‘There was no hope’: Treatable disease often mistaken for Alzheimer’s

Image copyright Barbara Gaal Image caption After spending years unable to travel without a wheelchair, John Searle is finally able to go on vacation with his wife When John Searle started to fall down and lose his memory, he thought it was the early signs of dementia. But it turns out he has a rare…

Want to Honor the Birthday of the National Parks? Hit the Trails

Welcome to the Running newsletter! Every Saturday morning, we email runners with news, advice and some motivation to help you get up and running. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. Dear Readers, Tomorrow, Aug. 25, is the 103rd birthday of the United States National Park Service. To celebrate, admission fees are waived…

Babies Can Be Raised Vegan With Proper Guidance, Experts Say

It happens every once in a while: A child being raised vegan develops serious health problems, setting off an emotional debate over whether such diets are suitable for the very young. Experts say it is possible to raise healthy infants and children on a totally plant-based diet. Planning helps, as babies are particularly vulnerable to…

Athletes have poor teeth despite brushing

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Great Britain celebrate after winning the Women’s Hockey final against the Netherlands in 2016 Elite athletes have bad teeth despite putting more effort into looking after them than other people, a study shows. UCL scientists interviewed 352 British athletes, including those preparing to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games…

Your Long-Term Care Insurance Rate Spiked. Now What?

Karen Herzog, a retired high school teacher, bought a long-term care insurance policy 12 years ago because she didn’t want to burden her only daughter if someday she could no longer care for herself. Then a letter arrived in May that complicated her well-laid plan. Her monthly costs would double within two years, reaching nearly…

Bake Off judge Prue Leith joins hospital food improvement review

Image copyright Channel 4 Image caption Prue Leith will help to set new quality standards Bake Off judge Prue Leith is the latest celebrity chef to be recruited in the quest to improve the food hospital patients eat. The government is launching a review of hospital food, first announced in June, to set new quality…

‘Tasteless’: Patients share pictures and views of hospital food

Image copyright Getty Images What do you think about hospital food? Bake Off judge Prue Leith is the latest celebrity chef to be recruited in the quest to improve the food hospital patients eat. The government has launched a review of hospital food, first announced in June, to set new quality standards for the 140…

In Defense of Sea Gulls: They’re Smart, and They Co-Parent, 50/50 All the Way

Here are three good things about gulls: They are devoted parents. Males share child care equally with females. That includes sitting on the eggs during incubation. And they have figured out a way — actually many ways — to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world. Some eat clams, some eat fish, some are attracted…

West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough to be closed

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Nadia Sharif was a “really bright girl”, her family said A mental health unit for vulnerable young people where two girls died in two months is to close, a watchdog has said. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Middlesbrough’s West Lane Hospital as inadequate and said patients were at…

Significant Mother – The New York Times

To be clear, my mother had never acted on the themes of the film, but she craved an emotional closeness that was too much for a son to give. At 17, I went as far away as I could, first to college in California and then on to a journalistic career I kept undercutting with…