For ‘Diagnosis’ Show, Dr. Lisa Sanders Lets Times Readers Around the World Join in the Detective Work

Related Information Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. When Dr. Lisa Sanders saw an early version of the forthcoming Netflix documentary series about her efforts to help diagnose the mysterious ailments of eight patients, she delivered what she now readily admits […]

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Moral Distress in Neurosurgery

My patient had arrived from another hospital in the middle of the night. He was a wiry older man, restless but alert. He had a blood clot compressing the dominant hemisphere of his brain. He did not speak or move the right side of his body but fidgeted with his left hand and leg: pulling […]

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Football May Take a Toll on the Brain, Even Without Concussions

After a season of college football, portions of players’ brains can show worrying signs of damage, even if they did not experience a concussion, according to a timely new study of contact sports and brain health. The study, which concentrated on changes to white matter in players’ brains, amplifies growing concerns about the effects of […]

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Almond Bakewell panna cotta

You’ve had it in smoothies, coffees and with your breakfast cereal, but have you tried putting almond milk to use when making dessert? This vegan panna cotta recipe swaps gelatine for agar powder, and traditional cream and milk for Rude Health’s Almond Drink to keep things plant-based. Topped with a delicious cherry compote and toasted […]

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Advice to My College Freshman

Any parent with an ounce of self-knowledge will agree that parenting is a multi-decade exercise in recalibration. In our house we are either grossly overreacting or, just as unsettling, underreacting. Here’s my question, as another class of kids get very close to leaving home: What if they remember only the worst parts? What version of […]

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Is Your Sleep Cycle Out of Sync? It May Be Genetic

Early to bed, early to rise — a fine plan for a dairy farmer who has to get up long before dawn to milk the cows. But if you’re someone who works all day with stocks and clients and may want to enjoy an evening out now and then, it would be better not to […]

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Confessions of a ‘Second-Class Grandchild’

I met my step-grandmother (the mother of my stepmom) when I was 4. She didn’t have any other grandchildren at the time, and I thought she considered me family. But 14 and 11 years ago, when my stepmother’s daughters were born, it became clear that I was a second-class grandchild. It didn’t help matters when […]

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Seduced, Then Scorned, by My Work Wife

Just before the pizza arrived, my big, handsome husband went back to bed. He wouldn’t answer me. He didn’t want pizza, and he didn’t get up again for a week. Midlife crisis, maybe. Depression, definitely. Eventually our lives resumed, but the man himself was detached and disinterested. He stopped cleaning anything, and he had been […]

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Class crashers: The Games

I’m not a negative person, but I’ve reserved a special place in hell for the person who decided to name this class ‘The Games’. When I arrived at KXU in London’s swanky SW3, I was thinking throwing and catching, colourful dumbbells, yummy mummies and a bit of fun, right? Wrong. There’s nothing playful about these […]

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How I Came to Own My Name

Lauren is my name, and always has been — or so I thought until one afternoon just before I turned 30. Over turkey sandwiches, my oldest sister, Missy, and I discussed what our names might have been. “Mom was going to name you Amy Beth,” I said. Missy nodded. “And how crazy is it that […]

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Master the move: Kegels

Pelvic floor exercises, or Kegels (named after the American gynaecologist Arnold Kegel, who designed them), are the contraction and release of muscles that surround your vagina and urethra and support the bladder, uterus, and to some extent, rectum. ‘Done correctly – and regularly – they keep your pelvic floor fit, which helps avoid bladder leakage […]

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Catching Waves for Well-Being

Agatha Wallen’s son, Mason, has autism, and when he was 7, she heard about an initiative in San Diego aimed at children with special needs. It involved an unlikely tool: a surf board. She wasn’t sure how it would work for her son, who struggled with behavioral and sensory issues. “Even getting the wet suit […]

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