Do You Want to Be Touched?

Rachel Brathen had no idea of the deluge headed her way when she asked her Instagram followers if they ever had experienced touch that felt inappropriate in yoga. This was nearly two years ago. Ms. Brathen, 31 and a yoga studio owner in Aruba, heard from hundreds. The letters described a constellation of abuses of…

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Pearls (Possibly) Beyond Price

Pearls have always adorned scepters, crowns, thrones and formal attire, symbolizing wealth and power. Queen Elizabeth I stacked pearl bracelets; Queen Elizabeth II favors a three-strand necklace. And then there’s a different slice of history: Consider the all-but-ubiquitous pearl necklaces and stud earrings of 1950s feminine America (calling Betty Draper). But when Rihanna hit the…

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When a Dad’s Secret Changes Everything

“I won’t be mad,” I said to my boyfriend. “I’ll understand. Really.” “I’m not, though,” he said. “You’re sure?” “I’m not gay,” he said, looking confused. “Well, I’m just saying, you can tell me.” Bryan and I had been together for two months, and I sometimes asked him fun and engaging questions such as: “You’re…

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What and how much we eat might change our internal clocks and hormone responses

The research conducted in mice found that the time-of-day dependent metabolic cycle is altered by high caloric diet. Since glucocorticoids are widely used drugs for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, these findings published in Molecular Cell suggest that lean and obese patients might respond differently to steroid therapy. Finally, it reveals the biological function of…

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