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At the end of her life, my mother started seeing ghosts, and it freaked me out

Last summer, six months before my mother died, I walked into her bedroom, and she greeted me with tinny hello and a big smile. She then resumed a conversation with her mother — who had died in 1973. “Where are you?” Mom asked, as though Grandma, a onetime Fifth Avenue milliner, was on one of h
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Watch what happens when kittens come to yoga. (So much more than downward dog.)

The yoga class would take place in the middle of a scorching Washington afternoon, but in a cool basement, and in the presence of 10 furry kittens. Naturally, it sold out fast.Twenty minutes before Kitten Yoga was to begin, some participants were already rolling out their rainbow-hued mats in spots
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Florida’s education system — the one Betsy DeVos cites as a model — is in chaos

The K-12 education system in Florida — the one that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos likes to praise as a model for the nation — is in chaos.Traditional public school districts are trying to absorb the loss of millions of dollars for the new school year that starts within weeks. That money, whi
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Recovery coaches at ERs try to help opioid addicts avoid another overdose

NEW YORK — Five months into his job at a 24-hour walk-in behavioral health center here on Staten Island, Tarik Arafat has a new assignment: on call at a nearby hospital to counsel people who have just been revived from opioid overdoses.In recovery from drug addiction himself, Arafat, 25, said he
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‘We are outraged and disgusted’: USC moves to fire former medical school dean over drug allegations

The University of Southern California banned its former medical school dean from campus and moved to fire him amid mounting anger over allegations that he had abused illegal drugs.Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times wrote a staggering account — which can be read in full detail here — desc
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News quiz: Numbers and names

Welcome back.From the travel ban to an airline seat upgrade, several of our questions or answers this week have something to do with numbers.Before we get started, here are some stats from the last quiz.Ready to play? Please click here if the quiz does not appear below.Who said that Attorney Gener
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There’s new advice on what constitutes high blood pressure

If you’re unsure what your blood pressure levels should be, new advice from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) may help.For many doctors and consumers, uncertainty arose after the 2015 release of results from a large clinical trial called
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After latest police shooting, Minneapolis mayor faces calls to resign: ‘You have failed us’

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges stepped to the microphone Friday night to announce the latest development in the most recent killing by an area police officer — the resignation of the city’s police chief. But she only managed a few words before she was drowned out by shouts.“We don’t want you
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For John McCain, character comes through

Ten years ago this month, as he entered the sweltering second floor of an American Legion hall in Claremont, N.H., Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was at the lowest point of his quest for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. His campaign was broke, many on his staff were deserting him, and he was
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She lost her sight to a rare condition — and became a medical detective

What do you see? That question is so complex it may be impossible to answer. But when Vanessa Potter lost her sight because of a rare condition, she became obsessed with describing the experience of both literal and inner vision.Her new book, “Patient H69,” tracks Potter’s progression from a
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