Medical News Today: What to know about HCG pregnancy tests

An HCG pregnancy test checks human chorionic gonadotropin levels in the blood or urine. This measurement means that an HCG test can test whether a woman is pregnant, as well as whether their body is producing the right level of pregnancy hormones. Typically, HCG levels increase steadily during the first trimester, peak, then decline as…

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The Long Claims Behind Longer Eyelashes

When an eyelash growth product called Lavish Lash became an Amazon best seller in 2017, a flood of customers promptly wrote to ask: Can I use this on my eyebrows? Answer: Yes. But then, inevitably, the product’s maker, a Miami company called Hairgenics, released an eyebrow-specific formula. Asked about the key difference in the new…

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The Staple Pieces You Should Be Wearing This Winter, Based on Your Sign

SCORPIO Heattech Fleece Turtleneck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt uniqlo.com $14.90 If your go-to look is almost all-black, and your closet is a sea of one dark top after the next, you’re a true Scorpio. Add this sleek tee to your collection: It’s understated, but the slim silhouette keeps it chic. People who fall into your astro-type “don’t like to draw attention to…

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This Is Not About How Young People Use Tech

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Taylor Lorenz, an internet culture reporter, discussed the tech she’s using. You often write about what young people are doing with tech. (O.K. boomer!) What tools do you use to keep your finger on the pulse? I spend a…

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Jean Seberg’s Legacy: A Look With a Life of Its Own

To three generations of fans, Jean Seberg is a haircut: the side-swept pixie she wore in “Breathless,” the French cinema classic from 1960 that made her an international star. She would have chafed to hear that. No blank-faced mannequin with a gamin crop, Seberg, who died at 40 in 1979, made more than 30 movies…

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The Holiday Wardrobe MVPs to Get You Through This Season

As the holiday season approaches, your calendar is likely packed with all kinds of social gatherings: family get-togethers, obligatory office parties, cocktails with friends, and NYE festivities. (Plus that blind date you agreed to after one too many eggnogs with your aunt—it happens.) With so much on the agenda, the big question—of course—is what to…

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The Most Popular Recipes of the Year

Maanchi’s cheese buldak did good business. And so did this cannellini-bean pasta with beurre blanc that Tejal learned from Jack Monroe, the British food writer. That’s 2019, anyway. You may be looking to the months ahead, and toward the shock of the new. I’ll start with a recipe that isn’t a recipe so much as…

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Questioning ‘the Newer the Better’ for Blood Transfusions

For critically ill children, fresh blood transfusions may be no better than blood that has been stored for several weeks. Transfusions in seriously ill children are usually given to improve oxygen delivery and prevent organ failure, and some studies have suggested that newer blood is better. Now a blinded, randomized trial has found it is…

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The Unexpected Freedom That Comes With Freezing Your Eggs

At first glance, egg-freezing seems like an ideal technological solution to a longstanding human conundrum: What if women could postpone having children to the exact time in their lives that made the most sense for them? And the rising popularity of egg-freezing and the easy-breezy marketing surrounding it — “egg-freezing for the price of a…

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Why Women on the Pill Still ‘Need’ to Have Their Periods

In the 1960s, manufacturers of the new birth-control pill imagined their ideal user as feminine, maternal and forgetful. She wanted discretion. She was married. And she wanted visible proof that her monthly cycle was normal and that she wasn’t pregnant. In 2019, the user of the pill is perceived as an altogether different person. She’s…

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