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In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:05:29 GMT

Second-graders studying the Cherokee language in Tahlequah, Okla.Decimated by addiction, its heritage at risk, the Cherokee Nation is trying to sue pharmacies and distributors. But it may be blocked from doing so.

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Uproar Over Purported Ban at C.D.C. of Words Like ‘Fetus’

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:32:41 GMT

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reportedly were barred from using several words or phrases, causing upset among some staff and outside groups.The Department of Health and Human Services played down a report that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told not to use several words in budget documents.

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As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:46:38 GMT

A baby born with microcephaly caused by Zika virus in a rehabilitation center in Recife, Brazil, last year. The most severely affected babies have little language or mobility and will likely require a lifetime of care, a new study shows.They are 2 years old, but developmentally they are 6 months old. The children most severely affected by Zika face a lifetime of care, new research shows.

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Voices: Learning to Accept (if Not Love) My Scar

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:57:29 GMT

More than three decades after my cancer surgery, I still hesitate when someone asks, “What’s up with your scar?”

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Marijuana and Vaping Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Teenagers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:01:15 GMT

The Juul brand e-cigarette, which resembles a flash drive, is popular among underage vapers. Conventional cigarette smoking has dropped so sharply among American teenagers that marijuana use and vaping are now more common.The latest national survey of adolescent drug use found declining use of most substances, including alcohol, tobacco, prescription opioids and stimulants.

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A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:01:13 GMT

John Sueme of St. Louis was the first patient to receive an experimental treatment that exposes scarred heart tissue to radiation, eliminating damaged cells that cause rapid, sometimes fatal heartbeats.Rapid, erratic heartbeats — called ventricular tachycardia — can lead to sudden death. An experimental radiation treatment has eased the condition in five patients.

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A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:35:00 GMT

An Oxxo convenience store in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The chain, which had 400 stores in the country in 1990, now has nearly 16,000.Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses.

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News Analysis: Birth Control Pills Protect Against Cancer, Too

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:51:12 GMT

Birth control pills being manufactured in England in the 1960s.A small increased risk of breast cancer among women using hormonal contraceptives may be offset by the pill’s protective effects.

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Personal Health: The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Scientists are gaining a more refined — and surprising — understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on health.

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Global Health: Six Lessons in Helping African Women Avoid H.I.V.

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:25:39 GMT

A scene from a video describing tactics used to help persuade young women in Africa to take a daily pill that prevents infection with H.I.V.Countering the bleak history of AIDS prevention in Africa, a nonprofit explains how it helped women hide H.I.V. prevention pills and deflect male anger.

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A Last Push for Obamacare Sign-ups — and Worries About Who Got Hurt

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:48:10 GMT

Denise English, left, at a health center in Plainfield, N.J., counseled Sally Benjamin, right, about health care coverage options on Wednesday before the open enrollment deadline. The Affordable Care Act, even with diminished resources and support, has greatly reduced the proportion of uninsured African-Americans and Latinos.Blacks and Hispanics saw the biggest gains under the Affordable Care Act. They’re also likely to be most affected by cuts to this year’s enrollment period, which ended Friday.

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Ask Well: Is an Ice Cream Binge Bad for the Heart?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:01 GMT

A reader asks: Is there a cardiovascular difference between eating a pint of ice cream in one sitting versus eating it over a week?

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Easing the Burden on Caregivers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:37:11 GMT

A new program in Hawaii will provide stipends of up to $70 a day to people caring for an elderly family member at home.

High Glucose Levels in Pregnancy Tied to Heart Defects in Babies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:01:01 GMT

Exercise and a healthful diet during pregnancy may help to lower the risk of heart problems in newborns, one expert advises.

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Italy to Allow Living Wills and the Refusal of End-of-Life Care

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:32:57 GMT

Supporters of a living will bill were overcome with emotion after the law was approved on Thursday by Italian lawmakers.The new law was enacted after years of debate and pushback from conservative Catholic lawmakers.

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Vigorous Exercise Tied to Macular Degeneration in Men

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:56:02 GMT

New findings have surprised and puzzled researchers, though the study does not prove cause and effect.

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Teva Pharmaceuticals to Cut 25% of Jobs in Huge Reshaping

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:18:07 GMT

A Teva factory in Hungary. The company, the world’s largest maker of generic drugs, plans to close or sell a significant number of manufacturing plants in the United States, Europe, Israel and other markets.The world’s biggest maker of generic drugs has been squeezed by increased competition and lower prices and is saddled with a large amount of debt.

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In U.K., Bigger Wine Glasses for Bigger Thirsts

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:25:17 GMT

The size of British wine glasses has increased nearly sevenfold over 300 years, researchers found.A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge found that the average size of wine glasses has increased sevenfold in 300 years.

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Joe Biden Comforts Meghan McCain in Heartfelt Exchange on ‘The View’

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:24:04 GMT

Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, with his daughter Meghan McCain in August. He announced in July that he had glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive type of brain cancer.“One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John,” Mr. Biden told a tearful Ms. McCain. Her father, John McCain, has the same form of cancer that killed his son Beau.

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Can the Weather Make Bones and Joints Ache?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:59:16 GMT

A new study concludes that changes in the weather do not bring on pain.

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Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Body Is Saved by U.K. Surgeons

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:31:50 GMT

Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins with their 3-week-old daughter, Vanellope Hope Wilkins, at a hospital in Leicester, England, on Monday. The baby’s condition is extremely rare — estimated at five to eight cases per one million live births.Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who had her first operation within an hour of birth, is believed to be first newborn in Britain to survive the corrective procedure.

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Exercise May Aid Parkinson’s Disease, but Make It Intense

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Vigorous treadmill exercise was safe and slowed progression of Parkinson’s disease, a new study reports.

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The Sweet Spot: That Age-Old Question: How Much Sexual History Should I Share?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:27 GMT

A reader wonders whether to tell her fiancé that she has slept with a couple of friends, and if “not telling” is the same as lying.

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Can Texting Save Lives?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:07:55 GMT

Crisis Text Line is upending the suicide hotline, modernizing it for today’s teenagers, one text at a time.

India Bans Condom Ads From Prime-Time TV

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:24:00 GMT

An International Condom Day event in New Delhi in February. Despite government efforts to control population growth, the rate of condom use in India is low.Conservative social groups pressured the government to crack down on the commercials, saying they were inappropriate for children.

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Voices: The Disabled Flâneur

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:54:26 GMT

My diagnosis won’t keep me away from the city streets and the sweet energy that’s found there, even if someday I “walk” by dint of wheels.

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When a Sibling Dies, or Has a Serious Illness

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Rivers Schwenn applies makeup to her sister, Parker Monhollan.Up to 8 percent of American children will experience the death of a sibling, but the loss is rarely discussed, and siblings are often overlooked.

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An Obamacare Surprise in the Mail: New Insurers and New Costs

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 04:46:46 GMT

Anthem and other insurance companies have announced that they will be exiting the Affordable Care Act marketplace in many counties in 2018, forcing consumers to look for coverage with other insurers.Through “automatic re-enrollment,” some Obamacare consumers are being assigned new insurance policies at higher costs — for doing nothing during open enrollment.

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The New Health Care: People Don’t Take Their Pills. Only One Thing Seems to Help.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:37:26 GMT

When drugs cost less, patients are more likely to fill prescriptions and less likely to skip doses and split pills.High-tech approaches and “reminder” packaging don’t work well. Reducing prices does.

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The Checkup: Treating Anxiety in Children

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Which child needs psychotherapy or medication: the parent-clinger, the dog-fearer or the school-avoider?

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