Welcome to Peru

Imagine the world’s most glamorous 4-H fair crossed with Fashion Week, and you’ll have a sense of what Peru’s Alpaca Fiesta feels like. The event this past October in Arequipa, the country’s second-largest city, drew designers, farmers, and sustainability advocates from all over the world. The lure: the titular meme-friendly animal, whose fur (which is delicately sheared with no harm to the animal) just happens to be in high demand for designers across the globe. By day, alpaca breeders showed off their herds, and by night, fashion shows highlighted some of the most innovative uses of the material, including chunky, maximalist knits from up-and-coming Belgian designer Léa Vinet.

Between its fashionable fauna (alpaca and vicuña) and its long-standing traditions of fine weaving and knitting, Peru is a frequent destination for fashion insiders. Designer Kristy Caylor, the Maiyet founder who recently launched the sustainable line For Days, loves staying in the capital city of Lima, where “the surf, art, and food culture is remarkable.” When she wants to go farther off the grid, Titilaka Lodge (titilaka.pe), nestled on a private peninsula on the shore of Lake Titicaca, “is one of a kind.” Art lovers will be drawn to the MATE museum (mate.pe) in Lima, with its mix of Peruvian and international artists. The food at Lima’s Central (centralrestaurante.com.pe), which recently relocated to the hip Barranco neighborhood, aims to represent indigenous cuisine beyond your typical ceviche and pisco sours, with menu items like Amazonian piranha and coca leaves. And if you’re looking for an adventure that extends beyond the culinary, the same team has a farther-afield restaurant, Mil (milcentro.pe), in the country’s Sacred Valley, the home of Machu Picchu.

This article originally appeared in the January 2019 issue of ELLE.


25 Books to Read Before They Become Movies in 2019

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Book lovers, be ready: Some of the biggest movies heading to the screen in 2019 will be literary adaptations, drawn from popular novels, classic works of non-fiction, and even online fanfiction. Start reading now to be prepared for when films like Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Little Women arrive in theaters.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 1 A Dog's Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron (January 11) amazon.com $14.99 $8.48 (43% off) SHOP NOW

What's it about? Cameron’s follow-up to A Dog’s Purpose, this family-friendly novel follows a cute pup named Bella who has to travel 400 miles to be reunited with her owner. Told from the perspective of the dog herself, this heart-wrenching tale has been popular with kids and adults alike. Expect the movie to be even more adorable.

Who's going to be in it? Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos

If you like this, try: A Dog’s Purpose, Marley & Me, Old Yeller

2 The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell (February 22) amazon.com $14.99 SHOP NOW

What's it about? This thriller follows a woman named Stephanie Patrick, who seeks revenge after she discovers that the plane crash that killed her family wasn’t an accident. In order to find out the truth she joins a covert spy operation and trains as an assassin. It’s not just about the action, though—Stephanie also rediscovers herself after the grief of losing her loved ones.

Who's going to be in it? Blake Lively, Judd Law, Sterling K. Brown

If you like this, try: The Third Woman, Gemini, Red Sparrow

3 The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (March 1) amazon.com $4.68 SHOP NOW

What's it about? The film adaptation, directed by Doug Liman, follows Patrick Ness’s YA story about a boy who abandons his home after learning a dark secret about its past. Set on an alien planet where inhabitants can hear each other’s thoughts, the fantastical story is action-packed and imaginative. It’s the first in a series, so if you like this one you can read more in the two subsequent books.

Who's going to be in it? Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley

If you like this, try: The Ask and the Answer, The Next Together, A Monster Calls

4 The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook (March 19) amazon.com $15.00 SHOP NOW

What's it about? Set in Hamburg shortly after the end of World War II, The Aftermath follows Colonel Lewis Morgan and his wife Rachel as they are forced to share a house with a German widower and his daughter. Drama ensues, of course, and Rachel finds herself caught between the two men. It’s a work of historical fiction, but also a deeply compelling love story.

Who's going to be in it? Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgärd, Jason Clarke

If you like this, try: A Gentleman in Moscow, After the Party, All the Light We Cannot See

5 Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (March 22) amazon.com $16.99 $12.74 (25% off) SHOP NOW

What's it about? This comedic novel is narrated by 15-year-old Bee, whose mother, Bernadette Fox, goes missing right before a planned family trip to Antarctica. The novel is told through emails and memos, as well as Bee’s thoughts, so it will be interesting to see how the movie version, helmed by Richard Linklater, adapts the format. The story is ostensibly a mystery, although it’s also about family and connection.

Who's going to be in it? Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup, Judy Greer

If you like this, try: Little Fires Everywhere, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Leaving Time

6 Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott (March 22) amazon.com $18.99 $15.19 (20% off) SHOP NOW

What's it about? Lippincott’s YA novel was adapted for the screen before even arriving in bookstores. Much like The Fault in Our Stars, the story follows a sick teen named Stella who is forced to remain six feet away from everything in order to prevent infections ahead of a lung transplant. Of course, she meets Will, another sick teen, and the pair fall in love, potentially putting Stella’s health at risk. Be ready for an emotional rollercoaster.

Who's going to be in it? Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, Claire Forlani

If you like this, try: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns

7 3 Seconds by Roslund & Hellström (March 22) amazon.com $4.99 SHOP NOW

What's it about? This crime novel, penned by Swedish duo Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström, has all the elements you'd expect of a Scandinavian noir thriller. The story switches between several characters, including a police detective, a criminal who has become a double agent, and a public prosecutor. It’s set in Stockholm, although the action shifts to Denmark and Poland. The film will be called The Informer, with the story moved to NYC and the characters changed up from the novel.

Who's going to be in it? Rosamund Pike, Joel Kinnaman, Clive Owen

If you like this, try: Pen 33, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Bring Me Back

8 The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester (March 22) amazon.com $73.51 SHOP NOW

What's it about? Forester’s classic novel has previously been adapted for the screen, but this time it will arrive in the hands of Tom Hanks, who wrote and stars in a film version titled Greyhound. The book centers on U.S. Navy captain Commander Krause, who is caught in the events of World War II during the Battle of the Atlantic, grappling with insecurities and his past during the action at sea. It’s a great pick for history buffs.

Who's going to be in it? Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue

If you like this, try: Catch-22, The Gun, Spitfire

9 The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud (March 29) amazon.com $10.99 SHOP NOW

What's it about? Be warned that this one is for horror buffs only. The terrifying story follows a man named Will, who finds a cell phone that begins to receive strange messages. He discovers horrific videos and images on the phone, and it all leads to a very grim conclusion. Ballingrud's realistic style makes the effect all the more impactful.

Who's going to be in it? Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz

If you like this, try: A House at the Bottom of a Lake, Hex, The Changeling

10 The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson (April 5) amazon.com $29.95 SHOP NOW

What's it about? This non-fiction work looks at Durham, North Carolina during the 1960s as race relations in the city become deeply strained. Davidson follows two people, one a white member of the KKK and one a black single mother, as they meet and deal with the town’s bigotry and power dynamics.

Who's going to be in it? Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell

If you like this, try: Hidden Figures, Broken Heartland, Under Fire

11 Pet Sematary by Stephen King (April 5) amazon.com $9.99 SHOP NOW

What's it about? King’s horrifying novel about a cat that comes back to life with malicious intent was made into a film in 1989 and is getting a second adaptation now. The story focuses on Louis Creed and his family, who bury their recently deceased cat in an old pet cemetery after they move to Maine. When Louis’s son tragically dies, he is also buried in the haunted grounds—with malevolent results. Read this one with the lights on…

Who's going to be in it? Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz

If you like this, try: Cujo, The Sun Dog, Little Girls

12 After by Anna Todd (April 12) amazon.com $14.69 SHOP NOW

What's it about? If you're romance-ready, here's one to look forward to. When Tessa arrives at college she meets a renegade named Hardin. Although Tessa has a boyfriend back home, she gets a little obsessed with Hardin. This is the first in a series of novels—the story began as One Direction fan fiction—so if you like the back and forth drama of this maybe couple you’ll be in for a long, emotional ride.

Who's going to be in it? Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Selma Blair, Peter Gallagher

If you like this, try: After We Collided, After We Fell, The Distance Between Us

13 The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (May 17) amazon.com $18.99 $14.10 (26% off) SHOP NOW

What's it about? Yoon is also the author of Everything, Everything, and this YA novel follows a similar storyline of a young couple whose romance may be doomed. It alternates between the perspectives of its two main characters, Natasha and Daniel, who fall in love in NYC right before Natasha’s family is set to be deported. The themes are poignant, especially in today’s political climate.

Who's going to be in it? Charles Melton, Yara Shahidi, Gbenga Akinnagbe

If you like this, try: Turtles All the Way Down, Beautiful Broken Things, Holding Up the Universe

14 Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (August 9) amazon.com $6.99 SHOP NOW

What's it about? The first of eight fantasy novels, Artemis Fowl has similar tones to Harry Potter, following a young boy who gets caught up in the magical world of fairies. In the first novel, Artemis, a criminal mastermind, is 12 and captures a fairy named Holly to restore his family’s wealth.

Who's going to be in it? Judi Dench, Hong Chau, Ferdia Shaw, Josh Gad

If you like this, try: Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

15 It by Stephen King (September 6) amazon.com $19.99 $14.99 (25% off) SHOP NOW

What's it about? Technically this film is the second half of King’s seminal novel, about an evil clown named Pennywise who terrorizes a group of children. It will recount the events 27 years after, as the grown-up Losers Club takes down the terrifying, shape-shifting Pennywise. The novel is over 1,000 pages, but you have plenty of time to tackle it before September.

Who's going to be in it? Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa

If you like this, try: Carrie, The Shining, Firestarter

16 The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (October 4) amazon.com $16.08 SHOP NOW

What's it about? Anna is an agoraphobe in New York who spends her time watching her new neighbors through her windows. When she witnesses something she wasn’t supposed to see, she has to figure out what’s real and how to deal with it.

Who's going to be in it? Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell

If you like this, try: Last Time I Lied, The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us

17 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (October 11) amazon.com $20.00 $15.94 (20% off) SHOP NOW

What's it about? First published in 2013, Tartt’s acclaimed novel is about a teen boy named Theo Decker who is sent to live with a rich family after the death of his mother. As he grows up, Theo is haunted by the loss of his mom and can’t let go of a painting that reminds him of her. The painting eventually draws him in to the criminal underworld of New York.

Who's going to be in it? Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson

If you like this, try: The Secret History, A Little Life, Life After Life

18 The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle (November 19) amazon.com $9.49 SHOP NOW

What's it about? An elderly English con man named Roy decides to steal the life savings of a woman named Betty, who may or may not be as innocent as she seems. The novel moves backwards in time, revealing new facets of Roy’s life throughout the chapters, all leading to a surprising conclusion. The upcoming film, directed by Bill Condon, has shifted some of the action, so the book won’t be a total spoiler.

Who's going to be in it? Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Jim Carter

If you like this, try: A Traitor In the Family, The Couple Next Door, The Perfect Wife

19 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot (December 20) amazon.com $7.66 SHOP NOW

What's it about? The Broadway musical Cats is actually based on a collection of T.S. Eliot poems that centers on a tribe of cats called the Jellicles. The bizarre tale is essentially about which cat will ascend to the “Heaviside Layer” and begin a new life. The film version is an adaptation of the musical, but fans may want to check out the original source material as well.

Who's going to be in it? Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba

If you like this, try: Puss in Boots, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Waste Land

20 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (December 25) amazon.com $14.40 SHOP NOW

What's it about? Four very different sisters are raised by their mother in Massachusetts as they come into womanhood and find their way in the world. The March sisters have become classic characters, appearing in several film and TV adaptations, but this forthcoming movie by Greta Gerwig is sure to capture the novel’s poignancy and wit.

Who's going to be in it? Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern

If you like this, try: Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, A Little Princess

21 The Call of the Wild by Jack London (December 25) amazon.com $0.99 SHOP NOW

What's it about? You might have read this one in grade school. The Call of the Wild was originally published in 1903 and is about a sled dog named Buck, who is taken to work in Alaska’s freezing wilds. Buck learns about survival and dominance as he is forced to discard his domesticity and rely on instinct instead. Definitely recommended for dog lovers.

Who's going to be in it? Harrison Ford, Karen Gillan, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy

If you like this, try: White Fang, The Jungle Book, The Last of the Mohicans

22 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (TBA) amazon.com $7.12 SHOP NOW

What's it about? An uppity young girl named Mary Lennox is sent to live with her wealthy uncle, Archibald Craven, in England after the death of her parents. In his mansion, Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers her sickly cousin as well as a hidden, overgrown garden, which she begins to tend. The children’s novel is set in the early 20th century, but the new adaptation of the book will bring the story forward several decades and change some of the climactic plot points.

Who's going to be in it? Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx

If you like this, try: A Little Princess, Mandy, Black Beauty

23 All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (TBA) amazon.com $10.99 $8.24 (25% off) SHOP NOW

What's it about? Two teens, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, find themselves thrown together after they both plan to jump off the school bell tower at the same time. Drawn together in this intimate way, they start to help each other heal—but it's not easy going. This is another book that will require a box of tissues on hand.

Who's going to be in it? Elle Fanning, Justice Smith, Alexandra Shipp

If you like this, try: Everything, Everything, Holding Up the Universe, The Hate U Give

24 Native Son by Richard Wright (TBA) amazon.com $16.99 $10.87 (36% off) SHOP NOW

What's it about? Bigger Thomas, a black man living in Chicago’s South Side in 1930s, becomes involved with a white woman’s death. Wright’s novel, released in 1940, tackles race and poverty and the systemic injustices of America during the era. It’s since become essential reading and the movie, which will premiere at Sundance, is likely to be just as impactful.

Who's going to be in it? Nick Robinson, Ashton Sanders, KiKi Layne, Margaret Qualley

If you like this, try: Invisible Man, Their Eyes Were Watching God, If Beale Street Could Talk

25 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (TBA) amazon.com $16.99 $11.59 (32% off) SHOP NOW

What's it about? This World War II novel about two sisters, each of whom finds a different way of surviving the war, is being adapted for the screen by Michelle MacLaren. Its 2018 release date has been pushed back, with no real news on the cast available, but the powerful, emotional tale is the sort you'll want to read in one sitting, and it's ideal for the big screen.

Who's going to be in it? TBA

If you like this, try: The Great Alone, Firefly Lane, Oranges For Christmas

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An Ode to String Lights, the Pumpkin Spiced Latte of Home Decor

When it comes to interior design, nothing says "I'm in a cozy, safe place" like string lights. Sure, they can make you feel like a knockoff Zooey Deschanel, but didn't we all flirt with the idea of getting bangs and secretly love 500 Days of Summer before we knew what a manic pixie dream girl was?The warm glow of string lights makes you feel loved like a poorly developed female character in an indie flick written by a man, but without the misogynistic undertones. String lights are the epitome of the cozy aesthetic, and we stand by it.

For the price of a Sweetgreens salad, your life will drastically improve with lighting of the stringed variety. In terms of Millennial décor, they fall somewhere above medallion tapestries from Urban Outfitters, but below CB2 mirrors. Despite their accessible price point, their existence will never reach over-saturation. They are a universal pleasure akin to Christmas lights, but can be used year-round in a non-denominational setting.

They come in many forms—fairy, bulbed, even butterfly—and we love them all. Without string lights, so many industries would crumble. We detail them below.

Social Media Image Sharing Sites

The tiny twinkling lights are Pinterest’s main source of income. That needs to be fact checked, but you can assume "string lights" are a top search alongside “Meghan Markle wedding dress” and “elderberry recipes.” It is unwritten law that an Instagram post of an interior space must include one, or more, of the following: snake plants, mid-century teak furniture, a vintage museum exhibition poster featuring Picasso, Matisse, or Calde, and string lights, preferably wrapped around a wrought-iron bed.

Outdoor Weddings

Without string lights, late summer weddings would disappear altogether. It's hard enough for your college roommate to convince you to spend a weekend upstate in a barn that smells like a barn, but string lights make them tolerable. After all, it's not like they can afford daytime fireworks.

Amateur Photography

Blurring the lines between an aesthetic and a misunderstanding of autofocus.

The bokeh effect would cease to flood your feed, meaning your aspiring photographer friend would lose all their potential clients they already didn't have. They could no longer support themselves with photos of a girl in a slouchy beanie holding a jar of lights. String lights are an essential prop in this field.

Bedrooms in General

String lights are a balance between sweet and sexy. They don’t have the aggressive, presumptuous glow of a red bulb (that belongs to college dorm rooms), but dim the atmosphere similar to a bar that serves fancy cocktails with Who Do I Think I Am prices. The soft lighting makes you, and your guest(s), more attractive.

Given the fact that the world is on fire, we need string lights. Like many things citizens aged 18-35 are passionate about—discounted Nest candles, listening to Fresh Air with Terry Gross, shooting aerial brunch shots—string lights provide escapism. They calm you down, and their faint glow metaphorically dims the noise of the latest political crisis. From your home to an evening nuptial, they create a safe haven in your home. The world would literally be a slightly darker place.

Good Sleep Helps Kids Become Slimmer Teens: Study

By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Regular bedtimes and adequate sleep during childhood may contribute toward a healthy weight in the teen years, a new study finds.

The study included nearly 2,200 kids in 20 U.S. cities. One-third of them had consistent, age-appropriate bedtimes between ages 5 and 9, according to their mothers.

Compared to that group, those who had no bedtime routine at age 9 got less sleep and had a higher body mass index (an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) at age 15, according to the Penn State study.

"Parenting practices in childhood affect physical health and BMI in the teenage years. Developing a proper routine in childhood is crucial for the future health of the child," study co-author Orfeu Buxton said in a university news release.

Buxton is director of the Sleep, Health and Society Collaboratory at Penn State.

"We think sleep affects physical and mental health, and the ability to learn," he added.

The findings highlight the importance of educating parents about children's bedtimes.

Several factors should determine bedtimes. They include what time the child must get ready for school, how long it takes to get there and the school's start time, according to the researchers.

"Giving children the time frame to get the appropriate amount of sleep is paramount," Buxton said.

Bedtime should be set to give the child an adequate amount of sleep, even if he or she doesn't fall asleep right away, he explained.

The report was published recently in the journal Sleep.

Ariana Grande Wrote the Best Goodbye to 2018, One of Her Toughest Years

Ariana Grande, like many others on Instagram today, was feeling sentimental about the end of 2018 and shared a last tribute to it. For Grande, 2018 was a particularly hard year: In the past six months alone, Grande's ex-boyfriend Mac Miller passed away, reportedly due to an overdose, and Grande ended her engagement to Pete Davidson. The aftermath of that breakup hasn't been easy, with Davidson posting earlier this month that he was contemplating suicide before family and friends stepped in. Us Weekly reported this weekend that now, Davidson is "doing a lot better."

Despite the hardship she endured, Grande kept her post full of hope, with her focus on the year ahead and spreading light to her fans. "Farewell 2018, you fuck," she wrote. "I hope this new year brings you all much laughter, clarity and healing. Be gentle with yourselves and each other. If we made it thru this last year, we’ll for sure make it thru this one. Thank you for everything. "

Grande's post today comes shortly after she made headlines for posting a last 2018 tribute to her late ex Miller. Grande shared a photo on her Instagram Story of Miller's hands on a piano keyboard, though she took it down shortly after.

While sources didn't tell TMZ why Grande took down the tribute, they did say she's still trying to cope with Miller's death. Miller and Grande ended their two-year relationship just this spring, months before Miller passed away in September.

In her first written Instagram tribute to him, Grande wrote about how much he meant. "I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will," she captioned her shot of him. "I can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. I really can’t wrap my head around it. We talked about this. So many times. I’m so mad, I’m so sad I don’t know what to do. You were my dearest friend. For so long. Above anything else. I’m so sorry I couldn’t fix or take your pain away. I really wanted to. The kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. I hope you’re okay now. Rest."

13 of the Best Bird Box Memes

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Bird Box.

Netflix's horror extravaganza Bird Box really takes a lot out of you. It's scary! It's confusing! What do the creatures look like? Should I watch it again or eat another cookie? So many questions.

Since the movie premiered on the streaming service on December 21, viewers have been swarming the Sandra Bullock scarefest. Whether it's because everyone was at a loss for things to do during the holiday season, or they saw the buzz growing on social media, they pressed play—to the tune of over 45 million member accounts watching Bird Box in the first week, breaking a Netflix record for original films.

Just as watching Bird Box became a must-do over the holidays, so did making memes about it to share with Twitter. The social media site was inundated with gags about the film, which details what happens after mysterious entities invade the earth and make people kill themselves; the only way to avoid seeing the creatures is to wear a blindfold. Bullock plays Malorie, a mother trying to protect her family in the midst of the terror.

This very visual conceit, plus several of the movie's signature motifs and most shocking developments, inspired fans to share their feelings online. Here are the best memes about Bird Box. (And if you haven't seen the movie yet, you can stream it here. You can also read our interview with Bird Box actress Danielle Macdonald here.)

Bird Box is streaming on Netflix now.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Triple Among Teens, Kids

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In the past two decades, opioid overdose death rates among U.S. kids and teens have tripled, a new study shows.

Young children have either died from accidental ingestion of narcotics or from intentional poisoning. Meanwhile, teens have died from unintentional overdoses, using their parents' prescription painkillers or narcotics bought on the street, said lead researcher Julie Gaither, an instructor at the Yale School of Medicine.

In all, almost 9,000 youth have died at the hands of opioids since 1999.

"These deaths don't reach the magnitude of adult deaths from opioids, but they follow a similar pattern," Gaither noted.

"As we consider how to contain this epidemic, parents, clinicians and prescribers need to consider how children and adolescents are affected and how our families and communities are affected," she said.

For the study, Gaither and her colleagues used data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covering 1999 through 2016.

During that time, nearly 9,000 children and teens died from poisonings from either prescription or illicit opioids. About 40 percent of the deaths happened at home, the researchers found.

Although deaths decreased in 2008 and 2009 because doctors changed their prescribing habits, deaths are now increasing as more teens are using heroin and fentanyl, Gaither said.

The highest risk is among older teens, who account for 88 percent of those who died during the time of the study, the researchers found.

But, tragically, even kids under 5 are dying from opioids, they noted.

About 25 percent of the deaths to these young children — 148 cases — were intentional murders, Gaither said. More research is needed to understand the role abuse and neglect play in these deaths, as well as parents' own drug habits.

While whites and males are those most likely to die from drug overdoses, other groups such as girls, blacks and Hispanics are catching up, Gaither said.

Despite efforts to curb the opioid crisis among adults, not enough has been done to stop the opioid epidemic spreading to children and families, she said.


Gaither said childproof packaging of prescription narcotics used to treat addiction, like Suboxone, could prevent many of these deaths. In addition, methadone, a drug used to help reduce cravings among addicts, is also implicated in many of the deaths of kids, she said.

The report was published online Dec. 28 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

One psychiatrist who was not involved with the study points to the tragedy of these deaths.

"It's scary and sad to see all these people die," said Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York City.

"This should prompt the pubic and physicians to be more mindful about what's happening," he said.

Krakower said parents should lock prescription drugs away and dispose of unused pills. These simple steps will go a long way in keeping these dangerous drugs out of the hands of young children.

In addition, drug companies and pharmacies should be sure medications are in childproof containers, he said.

Private Couple Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Have Two Public Dates in One Day

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn did something they've never really done in their two-plus years of privately dating yesterday: be photographed out on two separate dates on the same day—the day before Swift's Reputation concert film came out on Netflix, notably. Perhaps to celebrate the release, Alwyn and Swift gave the world a look at their couple style and how they spent a rare day off together in New York City.

The two started the day out with a cuddly stroll to meet Alwyn's brothers for lunch. There, Swift wore a burnt orange coat with a red scarf and purple pants while Alwyn was in all blue.

That was nice, but the two dressed up a little more at night for their second papped date. Alwyn was in navy while Swift was in black, wearing her signature red lip and hair in a ponytail. She had big statement stud earrings on with a black mini dress and coat. It's a good New Year's Eve look on the day before New Year's Eve.

The two held hands, something they don't always do in their rare photographed outings together:

Swift has reportedly worn disguises in the past when she and Alwyn have wanted to go out but be more sneaky about it. Earlier this year, a source told E! the great lengths Swift took to travel to London undetected to see her boyfriend when they were peak private about their relationship. That routine involves 1) flying in via a private jet or private airfield, 2) having her passport checked while she is on board the plane so she never needs to go through any airport terminal, 3) after arriving in England, being driven "in a fairly nondescript blacked-out car" to Alwyn's neighborhood, North London’s Crouch End, 4) telling basically no one she’s going, 5) having dates at home with Alwyn and avoiding going out in popular public places.

Swift and Alwyn are, at least according to Us Weekly, very serious about each other. A source told the outlet shortly before Swift's birthday that an engagement was very much in their future. “Joe is very keen on proposing soon,” the source said. “But he wants to make it unforgettable and extremely special.” The source also implied Swift will say yes. “He’s her dream guy,” the source said. “Taylor’s going to be over the moon.”

Justin Bieber Apologized to Jojo Siwa After Telling Her to Burn Her New Car

2018 was definitely the year of random celebrity feuds we never saw coming, from Jessica Simpson and Natalie Portman's misunderstanding to Kim Catrall's public spat with Sarah Jessica Parker the Sex and the City cast. And now, Justin Bieber vs. former Dance Moms star Jojo Siwa? We're scratching our heads, too.

On Saturday, December 22, the now-YouTube sensation was gifted a personalized BMW for Christmas that was designed with her face on the hood of the car and colorful splashes of paint splattered all over the car. West Coast Customs, an automobile customization shop in California, was responsible for Jojo's Pimp My Ride-style car, and posted an image of the final look on the company's official Instagram, which caught the eye of Justin Bieber who wasn't impressed at all.

"Burn it," the singer wrote in the comment section of West Coast Customs' photo. As if his first comment didn't clearly express his dislike for Jojo's car, Bieber followed up with another "Burn it" comment.

Of course, Bieber's comments ruffled a few feathers, including Jessalynn Siwa's (Jojo's mother) who told Biebe to "burn your own things."

Bieber would know all about custom cars, as the singer gave his Mercedes Benz G-Wagon a festive Christmas makeover last year. "Someone just asked me if I was in the Christmas spirit and then I pulled up in this," he said in a video before debuting the Santa Clause-themed car.

However, Bieber apologized to Jojo on Twitter on Sunday, writing, "@itsjojosiwa I have nothing against you it was the car and the colors I didn’t like I really hope you didn’t think it was malicious or mean spirited." Jojo accepted his apology and offered Bieber a spot to perform at her 16th birthday party.

"it’s all good bro! you can perform at my 16th birthday party and we’ll call it good!" she responded. To make light of the situation, Jojo posted a photo of her sitting in her custom convertible with a life-sized Justin Bieber cutout board and captioned the photo "burn it."

Selena Gomez Went Out in the Coziest White Sweater

Some celebrities wear bikinis in the winter…for the 'gram anyway and hopefully for not much longer than the one minute it takes to get that photo. And then there are stars like Selena Gomez who dress a little more predictably—and enviably—for the cool weather. Gomez was photographed out yesterday in yet another cozy look: a big white sweater with black jeans. The singer was headed to church in it:

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Gomez has made cozy fashion her thing since she re-emerged in the public eye following her decision to take some time away and seek treatment for her mental health in October and November. Her first photographed appearance was on a snow-tubing trip with her friends where Gomez wore a warm black Reputation tour hoodie to support her friend Taylor Swift.

She went out to the bar in a floor-length orange duster coat and giant infinity scarf; she wore an oversized "Choose Empathy" sweater while leaving hot Pilates with friends last week. There's no bodycon latex dresses. There's no skintight mini skirts with no tights. It's all just warm stuff that's weather-appropriate and not body-constricting, in a city where winter isn't all too bad anyway. (Yesterday in Irvine, where Gomez was, the high was 63.)

Selena in her "Choose Empathy" sweater.

Gomez will likely celebrate New Year's Eve in California with her friends alongside her. A source told E! this weekend that Gomez is "excited" about this new year and so ready for 2019. "She's feeling like this is a fresh start and she has new skills to help her navigate daily life. She's doing well and is feeling great," the source said. "She's following a simple daily routine that involves a work out, either hiking, Pilates or hot yoga, therapy sessions and spending time with friends."