Aug

18

2017
Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Enlarge this image Left: A partial solar eclipse, as viewed from the Cotswolds, United Kingdom, March 2015. Right: A total solar eclipse, as viewed from Longyearbyen, Norway, March 2015. Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has all but arrived — and if history is any guide, it’s…

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Aug

18

2017
Despite benefits, half of parents against later school start times

Despite benefits, half of parents against later school start times

Leading pediatrics and sleep associations agree: Teens shouldn’t start school so early. Yet recent research finds parents are split almost down the middle on whether they support delays in school start times that might permit their 13- to 17-year-olds to sleep later on school days.


Aug

18

2017

Back-to-School Clothes, Back in the U.S.S.R.

August 18, 2017 By MARGARITA GOKUN SILVER When summer winds down and my teenage daughter gets ready to start the new school year, she and I go through a ritual. I open her closet and take things out. She wrinkles her nose, rolls her eyes and ignores me, her eyes firmly glued to a screen. I pile clothes on her bed, taking them off hangers…

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Aug

18

2017
A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Enlarge this image This sequence of images shows the development of embryos formed after eggs were injected with both CRISPR, a gene-editing tool, and sperm from a donor with a genetic mutation known to cause cardiomyopathy. OHSU hide caption toggle caption OHSU From the thirteenth floor of a glass tower at the Oregon Health & Science University, you get a panoramic view of downtown Portland…

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Aug

17

2017

Working to Close the Breast-Feeding Gap

By SHANNON SHELTON MILLER August 17, 2017 When Dr. Chelsea McKinney became pregnant with her first child nine years ago, she and some of her friends, all African-American, felt that their families weren’t supporting their desire to nurse. Dr. McKinney, of NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill., said that despite decades of the “breast is best” message, African-American women often are not encouraged to nurse as much as…

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Aug

16

2017
Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Enlarge this image Matt Twombly for NPR If you’re in desperate need for some good news, look no further. Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year. And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other…

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Aug

16

2017
Now and Zen: Lower prenatal stress reduces risk of behavioral issues in kids

Now and Zen: Lower prenatal stress reduces risk of behavioral issues in kids

Expectant mothers may want to consider adopting today’s trend towards stress management, in light of new research pointing to its ability to lower the risk of problematic behavior in their offspring. Researchers found that mothers who are exposed to high levels of stress during pregnancy have kids who are more than twice as likely to have chronic symptoms of hyperactivity and conduct disorder.


Aug

16

2017
Why Do Bangladeshis Seem Indifferent to Partition?

Why Do Bangladeshis Seem Indifferent to Partition?

Op-Ed Contributor By K. ANIS AHMED August 16, 2017 DHAKA, Bangladesh — In 1948, a year after the partition of India, my maternal grandparents moved from Calcutta to Dhaka, crossing from West Bengal in India to East Bengal, or East Pakistan — now Bangladesh. There, they built a tin-shed house in the new neighborhood of Dhanmondi, known before only for its paddy fields (dhan). At the time, the…

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Aug

15

2017

Sometimes It’s Hard to Accept That the Kids Are All Right

August 15, 2017 The Sweet Spot By STEVE ALMOND and CHERYL STRAYED This column is an edited excerpt from the “Dear Sugars” podcast, an advice program hosted by Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed. The audio contains an extended conversation and more letters; submissions are welcome at dearsugars@nytimes.com. If you’re reading this on desktop, click the play button below to listen. Mobile readers can find “Dear…

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