For the Teen Who No Longer Wants a Period…

My very active 12.5-year-old daughter hates getting her period, which she began having two years ago. When can young women begin to use hormonal birth control methods that reduce the number of periods they have each year? Are there reasons young women should wait until they are older? — Jessica Jimenez, Texas [Have a question…

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Prabal Gurung’s New Book Is a Crash Course in Style

The Activism «The world has changed so much, politically, since I started working in fashion. It’s not a time to be passive or silent… People said I shouldn’t be talking about politics as a fashion designer, but I didn’t believe that. If the biggest weapon we have is our own individual voice, we’ve got to…

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On an Art Scavenger Hunt in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea

The 52 Places Traveler The 52 Places Traveler visits the Setouchi Islands, where a triennial art extravaganza is injecting creative energy into the fading fishing villages. Nov. 12, 2019 Video Produced by Meg Felling and Sebastian Modak It was gray and rainy when two new friends and I walked into a coffee shop on the…

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What the Best-Dressed Doors Are Wearing

Giving tired cabinets an upgrade with new hardware is one of the oldest tricks known to decorators — and for good reason. It’s a surprisingly easy way to transform a kitchen or bathroom. The same strategy works just as well on a larger scale, with doors. New hardware can go a long way toward making…

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Who’s in the Kitchen: A Quartet of Culinary Narratives

AMERICAN CUISINEAnd How It Got This WayBy Paul Freedman451 pp. Liveright. $39.95. ImageCredit… Contrary to what sniffy foreign gourmets may believe, the United States does have its own cuisine, Freedman argues in this sprawling history. But it’s defined less by ingredients and recipes than by regionalism, modernity and variety. Relying on sources that range from…

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When Your Tween Wants to Conform to the VSCO Girl Trend

“Can I use my saved allowance to buy a Pura Vida bracelet?” my 12-year-old daughter asked this past August. I didn’t think twice about saying yes. It was $12. But then I learned that these colorful bracelets — made by artisans in Costa Rica — are part of the larger “VSCO girl” trend, an “effortless,…

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At Museums Around the World, a Focus on Food

The city of Lyon, France, is hoping to cement its reputation as the cradle of French gastronomy with the opening of a new cultural gastronomy center that is being described as the first of its kind in France, and the largest of its kind in the world. Six years in the making, the Cité Internationale…

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The Quinceañera, Redefined

Jayla Sheffield, 15, looked to her left and right. She and six friends, all wearing black shorts, white Nikes and T-shirts with the words “Jayla’s Quince,” paused, ready to kick off a night of festivities with a dance routine they had practiced for months. The occasion, which brought over 100 people together in Pomona, Calif.,…

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Program linking patients to community resources shows no significant impact on well-being

A social prescribing initiative, designed to improve patients’ well-being and quality of life by connecting them to non-medical resources, did not prove effective overall. The study assessed the efficacy of a Scottish government-funded program that was developed to target social determinants of health among some of the most socioeconomically vulnerable adults in Glasgow. In the…

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More Americans struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep

AMES, Iowa — Getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep every night is a struggle for most people, but even those who do may not have the best sleep. New research from Iowa State University finds more Americans have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. The changes were independent of sleep duration, and…

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