He Swallowed a Toothpick. It Could Have Killed Him.

A young man nearly lost his life to a toothpick he didn’t even know he had swallowed, according to a harrowing report published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. The three-inch wood pick, from a sandwich, traveled through most of his digestive tract without doing any harm. But then it poked through the…

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How to tell if contractions are real

Real contractions follow a consistent pattern, while Braxton-Hicks contractions vary in duration and frequency. Braxton-Hicks contractions also tend to be less painful and usually only cause discomfort in the front of the abdomen. Braxton-Hicks contractions simulate real contractions to prepare the body for labor. However, they do not lead to labor. Real contractions only occur…

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Hopeful Would-Be Parents Shop Jobs for I.V.F. Coverage

A little over a year ago, Haley Burns, 29, was trying to get pregnant and was also becoming restless in her job. An information technology specialist for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, she began searching for another position (while trying to get pregnant), and checking out the benefits of Sharp’s competitors (while also trying to…

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Rachel Brosnahan Pays Loving Tribute to Her Late Aunt Kate Spade in New Campaign

Frances Valentine, the accessories line launched by the late designer Kate Spade in 2016, has tapped The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan as the face of its spring 2019 campaign. It’s a poignant pairing: Kate Spade, who passed away tragically last June, was Brosnahan’s aunt. Shot by Maggie Cepis, the aptly titled Love, Katy collection…

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120,000 Pounds, Recalled: What’s Happening to America’s Chicken Nuggets?

Tyson Foods, one of the United States’ largest meat producers, recalled more than 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets on Tuesday after pieces of rubber were found in the food. A day earlier, another large meat supplier, Perdue, recalled more than 16,000 pounds of chicken nuggets because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The nuggets contain milk…

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Fixtures: The Baumans, Sellers of Really, Really Rare Books

What reward does one buy after winning at the gambling tables in Las Vegas or sitting through an excruciatingly dull convention there? A Rolex, a designer handbag, a new bracelet? How about a rare book? It was 11 years ago that David and Natalie Bauman, the owners of a successful rare book store in Manhattan,…

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Before We Let You Sweat, a Few Questions

It is fair to say that Steve Gold is obsessed with exercise. He easily admits that fitness is a “huge” part of his life. A model-turned-real estate broker — he’s a star of “Million Dollar Listing New York” on Bravo — Mr. Gold appreciates the mental rewards that come from long, hard, sweaty workouts. And…

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Rotavirus Vaccine May Protect Against Type 1 Diabetes

The vaccine that prevents rotavirus, which can cause severe gastric problems in children, may have another benefit: lowering the risk for Type 1 diabetes in toddlers. Rotavirus can leave children badly dehydrated and is sometimes fatal. Fortunately, there are two vaccines for the disease, easily administered by putting drops in the child’s mouth at ages…

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