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.” …


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.” …


To prepare yourself for a possible breakup, here are some signs your partner might be preparing to end or thinking about ending the relationship.

A couple holds hands.
A couple holds hands.
These signs don’t necessarily mean there’s a breakup coming your way, but it could mean some kind of relationship roadblock is down the road. iStock

By Lauren Schumacker

Breakups can be really difficult, but sometimes you can see them coming.

In some cases, your partner could be dropping subtle or obvious hints that there’s an issue in your relationship, which may or may not be worth working through.

Keep in mind that these signs don’t necessarily mean a breakup is coming, but they could mean that your partner is feeling unsettled in your current relationship. …


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. …

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