillet chili. Like every recipe…

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Singalongs From Windowsills Lift Spirits During Coronavirus Crisis

The idea took root after Jenni Spinner and her wife, Rebecca Kell, watched videos of Europeans, homebound because of the coronavirus, get on their balconies and sing to raise their spirits in the face of crisis. Wouldn’t it be neat, they mused, if they could get the residents of their Chicago apartment building to do…

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Medical Students, Sidelined for Now, Find New Ways to Fight Coronavirus

As hospitals around the United States brace for an ongoing surge in coronavirus cases, one question they are grappling with is whether medical students should be deployed to help care for patients infected with the virus. For now, the nation’s 90,000 medical students have been largely sidelined from patient care during the crisis. Last week,…

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When Coronavirus Closes Your Lab, Can Science Go On?

In recent weeks, coronavirus led to the shutdown of many university campuses and other institutions for research and learning in the United States and around the world. There’s always work that you can do from home. But parts of the scientific process can only be completed in the lab, or at another location where fieldwork…

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