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The New Old Age: A Quiet Drug Problem Among the Elderly

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:15 GMT

Jessica Falstein began taking Klonopin for an anxiety disorder in 1992. She spent the last five years trying to wean herself from some of her medications.Despite warnings from experts, older people are using more anti-anxiety and sleep medications, putting them at risk of serious side effects and even overdoses.

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Matter: What’s Behind Many Mystery Ailments? Genetic Mutations, Study Finds

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:22:08 GMT

A light micrograph of a perforated bowel in a newborn baby with cystic fibrosis. Many Mendelian diseases, like this one, may go undetected in patients, a new study finds.An examination of 20,000 patients finds that more than 800 may have genetic conditions.

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Trilobites: Picture a Leader. Is She a Woman?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:28:23 GMT

Most people will draw a man. Researchers investigate the consequences.

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Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos C.E.O. and Silicon Valley Star, Accused of Fraud

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:24:00 GMT

Elizabeth Holmes became a Silicon Valley darling after persuading high-profile investors to back her blood-testing company, Theranos.Ms. Holmes, the chief executive of the blood-testing company, agreed to a settlement in which she will be stripped of control.

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Want to Be Happy? Try Moving to Finland

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:10:48 GMT

Esplanade Park in Helsinki. Finland, is the happiest country in the world, according to the newest World Happiness Report.The Nordic nations are the happiest in the world, an annual report found. The United States dropped four spots to 18th.

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A ‘Sweet Spot’ for Heart Health

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:05:01 GMT

The lowest risk for cardiovascular disease was a B.M.I. of 22 to 23.

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Ask Well: What Causes Canker Sores?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:00:06 GMT

Medical experts still don’t know the precise cause of canker sores, though anyone can get them.

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Phys Ed: How Exercise Can Keep Aging Muscles and Immune Systems ‘Young’

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:38:27 GMT

Older cyclists are not like most of the rest of us. They are healthier. They are, biologically, younger.

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U.K., Land of ‘Brexit,’ Quietly Outsources Some Surgeries to France

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:01:12 GMT

Serge Orlov, 62, talking to a doctor at Calais Hospital in northern France a day after knee replacement surgery.After years of austerity, the National Health Service is under enormous strain, so it is paying French doctors to perform some operations on its behalf.

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Global Health: Palliative Care Film Challenges Stereotypes About Opioids

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:30:24 GMT

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, right, in a scene from the documentary “Hippocratic,” whose care for the dying involved simple compassion.“Hippocratic,” a documentary about Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, who helps India’s dying, shows the desperate need for the same drugs maligned for causing overdoses.

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Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly Are Still Identical Twins, Despite What You May Have Read

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:54:41 GMT

Scott Kelly, left, and Mark, his twin brother, in 2016, shortly after Scott’s return from space.A rash of news stories this week stemmed from a misinterpreted NASA update from January.

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Louise Slaughter, 88, 16-Term Liberal Congresswoman, Is Dead

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:07:37 GMT

Louise M. Slaughter in Washington in 1998. On the issue of abortion rights, she said, “I don’t think there’s anything worse for women in this country than to watch men in blue suits debating this issue.”A House member from upstate New York, Ms. Slaughter championed women’s rights, food safety and the Affordable Care Act.

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How Training for the Paralympics Became a Full-Time Job

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:04:59 GMT

Andrea Eskau of Germany competing in the biathlon at the Paralympics, which have become a full-time endeavor for some athletes thanks to increased funding.Being a Paralympic athlete used to be a part-time, do-it-yourself pursuit. Not anymore.

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Ties: Dementia’s Gift: Facing Cancer Without the Fear

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:00:01 GMT

The mercy of dementia is that Mom is immune to the psychological distress that often accompanies cancer treatment.

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Adding Formula to Breast-Feeding May Help Some Newborns

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:39:28 GMT

For newborns who are losing weight, supplementing breast-feeding with formula for a few days may provide a kick-start.

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Living With Cancer: Black Cancer Matters

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:16:12 GMT

A meeting in Crossett, Ark., where many residents have medical problems, in a scene from the documentary “Company Town.”A documentary shines a spotlight on the grim relationship between race and cancer.

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Voices: How I Finally Kicked My O.C.D.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:00:01 GMT

I chased patterns where there were none, but I saw one that was very real: This was not the only relationship my mental illness would detonate.

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Overlooked No More: Alison Hargreaves, Who Conquered Everest Solo and Without Bottled Oxygen

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:05:25 GMT

When asked if a female climber needed to be tougher than a man, Alison Hargreaves, in her last known interview, said: “I think that women in general have to work harder in a man’s world to achieve recognition.”Hargreaves sent her children a message from the apex: “I am on the highest point of the world, and I love you dearly.” She perished months later while descending Earth’s second-highest peak, K2.

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Veterans Health Program Closes ‘Indefinitely’ After Killings

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:45:02 GMT

A mourner at the Veterans Home of California on Saturday, a day after a hostage situation left four dead, including the gunman, in Yountville, Calif.The three women who were found dead in Yountville, Calif., served as the core clinical team for the Pathway Home program.

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Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Who Explored Babies’ Mental Growth, Dies at 99

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:49:13 GMT

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton with parents at a school in Harlem in 2008.In hospitals, clinics and books, he revolutionized our understanding of how children develop psychologically.

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What Fertility Patients Should Know About Egg Freezing

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:54:35 GMT

Dr. Julie Lamb, director of fertility preservation at Pacific NW Fertility in Seattle, has been fielding calls from concerned patients after two unrelated incidents at fertility clinics in San Francisco and Cleveland raised concerns about egg storage.Storage failures at two respected clinics have raised concerns about safety and reliability. Here are some things to look out for and questions to ask.

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A Cure for Nausea? Try Sniffing Alcohol

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:31:22 GMT

Prescription medicine is not always the answer.

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Global Health: In Poor Countries, Antismoking Activists Face Threats and Violence

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:29:34 GMT

Akinbode Oluwafemi in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Oluwafemi said his home in Lagos, Nigeria, was attacked by gunmen following threats over his antismoking activities.Killings, death threats and “wanted” posters are used to intimidate advocates fighting the spread of tobacco to poor and middle-income nations.

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Update: Thinking of Going to Brazil? You Will Need a Yellow Fever Vaccination

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:00:11 GMT

Carried by mosquitoes, the virus has spread to the very edge of Brazil’s largest cities, including São Paulo.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that an outbreak of the virus means that travelers should get the vaccine before a trip.

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Congress Quashed Research Into Gun Violence. Since Then, 600,000 People Have Been Shot.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:05:18 GMT

Federal officials and lawmakers debate whether to relax restrictions, backed by the National Rifle Association, on governmental research into gun violence.Why do so many Americans kill one another, and how can the violence be stopped? The C.D.C. quit studying these and other questions over 20 years ago.

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Personal Health: Ignoring Science at Our Peril

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:00:08 GMT

History is filled with examples of scientifically sound guidance that was ignored by those in power.

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The New Health Care: Do Antidepressants Work?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:47:36 GMT

Antidepressants are widely used, but there are still so many unanswered questions about them.The most comprehensive study on them has recently been published, showing mostly modest effects.

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Museums Fight the Isolation and Pain of Dementia

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:00:10 GMT

Carol Rogers, executive director for education and visitors at National Museums Liverpool, which developed and now operates a dementia program called House of Memories.Using objects, narratives and technology, museums in Liverpool, England, are rekindling memories and making connections.

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