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Drug Lobbyists’ Battle Cry Over Prices: Blame the Others

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:19:23 GMT

Members of the Georgia delegation of the National Community Pharmacists Association met in April with lawmakers at the Capitol in Washington.A civil war has broken out among the most powerful players in the industry, which is scrambling in the face of public anger and legislative efforts to reduce costs.


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Gay and Transgender Patients to Doctors: We’ll Tell. Just Ask.

Mon, 29 May 2017 20:28:15 GMT

Dr. Alex Gonzalez, the Medical Director at Fenway Health in Boston, meeting with a patient earlier this month.Doctors often don’t ask about sexual orientation and gender identity because they don’t want to make patients uncomfortable. But a new study suggests that concern may be unfounded.


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The Earliest Signs of Brain Damage in Athletes? Listen for Them

Mon, 29 May 2017 20:16:38 GMT

Researchers tracked the words that a group of players, coaches and executives spoke spontaneously in 10,000 interviews and news conferences from 2007 to 2015.A small study of football players found their verbal abilities declined over an eight-year period, compared with those of team coaches and executives.


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Personal Health: A New Drug for A.L.S., but the Diagnosis Remains Dire

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:00:22 GMT

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, still has no cure.


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China’s Ill, and Wealthy, Look Abroad for Medical Treatment

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:27:47 GMT

Hospitals and a new generation of medical tourism companies are luring well-heeled Chinese patients away from an overburdened health care system.


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The New Health Care: Science Needs a Solution for the Temptation of Positive Results

Mon, 29 May 2017 09:30:02 GMT

The push to achieve new and exciting findings is one reason researchers are having trouble confirming prior studies.



Ask Well: How Much Sugar Is in a Glass of Wine?

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Winemakers may add sugar to wine to “improve” the taste, and sugar content can vary widely.


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Phys Ed: A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times a Week, Has Benefits for Dementia

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Regular, brisk walks improved thinking skills in older people with a common form of age-related memory loss.


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Put Your Baby in a Box? Experts Advise Caution

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:16:17 GMT

The free cardboard boxes, which double as a baby’s first bed, aren’t regulated and have not been proven to reduce infant mortality.


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A Look at Major Drug-Pricing Proposals

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:20:39 GMT

Senator Bernie Sanders at a news conference in February on legislation that would allow Americans to import cheaper prescription drugs.Bills seeking to rein in the cost of prescription drugs include proposals to speed approval of generic drugs and allow the importing of cheaper drugs.


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White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

Mon, 29 May 2017 23:22:34 GMT

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence with House Republicans on May 4, after the House passed legislation to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act.The effort follows through on the president’s pledge to roll back a requirement that many religious employers include contraception coverage in health insurance.


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Take a Number: Car Accidents Remain a Top Child Killer, and Belts a Reliable Savior

Mon, 29 May 2017 21:14:50 GMT

An analysis of fatalities related to car crashes made clear that child restraints are effective in preventing injury and death.An analysis published in The Journal of Pediatrics considers figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System.


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Global Health: Scientists Link a Gene Mutation to Rheumatic Heart Disease

Mon, 29 May 2017 20:21:10 GMT

An X-ray of the greatly enlarged heart of a patient with rheumatic heart disease.Patients with strep infections were far more likely to suffer damaged heart valves if they had a certain mutation, researchers reported.


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Op-Ed Contributor: We All Have Pre-existing Conditions

Mon, 29 May 2017 07:21:01 GMT

Lisa Solod, photographed in 2013, was turned away by four insurers because she was on thyroid replacement, an asthma inhaler and hormone replacement.Before Obamacare, insurers often labeled minor maladies pre-existing conditions. Republican health care bills could return us to those days.


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Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Trouble Bioterrorism Experts

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:31:01 GMT

Testing blood samples for the Zika virus last year at a C.D.C. lab in San Juan, P.R. The agency would see an overall 17 percent funding cut under the president’s proposed budget.One aspect of national security would be shortchanged in the president’s budget proposal: protecting against deadly pathogens, man-made or natural.


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Trilobites: An Effect of Climate Change You Could Really Lose Sleep Over

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:00:02 GMT

People sleep in a park during hot weather in Dhaka, Bangladesh.Hotter nights in a warming world could have significant effects on how well people sleep, a new study suggests.


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McConnell May Have Been Right: It May Be Too Hard to Replace Obamacare

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:26 GMT

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, can afford to lose only two Republicans if he is to get a health bill through the SenateAs the legislative realities of replacing the health law become clear, some Republicans are turning their attention to a different target: tax reform.


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Opinion: Where Will the Medical Misfits Go?

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:21:23 GMT

Safety-net hospitals keep us all healthy by treating the patients no one else wants. Don’t let Republicans destroy them.


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Judge Orders UPS to Pay $247 Million for Illegally Shipping Cigarettes

Fri, 26 May 2017 03:47:36 GMT

A federal judge found UPS liable for illegally shipping cigarettes in New York State, which cost the state and New York City millions in taxes.A federal judge in Manhattan said UPS needed to pay a “very significant award” to curb future conduct and to send a message to company executives.


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Michael Bliss, Historian Who Dispelled Myths of Insulin’s Discovery, Dies at 76

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:58:12 GMT

Michael Bliss, a Canadian historian whose work upset the commonly held wisdom surrounding the discovery of insulin.Professor Bliss unraveled the story behind the discovery of the hormone, which transformed diabetes from a death sentence into a manageable condition.


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Vocations: Finding Meaning in Health Crises

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:07:39 GMT

A hospital chaplain counsels people in the throes of medical emergencies, unexpected diagnoses and end-of-life decisions.


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A Quarter of U.S. Babies With Zika-Related Birth Defects Were Born in New York

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:31:37 GMT

An image of an Aedes aegypti mosquito, carrier of the Zika virus, on display at a New York City Health Department laboratory.New data from the health department reveals that 32 infants were born in the city to 402 women infected with the virus, all in travel-related cases.


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Surprise for a Mother Who Helped Her Paralyzed Son in Every Class

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:35:38 GMT

Judy O’Connor and her son, Marty, at the Chapman University commencement in Orange, Calif., on Saturday.Judy O’Connor was by her son’s side throughout his studies at Chapman University, in Orange, Calif. On Saturday, she was awarded an honorary M.B.A. degree.


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Take a Walk Down Memory Lane. It Can Be Healthy.

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:45:15 GMT

We’ve learned a lot about nostalgia, what triggers it and how it works. (Caution for readers of a certain age: sentimental songs and videos ahead.)



Feature: How Amanda Chantal Bacon Perfected the Celebrity Wellness Business

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:02 GMT

Amanda Chantal Bacon.Deciphering the rise of a lifestyle guru who sells self-absorption as the ultimate luxury product.


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Op-ed Contributor: Get Married, Get Healthy? Maybe Not

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:21:02 GMT

A new study challenges the claim that people who marry get healthier.A new study challenges the myth that marriage is a magic potion.


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Amy Reed, Doctor Who Fought a Risky Medical Procedure, Dies at 44

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:41:58 GMT

Dr. Amy J. Reed and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, in 2014.Dr. Reed and her husband turned a personal calamity into a crusade to spare other women from the medical procedure that harmed her.


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Public Health: C.B.O. Has Clear Message About Losers in House Health Bill

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:08:48 GMT

Sick people would probably have to pay more under the health bill passed by the House, the Congressional Budget Office reports.The Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the House’s health bill predicts dysfunctional markets for about one-sixth of the population.


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Trump’s Pick for Mental Health ‘Czar’ Highlights Rift

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:00:36 GMT

Elinore McCance-Katz has been tapped by President Trump to fill the position of assistant secretary for mental health and substance use. The “czar” position was created to overhaul the mental health care system and bridge more than 100 related federal agencies.Elinore F. McCance-Katz has promoted drug and hospital treatment as paths to wellness, leaving some who emphasize community and family support skeptical.


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Rare Gene Mutations Inspire New Heart Drugs

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:00:15 GMT

Anna Feurer learned she had unusually low triglyceride levels after having bloodwork at a corporate health fair. The discovery prompted researchers to recruit her and her family for a research study of their genetic makeup.Some people carry gene mutations that leave them nearly impervious to heart attacks. Learning how these mutations work has led to a novel experimental treatment.


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G.O.P. Health Bill Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured in a Decade, C.B.O. Says

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:02:16 GMT

Protesters demonstrated outside the Capitol as Republican members of the House narrowly passed the health care bill this month.The budget office’s report also found that the bill would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over a decade, less than the $150 billion in savings projected for an earlier version of the bill.


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The G.O.P. Health Plan: What Are High-Risk Pools?

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:38:07 GMT

Reporter Margot Sanger-Katz examines high-risk pools, the controversy at the heart of the health care debate.



High-Fiber Diet Tied to Less Knee Arthritis

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:27:43 GMT

As fiber intake increased, the prevalence of knee osteoarthritis decreased, a new analysis found.


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Public Health: How to Read the C.B.O. Score of the Health Bill Like an Expert

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:30:23 GMT

Soon the Congressional Budget Office will weigh in on the Republicans’ replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Protesters outside the Capitol in early May had already made up their mind.Four things that health care experts will be looking for in today’s health care analysis, and what they think it will say.


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Cuts to AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost a Million Lives

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:51:58 GMT

A health worker testing a patient for H.I.V. in Homa Bay County, Kenya.Researchers said at least one million people would die worldwide if the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts to public health programs were enacted.


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