Experts split sharply over experimental Alzheimer’s drug

A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer’s disease made its case to scientists Thursday but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval.

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Caroline Kennedy.

Caroline Kennedy to christen carrier named after her father

John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline will participate in the christening of a new aircraft carrier that’s named after the 35th US president.

A health care worker from the World Health Organization prepared vaccines to give to front-line aid workers, in Mbandaka, Congo. The vaccine alliance GAVI announced on Thursday it would invest $178 million to create a global stockpile of about 500,000 Ebola vaccines

Vaccine group announces creation of Ebola vaccine stockpile

The vaccine alliance GAVI announced Thursday it would invest $178 million to create a global stockpile of about 500,000 Ebola vaccines, a decision that health officials say could help prevent future outbreaks from spiraling out of control.

I’ve found another emotionally unavailable man

He’s really interested in me, but he’s significantly older, has a child, broke up with his wife a long time ago, is not divorced and has no idea if he’s going to get divorced anytime soon.

A model wore a blue dress from the Balenciaga spring 2020 collection in Paris earlier this year. Pantone has declared Classic Blue its color of the year for 2020.

Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year

In these uneasy times, as we move along to a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has reached back in time to a calming, confident Classic Blue as its 2020 color of the year.

Mac’s Mission animal rescue founder Rochelle Steffen held Narwhal the Little Magical Furry Unicorn.

‘Unicorn puppy’ finds his forever home — he’ll stay with his Missouri rescue mission

A dog who was dubbed the unicorn puppy because of a tail-like growth between his eyes will remain with the founder of a Missouri rescue group, despite more than 300 offers to adopt him.

 11-30-2019 Boston, Mass. 325 guests attended 73 Mistletoe Ball held at the Copley Plaza Hotel, the event raised over 100,000 dollars. The event is one of the longest standing holiday traditions in Boston. Since 1946, friends and family have gathered to share a meal and enjoy an evening of music and dancing as they kick off the holiday season. The Hellenic Women’s Club has raised over 2 million dollars in support of its established charities. L. to R. Angelina Spiropoulos of Quincy, Georgia Souliotis of Salem, N.H., Nikoletta Moutsopou of Quincy and Chrisanthee Coufos of Salem, N.H. Photo by Bill Brett for the Boston Globe.


Mistletoe Ball kicks off the holiday season at Fairmont Copley Plaza

Guests donned their holiday finery for the 73rd Mistletoe Ball, held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston on Nov. 30.

Channing Tatum on Monday in Melbourne, Australia. The actor-producer recently made an appearance at Harvard Business School.


Channing Tatum makes a special appearance at Harvard Business School

Tatum was a guest speaker at HBS three years after he took an executive education course at the school.

The East Colonnade decorated for Christmas.

Photos: Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House

Melania Trump incorporated red and blue into the traditional holiday green, adding a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture to the White House Christmas decorations.

The puppy on display at the Yakutsk's Mammoth Museum in Russia.

Russian scientists present ancient puppy found in permafrost

The prehistoric puppy, believed to be 18,000 years old, was found in permafrost in the country’s Far East.

1 year later, mystery surrounds China’s gene-edited babies

Chinese scientist He Jiankui shocked the world by claiming he had helped make the first gene-edited babies. One year later, mystery surrounds his fate as well as theirs.

Rebel attacks in eastern Congo kill several Ebola responders

The World Health Organization warned the attack will give the waning outbreak new momentum in what has been called a war zone.

Utah set to become 19th state banning ‘conversion therapy’

Utah is set to become the 19th state to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy in January after state officials came up with a proposal that has the support of the influential Church of a Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Melania Trump  spoke at the B'More Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness on Tuesday, drawing boos and cheers.

Melania Trump draws some boos at youth summit in Baltimore

Melania Trump was greeted by some boos Tuesday when she spoke at a youth summit in Baltimore, a city her husband has disparaged as “rat and rodent infested.”

This photo illustration shows a customer smoking at a vape store in Manila on November 20, 2019. - Just hours after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he would ban e-cigarette use, police were ordered on November 20 to begin arresting people caught vaping in public and to confiscate the devices. (Photo by DANTE DIOSINA JR / AFP) (Photo by DANTE DIOSINA JR/AFP via Getty Images)

More clues point to chemical compound in US vaping illnesses

Health officials say they have more evidence that a certain chemical compound is a culprit in a national outbreak of vaping illnesses.

US First Lady Melania Trump addresses the B'More Youth Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 26, 2019. - The purpose of the summit is to promote healthy choices and educate students about the dangers of opioid use. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Melania Trump is both booed and cheered as she encourages students to avoid drugs

The first lady was met with cheers and boos from a Baltimore audience of middle and high school students, which remained noisy throughout her entire five-minute address.

A New Zealand health official prepared a measles vaccination at a clinic on Monday in Apia, Samoa. Authorities said Monday that a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25.

Samoa measles epidemic worsens with 24 children now dead

Authorities said Monday that a measles epidemic sweeping through Samoa continues to worsen with the death toll rising to 25, all but one of them young children.

US Vice President Mike Pence (L) stands with Conan, the military dog that was involved with the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2019. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Conan the dog, hurt in terror raid on al-Baghdadi, welcomed at White House

President Trump on Monday honored the US military dog that participated in the operation that ended with the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

US officials: Don’t eat romaine grown in Salinas, Calif.

U.S. health officials are telling people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, as they investigate a food poisoning outbreak.


Voyages of imagination

Adventures await a grandfather who is helping to care for his 2-year-old grandson.

Style Watch

This dining room design brings the holidays home

A Weston home gets all the trimmings in a nature-inspired scheme.

Miss Conduct

Advice: I hate Christmas. How can I create a holiday-free zone?

I just don’t want to join seasonal festivities.

Michael Lee and Kenzie Sullivan.

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘He was wearing a nice sweater and a classy watch’

Will these two daters write their own love story?

FILE - This Nov. 7, 2018 file photo shows James Taylor performing at JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration in Los Angeles. Taylor has a deal with the producer-distributor Audible for the audio-only “Break Shot,” focusing on his early years and end on “the cusp” of his 1970s fame. Scheduled for early 2020, the book features an interview with journalist Bill Flanagan and highlights from his music. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)


James Taylor to release audio memoir in early 2020

Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter James Taylor is creating an audio memoir called “Break Shot” to be released on Audible in early 2020, the company announced Thursday.

Holiday Style

Three ways to wear the little black dress for the holidays

How to accessorize an iconic look with satin, sequins, and colors that are merry and bright.

Holiday Style

15 ideas that will save you time and money this holiday season

Follow this advice to spend less, stress less, and waste less so you can focus on what counts.

Sugar cookies with royal icing

Holiday Style

Recipes: 5 classic holiday treats made simple

From sugar cookies to chocolate-toffee cracker candy, these family favorites offer shortcuts for busy bakers.

Holiday Style

23 gifts perfect for every New Englander on your list

Beat the crowds, and the snow, with these gifts for everyone on your list — and at every price point.

BC suicide case puts focus on controversial issue: Intimate partner abuse by women

Research indicates that men and women sustain and commit various forms of intimate partner abuse at comparable rates, but abuse against men by women remains misunderstood.

Ask Amy

Partner’s startling response bears scrutiny

Advice from Amy Dickinson

Love Letters

She ended things on Snapchat and won’t let me pick up my things

It’s been a month and I haven’t received my stuff even though she told my friend she sent it back.

Dr. Stephen Hahn told Senate lawmakers that a recent wave of underage vaping is an “urgent, important crisis” and demands “aggressive action,” but he said he wants to review more data before deciding on an approach.

FDA nominee ducks questions on Trump e-cigarette flavor ban

Senators from both parties pressed Dr. Stephen Hahn on reports that the Trump administration is backing away from the September announcement that it would remove most vaping flavors, which are popular among underage users.

Love Letters

Getting used to a long-distance relationship

The weekends are the only time I get to see my partner. But my best friend is feeling neglected.

Love Letters

I messed up my confession

The problem started when my girlfriend was on an international business trip. While she was gone, my friend asked me to go out with him. To make a long story short, he managed to get some women to sit with us, and at the end of the night, we went back to my place had some drinks.

Tom Brady, left, and Gisele Bundchen attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the


Tom Brady reveals how he and Gisele Bundchen balance work and marriage

The Patriots quarterback will guest-star in an episode of the Entertainment Network’s upcoming series, “In the Room.”

Surgeons performed a non-emergency angioplasty at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

The results challenge medical dogma and call into question some of the most common practices in heart care. They are the strongest evidence yet that tens of thousands of costly stent procedures and bypass operations each year are unnecessary or premature for people with stable disease.

Style Watch

Bathroom plays up its Cape Cod surroundings

This Chatham redesign keeps an airy feel while packing in plenty of function.

Speaking in the Roosevelt Room Friday, President Trump discussed transparency in health care prices.

White House seeks disclosure of actual health care prices

New rules from the Trump administration on Friday would require insurers and hospitals to disclose upfront the actual prices for common tests and procedures to promote competition and push down costs.

Ali Waithe and Andres Pinedo.

Dinner With Cupid

Blind date: ‘The Orange Line was down and I knew I was going to be late’

Will a delayed arrival derail this date?

Well appointed kitchen features a large kitchen island topped with a gray quartzite countertop and flanked by blue tufted dining chairs with silver nailhead trim.


Counter intelligence: How to pick the right surface for your kitchen

What’s the difference between quartz and quartzite? Which materials chip easily? Get more home improvement advice at

Old dogs, new tricks: 10,000 pets needed for science

Scientists are looking for 10,000 pet dogs for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope old dogs can teach us new tricks, or even shed light on human longevity.

Thick, noxious smog covers New Delhi, forcing the closure of schools

Schools in India’s capital are shut on Thursday and Friday after a thick gray haze of noxious air enveloped the city for the third consecutive day, and angry residents blamed authorities for holding an annual children’s race.

Dr. Hassan Nemeh, Surgical Director of Thoracic Organ Transplant, shows areas of a patient's lungs during a news conference at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. A Henry Ford Health System medical team performed a double lung transplant for a patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged from vaping. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan teen who had vaping illness received double lung transplant

A Michigan teenager was the recipient of what could be the first double lung transplant on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping, health officials said Tuesday.

Former President Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. on Nov. 3.

Jimmy Carter ‘up and walking’ post brain surgery, pastor says

Jimmy Carter’s pastor says the former president is already “up and walking” just a day after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on his brain from bleeding linked to recent falls.

Linda Birnbaum said the plan “will practically lead to the elimination of science from decision-making.”

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal

A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the United States regulates threats to public health.

This 1971 microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, which causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. In a report released Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated about 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017 _ down about 18% from an estimated 44,000 in 2013. Though deaths may be going down, non-fatal infections increased nationally from 2013 to 2017, from 2.6 million to 2.8 million. Dramatic increases in drug-resistant gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, and group A strep were largely to blame. (CDC via AP)

US superbug infections rising, but deaths are falling

Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.

Love Letters

She’s 25, traditional, and never been kissed

Dating is a source of anxiety, but she also finds her values don’t seem to mesh well with matchmaking sites.