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.” …


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. …


After traveling everywhere from Alaska to South America, Kirk Williams is now helping others regain their independence, too.

Kirk Williams in El Chaltén, Argentina, in 2020.
Kirk Williams in El Chaltén, Argentina, in 2020.
Kirk Williams in El Chaltén, Argentina, in 2020. Courtesy of Kirk Williams

By Max Kalnitz

Roughly 11 years ago, Kirk Williams drove to Lyons, Colorado, got on his mountain bike, and started pedaling through Hall Ranch, a trail he rode three or four times a week.

By all accounts, it started off a normal day for then-22-year-old Williams, a typical outdoorsy Colorado type who spent his free time biking, camping, climbing, and skiing. …


Madison Taylor wore a Pnina Tornai wedding dress that was covered in flowers and had a full skirt. It looked like a sketch she made of her dream gown.

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Madison Taylor sketched her dream wedding dress before finding a look-alike gown. J. Brynnae Photography

By Samantha Grindell

As part of Insider’s wedding series, “The One,” we asked Madison Taylor to walk us through her journey of finding her dream wedding dress.

Madison and Justin Taylor met through mutual friends in 2017.


Chefs weighed in on the bagel debate and told Insider that this breakfast food should almost never be toasted, with a few notable exceptions.

A bag of bagels.
A bag of bagels.
Sometimes toasting a bagel can enhance its flavors. Shutterstock

By Taylor Tobin

Many people enjoy doughy, delicious bagels — but not everyone agrees on how they should be eaten.

New Yorkers and breakfast lovers alike have long-debated whether or not bagels should be toasted or served as they are.

And although it comes down to personal preference, deciding whether or not to toast a bagel can make a major impact on the flavor and texture of your breakfast.

Here’s how to decide if you should toast a bagel or not, according to…


The Bell family’s tiny home on wheels has a washer-dryer, reading loft, and even built-in bookshelves. They renovated the skoolie in just 3 months.

The Bells live in a renovated school bus.
The Bells live in a renovated school bus.
The Bells live in a renovated school bus. The Lost Bell Family

By Samantha Grindell

Colby and Emily Bell got a taste for nontraditional living after traveling internationally with their kids for seven months.

In 2018, Colby, 35, started working remotely as a software engineer, while Emily, 34, was pregnant with their third child.

As the couple started considering what they wanted the next year of their life to look like, they realized they wanted to try something different than their normal, suburban experience.

“We had heard of families traveling, and we’ve always made travel a priority,” Emily told Insider. “So we were like, ‘Well, what if we sold everything?’” …


To start eating healthy, incorporate more fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and healthy fats into your diet.

Adding more vegetables into your diet is a great way to start eating healthy.
Adding more vegetables into your diet is a great way to start eating healthy.
Adding more vegetables into your diet is a great way to start eating healthy. Alexander Spatari/Getty images

By Erin Heger

Eating well is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle and can help ward off conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even some cancers. However, everyone has their own unique health needs, so it’s important to talk with a doctor about what sort of diet is right for you.

In general, consuming a plant-focused diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and sources of protein is healthy for most people. …


After high-profile bans, far-right social media users are seeking private places to gather away from the scrutiny of content moderation.

Riots at the US Capitol Building.
Riots at the US Capitol Building.
Riots at the US Capitol Building. Michael Nigro/Pacific Press:LightRocket/Getty

By Rachel E. Greenspan

“Yes,” instructs the owner of a Telegram channel created for supporters following President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” movement: “buy more guns and ammo.”

“The weak are falling off. Strength, faith, and bravery are necessary now, more than ever,” says another comment in the channel.

Other messages from the days after pro-Trump rioters sieged the US Capitol to protest Joe Biden’s election win were clear in their threats, sometimes directing them towards the president himself: “If Trump does nothing I hope they string him up and execute him like the spineless traitor he is.” …

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