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The Psychology of the Black Friday Shopping Mob

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:51:46 GMT

What makes Black Friday shoppers behave so badly? Social scientists and psychologists are trying to find out.

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Sugar Industry Long Downplayed Potential Harms

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:11:02 GMT

The sugar industry funded animal research in the 1960s on sugar’s effects on heart health, then buried data suggesting sugar could be harmful.

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Skin Cancers Rise, Along With Questionable Treatments

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:24:51 GMT

John Dalman was told he would need surgery on at least a half-dozen nonlethal cancerous lesions, as well as radiation for several weeks.Dermatology is booming, with private equity investments and an influx of physician assistants doing the work of doctors. Are patients being well served?

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New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:32:43 GMT

A color-enhanced image of a disease-fighting T-cell, reddish, attacking a leukemia cell. A new experimental treatment that genetically engineers a patient’s T-cells to better target and fight cancer cells shows promise.By genetically altering a patient’s T-cells to attack more than one site on cancer cells, researchers hope to devise better treatments.

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Personal Health: Clearing Up the Confusion About Salt

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:00:17 GMT

Excess sodium is responsible for most cases of hypertension, a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

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Will Cutting the Health Mandate Pay for Tax Cuts? Not Necessarily

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:32:45 GMT

Alexia Manon Senior says she would not drop her health insurance even if the Affordable Care Act’s so-called individual mandate were repealed.Americans dislike the requirement that everyone have health insurance. But eliminating it doesn’t mean that they’d stop buying coverage — or accepting subsidies.

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Amish Mutation Protects Against Diabetes and May Extend Life

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:33:36 GMT

The clinic parking lot in Berne, Ind., where some of the Amish residents carry a genetic mutation that may have life-extending benefits.Amish men and women who carried a genetic mutation appeared to be in better cardiovascular health and had longer telomeres, a barometer of longevity.

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What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:01:22 GMT

Syrian twins during a ceremony to celebrate the success rates of maternal and infant health after the 5,000th birth at a refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq in 2016. The U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates among wealthy nations, although some states are showing a lot of progress.Some have made large improvements in certain areas. What have they done to get better?

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Living With Cancer: Giving Thanks for Survivors

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:00:01 GMT

The Holocaust memorial in Berlin.Living with the disease for almost a decade has made me more susceptible to the sorrow of unrelated but potentially horrific suffering.

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Well : Activity Trackers Don’t Always Work the Way We Want Them To

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:05:30 GMT

"You can’t just give a child a Fitbit for Christmas and expect them to be active,” one expert said.

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Podcasts for Thanksgiving: 11 Episodes That Go Beyond the Bird

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:20:14 GMT

A wild turkey in Prospect Park Zoo in New York in 2010. Act 2 of the “Poultry Slam 2011” podcast is dedicated to wild turkey attacks.Tap into the holiday spirit with these podcasts, whether you’re looking for some history, tips, a little existential perspective or simply to be entertained.

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The New Health Care: How I Lost Weight and Learned to Love Thanksgiving Again

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:30:12 GMT

When we moralize about food, we remove joy from eating and forget the benefits of moderation.

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The Checkup: How Not to Talk to a Child Who Is Overweight

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:46:24 GMT

Doctors walk a difficult line as they try to discuss the fraught subject of weight without increasing the distress that many children already feel.

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The New Washington: ‘The New Washington’: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 04:53:48 GMT

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York.Ms. Gillibrand spoke with Jennifer Steinhauer about her legislation to reform policies on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, power dynamics, President Bill Clinton and more.

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Q&A: The Chemical Reaction That Cleans Everything

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:55:11 GMT

Bleach may be common, but the molecular dance that makes it work is an intricate wonder.

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Jesse Jackson Announces He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:17:00 GMT

The Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last year.The longtime civil rights leader said he plans to make “lifestyle changes” but will not allow the disease to interfere with his advocacy work.

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Global Health: Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:32:56 GMT

Doctors attended to a H7N9 bird flu patient in Wuhan, China, in February. The country has been experiencing a “fifth wave” of flu since October 2016.Dire predictions of a flu pandemic proved overblown in 2005 and 2009. Still, health officials are warning that the H7N9 virus, which can be lethal, is on the rise.

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Ties: At Last, Connected by Blood

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:02 GMT

My stepfather was determined to make up for our lack of shared DNA and disprove the saying that blood is thicker than water.

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Ask Well: What Is Parkinsonism?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:02 GMT

The stiffness, slowness and shuffling of the feet that are classic features of Parkinson’s disease can also be caused by other disorders.

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F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:35:19 GMT

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at a Senate hearing earlier this year. The F.D.A. issued new guidelines that will expedite treatments involving human cells and tissues.The agency plans to speed approval of treatments to get them to the market faster, signaling the quickened pace of advancements in this field.

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Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:45:51 GMT

Ian Dixon, right, said he might hire an employee just so he could buy health insurance as a small business, at a cost far below what he and his family would have to pay on their own.In Virginia, premiums on policies sold under the Affordable Care Act are pushing health coverage out of reach, and customers see political forces at work.

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Nuts May Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:25:15 GMT

Eating a one-ounce serving five times a week was associated with a reduction in heart attacks, strokes and heart disease.

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Even Light Activity May Increase Your Chances of Living Longer

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:54:36 GMT

Thirty minutes of chores like light housework or walking slowly was tied to a 12 percent reduction in mortality in older women.

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Heart Attack Survivors at Risk of Later Dementia

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:15:21 GMT

Heart attack increased the risk for vascular dementia, the type caused by impaired blood flow to the brain, up to 35 years later.

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How to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:17:49 GMT

A patient gets her blood pressure checked in Vermont. New guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology lower the threshold for high blood pressure.Medical guidelines have changed, and now about half of Americans may qualify for the diagnosis of hypertension. Here’s what to do about it.

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Phys Ed: To Maintain Muscle and Lose Fat as You Age, Add Weights

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Adding weights to your weight loss regimen may be more effective than beginning a walking program, according to a new report.

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Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:24:11 GMT

Left, a dose of Vivitrol before being administered. Right, a pharmacist filling a prescription for Suboxone.The manufacturers of the two drugs to treat opioid addiction are competing fiercely for market share and drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and prosecutors.

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Peter Sands Named Head of Global Disease-Fighting Agency

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:37:50 GMT

Peter SandsThe new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria faces an uphill battle: raising more money as lethal epidemics keep cropping up.

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