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Immune System, Unleashed by Cancer Therapies, Can Attack Organs

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:50:34 GMT

Chuck Peal, 61, at home in Southbury, Conn. He developed acute-onset diabetes, as did other patients who received immunotherapy at Yale.Immunotherapy drugs have been hailed as a breakthrough in cancer treatment, but doctors are finding that what makes them effective is also what poses serious risks.


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Personal Health: Cold Hands May Signal Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:00:12 GMT

The condition, affecting up to 5 percent of the population, is uncomfortable but not necessarily dangerous.


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The New Old Age: Older Adults Are Still Skipping Vaccinations

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:28:30 GMT

Louise Abate at home in Rio Rancho, N.M.People once vigilant about immunizing their children aren’t nearly as careful about protecting themselves as they age.


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The Checkup: Why Parents and Doctors Should Think About A.D.H.D. in Preschool

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:00:01 GMT

The evidence suggests that what works is not therapy that focuses on the child — such as play therapy — but coaching and training for the parents.


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$25 Million in Breakthrough Prizes Given in Science and Math

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:16:10 GMT

Ron Drever, Kip Thorne and Rainer WeissThe awards went to more than a thousand physicists, life scientists and mathematicians in areas like genetics and string theory.


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Did You Just Forget, or Is It Something More Serious?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:45:13 GMT

The risk for dementia is 10 percent in people 65 years or older and nears 50 percent by the age of 85, experts say.Memory lapses that disrupt daily living or cause a person to withdraw from family are more serious than absent-mindedness or confusing names, experts said.


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A Dose of a Hallucinogen From a ‘Magic Mushroom,’ and Then Lasting Peace

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:02:09 GMT

Octavian Mihai at his home in Las Vegas. Mr. Mihai began experiencing anxiety after he finished treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Two studies used psilocybin to see if the drug could reduce depression and anxiety in cancer patients. The results were striking.


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Insurers’ Flawed Directories Leave Patients Scrambling for In-Network Doctors

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:43:15 GMT

Manuel Hernandez, 49, consulted with a licensed insurance agent at Sunshine Life and Health Advisors in the Mall of the Americas in Miami in November.Those shopping for coverage find that many doctors listed are not participating in the network, are not taking new patients or charge extra fees.


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Ties: Loving My Son, After His Death

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:30:01 GMT

I will carry this child for the rest of my life. He lives within me, forever a young man of 22.


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Revalued: Inner Peace in the Palm of Your Hand, for a Price

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:49:10 GMT

Rich Pierson, pictured, and his friend Andy Puddicombe founded Headspace in London in 2010. Mr. Pierson was a stressed-out ad executive, and Mr. Puddicombe had studied as a Buddhist monk. The two men agreed to combine their skills to create a mass-market meditation app.The company behind Headspace, an app that offers meditation techniques to the frazzled, is finding an audience. But some worry about a conflict between profit and science.


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G.O.P. Plans Immediate Repeal of Health Law, Then a Delay

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:04:38 GMT

Speaker Paul D. Ryan signing a measure in January to repeal major provisions of the Affordable Care Act. It was vetoed by President Obama.Congressional Republicans plan to move quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they are also likely to delay the effective date.


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Does Gene Testing Spur Healthier Habits? Maybe Not

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:39:53 GMT

Those told they were at high genetic risk for diabetes did not eat better or exercise more.


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Well: Can You Regain Muscle Mass After Age 60?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:21:17 GMT

Men and women in their 60s and 70s can build muscles that are as strong as a 40-year-old’s, though the process of bulking up works differently in older people than in the young.


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Sinosphere: Fear, Then Skepticism, Over Antibiotic-Resistant Genes in Beijing Smog

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:05:20 GMT

People in Beijing wearing masks this month, after the government declared an orange alert for air pollution, the second-highest level in a four-tier warning system.Researchers did not find live bacteria capable of infecting anyone, despite discovering antibiotic-resistant genetic material in the smog.


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Texas Again Places Obstacles in Front of Those Seeking Abortions

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:41:33 GMT

In June, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Texas had enacted unlawful regulations against abortion providers and women seeking to get an abortion.After losing a Supreme Court case this past summer, the state has shifted its focus to requiring facilities that perform abortions to pay for cremation or burial of fetal remains.


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Johnson & Johnson Must Pay 6 Implant Patients $1 Billion

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:48:32 GMT

A federal jury found that metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed, and that the company did not warn consumers of the risks.



Doctors: A Place to Be Heard

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:05:44 GMT

Mikkael Sekeres, M.D.My clinic rooms, clean and nondescript as they are, sometimes provide a safe house for laying bare the wrenching decisions that tug on my patients.


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U.N. Apologizes for Role in Haiti’s 2010 Cholera Outbreak

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:00:52 GMT

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon avoided any mention of who brought the disease to Haiti, and critics said his mea culpa came too late.



Sunlight May Reduce Risk of Nearsightedness

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:00:02 GMT

But more schooling increased the risk, researchers report.


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Sinosphere: Whistle-Blowing AIDS Doctor Reflects on Roots of Epidemic in China

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:38:10 GMT

Dr. Gao Yaojie, who helped expose H.I.V.-tainted blood sales in Henan Province, in her apartment in New York last month.Dr. Gao Yaojie, who has tied the epidemic to an unsanitary network of blood sales, discussed what she considers the still-untold truth about AIDS in China.


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Public Health: A Trump Pick, and Why Indiana’s Strict Medicaid Rules Could Spread

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:30:15 GMT

Seema Verma in New York recently. Donald J. Trump selected her to be the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.Donald Trump’s nomination of Seema Verma suggests states will be given more power to remodel their Medicaid programs.


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Nestlé Reformulates Sugar and Says It Will Use Less in Its Candy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:14:10 GMT

The new product is sugar, but is made differently so less goes into the stomach but consumers still get the sweet taste.



U.S. Will Ban Smoking in Public Housing Nationwide

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:46:20 GMT

A smoker outside of the Melrose Houses in the Bronx. The federal smoking rule will have the biggest implications in New York, which has the nation’s largest public housing agency.Officials said the rule, which bars tobacco use in apartments, common areas and offices, will take effect in early 2017. It will cover the homes of more than 400,000 New York City residents.


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Mike Pence and ‘Conversion Therapy’: A History

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:06:32 GMT

Vice President-elect Mike Pence spoke to reporters on Sunday in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.The vice president-elect has denied that he supports discredited methods meant to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.


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Insomniacs Are Helped by Online Therapy, Study Finds

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:02:07 GMT

Dacie Love Callon, 70, a math tutor living in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., who recently used software to help with her insomnia.The report suggests that many garden-variety insomniacs could benefit from cognitive behavior therapy without ever having to talk to a therapist.


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Phys Ed: Should a Simple Fitness Check Be Part of Your Checkup?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:00:01 GMT

Experts think your fitness level should be monitored just as your pulse or blood pressure is.


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Editorial: Tom Price, a Radical Choice for Health Secretary

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:21:22 GMT

Donald Trump has picked a man intent on systematically weakening, if not destroying, the nation’s health care safety net.


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Tom Price, H.H.S. Nominee, Drafted Remake of Health Law

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:44:21 GMT

Representative Tom Price of Georgia was one of the first lawmakers to draft a full replacement of the Affordable Care Act.Mr. Price’s bill, the Empowering Patients First Act, would weaken many consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement.


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Stroke Rates Rising in Younger People

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:17:30 GMT

Stroke rates have been declining in older people over the past 20 years — but have sharply increased in those under 55.


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F.D.A. Agrees to New Trials for Ecstasy as Relief for PTSD Patients

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:47:55 GMT

C.J. Hardin, a veteran who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, at a memorial in North Charleston, S.C. He is a patient in the study of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.The Food and Drug Administration has approved large-scale clinical trials to study MDMA, the illegal party drug better known as Ecstasy, as treatment for PTSD patients.


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Justices Hear Texas Death Penalty Case Involving Intellectual Disability

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:59:59 GMT

The United States Supreme Court building this month in Washington. The justices heard the appeal of a death row case from Texas on Tuesday.The Supreme Court seemed to lean toward sparing an inmate’s life because of problems with Texas’ legal definition of intellectual disability.


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Tennessee Woman Accused of Coat-Hanger Abortion Attempt Faces New Charges

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:56:28 GMT

Anna Yocca is in a central Tennessee jail.The woman, Anna Yocca, who was first arrested a year ago, pleaded not guilty on Monday to new charges, which include attempted criminal abortion.


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