When in Brazil, Just Follow the Music

The 52 Places Traveler Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, can be an intimidating place for visitors. But, as the 52 Places Traveler found, the rhythm won’t steer you wrong. July 2, 2019 Image Olodum is arguably the most famous of Salvador’s bloco-afros, samba-reggae ensembles that double as community organizations.CreditSebastian Modak/The New York…

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8 Classic Bags That Will Stand the Test of Time

When the fashion world talks about investment bags, it’s usually a covert way of telling you, the buyer, that if you spend a ton of money on something you think (or at least hope!) you’ll wear more than a few times, it’s okay. Cost-per-wear (another term us fashion folks love) allows you to break down…

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For a Georgian Revival Estate on Long Island, a Second Act

As the sun broke through clouds, spotlighting the formal gardens and splashing fountains at her 10,000-square-foot Georgian Revival house in Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y., Constance Cincotta recalled how she had never planned to leave her city life. “I was living in Brooklyn, and had no interest in Long Island,” said Ms. Cincotta, 58, the owner…

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Is Cold Brew Better Than Iced Coffee?

Around this time in July — when our ever-shortening spring weather takes a sharp right into the damp, hot depths of summer — coffee drinkers are confronted with a morning-altering decision: switch to iced coffee to combat the oppressive weather, or commit to hot coffee as a kind of bold, unnecessarily masochistic act? Those who…

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Should We All Take the Slow Road to Love?

Is the secret to lasting love to take it slow? As in really, really slow? The millennial generation is putting that theory to the test, opting for what the biological anthropologist Helen Fisher calls “slow love.” Studies show that millennials are dating less, having less sex and marrying much later than any generation before them,…

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Women in the Spotlight, but Few Behind the Lens

Image A photograph from Susan Meiselas’s Carnival Strippers series, now on display in Arles, France. Ms. Meiselas was to be presented with the first Women in Motion photography prize at the  Rencontres d’Arles photography fair.CreditSusan Meiselas/Magnum Photos Susan Meiselas, the much-lauded Magnum photographer perhaps best known for her arresting 1979 shot of a Nicaraguan revolutionary…

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Forget the Pork. Add Some Flower Power to Your Quesadillas.

At Super King, the Armenian-owned grocery chain with a hectic parking lot near my house in Los Angeles, I buy dried hibiscus flowers in bulk from a deep self-serve bin with a perpetually sticky-handled scoop. I say “flowers,” but in the kitchen, the bright red, sour wrinkles we call hibiscus aren’t really the flowers. We…

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Unraveling the brain’s reward circuits

IMAGE: A team from the University of Pennsylvania found that consuming food turns down the activity of neurons that signal hunger in the brain via a different pathway than alcohol and… view more  To some, a chocolate cake may spark a shot of pleasure typically associated with illicit drugs. A new study by Penn biologists offers…

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Combat veterans more likely to experience mental health issues in later life

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Military veterans exposed to combat were more likely to exhibit signs of depression and anxiety in later life than veterans who had not seen combat, a new study from Oregon State University shows. The findings suggest that military service, and particularly combat experience, is a hidden variable in research on aging, said…

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Study suggests genetic testing for young people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes

BOSTON — (July 2, 2019) — A Joslin Diabetes Center study among people treated for type 1 diabetes for many years has discovered that a minority may have monogenic diabetes, a non-autoimmune inherited condition that in some cases does not require insulin treatment. «Our finding has clinical implications,» says George L. King, MD, Joslin Senior…

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