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Mind: Given Medicine, the Patients Got Better. They Remained in Shackles Anyway.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:51:44 GMT

Komi Gbete, a person with mental problems, chained by the ankle in the Mt. Calvaira prayer camp in Legbassito in Togo in 2014. Such people in neighboring Ghana treated with Western medication showed improvements, but still remained in chains, according to a new study.In West Africa, people with psychoses are often chained at prayer camps. Giving them psychiatric drugs lessened their symptoms, but did not shorten their captivity.


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Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:38:16 GMT

Members of the news media gathered outside the home of David Allen and Louise Anna Turpin in Perris, Calif., where the couple’s 13 children were found imprisoned earlier this week.Cases of children isolated and abused by parents are rare but not unheard-of, say experts. Many recover.


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The Parasite on the Playground

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:27:52 GMT

Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing development.


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U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:53:17 GMT

Tracey Crouch, left, Britain’s under secretary for sport and civil society, is to coordinate the government’s response to loneliness.Prime Minister Theresa May said an under secretary would work across government departments to tackle the issue.


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High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:04:42 GMT

A color-enhanced scanning electron microscope image of prostate cancer cells. A new study suggests that dietary fat may feed prostate tumors and help them spread.New research suggests a strong link between genes, dietary fat and prostate cancer.


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Phys Ed: How Our Bones Might Help Keep Our Weight in Check

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:35:25 GMT

Bones could be much more intimately involved in tracking weight and controlling appetite than was previously known.


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Global Health: ‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:00:29 GMT

A flu patient at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. New “smart thermometers” are tracking the spread of flu, which has struck California especially hard this year.Can 500,000 thermometers transmitting 25,000 readings a day forecast the spread of flu more accurately than the C.D.C.?


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The Healing Edge: After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:00:36 GMT

After undergoing experimental surgery for spina bifida in September while still in the womb, a baby boy was born in Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston on Friday.Baby Boy Royer, who underwent an operation for spina bifida as a fetus, had the biggest defect that the surgical team had attempted to repair.


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Personal Health: Understanding Grief

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:00:01 GMT

Grief is not a problem to be solved or resolved. Rather, it’s a process to be lived through in whatever form and amount of time it may take.


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Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:01:20 GMT

Generic drugs at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Intermountain Healthcare is spearheading an effort by a group of hospitals to create a nonprofit generic drug company.A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices.


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Breast-Feeding Tied to Reduced Risk of Diabetes

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:40:09 GMT

Mothers who breast-feed may be at reduced risk of diabetes, a new study reports.


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Economic Scene: Making Medicaid a Tool for Moral Education May Let Some Die

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:21:19 GMT

A medical examination at the Family Health Center in Louisville. Kentucky is the first state in the country to impose a work requirement on recipients of Medicaid.There is a precedent for letting states impose work requirements on the poor for medical coverage. It bodes ill for public health.


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Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:12:58 GMT

Dr. Mathilde Krim spoke about AIDS before the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2011.Dr. Krim raised awareness of the scourge and money to fight it while lobbying governments and enlisting a broad spectrum of powerful allies.


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After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:14:30 GMT

The 60th anniversary of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 2015. A few months earlier, a measles outbreak that originated there convinced California to reconsider its childhood vaccination policy.Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.


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Music Therapy Offers an End-of-Life Grace Note

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:00:26 GMT

Beverly Herzog, 90, singing with Kaitlyn Kelly, a music therapist, during a session at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx last month.Music therapy is becoming more common in nursing homes and hospices, where it has been shown to improve a patient’s quality of life.


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The New Health Care: Still Not Convinced You Need a Flu Shot? First, It’s Not All About You

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:50:47 GMT

The St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty in October 1918 during the pandemic of the Spanish flu. It infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide — about one-third of the world's population at the time.Adults also need to get vaccinated to provide herd immunity for others, especially babies and older people.


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She Ran From the Cut, and Helped Thousands of Other Girls Escape, Too

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:02:07 GMT

Maasai girls singing and dancing at a rite-of-passage ceremony, conducted as an alternative to genital cutting, in Lenkisem, Kenya.Nice Leng’ete started a program in Kenya to create new rites of passage to replace female genital cutting and has helped 15,000 girls avoid the ritual.


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He Helped Ex-Players Get Benefits. His Family Is Still Waiting.

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:54:04 GMT

Garrett Webster, 33, and his mother, Pam, the ex-wife of the Hall of Fame center Mike Webster, are battling to be included in a $1 billion N.F.L. concussion settlement.Mike Webster, who died in 2002, was the first N.F.L. player to receive a diagnosis of C.T.E., but his family has been left out of the $1 billion concussion settlement so far.


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C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 01:17:33 GMT

An air raid drill in a school in Baltimore in 1951. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a session on nuclear attack preparedness that was planned for next week.After the agency’s workshop attracted considerable media attention, especially given President Trump’s recent words with North Korea, the session has been postponed.


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Dr. Ronald Fieve, 87, Dies; Pioneered Lithium to Treat Mood Swings

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:10:36 GMT

Dr. Ronald R. Fieve in his office in 1980. He believed that Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill might have benefited from being bipolar.Dr. Fieve and a colleague identified lithium as the first naturally occurring medication to prevent and control a specific psychiatric disorder.


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To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:29:01 GMT

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, on Friday, announcing new work requirements for many of the state’s Medicaid recipients.Led by the state’s Republican governor, the plan calls for many Medicaid recipients ages 19-64 to work at least 20 hours a week, beginning in July.


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In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:51:13 GMT

Bring on the soup: Fluids will help diminish your headache and bolster your immune response.


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Inside the Global Relay Race to Deliver Moly-99

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:38:23 GMT

Greg Piefer, Shine’s founder, at the Wisconsin cornfield where the company has gotten approval to build a manufacturing plant for a radioactive isotope used in detecting cancer and other potentially fatal maladies.The isotope is a cancer-detecting necessity, but it decays within days and isn’t made in North America. A company is rushing to build a plant in Wisconsin to change that.


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Ask Well: Is There a Downside to Going Gluten-Free if You’re Healthy?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:00:20 GMT

A gluten-free or grain-free diet can pose risks for someone who is not highly sensitive to gluten. Such a diet is also unlikely to provide benefits.


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Cherokee Can’t Sue Opioid Distributors in Tribal Court, Judge Rules

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:10:29 GMT

The Cherokee Nation’s district courthouse in Tahlequah, Okla. An Oklahoma federal judge ruled Tuesday that the nation cannot sue opioid distributors and pharmacies in tribal court.A federal judge halted the Cherokee Nation’s lawsuit in tribal court, but said they could pursue it elsewhere. The tribe will look to state court.


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Baltimore Hospital Patient Discharged at Bus Stop, Stumbling and Cold

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:29:38 GMT

An image from a YouTube video of a woman who was discharged from University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and released into the cold night.A video of the woman, who appears to have trouble keeping her balance, shows her wearing nothing but socks and a hospital gown.


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Can Requiring People to Work Make Them Healthier?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:22:14 GMT

Seema Verma, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has backed the plan to let states impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.The Trump administration wants to make a major change to Medicaid, but there’s not a lot of evidence for one of its key assertions.


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Deadly E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Leafy Greens Likely Over, C.D.C. Says

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:59:41 GMT

Canadian health officials linked an E. coli outbreak there to romaine lettuce, while American officials said “leafy greens” were likely to blame for illnesses in the United States.The contaminated product is likely no longer on store shelves, the public health agency says.


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Health Insurer Centene Is Sued Over Lack of Medical Coverage

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 23:32:53 GMT

A Centene building in St. Louis, Mo. The company has become a major insurer under the federal health care law.A star of the Affordable Care Act is accused of offering plans that make it hard to find a doctor who accepts its insurance.


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Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:28:47 GMT

Seema Verma, left, the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at the White House last year.Federal officials said they would support state efforts to require able-bodied adults to work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.


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For Serena Williams, Childbirth Was a Harrowing Ordeal. She’s Not Alone.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:28:10 GMT

After giving birth in September, Serena Williams was bedridden for six weeks from a string of medical complications.The tennis champion spoke to Vogue about her severe postnatal complications. Her experience underscores a wider problem for new mothers in the United States.


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Voices: When Anorexics Grow Up

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:00:01 GMT

Adults with eating disorders aren’t represented in pop culture and news outlets, so I assumed we were either supposed to outgrow it or die.


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A Greener, More Healthful Place to Work

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:03:48 GMT

The offices of CookFox architects in Manhattan are designed to promote health.Biophilic buildings aim not just to leave a minimal carbon footprint but also to promote the health of those who live and work there.


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The New Health Care: Why It’s Still Worth Getting a Flu Shot

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:49:22 GMT

Even a “less effective” vaccine packs a payoff in averting illness and death.


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