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Personal Health: The Worst That Could Happen? Going Blind, People Say

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:00:23 GMT

When eyesight fails, some people become socially disengaged, leading to isolation and loneliness.

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A Conversation With: In Response to Trump, a Dutch Minister Launches ‘She Decides’

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:15:41 GMT

Lilianne Ploumen, minister of foreign trade and development cooperation in the Netherlands, talked with students ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting on Feb. 3.Liliane Ploumen, a trade minister in the Netherlands, mobilized support for global family-planning groups threatened by an executive order from President Trump.

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Shared: A Balm When You’re Expecting: Sometimes Pot Does the Trick

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:35:02 GMT

Jane, who used pot to quell her nausea during her third pregnancy, with her daughter in New YorkFive women describe why they used marijuana while pregnant, and how they assessed the risks and benefits before making that choice.

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When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:30:31 GMT

Ruth Brunn, 98, taking her medicinal marijuana with vitamin water at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York City earlier this month.Older Americans are increasingly turning to pot to treat their aches and pains. The trend raises questions about effectiveness, safety and accessibility.

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The New Health Care: Wearable Fitness Devices Don’t Seem to Make You More Fit

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:30:01 GMT

Fitbits and Apple Watches and the like may have their uses, but they don’t appear to be effective in weight loss.

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Political Memo: With Coverage in Peril and Obama Gone, Health Law’s Critics Go Quiet

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:55:21 GMT

President Barack Obama at the White House after signing the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010.As lawmakers hear an outcry from supporters of the Affordable Care Act, there is no longer a clamor for dismantling it, Republicans say.

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As Obesity Rises, Remote Pacific Islands Plan to Abandon Junk Food

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:47:58 GMT

A market in Port-Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Experts say a health crisis in Pacific island nations is primarily driven by a shift from traditional diets toward ones high in sugar, refined starch and processed foods.A ban on imported food at government functions and tourist establishments is an early step to prevent disease and promote healthy habits in an isolated province of Vanuatu.

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A Push for Diesel Leaves London Gasping Amid Record Pollution

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:55:25 GMT

Pollution haze over southeast London in January. The city was put on a “very high” pollution alert for the first time, as cold and stationary weather failed to clear the toxic air caused by diesel road traffic and high use of open fires, which contribute to about 10 percent of pollutants in winter months.Britain’s efforts to aid the environment have inadvertently led to a spike in an even more insidious form of air pollution than the deadly smog of 1952.

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Long-Term Opioid Use Could Depend on the Doctor Who First Prescribed It

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:00:13 GMT

A man receiving care in an emergency room. Some emergency room doctors are far more likely than others even within their own department to prescribe opioids to treat pain in older people.A study of the use of opioid painkillers found that patients who had encountered a “high-intensity” prescribing doctor in the emergency room were more likely to become long-term users.

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Global Health: H.I.V. Stalks Prostitutes and Their Children in Cambodia

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:56:25 GMT

Cambodian sex workers waiting for customers at a public park in Phnom Penh.A small survey suggests that many young sex workers cannot protect themselves from infection and pass it on to their infants.

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Q&A: Getting the Most From Vitamins and Mineral Supplements

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:32:30 GMT

The National Institutes of Health studies dietary supplements and advises the public and professionals, but its conclusions are often complicated.

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Where the Booze Can Kill, and Putin Is Deemed a ‘Good Czar’

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:48:32 GMT

Zoya Mukhamadeyeva, 59, whose son, Renat, was one of at least 76 victims of fatal alcohol poisoning in Irkutsk, Russia, in December. The cause was a tainted low-cost vodka substitute.In a remote city’s desperation, where at least 76 people died after drinking a tainted vodka substitute, Russia’s decline writ large.

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Universities Face Pressure to Hold the Line on Title IX

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:51:44 GMT

Jessica Davidson of the group End Rape on Campus, which wants college officials to uphold Obama-era policies on sexual assault.The main goal of those involved in the effort is to convince college presidents that the Obama-era policies have positively transformed the lives of women on college campuses.

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China Fights Spread of Deadly Avian Virus

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:51:54 GMT

A patient infected with the H7N9 flu virus was recently treated at a hospital in Wuhan, in China’s Hubei Province.As of Friday, health officials confirmed eight deaths and 77 diagnosed cases just in February, according to Xinhua, the state news agency.

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Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:09:23 GMT

In this 2007 photo, Thomas Stevens Jr. and Amy Hartman of the C.D.C demonstrated the process of suiting up in order to access the interior of the organization’s Biosafety Level-4 laboratory.Work has stopped temporarily at the government lab handling viruses like Ebola because air hoses used in safety suits were not tested for breathing safety.

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Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired Up Over Health Care Are Waiting

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:44:02 GMT

A contentious town-hall-style meeting at Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, held by Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, last week.As lawmakers leave for a weeklong recess, a flood of new activist groups has traditional organizations scrambling to catch up.

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Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:44:52 GMT

Illustrations by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Spanish neuroscientist, from the book “The Beautiful Brain.” From left: A diagram suggesting how the eyes might transmit a unified picture of the world to the brain; a purkinje neuron from the human cerebellum; and a diagram showing the flow of information through the hippocampus in the brain.The illustrations of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, are featured in the new book “The Beautiful Brain.”

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Ties: Trespassing in Christina’s World

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:00:01 GMT

My dad’s philosophy was that you don’t need money or plans, only a willingness to be present in the moment and to go where inspiration takes you.

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Well: Are Fat Cells Forever?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:10:38 GMT

A 3D rendering of a group of fat cells. The number of fat cells in a person’s body seems to be able to change in only one direction: up.

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Public Health: Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:15:45 GMT

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at a news conference on Thursday.The outline of the plan points to a simpler system that would give every American a flat tax credit varying by age, but not by income.

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House G.O.P. Leaders Outline Plan to Replace Obama Health Care Act

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:25:21 GMT

Speaker Paul D. Ryan spoke about the House Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.The Republican plan includes tax credits to help people buy insurance that would vary by age, not income, and incentives to establish savings accounts to pay medical expenses.

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Scheme Tied to UnitedHealth Overbilled Medicare for Years, Suit Says

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:39:44 GMT

An office of UnitedHealthcare Group in Flushing, New York. The Justice Department has asked to intervene in a whistle-blower suit accusing the company of improperly taking billions of dollars from Medicare by claiming people under its care were sicker than they were.The Justice Department moved Thursday to join a whistle-blower suit in California that claims the insurer improperly collected vast sums by claiming people under its care were sicker than they were.

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A Downside of Gluten Free

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:00:01 GMT

People eating a gluten-free diet had higher blood levels of arsenic and mercury.

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Living With Cancer: In Maintenance Mode, Living in the Moment

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Titian’s “Sisyphus,” from the collection of Museo del Prado, Madrid.I often feel relief at not being burdened by hope of a cure — like Sisyphus admiring the view from the mountain after someone stopped the boulder.

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Congressional Memo: G.O.P.’s Grand Visions for Congress Now Look Like a Mirage

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:00:28 GMT

Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, left, and Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, during a news conference on Wednesday where they discussed plans to replace the Affordable Care Act.Congressional Republicans eagerly anticipated securing their conservative agenda, but they have yet to deliver on any of the sweeping legislation they promised.

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Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:35:16 GMT

The ruling gives the Broad Institute the potentially lucrative rights, a blow to the University of California, often said to be the birthplace of the technique.

Public Health: Now You Can Do Your Taxes Without Filling Out the Insurance Question

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:08:22 GMT

An office in Miami advertised Obamacare policies last month. The I.R.S. has stepped away from stricter monitoring of who has insurance.Although the Obamacare individual mandate has not gone away, a change in policy at the I.R.S. may shift taxpayers’ perception about how urgent it is.

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Global Health: A Contentious List of Finalists for Global Aid Fund Group’s Director

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:58:07 GMT

Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand, is a candidate for director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.The backgrounds of finalists to lead the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are likely to draw scrutiny from the United States, its largest donor.

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Blood Pressure? 120 May Be a Good Target

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:05:15 GMT

Lowering blood pressure to 120 — instead of the current guideline of 140 — could prevent more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States alone, researchers report.

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White House Proposes New Rules to Steady Insurance Markets Under Health Law

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:14:16 GMT

Sami Jamaleddine, left, signed up for health insurance in Miami on Jan. 31, the final day of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. The Trump administration has proposed a shorter enrollment period this year.As the Trump administration works to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it is moving to prevent a collapse of the public marketplaces in 2018.

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Mammogram Results Can Be Misleading

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:54:52 GMT

A false positive mammogram has a dangerous downside: It may reduce the likelihood that a woman returns for later screenings

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Phys Ed: Why Exercise Is Good for the Heart

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:00:01 GMT

Even a single workout may start to change how the heart’s cells work, a study of mice on treadmills found.

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Disability: Disabled, Shunned and Silenced in Trump’s America

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:20:23 GMT

The removal of the White House web page on disabilities sent a chilling message to me and others like me.

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Rare Rat-Related Disease Kills a Bronx Victim, the City Says

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:52:34 GMT

Three cases of a rare disease trasmitted through rat urine have been reported in the Bronx, officials said.Three people in the Grand Concourse area were infected with leptospirosis, making it the first reported cluster of the disease in New York, health officials said.

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Humana Plans to Pull Out of Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 01:28:02 GMT

Looking skyward at the front entrance to Humana’s headquarters in Louisville, Ky.President Trump seized on the company’s decision as support for his call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:08:12 GMT

Embryos being removed from cryogenic storage. An advisory group has endorsed the engineering of human eggs, sperm and embryos only to prevent babies from being born with genes known to cause serious diseases and disability.Pressed by controversial, advancing technology, an influential committee laid out the conditions under which human embryos might be engineered with heritable traits.

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