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Metabolism differs across four distinct stages of life, according to new research. Photograph: FluxFactory/Getty Images

Everyone knows conventional wisdom about metabolism: people put on weight year after year from their 20s onward because their metabolisms slow down, e(...)

Elizabeth Gonzales comforts her 14-year-old daughter, Cerena, as she recovers from being put on a ventilator in the paediatric intensive care unit of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Texas. Photograph:  Meridith Kohut/The New York Times

At least two hospitals in Houston have been so overwhelmed with coronavirus patients this week that officials erected overflow tents outside. In Austi(...)

 Security personnel ask customers for proof of vaccination as they enter City Winery in  New York in June. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/AP Photo

New York on Tuesday became the first big city in the US to announce it will require proof of Covid-19 vaccinations not only for all those employed by (...)

Zaila Avant-garde (14), from Harvey, Louisiana is covered with confetti as she celebrates winning the finals of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Disney World, Florida. Photograph: John Raoux/AP

The US Scripps National Spelling Bee has crowned its first ever African American winner. Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde of Harvey, Louisiana, di(...)

Britney Spears’ Instagram account is now the only direct communication she has with the public. Photograph:  Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty

Britney Spears never used to be an enigma. In the early years of her career, she did interviews for print, TV and radio. She held press conferences an(...)

A rise in construction materials costs is the latest setback to hit the industry. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

The snow that literally froze Texas and Louisiana in February has unexpectedly turned up the heat on Irish builders returning after a sustained Covid-(...)

Carolina Reaper peppers: ‘You can effectively map your GI tract by feeling how it moves.’ Photograph: iStock/Getty

Behind his calm, methodical approach to every hot-chilli-eating and superspicy-food challenge, Dustin “Atomik Menace” Johnson is enduring a kind of ph(...)

Vehicles travel down an snow-covered road in McKinney, Texas, US.  Photograph: Cooper Neill/Bloomberg

Millions of Texans on Wednesday began their third day without heat in the wake of a punishing winter storm that has killed at least 21 people in the (...)

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The Irish CNN reporter, who shot to fame during the US Capitol riots, on how important it is to get help for mental health issues, and urges o(...)

 Cicely Tyson who died on Thursday at the age of 96. Photograph: Harpo, Inc/PA

Tributes were paid on Friday to the actor Cicely Tyson following her death at age 96. She specialised in portraying strong black women caught up in li(...)

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