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Blood orange and polenta cakes recipe | Meera Sodha | Life and style

A seasonal cake shot through with a moreish ruby syrup, heavy with sharply sweet citrus flavour Meera Sodha’s blood orange and polenta cakes. Photograph: Rob White for the Guardian Little did I know when I wrote this recipe that polenta and citrus cakes are all the rage in coffee shops around the country. Well, the heart wants what the heart wants, and seemingly many hearts want this. It’s not hard to see why: polenta, or ground corn, makes for a deliciously dense cake, which is here topped and shot through…

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Fit in my 40s: ‘I can now run for five minutes without wanting to die’ | Life and style

After eight weeks, I have learned what works. Listening to music? Yes. Taking the dog? No Zoe Williams: race you up the stairs… Photograph: Kellie French for the Guardian I have reached the end of week four of the NHS’s Couch to 5K programme, although in real time this is week eight. It is like Clive James’s memoir May Week Was In June, except I wasn’t discovering myself, I was just lazing. But I do have some observations, the first being that this programme is excellent: unlike almost all other advice I…

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Euthanasia drug found in Smucker’s Gravy Train dog food

Readers everywhere were wiping tears from their eyes after reading the story of Talula, a dog who died after eating Evanger’s dog food that had been contaminated with a euthanasia drug called pentobarbital. Talula’s story prompted a voluntary recall of some lots of potentially affected Evanger’s dog food in early 2017, and now a lengthy investigation has revealed that some dog food manufactured by Smucker’s also contained traces of the poison. In response, Smucker’s issued a voluntary withdrawal of the Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy, and Ol’ Roy lines of canned food. Walmart…

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This household chore can damage your lungs

Housework can be harmful to your health. So say researchers at Norway’s University of Bergen who found that regular exposure to cleaning products — at home or on the job — has significant impact on women’s lungs. Irritation from chemicals, including ammonia, on mucous membranes lining airways is the key, according to research published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Investigators reached conclusions after analyzing data on 6,200 subjects spanning more than 20 years from the…

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The bagel shop Boston’s been waiting for has arrived

For an essential guide to the city, sign up for How to Boston, Boston.com’s weekly culture and lifestyle newsletter. Three years and one Kickstarter campaign later, a buzzed-about bagel maker has opened a permanent storefront. Exodus Bagels, which first brought its New York-style eats to Boston in 2015, welcomed customers to its Jamaica Plain shop on Tuesday. “After four months of grinding, we are finally ready to open our doors to the public and begin the long awaited feeding that we all love so much,” a Feb. 7 Facebook post from the bagel spot reads. The post…

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Lena Dunham pens essay about undergoing hysterectomy at 31

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lena Dunham has written an incredibly personal essay about coming to terms with permanent infertility at age 31. Vogue.com published Dunham’s detailed account Wednesday of her decision to undergo a hysterectomy late last year to relieve what she describes as debilitating pain from endometriosis. The award-winning creator of “Girls” and LennyLetter.com also shares her profound desire to experience pregnancy and become a mother and her grief around losing her fertility. She says dealing with endometriosis distanced her from her romantic partner. Dunham and musician Jack Antonoff…

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Doctors release report on U.S. diplomats’ health problems

Two University of Pennsylvania researchers who examined diplomatic personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Havana confirm they suffered brain injuries, but said the cases weren’t accompanied by head trauma as would have been expected. There are still no indications of what may have caused the diplomats’ mysterious symptoms. The report, published Wednesday in The Journal of American Medical Association, said the unique circumstances of the patients “raise concern about a new mechanism for possible acquired brain injury from an exposure of unknown origin.” In an editorial, JAMA said an explanation…

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The hottest new yoga workouts in L.A.

Yoga amid the sculptures of visual artist Senga Nengudi is an alternative take on the practice. Through April 14, Los Angeles yoga teacher Keisha Bolden runs a free class every Friday at downtown’s USC Fisher Museum of Art, where the works of Nengudi are currently on show as part of his exhibit, “Improvisational Gestures,” in which pieces are fittingly made of stretchy nylon mesh. The free classes are open to all levels, and include the loan of yoga mats and blocks. Source

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Alzheimer’s pervasive plaque contained when key enzyme is removed in mice, study finds

A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that removing a key enzyme in mice destroys brain plaque connected to Alzheimer’s disease.  (iStock) Brain plaque connected to Alzheimer’s disease actually goes away in mice when researchers removed the enzyme BACE1, which is linked to the development of the disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. “To our knowledge, this is the first observation of such a dramatic reversal of amyloid deposition in any study of Alzheimer’s disease mouse models,” senior researcher Riqiang…

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