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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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.” …


Netflix is stacked with Oscar contenders, including Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” David Fincher’s “Mank,” and George Clooney’s “The Midnight Sky.”

John David Washington and Zendaya in “Malcolm & Marie.”
John David Washington and Zendaya in “Malcolm & Marie.”
John David Washington and Zendaya in “Malcolm & Marie.” Photo: Netflix

By Jason Guerrasio

Netflix is preparing to have an impressive showing at next year’s Academy Awards.

The streaming giant has over 20 titles in possible contention across multiple categories for the 2021 ceremony. Those films include Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” the Vanessa Kirby-led “Pieces of a Woman,” David Fincher’s “Mank,” and Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

The Oscars, which will take place on April 25, 2021, will be a little different this time around due to the coronavirus pandemic crippling movie theaters globally. Not only has the ceremony date been pushed back a few months, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will allow streaming titles to be eligible for best picture for the first time ever without having to play in theaters. …


Kayla Ellis, a TikTok sperm donation influencer, received sperm for free using the Just A Baby app, and paid $136 to inseminate herself.

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Kayla Ellis, right, with her wife and son Owen, who was conceived using a private sperm donor they found on an app. Krystle Hiott Photography

By Julia Naftulin

In July, 27-year-old Kayla Ellis started a TikTok account as a joke after she and her wife became obsessed with the video-based app’s brief, quirky, and educational content.

Just six months later, Ellis has become an influencer in her own right, with more than 100,000 TikTok followers. …


People are prioritizing comfortable interior design because of how often they’re at home. But homes should have always been places of respite.

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Modern decor is being replaced by comfortable pieces. Michael Robinson/Getty Images

By Samantha Grindell

In my childhood home, there were roosters everywhere.

No, my home wasn’t filled with live animals; my mom paid homage to the fluffy creatures with our decor. We had roosters on pillows, rooster-shaped vases, and even a chalkboard with a rooster trim.

It might sound kitschy to have livestock decor be a focal point of your home, but the animal print was homey and inviting, fitting perfectly with the oversized red couch I watched TV on and the light-wood kitchen table where I did my homework. …


After traveling the world for seven years, the Sueiro family moved out of their RV in August 2020 and bought a catamaran to live in full-time.

The Sueiro family spent their last week of 2020 on their boat.
The Sueiro family spent their last week of 2020 on their boat.
The Sueiro family spent their last week of 2020 on their boat. Courtesy of William and Jessica Sueiro

By Frank Olito

Last year, most of us learned that self-isolating can be difficult, but one family learned just how hard it can be when they were forced to isolate on their new sailboat for months.

After traveling the world for seven years, Will and Jessica Sueiro moved out of their RV in August 2020 and bought a catamaran to live in full-time with their two teenagers, Largo and Avalon — despite not knowing how to sail. …


Insider spoke with dietitians about the benefits and drawbacks of different kinds of dairy and nondairy milks for a variety of diets and lifestyles.

There are a lot of milk options to choose from.
There are a lot of milk options to choose from.
There are a lot of milk options to choose from. Shutterstock

By Cheyenne Lentz

With so many different options out there, the type of milk you should drink really comes down to what health benefits you’re looking for, the dietary limitations you have, and your personal taste preferences.

Insider spoke with four dietitians about the potential benefits and drawbacks of 10 different types of dairy and nondairy milk.

Here’s what they think you should be drinking based on your diet and lifestyle:

Cow’s milk has a lot of benefits — if you can tolerate lactose and dairy.


Insider spoke to Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist and narcissism expert, who laid out the tell-tale things to look for.

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By Canela López

The term narcissism oftentimes gets thrown around, but it can be hard to pinpoint if you’re actually dating a narcissist.

The official definition of a narcissist, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a person who often lacks empathy, acts entitled, arrogant, and prioritizes themselves above all else.

This can impact all aspects of their lives including their money management, career, and above all else, their relationships.

But when you’re the object of a narcissist’s affection, those traits may not be so clear. Narcissists typically shower their partners with love, in ways that make it difficult to process that subtle feeling of being undervalued and ignored. …


While airlines and governments could require travelers to have proof of a coronavirus vaccination, a blanket requirement raises a few issues.

Passengers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Passengers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Passengers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images

By Sophie-Claire Hoeller

When news of successful COVID-19 vaccine trials hit, the world, ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel.

In fact, many travelers immediately started researching their next trips, as travel search engines like Skyscanner reported huge traffic spikes as the vaccine news broke.

The UK has already started dispensing Pfizer’s vaccine to frontline workers and the elderly, while the US is waiting on the go-ahead from the FDA. That said, it may be months before young, healthy members of the public have access to a vaccine and potentially years until vaccines are available to everyone in the world. …


Jake Angeli, AKA the ‘Q Shaman,’ refused to eat inorganic jail food, and he’s not the only inmate to forgo the notorious food in US jails and prisons.

Jake Angeli is a far-right Arizona conspiracy theorist known as the ‘Q Shaman, and he only eats organic food.
Jake Angeli is a far-right Arizona conspiracy theorist known as the ‘Q Shaman, and he only eats organic food.
Jake Angeli is a far-right Arizona conspiracy theorist known as the ‘Q Shaman, and he only eats organic food, according to his mother. Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images, Win McNamee/ Getty Images

By Joey Hadden

Jake Angeli, a far-right Arizona conspiracy theorist known as the ‘Q Shaman, is in federal custody after storming the Capitol on January 6, and his mom says he needs organic food.

Angeli was charged with disorderly conduct, violent entry, and illegally being in the Capitol, the Department of Justice announced on January 9.

Angeli refused the food provided to him in detention because of his “extremely restrictive diet.”

“He gets very sick if he doesn’t eat organic food,” his mother, Martha Chansley, said. “He needs to…

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