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Affordable Care Act: A Tale of Two Red States

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:29 GMT

Cameron Jarrett with his son, Henry, in Bartlesville, Okla. Mr. Jarrett is disappointed with his options under the Affordable Care Act but said, “If we’re going to do this, let’s give it every opportunity to work, even if it’s not a policy I agree with over all.”In Oklahoma, which has raged against the law, insurance premiums are among the nation’s highest. New Mexico, which oversees its marketplace, has some of the lowest.

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The New Old Age: Could Be the Thyroid; Could Be Ennui. Either Way, the Drug Isn’t Helping.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:33:12 GMT

Doctors often prescribe levothyroxine to treat an underactive thyroid, and for most it has no effect.

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‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:01:14 GMT

Dr. Doris Greenblatt in New York. Dr. Greenblatt participated in the trial because her epilepsy had caused memory problems.The timing of stimulation to the brain was determined to be crucial in research published on Thursday, and it might help treat dementia, head injuries and other conditions.

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White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:42:38 GMT

Speaker Paul D. Ryan at a news conference on health care legislation at the Capitol early this month. “We’re in the midst of negotiating sort of finishing touches” on a health bill, he said this week in London.The measure faces an uncertain fate as Congress also must deal with a far more urgent deadline: a looming government shutdown if a new funding measure is not approved.

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Should You Worry About Being the Next Henrietta Lacks?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:33:09 GMT

Rose Byrne, left, and Oprah Winfrey in a scene from the HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”A simple blood test could provide our entire DNA sequence. Could researchers and drug companies use our cells in other ways, without telling us?

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Ties: Unmoored by a Psychotic Break

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Like a rare butterfly, my son is examined and classified with a label: schizoaffective disorder.

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F.D.A. Strengthens Warnings for Painkillers in Children

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:57:41 GMT

Children and nursing mothers should not take codeine or tramadol, the agency cautions.

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Ask Well: Why Do Allergies Cause ‘Brain Fog’?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:05:11 GMT

No one really knows why people often report feeling “fuzzy headed” when they have allergies.

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Pictures From the March for Science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:11:43 GMT

Marchers taking to the streets in Washington.Visual highlights from the demonstrations in Washington and around the world.

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Scientists, Feeling Under Siege, March Against Trump Policies

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:14:46 GMT

Gathering at the Washington Monument before March for Science on Saturday.Thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts took to the streets in Washington and around the world on Saturday to protest.

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Smokeless Tobacco Is Gone From the Ballpark, if Not the Clubhouse

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:15:50 GMT

Since last April, New York City has banned smokeless-tobacco products for use at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.Major League Baseball supports local bans on smokeless tobacco, but a number of players said they viewed them as an invasion of personal rights.

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Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:39:40 GMT

Works of art by Kenny Scharf and Okuda San Miguel adorn the interior of International Church of Cannabis in Denver.A legislator made a last-minute attempt to shut down the International Church of Cannabis, but it opened its doors to the public on Thursday.

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Public Health: A New G.O.P. Health Proposal Evokes the Old Days

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:55:51 GMT

A supporter of Obamacare at a town hall in Aurora, Colo., this month hosted by Mike Coffman, a Republican House member.Protection for people with pre-existing problems would be largely technical as states could waive key insurance rules.

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Sometimes It’s Better Not to Know

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:17:01 GMT

My 97-year-old patient told me he didn’t know if he was looking forward to being 98.

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Trish Vradenburg, Crusader Against Alzheimer’s, Dies at 70

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:28:37 GMT

Trish Vradenburg and her husband, George, in Washington in 2011. They raised millions to fight Alzheimer’s and established their own organization.Ms. Vradenburg, a sitcom writer whose mother died of complications of the disease, and her husband raised millions for research and established their own organization to generate greater awareness.

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Fixes: A Focus on Health to Resolve Urban Ills

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:43:24 GMT

A view of Richmond, Calif., from an Amtrak train.Discrimination, poverty, inequality and violence create unbearable stress, and stress kills. Relieving all of them saves lives and cities.

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Retired Miners Lament Trump’s Silence on Imperiled Health Plan

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:16:01 GMT

David VanSickle, a retired miner, at his home in Uniontown, Pa. Mr. VanSickle, who has breathing difficulty, attaches himself to a machine that essentially props open the airway to his lungs while he sleeps.Coal company bankruptcies have left coverage for retirees, many with chronic ailments, in federal hands. Unless Congress acts this month, benefits will end.

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Phys Ed: Running May Be Socially Contagious

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Our workouts may be shaped by what our (virtual) friends do.

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Health Insurers Make Case for Subsidies, but Get Little Assurance From Administration

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:34:40 GMT

Seema Verma, the new Medicare administrator, last week at the White House. She met with health insurers on Tuesday.Insurers have been closely watching as President Trump and congressional lawmakers debate the future of subsidies that help lower deductibles and co-payments.

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Public Health: Bare Market: What Happens if Places Have No Obamacare Insurers?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:24:38 GMT

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at a White House event this month. Uncertainty is growing as the administration sends negative signals about the future of the Obamacare markets.The Affordable Care Act did not have a real backup plan if no insurers wanted to cover an area.

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Steroids May Be Risky Even in the Short Term

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Taking oral corticosteroids for only a month or less may increase the risk of blood clots, infections and broken bones.

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First Words: America’s New ‘Anxiety’ Disorder

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:02 GMT

This nation has never been shy about diagnosing its own jitters. Now the condition has become political.

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The March for Science: Why Some Are Going, and Some Will Sit Out

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:37:20 GMT

The Anderson family making protest signs at home near Salt Lake City. They are planning to attend the March for Science on Saturday in Washington, D.C.In remarks submitted to The Times, some said the president’s posture toward science demanded a response, but others worried about the politicization of science.

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A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:48:23 GMT

Adam Lipson, a public defender, looked on as a participant in San Francisco’s Young Adult Court addressed Judge Bruce E. Chan at a session in March.San Francisco’s Young Adult Court, created in 2015, is based on recent research suggesting that brain development extends beyond age 18, into the 20s.

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Global Health: In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:27:09 GMT

Tujah, the Komodo dragon. Scientists are studying a substance from his blood that has germ-killing abilities.Blood samples from a captive Komodo dragon blood yield molecules that kill bacteria and heal wounds, biochemists find.

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Prince Harry Says He Sought Counseling Over His Mother’s Death

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:01:59 GMT

Prince Harry at a service in London this month honoring victims of the terrorist attack outside Parliament.The prince was 12 when Princess Diana died. Now an advocate on mental health issues, he said that he had suffered for years before getting help.

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Personal Health: The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:00:01 GMT

Nonadherence to prescriptions causes some 125,000 deaths a year in the United States alone.

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