Treating the Incredible Shrinking Vagina

So, vaginal atrophy. What’s that about? I (very tentatively) asked my general practitioner about how the whole “vagina after menopause” thing works and she was basically “yeah, that’s right, it will atrophy.” So what can be done about it, if anything? Frankly, I’m a bit sad. — Shrinking Violet [Have a question about women’s health?…

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I Buy Kegs for the Office. Do I Have to Buy Tampons, Too?

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Tampons or Wine, the Eternal Dilemma I run a small but growing start-up and employ many young female employees. As is standard for the start-up world, we buy…

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36 Hours in Albuquerque

Any conversation about travel to New Mexico seems to start with Santa Fe, the tourist-magnet about 60 miles up the road from Albuquerque, the state’s largest city. But Duke City (so called for its namesake, the Duke of Alburquerque, the early 18th-century Viceroy of New Spain) has been emerging from its neighbor’s shadow ever since…

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What Do Pants Have to Do With Professionalism?

I am a woman who works at an all-boys high school with a predominantly male faculty and no senior female administrators. (I begin this way because I don’t think women at the school have any extra professionalism points to lose.) A female department head, who does excellent work, often wears pants that are so low-cut…

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20 Under $20: Minimal Effort, Maximum Pleasure

Weeknights are a state of mind. More accurately, they are a state of fatigue. Whether it’s a Tuesday or a Saturday, sometimes all you want is an uninterrupted stretch of peace and quiet, maybe some leftovers and a chance to wear out the Netflix subscription. That, and a couple of glasses of decent wine. Wine…

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School Shooting Hoodies Draw Outrage From Survivors

The New York street wear brand Bstroy’s new hoodies are unremarkable at first glance. They come in powder blue, a dark and worn gray, a muted red and a light green. Each one is stamped with collegiate-style block lettering featuring the name of one of four well-known American schools. They look like any other school…

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Sterilized Workers Seek to Collect Damages Against Dow Chemical in France

PARIS — Decades ago, banana plantations around Central America sprayed a powerful pesticide with a terrible side-effect: It sterilized workers on a massive scale. Thousands of victims have sought compensation ever since from the chemical companies that produced it. Now, some survivors and their families are suing three big chemical makers in France to recover…

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Thai Flavors Without Shortcuts at Boran in Carroll Gardens

The fermented shrimp paste known in Thailand as kapi is notoriously funky, an exaggerated expression of just two ingredients: shrimp and salt. It is also an essential ingredient in the fried rice dish khao kluk kapi. At Boran in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, kapi-stained jasmine rice has a diverse cast of mix-ins. Palm sugar-stewed pork, juicy…

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Rock Star Patti Smith, Making Paris Swoon

PARIS — The more Patti Smith rips her French audience, the more they love her. She tells the crowd at the Olympia music hall, the scene of concerts by Édith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich and the Beatles, that they should show more appreciation for their beleaguered president because at least he cares about the environment. Five…

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India Plans to Ban E-Cigarettes, as Global Backlash Intensifies

NEW DELHI — India on Wednesday moved a step closer to a nationwide ban on electronic cigarettes, part of a global backlash amid growing concern about the health risks posed by vaping. The ban could shut the door to a lucrative market for e-cigarette manufacturers such as Juul at a time when they are facing…

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