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Americans’ Concepts of Health and Beauty Revealed in Smithsonian’s Digitized Collection of Personal Care Products

Zonas Corn Leaf packaging. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  (Courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History)
Zonas Corn Leaf packaging. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. (Courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History)

Disfiguring humors, scrofula, humiliating eruptions (pimples), copper-colored diseases of the blood—we might not be familiar with all of these conditions, yet over 100 years ago...




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    Teens Targeted in Sextortion Crimes, Victims Often Blame Themselves

    Victims of “sextortion” can have life-changing repercussions for young people, a study released on June 23 said. Sextortion is a form of blackmail usually using... Read more

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    First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey Talk Women Empowerment at ‘United State of Women’ Summit

    The White House held a women’s conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center titled, “United State of Women” on June 14, where First Lady Michelle... Read more

  • Large posters of mostly Sports Illustrated magazine covers are displayed at the "I Am The Greatest, Muhammad Ali" exhibition at the O2 arena, which hosts high profile boxing fights in London on June 4, 2016. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight box champion, died Friday, June 3; he was 74. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    Ali Remembered in Muslim World as Champ, Voice of Change

    CAIRO—Of all Muhammad Ali’s travels in the Muslim world, his 1964 trip to Egypt was perhaps the most symbolic, a visit remembered mostly by an... Read more

  • Boxing gloves and a message sit among flowers at a makeshift memorial to Muhammad Ali at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., on June 4, 2016. Muhammad Ali died Friday, June 3, at age 74. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Ali Became World Citizen but Never Forgot His Hometown Roots

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Muhammad Ali traveled the world as a fighter and humanitarian, but he always came home to Louisville. His Kentucky hometown was where Ali, as... Read more

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    Prince’s Death From Fentanyl Is Only the Tip of the Global Overdose Iceberg

    A United States medical examiner has reported that musician Prince died from an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful pain killer and synthetic opioid 100 times... Read more

  • Muhammad Ali (R) may have officially won the third and final bout between him and Joe Frazier, but neither boxer was ever the same after. (AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita)

    ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali Dies at Age 74

    PHOENIX—Muhammad Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released... Read more

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    Why High School Stays With Us Forever

    For better or worse, many of us never forget high school: the unrequited romantic crushes, chronic embarrassment, desperate struggles for popularity, sexual awakening, parental pressure... Read more

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    Too Fat for Facebook: Facebook Censors Plus-Sized Model’s Image, Then Apologizes

    Facebook has apologized for refusing to promote an image of one of the world’s top plus-sized models. Tess Holliday, a size 22, 5-foot-5 inch model, was... Read more

  • Left: Bison calf in a car trunk of two tourists in Yellowstone National Park on May 9, 2016. (The photo was taken by Karen Richardson, but she was not the one putting the animal in the car); Right: A snapshot of a personal Facebook message Karen Richardson received after she posted the bison calf photo on Facebook. (Courtesy of Karen Richardson)

    Woman Harassed After Wrongfully Blamed for Causing Baby Bison Death

    Karen Richardson had no idea things would get so far out of control when she snapped a picture of a most baffling scene—a wild baby... Read more

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    Regarding Families and Homelessness

    Last week, in Part I, David Pirtle, the public education coordinator for the National Coalition for the Homeless, said: “Families are most likely to be... Read more

  • Keioleen Helly, 3, stands inside her family's sidewalk shelter in Honolulu on Oct. 7, 2015. The family was packing up belongings to take to a storage unit two days before the city planned to clear their block of the homeless encampment, hoping to get a ride to the storage unit from a volunteer. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz)

    Homelessness, Money, and Politics

    This week, the column starts with selections from a letter from Megan Hustings, the director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. Following is an... Read more

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway musical "Hamilton," center left, walks with faculty from the University of Pennsylvania commencement ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2016, in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    ‘Hamilton’ Star Miranda Says ‘Immigrants Get the Job Done’

    PHILADELPHIA — The creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” says it’s a needed reminder during a heated political season that “immigrants get the job... Read more

  • A woman poses reading a copy of the final print edition of the Independent newspaper in London on March 26, 2016. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why the History of News Explains Its Future

    Was May 2016 the month that faith in print newspapers finally died? On May 6, The New Day, a tabloid print-only newspaper launched by publisher... Read more

  • Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his keynote conference during the first day of the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

    Mark Zuckerberg to Meet With Glenn Beck Over Facebook News Bias Controversy

    In the wake of allegations that Facebook regularly suppresses conservative news sites on its website, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has invited conservative pundits, including Glenn Beck,... Read more

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    Are Our Smartphones Afflicting Us All With Symptoms of ADHD?

    When was the last time you opened your laptop midconversation or brought your desktop computer to the dinner table? Ridiculous, right? But if you are... Read more

  • Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos seen at Netflix 2016 Winter TCA on Sunday, January 17, 2016, in Pasadena, CA. (Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)

    Poised to Make Its Next Big Move, Netflix Isn’t in the Business You Think It’s In

    Netflix has been in the headlines a lot recently, and not in a good way. There’s news about competitor Amazon launching a monthly video service,... Read more


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