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Suzanne Razaq, right, looks at her daughter Zara's Cheek's insulin pump and her glucose meter Aug. 5, 2014 in Baltimore. Zara, a 7-year-old girl with Type I diabetes, was entered in a "bionic pancreas" study in Boston this summer. (Lloyd Fox/Sun Photographer/MCT)

Two Weeks Without Diabetes

Monday, September 22, 2014

As 7-year-old Zara Cheek packed her bags for her first sleep-away camp this summer, she found herself looking forward to more than just swimming, going …

Study Finds Households With Kids Buy Less Junk Food

Monday, September 22, 2014

American families with kids bought 101 fewer calories per person per day in packaged foods in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to an …

Serving Hospitality in Hanover, One Order At a Time

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Becky Schneider loves Dartmouth College students, and she loves Hanover. She better. For thirty years, Schneider has been serving them breakfast and burgers at Lou’s …

This Fall, Romantic Comedies Show Why They Fit Best on TV

Monday, September 22, 2014

The romantic comedy genre is supposedly dead. Looks like someone forgot to tell the 2014 fall television season. A quick glance at the schedule reveals an unusually high number of shows centered on the time-honored TV tradition of beautiful 20- and 30-somethings finding love. They take the typical …

A Golden Age for Apples

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples are a hardy, long-lived, diverse fruit, and since the Industrial Revolution, when countless New England farms emptied out, an equally countless number of apple varieties have been waiting to be rediscovered. Over the past few decades, interest …

Books Offer Taste Of a Juicy History

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples of Uncommon Character, by Rowan Jacobsen, Bloomsbury, 311 pages, $35 Apples of New England: A User’s Guide, by Russell Steven Powell, Countryman Press, 214 pages, $19.95 Some years ago, I drove up to the Northeast Kingdom to …

Social Security Q&A: Can I Get Benefits Beyond SSI?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Question: I am getting Supplemental Security Income. Can I get other kinds of help? Answer: You may be able to get other assistance. For example, in most states, SSI recipients also get Medicaid. You should contact your medical assistance office. Also, SSI recipients are sometimes eligible for social …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Practice, Practice, Practice?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Create a Winning Pin “Practice makes perfect” is an accepted truth, or at least a truism. But how much practice is really enough? In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell popularized the notion — offered in a 1993 paper by K. Anders Ericsson — that 10,000 …

Miss Manners: It’s Not a Good Idea to Get Engaged Before Getting Divorced

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dear Miss Manners : I have been going through a rough divorce for over a year now and have met a wonderful man who wants to get engaged. My husband is trying to hold out in settling the divorce as long as he can for his own financial …

Recalling ‘The Roosevelts’

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Docuseries: Get ahead of this week’s PBS rollout with Ken Burns’ entire 14-hour study of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. This savvy weave of family and cultural psychology into world-shaping political forces may be Burns’ best work ever, charting both the Roosevelts’ “optimistic, …

Adopting Older Pets

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Perhaps Moses and Harry realize how fortunate they are. But if they do, they’re not talking. Moses and Harry are cats, 11 and 13, respectively, who are living comfortably in the New York apartment of Maria Pfeiffer. What’s special about these two felines is that they were both …

‘Gotham’ Before Batman

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Don’t Miss Gotham — The new TV season revs up in earnest this week and no freshman series arrives lathered in more hype than this fun, visually gorgeous Batman-origin story. It delivers viewers to a grimy, corrupt city where a rookie cop (Ben McKenzie) is taking the first …

Women on War

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Denver — There is little blood but a lot of guts in Helen Thorpe’s new book Soldier Girls, about three women in the Indiana National Guard who went to war together and gave a brutally honest account of …