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For Some, the Affordable Care Act Is a Lifesaver. For Others, a Burden.

After President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have been left wondering about the future of their health care. We asked readers to tell us how they would be affected if the law were repealed. These are some of …

Health Care

Make Cauliflower and Broccoli More Compelling

Vegetables go in and out of style. These days, the darlings of the vegetable set tend to be cruciferous. Cauliflower is simply adored, and broccoli, a close relative, is nearly as well loved. Kale is still in vogue, as is broccolini, a hybrid cross of gai-lan and broccoli. All have a certain …

Italian Food

Don's Johns a name not quite right for this Inauguration Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the great port-a-potty cover-up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.<p>Workers preparing for the inauguration Jan. 20 …

Donald Trump

The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking

Here’s a New Year’s challenge for the mind: Make this the year that you quiet all those negative thoughts swirling around your brain.<p>All humans have a tendency to be a bit more like Eeyore than Tigger, to ruminate more on bad experiences than positive ones. It’s an evolutionary adaptation that …

Mindfulness

You Want Tastier Coffee? Freeze Beans, Then Grind

Percolator, French press, AeroPress, espresso, pour over, vacuum pot, automatic brew, tin can: People go to great lengths for a good cup of coffee. (A friend of mine filters his cold brew with pantyhose.) But to achieve consistent flavor you may just need to chill your beans before grinding them. …

Coffee

Yes, It’s Your Parents’ Fault

We live in a culture that celebrates individualism and self-reliance, and yet we humans are an exquisitely social species, thriving in good company and suffering in isolation. More than anything else, our intimate relationships, or lack thereof, shape and define our lives.<p>While there have been many …

Psychology

A Gut Makeover for the New Year

If you’re making resolutions for a healthier new year, consider a gut makeover. Refashioning the community of bacteria and other microbes living in your intestinal tract, collectively known as the gut microbiome, could be a good long-term investment in your health.<p>Trillions of microbial cells …

Holistic Medicine

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

IT’S one of the things we are most afraid might happen to us. We go to great lengths to avoid it. And yet we do it all the same: We marry the wrong person.<p>Partly, it’s because we have a bewildering array of problems that emerge when we try to get close to others. We seem normal only to those who …

Relationships

How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat

The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show.<p>The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of …

Diabetes

The Great A.I. Awakening

<b>Prologue: You Are What You Have Read</b><p>Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google …

Artificial Intelligence

Inside The New York Times Book Review: The 10 Best Books of 2016

<b>Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music</b><p>This week, The New York Times Book Review unveils its 10 Best Books of 2016. One of those books is “War and Turpentine,” by Stefan Hertmans. The editors of the Book Review write:<p>Inspired by the notebooks and reminiscences of his grandfather, a painter who served …

Books

Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs

As Chuck Peal lay in a Waterbury, Conn., emergency room one Sunday in early September, doctors furiously tried to make sense of his symptoms. Mr. Peal, 61, appeared to be dying, and they were not sure why.<p>He slipped in and out of consciousness, his blood pressure plummeted, his potassium levels …

Immunotherapy

After a Breakup, an App to Help Breathe, Then Run

“When was the last time you breathed properly?” the therapist asked me.<p>His name was Allan. Thirty minutes into my first visit, I was still waiting for him to reach the part where he would help me get over the end of my relationship.<p>“I’m not sure what you mean,” I said.<p>“Easy, open breathing. Big …

Relationships

Obesity alters brain structure and function

It’s not just your waistline that suffers as you put on weight. Researchers are beginning to find puzzling new links between obesity, memory loss and dementia<p>Lucy Cheke and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge recently invited a few participants into her lab for a kind of ‘treasure …

The Brain

FACT CHECK: Donald Trump's First 100 Days Action Plan

In late October, Donald Trump released an action plan for what he hopes to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. Below, NPR reporters and editors from the politics team and other coverage areas have annotated Trump's plan. We've added context on several of his proposals, including whether he …

Donald Trump

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times.<p>Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system.<p>Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For …

Yoga

Michael Vance Hunted After Allegedly Shooting 2 Oklahoma Cops

Authorities were hunting a double-murder suspect on Monday after he shot two police officers, stole their vehicle and live streamed his getaway on Facebook.<p>Authorities believe Michael Vance brutally killed two people and injured two more after he fled a shootout with police near Wellston, Oklahoma, …

Crime