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…


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…


Dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor, and dark, cramped rooms can add to your stress in your home, according to psychotherapist Cecille Ahrens.

A bedroom with Xs and arrows pointing to an unmade bed, a computer, and clutter.
A bedroom with Xs and arrows pointing to an unmade bed, a computer, and clutter.
Therapists told us about common stressors in our homes, and how to avoid them. Photo: Justin Paget/Getty Images

By Joey Hadden

With many people working from home these days, it’s natural to pay closer attention to your living space — maybe you find yourself cleaning more often, or you’ve taken on a decorating project.

Cecille Ahrens, a psychotherapist who hosts a podcast about mental health called “Get Mental” believes there’s a relationship between your environment and your overall health.

“Certain items and elements can create stress and cause our bodies to tense up…


The trick is to focus on compound movements which recruit multiple muscle groups, apply progressive overload, then be consistent and patient.

Zack George performing a squat and deadlift.
Zack George performing a squat and deadlift.
Zack George performing a squat and deadlift. Photo: Zack George

By Rachel Hosie

There are a lot of benefits to building muscle that go beyond looking good and being able to pick up heavy things, as Insider’s Laura Goldman reported.

But whether your desire to get stronger comes from health or aesthetic motivations, there are five key exercises you should focus your training around, according to Zack George, a qualified personal trainer and the UK’s fittest man (he came top in the UK in the 2020 CrossFit Open).

The…


I’ll never actually own any of the goods in my online shopping cart, but I love putting them in there all the same.

An individual using a computer.
An individual using a computer.
When the pandemic hit, I started investing in home goods. At a certain point, I realized draining my bank account for candles wasn’t entirely wise. Photo: Crystal Cox/Business Insider

By Rebecca Fishbein

It all started when I shattered a glass.

In early April, I knocked a water cup off the coffee table. It was one of the last ones I owned, leaving coffee mugs with Kanye West quotes on them to act as my only drinking vessels.

Williams-Sonoma was having a sale, so I decided to order some new glasses. But I had a shipping minimum to make, and on a whim, I added a set…


“Proffee” or coffee mixed with a protein shake or powder, is the latest TIkTok health hack. We tried it.

Rachel Hosie trying “proffee.”
Rachel Hosie trying “proffee.”
Rachel Hosie trying “proffee.” Photo: Rachel Hosie/Insider

By Gabby Landsverk and Rachel Hosie

“Proffee,” a TikTok trend that involves mixing protein and coffee, promises to bring the health benefits of both in a convenient, delicious format.

As nutrition reporters (and coffee fans), we were excited to try this, and were pleasantly surprised to find that it’s a tasty way to get extra protein. However, we didn’t see many benefits compared with just having a shake and coffee separately, and it’s probably not something we’ll add to our routines.

What is “proffee”?


An Insider reporter struggled to book an appointment and had to wait in line for hours to get the first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

The author’s vaccinated arm (left) and the COVID-19 vaccination record card (right).
The author’s vaccinated arm (left) and the COVID-19 vaccination record card (right).
I received my COVID vaccine in February. Photo: Frank Olito/Insider

By Frank Olito

When I became eligible for a coronavirus vaccine in New York City, I knew it would be difficult to get an appointment after watching the slow and bumpy rollout of the vaccines over the past few months.

I’ve heard from older family members who live in New York and Florida that they struggled to find a vaccination appointment in their areas. In some cases, it took them days and sometimes weeks to…


You may be too concerned with calories and not enough with nutrition.

An individual slicing an apple.
An individual slicing an apple.
Losing weight can be difficult. Photo: Ute Grabowsky/Getty Images

By Frank Olito

Dieting is never easy, but all the challenges should be worth it when you feel better and see results.

For some people, though, those results never come, even if they’re putting in the effort.

Insider spoke to CEO and founding dietitian at New York Nutrition Group Lisa Moskovitz and fitness expert and author of “Finding Your Fit” Kathleen Trotter to find out why some people are not seeing the expected results from their diets.

You’re too concerned with calories and not enough with nutrition.


In politics, sports, economics, and entertainment, women are achieving historic firsts and making a few more cracks in the glass ceiling.

Vice President Kamala Harris.
Vice President Kamala Harris.
Vice President Kamala Harris is the first woman to hold the role. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

By Talia Lakritz

2021 has already been a groundbreaking year for women.

In the fields of politics, sports, economics, and entertainment, women are achieving historic firsts and making a few more cracks in the glass ceiling.

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are seven women who have already made history this year.

Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman to serve as vice president of the United States in January.


More people should take the New York congresswoman’s approach to skincare, Miami-based dermatologist Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd told Insider.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez using a vitamin C serum in her morning skincare routine.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez using a vitamin C serum in her morning skincare routine.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses a vitamin C serum in her morning skincare routine. Photo: Vogue/YouTube

By Julia Naftulin and Canela López

In August, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared her morning skincare and makeup routine as part of Vogue’s Beauty Secrets YouTube series.

The congresswoman, who represents New York’s 14th district, has a straightforward four-step skincare regimen that includes toner, vitamin C serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

While she applied the products to her skin, she also touched on the importance of mental health, sleep, and human connection for wellness.

To learn if AOC’s routine lived up to the…

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