Food & Nutrition

What Is King Cake? History and Meaning of the Mardi Gras Tradition

Mardi Gras isn’t subtle, and neither is this sugary, rainbow-colored confection. Find out what king cake is all about—and what’s up with the baby hidden inside. Mardi Gras is arguably the biggest, flashiest party in the country. With its grand parades, colorful beads, elaborate masks, and booze-filled revelry, you probably think you have a pretty […]


Governor's Med School Blackface Photo Reopens Long History Of Bigotry In Medicine

NEW YORK (AP) — The racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page wasn’t the only thing that disgusted Monifa Bandele. She was especially appalled that the image was published as he was graduating from medical school on his way to becoming a pediatrician. The 1984 photo has stirred a national political furor and […]


What It’s Like to Fill in the Gaps in Your Health History When You’re Adopted

For the first 18 years of my life, my family history was a complete mystery. I was adopted as a baby, and while at times that reality has been painful, I was extremely fortunate to have been raised by two of the kindest people who were simply meant to be parents. But despite having an […]

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Congo Is In The Midst Of The Worst Ebola Outbreak In Its History, Officials Say

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak is the worst in the country’s recorded history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said. The deadly virus has killed more than 190 people since the outbreak was declared Aug. 1 in the volatile east. Those dead include 163 confirmed Ebola cases. Nearly 100 people […]


Republicans Are Still Rewriting History On Pre-Existing Conditions

Health care keeps coming up in the approach to the 2018 midterms. And Republicans keep deceiving the public about it, because they are desperate to show that they didn’t try to strip away protections for people with pre-existing conditions when, in fact, they did. On Monday evening, it was Martha McSally’s turn. McSally, GOP nominee […]

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Baby Formula Industry Has A Long History Of Undermining Breastfeeding Moms

Breastfeeding advocates were outraged this week after The New York Times reported that the U.S. took drastic measures to try to block an international resolution encouraging breastfeeding. Public health advocates see the dispute as yet another reminder of the enormous marketing power of the $ 70 billion baby formula industry. “It’s public health versus a […]

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The U.S. Has A Long History Of Drugging Distressed Kids In Its Custody

Among the most disturbing allegations against privately operated shelters publicized last week by a Reveal and Texas Tribune investigation was the charge that the Office of Refugee Resettlement “routinely administers children psychotropic drugs without lawful authorization,” according to court filings.   The allegations focus primarily on the Manvel, Texas-based Shiloh Residential Treatment Center, a federally […]


11 Ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Will Make History

What It Takes to Be Royal: A Day in the Life of the Young Queen Elizabeth II In 1957, Reader’s Digest was granted exclusive access to the world’s most influential royal. Here’s what happens behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace, from how many dresses the Queen wears a week, to how she manages to smile […]