Feeling Stuck on Twitter and Facebook? So Is Everyone Else.

Our complicated relationship with social media might be simpler than it feels. Just remember how it started. It’s a testament to the power of the biggest social platforms that many common complaints about them sound contradictory. They’re accelerators for extremism that simultaneously uphold suffocating consensus. They’re wastes of attention and should play a smaller role …

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Dunbar’s Number Debunked: You Can Have More Than 150 Friends

A new study questions that figure, known as Dunbar’s number. The Oxford professor for whom it is named, Robin Dunbar, dismissed the new findings as “absolutely bonkers.” LONDON — Just how many friends can one person have? In a 1993 study, Robin Dunbar, a British anthropologist, theorized that humans could have no more than about …

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To Vaccinate Younger Teens, States and Cities Look to Schools, Camps, Even Beaches

The F.D.A.’s authorization of Pfizer’s Covid shot for 12- to 15-year-olds is a milestone in battling the coronavirus, but actually getting them vaccinated involves new challenges. Abby Goodnough and Hundreds of high school seniors rode in bus caravans recently to a mass vaccination site outside Hartford, Conn., where they got Covid-19 shots as a D.J. …

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New Drugs Could Help Treat Obesity. Could They End the Stigma, Too?

Obesity has stalked Marleen Greenleaf, 58, all of her life. Like most people with obesity, she tried diet after diet. But the weight always came back. With that, she has suffered a lifetime of scorn and stigma. Jeering comments from strangers when she walked down the street. Family members who told her, when she trained …

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What Are Puberty Blockers?

Recent conservative legislation has targeted a class of drugs used to treat transgender adolescents. But what do these drugs actually do? When Sebastian Liafsha came out as transgender in middle school, his mother, Heather, jumped into research mode. Ms. Liafsha, a registered nurse in Lexington, S.C., put together a three-inch-thick binder packed with printouts of …

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What the Slowing Vaccine Rates Mean for One Rural Montana County

KALISPELL, Mont. — The covid vaccination operation at the Flathead County fairgrounds can dole out 1,000 doses in seven hours. But demand has plummeted recently, down to fewer than 70 requests for the shots a day. So, at the start of May, the northwestern Montana county dropped its mass vaccination offerings from three to two …

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Riding Herd on Mental Health in Colorado Ranching Country

[Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. In Colorado, you can also contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255.] KIOWA, Colo. — The yellow-and-green …

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Masks at the Campfire: Summer Camps for Kids With Medical Needs Adapt to Covid

Olivia Klassen’s face lights up when she talks about summer camp. She loves to do the scavenger hunt with her camp friends. She also loves paddleboarding, swimming in the lake and “kitchen raids.” But what she loves most is being surrounded by kids who, just like her, have Type 1 diabetes — which allows her …

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The Strange New Life of Vaccine Sites

A little over a year ago, streets emptied and businesses shuttered. The emptying was an act of mutual self-preservation on a planetary scale. Images of vacated parks and squares, sports stadiums and theaters, museums and malls captured the sudden terror of the pandemic. But they captured something else, too: hope. Otherworldly and deeply alarming, the …

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Need a Pandemic Reset? Try This 10-Day Challenge

Studies show that moments of disruption offer a unique opportunity to set and achieve new goals. The 10-day Well challenge will help you get started. If there was ever a perfect time to make a life change, this is it. Behavioral scientists have long known that times of disruption and transition also create new opportunities …

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Children 12 to 15

The shots may allow millions of youngsters to get back to school, camps, sleepovers and hangouts with friends. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States, a crucial step in the nation’s steady recovery from the pandemic and a boon to …

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F.D.A. Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Children 12 to 15

The shots may allow millions of youngsters to get back to school, camps, sleepovers and hangouts with friends. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States, a crucial step in the nation’s steady recovery from the pandemic and a boon to …

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How I Hold It Together

How I Hold It Together: Walking Meetings and More Lori LeibovichEditing in Brooklyn Getty Images I stay connected with group texts �� I’m part of two very active group text chains with my wise and witty female friends, and this year all those pings have been a lifeline. We discuss breaking news, recipe triumphs, thorny …

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How I Hold It Together

How I Hold It Together: Walking Meetings and More Lori LeibovichEditing in Brooklyn Getty Images I stay connected with group texts �� I’m part of two very active group text chains with my wise and witty female friends, and this year all those pings have been a lifeline. We discuss breaking news, recipe triumphs, thorny …

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‘I Need to Know I Tried’

Time-limited trials offer I.C.U. patients and their families a sense of empowerment in the face of low odds. In 2019, Dr. Richard Leiter, a palliative care specialist, met a patient and the man’s wife in the intensive care unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The patient, in his 70s, had heart disease and …

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The Importance of Getting Fully Vaccinated Against Covid-19

Covid remains a mortal threat not just for people like me in the upper decades of life but for almost anyone, no matter how young and healthy. Too many Americans don’t seem to realize just how easily the novel coronavirus spreads and how awful Covid-19 can be. It is prompting far too many either to …

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Do Statins Really Cause Muscle Aches?

People taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs often report muscle pain, but the pain may be the same when they take a look-alike placebo pill. Many people who take the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs report that they cause muscle pain, but a randomized trial suggests that the pain is no different when they take a placebo pill. In …

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The Making of Reluctant Activists: A Police Shooting in a Hospital Forces One Family to Rethink American Justice

The beer bottle that cracked over Christian Pean’s head unleashed rivulets of blood that ran down his face and seeped into the soil in which Harold and Paloma Pean were growing their three boys. At the time, Christian was a confident high school student, a football player in the suburbs of McAllen, Texas, a border …

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After a Traumatizing Year, Black People Turn to Therapy

The death of George Floyd and other high-profile police killings have helped encourage African-Americans to seek treatment, mental health experts say. In the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year, mental health experts around the country say they have seen an increase in the number of African-Americans seeking therapy, a …

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