Statins Tied to Risk of Skin Infections

Statins, commonly taken to reduce cholesterol, may increase the risk for skin infections. Statins are known to increase the risk for diabetes, and diabetes increases the risk for staphylococcus infections of the skin and underlying soft tissue. But a new study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggests that the effect of statins on…

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Sean Sherman’s 10 Essential Native American Recipes

Growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the 1970s, I ran wild with my cousins through my grandparents’ cattle ranch, over the hot, sandy South Dakota land of burrs and paddle cactus, hiding in the sparse grasses and rolling hills. We raced over the open plains, and through shelter belts of tall elm…

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Melissa Clark’s Latest Winner Dinner

It’s not for tonight, but you could sketch out a grocery list for the fall dinner David Tanis outlined in his column for The Times this week: spinach and feta borek to start, followed by slow-roasted Turkish lamb accompanied by rice pilaf with pumpkin, currants and pine nuts, and an almond cake with saffron and…

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Breast cancer: An innovative blood test could aid early detection

Researchers are developing a blood test that could help detect breast cancer 5 years before any symptoms become apparent. This method would also be less uncomfortable and more cost effective than traditional mammograms. Can a new blood test improve breast cancer detection? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer is the most common…

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Even ‘Project Runway’ Couldn’t Save Zac Posen

Once upon a time, back in ye olde days of 2002, a young designer, just shy of 21 years old, was discovered by a store that was famous throughout the land for crowning the new princes of fashion. And so he was named, and so he was celebrated, and so it came to pass —…

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Shopping for Storage Baskets

Good baskets can work wonders for a messy room. As versatile containers for things that otherwise wouldn’t have a home, they can control clutter in a hurry and help maintain a sense of order. “We use them all over,” said Lauren Buxbaum Gordon, who became Nate Berkus’s partner at Nate Berkus Associates, in Chicago, this…

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Sleep Can Be Good for Your Salary

Daylight Saving Time ended on Sunday, and for many of us the extra hour of sleep has provided a small energy boost. It’s widely known that sleep affects our mood and health. Less understood is how it can also affect our paychecks. A study published last year in the Review of Economics and Statistics found…

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Making Meaning Out of Grief

It’s been nearly a decade since my husband died, but every detail of the day remains etched in my mind as if it were yesterday. I remember the call that came from the hospice facility at 2 a.m., then talking to the funeral parlor that was to retrieve his body and transfer it to the…

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Scientists With Links to China May Be Stealing Biomedical Research, U.S. Says

The scientist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston was hardly discreet. “Here is the bones and meet of what you want,” he wrote in a misspelled email to researchers in China. Attached was a confidential research proposal, according to administrators at the center. The scientist had access to the document only because he had…

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Why Barbie, a Blimp and a Wienermobile Are Posting on Airbnb

It was a warm August evening in Evanston, Ill., just north of Chicago, when the Wienermobile rolled out the red carpet for a sleepover. Actually, the carpet was green, and not so much carpet as artificial turf. Inside the Wienermobile, the meat brand Oscar Mayer’s signature marketing machine, there was a pullout bed and a…

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