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NY Times: Well Blog: news on page 4

These Days, Expressing Sympathy Is Seamless

Meal-app credits are a very 21st-century way to support a grieving friend.

A Lady’s Many Scents

Pineapple juice, apple cider vinegar, douching: Is your body’s natural odor a “fixable” problem?

Mom, I’m Gay. Can My Friends Sleep Over?

For parents of L.G.B.T.Q. teenagers, slumber parties can be complicated.

A Married Name That Looks Nothing Like Us

As a child, I had dreamed of taking my husband’s last name. Then I got engaged to Eddie.

Spend Money Where You Spend the Most Time

It’s tempting to pamper yourself with a windfall of cash, but try this instead — look at how you spend your day. Then put your money toward the things you spend the most time doing. You’ll be happier.

Listen: Debra Winger Reads ‘You May Want to Marry My Husband’

This week, the Modern Love podcast revisits Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s widely-read essay. Stay tuned next week to hear a response from Ms. Rosenthal’s husband.

What ‘Anna Karenina’ Taught Me About Living With Depression

A good novel can be a reminder that other people have endured tragedies, long ordeals, bad odds.

Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth

Recommending that pregnant women not drink alcohol has been called old-fashioned and even patriarchal. So, as a feminist, my opinion may come as a surprise.

Tiny Love Stories: ‘Who Are You Sleeping With?’

Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.

Screen Use at Bedtime May Impair Children’s Quality of Life

Using screens in a dark room was associated with worse sleep outcomes than using them with the lights on.

When Religion Leads to Trauma

Some churches “weaponize scripture and religion to do very deep damage on the psyche,” one pastor says.

Vitamin or Mineral Supplements Don’t Prevent Dementia

B vitamins; beta carotene; vitamins C, D or E; zinc, copper or selenium — none proved effective in preventing cognitive decline.

Demand for IUDs and Birth Control Implants Rose After Trump’s Election Amid Insurance Concerns, Study Shows

The study found a nearly 22 percent increase in the demand for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods in the 30 days after the 2016 election.

Italian Alpine Spas, Where Sports Are an Afterthought

The South Tyrol has become a modern wellness destination, where tranquillity imposes itself and soothing waters call.

Time to Put Fluffy and Fido on a Diet?

Veterinarians report that nearly half the dogs they see are overweight or obese, although only 17 percent of owners acknowledge that their pets are too fat.

The Challenge of Managing Other People’s Pain

Why does one child cry inconsolably after a needle stick while another watches with curiosity as the shot is administered?

Obesity Tied to Higher Cancer Rates in Younger People

For six of the 12 obesity-related cancers (multiple myeloma, colorectal, uterine, gallbladder, kidney and pancreatic) the risk for disease increased in adults 25 to 49.

Many Children Are Overdoing It on the Toothpaste, C.D.C. Study Says

A new study found that nearly 40 percent of children ages 3 to 6 used more toothpaste than is recommended by dental professionals.

Postcards From Your Favorite Hometown Running Spots

Needs some run-spiration? Here are some of the spectacular places that brighten our readers’ everyday running routes.

Shortage of Anxiety Drug Leaves Patients Scrambling

There are no good alternatives to buspirone, so patients who rely on it are struggling.