Anti-Infective Drugs Tied to Eating Disorders

The more infections or hospitalizations a girl had, the more likely she was to develop anorexia, bulimia or another eating disorder.

By Nicholas Bakalar

Girls who have serious or repeated infections in childhood are at higher risk for developing eating disorders in adolescence, a new study has found.

The study, in JAMA Psychiatry, tracked 525,643 girls — every girl born in Denmark from 1989 through 2006. The researchers recorded all prescriptions that were filled for antibiotics and other anti-infective medications, as well as hospitalizations for infection, through 2012. There were 4,240 diagnoses of eating disorders during that time.

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Years Ago, My Sister Vanished. I See Her Whenever I Want.

The winner of this year’s Modern Love college essay contest explores the comforts and limits of online connection.

By Kyleigh Leddy

“Don’t worry,” reads the cover photo of my sister’s Facebook page. “Everything is going to be amazing.”

The words, in neon blue, green and red, glow from the screen as a kind of preternatural promise, a message from beyond. When I’m feeling stressed, I click on her profile, gaze at that image and take a deep breath.

People leave notes, messages and pictures on her page. They say, “I miss you,” “I love you” and “I’m thinking about you.” They can’t leave flowers, but they do leave animated hearts.

Sometimes they even travel through time by responding to a comment of hers from years before, and a certain magic is created — the conversation extending across a bridge of years, transcending her absence. The page facilitates a continuation, an afterlife.

On Facebook, my sister’s words are preserved, frozen like a photograph. And her photographs remain, too, marking the stages of her young life. You can view them chronologically, scrolling to see a giggling girl in a pink Patagonia fleece become an 18-year-old model with a disposable camera and a goofy smile.

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How Larry Nassar ‘Flourished Unafraid’ for So Long

A new HBO documentary explores the rise and fall of the disgraced Olympic doctor and the institutions that gave him access to girls.

By Maya Salam

Early last year, Larry Nassar, a serial child sex abuser who preyed on hundreds of young female athletes, got back-to-back sentences for multiple sex crimes, ensuring he’ll spend the rest of his life in prison.

Tonight, HBO will air a documentary, “At the Heart of Gold,” which explores the perfect storm that allowed Nassar to have round-the-clock access to girls — and a system that prioritized winning over everything else.An independent press needs your supportDiscover the impact of our journalism with unlimited access to The Times

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Shrimp From 5 U.K. Rivers Have One Thing in Common: Cocaine

By Palko Karasz

LONDON — Researchers seeking evidence of chemical “micropollution” in five rural English rivers have found pesticides in many of the freshwater shrimp they tested. And cocaine in all of them.

The presence of the illegal drug was unexpected because the sites where the researchers gathered their samples, in the eastern coastal county of Suffolk, were miles away from any large city, said the study’s lead author, Thomas Miller, a researcher at King’s College London.

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A Pregnant Woman Avoids Transit, Parents Battle in Court and Other Tales of Measles Anxiety

Readers in some of the 22 states where measles have been diagnosed this year discuss how the fear of catching the disease is affecting their daily lives.

By Lela Moore

A 40-year-old pregnant woman who fears catching measles on the New York City subway walks eight miles round trip from her home in Brooklyn to her job in Manhattan.

Two New Jersey parents who don’t agree about vaccines and are now getting divorced have asked a judge to make a ruling on if their children should be vaccinated.

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With Uber’s I.P.O., Dara Khosrowshahi Is Taking Travis Kalanick’s Company Public

The C.E.O. wants to prove that the start-up has evolved past a raucous, and profligate, tech-bro culture. But Uber’s past is simply not that far gone.

By Mike Isaac

Dara Khosrowshahi had a problem. His name was Travis Kalanick.

That, of course, was nothing new. When Mr. Khosrowshahi took over as chief executive of Uber in 2017, he became the best-compensated janitor in Silicon Valley, with a mandate to clean up the mess left by the company’s exiled founder. But this time, in mid-April, Mr. Khosrowshahi faced a Travis headache that lay in the future.

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Short Books for Kids That Make a Big Impact

By Marjorie Ingall

Books for middle-grade readers can suffer the same affliction as all too many older-kid and grown-up books: bombastic, bloated, adverb-crammed. Sometimes an economical, minimalist book — like these three — is exactly what a youthful reader needs in this amped-up world.

Kevin Henkes’s SWEEPING UP THE HEART (Greenwillow, 192 pp., $16.99; ages 8 to 12) is a case in point. It’s deeply felt, but writ small. When the story opens, 12-year-old Amelia Epiphany Albright is waiting for her life to begin. Her mother died of cancer a decade earlier; her father is a chilly workaholic, “remote as an unknown star.” It’s spring break in 1999; Amelia’s best friend is away with her family, and Amelia spends most of her time with her elderly caregiver, Mrs. O’Brien. Awkward (“her legs had grown so much lately that she felt out of sync, as if her body belonged to someone or something else”) and isolated, Amelia feels a kinship with Emily Dickinson — the book’s title is from Dickinson’s poem “The Bustle in the House,” about life after a death in the family.

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Tesla Seeks to Raise $2 Billion in Sale of Stock and Debt

By Peter Eavis

Tesla needs more money. A lot of it.

After a surprisingly weak first quarter, in which it burned through nearly $1 billion, the company said Thursday that it would seek to raise about $2 billion in the markets.

The electric-car maker plans to offer investors 2.72 million shares of stock, which would raise about $650 million, and $1.35 billion of debt securities that can convert to stock at a later date, according to a regulatory filing. The plan could raise as much as $2.3 billion if demand is great enough for the banks underwriting it to sell additional stock and bonds.

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Facebook Bars Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan and Others From Its Services

By Mike Isaac and Kevin Roose

SAN FRANCISCO — After years of wavering about how to handle the extreme voices populating its platform, Facebook on Thursday evicted seven of its most controversial users — many of whom are conservatives — immediately inflaming the debate about the power and accountability of large technology companies.

The social network said it had barred Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and founder of Infowars, from its platform, along with a handful of other extremists. Louis Farrakhan, the outspoken black nationalist minister who has frequently been criticized for his anti-Semitic remarks, was also banned. The Silicon Valley company said these users were disallowed from using Facebook and Instagram under its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations.”

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Admissions Scandal: When ‘Hard Work’ (Plus $6.5 Million) Helps Get You Into Stanford

By Kate Taylor, Jennifer Medina, Chris Buckley and Alexandra Stevenson

Sitting in a plush chair and wearing a white blouse buttoned up to the neck, the young woman looks into the camera, smiles and offers advice about getting into a top American university.

“Some people think, ‘Didn’t you get into Stanford because your family is rich?’” the woman, Yusi Zhao, says in a video posted on social media. It wasn’t like that, she says. The admissions officers “have no idea who you are.”

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