As hospitals scramble to handle the pandemic, some parents are struggling to see their babies in the NICU. The results could be catastrophic.

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Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Sarah DiGregorio

Back in May, Elijah Zorn lay in his incubator, all 3.8 pounds of him, a ventilator mechanically inflating his tiny chest. He was six weeks premature and had suffered a lack of oxygen to his brain at birth. He was airlifted from one hospital to another in critical condition. No one knew if he would survive.

Beside him sat Jeremy, his exhausted father. Elijah’s mother, Riannon, was miles away, recovering at home after a traumatic delivery. Yet she was desperate to be with her baby. …

Interviews with 17 former college athletes, insights from previous investigations, and input from experts suggest an alarming pattern of abuse.

Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches.
Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches.
Several college athletes said they subjected to psychological abuse from their coaches. Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Lindsay Dodgson

Hillary Dole’s first Toque Friday ended with a broken nose and a bloody face.

The event, she told Insider, was an annual tradition for the Cornell University softball team when she joined as a freshman in 2017. All new recruits were instructed to pull beanie hats over their eyes and stand in a line. Then, while they were effectively blindfolded, their teammates and coach yelled at them to run.

“It was confusing, chaotic, intimidating, and I didn’t know what to do,” Dole told Insider. “I ran because the culture [in sports] is such that you just kind of do what you’re told — that’s just how it is when you play on a team. And so I ended up running 40 yards face-first into a brick wall.” …

“I’m not here to make friends” is the most classic reality TV line, but following the worst year ever, we need empathy and kindness on our screens.

“The Great British Bake Off” contestants.
“The Great British Bake Off” contestants.
Hugs are common on “The Great British Bake Off.” BBC/Netflix

By Gabbi Shaw

When Insider spoke with Paula Abdul about her upcoming role on “The Masked Dancer,” she was quick to point out that her official title was “panelist” — not judge.

“Instead of judging, we’re celebrating. We’re celebrating everyone having their time on the stage and making it their own,” she said. “The coolest thing is the contestants are having the time of their lives. …

Believers of QAnon appeared to realize on Wednesday that with President Joe Biden inaugurated, their conspiracy theory was all for naught.

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Jake Angeli, known as the “Q Shaman,” wrapped in a QAnon flag at a protest in Phoenix on November 5. Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty Images

By Rachel E. Greenspan

One hour after President Joe Biden was inaugurated in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, QAnon conspiracy-theory chat rooms had an overwhelming — albeit familiar — sense of hopelessness.

“What are we waiting for now?” one comment in a QAnon Telegram channel said. “Is anyone still holding the line?” said another.

“So, was Q just one big lie and psyop that I foolishly followed and believed for over 3 years?” another user said.

In a QAnon message board, the discussion was similarly bleak: “Guys and gals, I’m losing my everloving mind right now. Is this really happening? Was this part of the plan?” …

From Lady Gaga’s brooch with a hidden message to why Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama wore purple, here are the fashion details you didn’t catch.

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The inauguration had plenty of interesting and special fashion details. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images; ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

By Bryn Gelbart

On Wednesday, politicians and celebrities gathered at the Capitol to swear in Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

Former president Donald Trump was noticeably absent to perform the celebratory transfer of power, but plenty of other important political figures and celebrities showed up in style.

Plus many of the fashions at the inauguration featured special touches and impactful meanings. …

Fitness expert Drew Manning put on weight and confronted body image issues to better empathize with how challenging and emotional weight loss can be.

Drew Manning before and after the weight gain.
Drew Manning before and after the weight gain.
Courtesy of Drew Manning

By Gabby Landsverk

Personal trainer Drew Manning is flipping the script on weight loss narratives.

While most before and after photos end with a much slimmer physique, Manning recently gained more than 60 pounds, significantly increasing his body fat percentage.

The goal, he said, is to then shed the pounds alongside his weight loss clients, to better understand their experience and offer more empathy as a trainer.

This is the second time he’s undergone this challenge, which he calls Fit2Fat2Fit. The first, back in 2010, went viral, and his book on the experience shot to the top of the bestseller list. …

Ryan Trahan spent 24 hours in the 25-square-foot home, which he parked in the Boston area. He was terrified whenever someone knocked on the walls.

Ryan Trahan spent 24 hours in this tiny house.
Ryan Trahan spent 24 hours in this tiny house.
Ryan Trahan spent 24 hours in this tiny house. Courtesy of Ryan Trahan

By Frank Olito

YouTuber Ryan Trahan has done a ton of stunts, like living off a penny for three days or leaving clay on his skin for 24 hours, but there’s only one stunt that truly terrified him: staying in the world’s smallest tiny house.

When he came across the tiny house that measures just 25 square feet, Trahan said he instantly knew he wanted to stay in it for 24 straight hours straight for his YouTube channel, but he had some reservations. …

Purple is often seen as a unifying color that combines the blue and red shades of Democrats and Republicans.

Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Joe Biden on Inauguration Day.
Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Joe Biden on Inauguration Day.
Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, Jill Biden, and Joe Biden on Inauguration Day. Mike Segar/Reuters

By Amanda Krause

In addition to red, white, and blue outfits, numerous politicians arrived at Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration on Wednesday wearing purple ensembles.

Vice President Kamala Harris wore a purple jacket for her big day, Hillary Clinton chose a suit of a similar shade, and Elizabeth Warren attended in a purple-hued scarf and mask.

It’s unclear if the outfits were coordinated or a coincidence, but all three likely share similar inspirations: unity, equality, and politicians that came before them.

From green cabinetry to open shelving, interior designers share the decor you’ll see everywhere in 2021, and the styles that are fading in popularity.

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By Sophia Mitrokostas

Modern kitchens are a hub for cooking, eating, socializing, and working, so a good design strikes the balance between function and beauty.

Insider asked professional interior designers for their thoughts on the kitchen trends that are set to take 2021 by storm, and the ones that should be left behind in 2020.

Green cabinetry is gaining popularity.

Despite encouraging research, experts say there’s still not enough.

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Many fast-food restaurants, including Wendy’s (pictured), offer keto options. Erin McDowell/Business Insider

By Anna Medaris Miller and Gabby Landsverk

Keto, the hugely popular high-fat, low-carb diet, remains controversial after an annual diet roundup ranked it among the worst diets of 2021, according to a panel of experts. It was named the worst out of 39 diets for healthy eating, and tied with the GAPS diet, an elimination diet, for second-to-last place overall.

Even its less restrictive version, modified keto, fared poorly, coming in at 37th for healthy eating and 35th overall. …



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