How Long Can We Live?

Given these statistics, you might expect that the record for longest life span would be increasing, too. Yet nearly a quarter-century after Calment’s death, no one is known to have matched, let alone surpassed, her 122 years. The closest was an American named Sarah Knauss, who died at age 119, two years after Calment. The…

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Tastes of Spring

Good morning. Some store-bought puff pastry, goat cheese, crème fraîche, asparagus, fresh tarragon, plenty of Parmesan and a sprinkle of red-pepper flakes — you don’t need much more than that and an hour to make Melissa Clark’s fantastic springtime tart (above). And I hope you will make it, tonight or sometime soon. But I also…

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Eating Disorders in Teens Have ‘Exploded’ in the Pandemic

What young people find when they go looking for fitness information can be highly problematic. They are likely to come across harmful “thinspiration” and “fitspiration” posts celebrating slim or sculpted bodies, or even sites that encourage eating disordered behavior. Worse, algorithms record online search information and are “deliberately designed to feed harmful weight loss content…

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A Wedding Planner With a Lot on Her Plate

Nathalie Cadet-James started Luxe Fete, an event planning and design studio, in 2009. Like many others in the industry, the pandemic forced her to shift her focus from over-the-top luxury weddings to producing shippable celebration boxes for intimate gatherings. “When the pandemic hit, weddings stopped,” said Ms. Cadet-James, 44, who lives in Miami with her…

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Doctors Harness the Power of Human Connections

Last year, the V.A. started “a new social prescription program,” called Compassionate Contact Corps. Originally a home visitation program, it was restarted as a teleservice for veterans experiencing loneliness and social isolation when the pandemic hit. About 1,000 veterans are participating in the program, which involves phone or video calls with trained volunteers and requires…

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