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As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:32:08 GMT

Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have been falling in recent years. At the same time, prescriptions for medications to treat opioid addiction are rising sharply.New data suggests progress in efforts to curb the epidemic but raises questions about whether tightened prescribing may be leading some people to heroin and fentanyl.

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F.D.A. Panel Recommends Approval of Cannabis-Based Drug for Epilepsy

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:32:07 GMT

The drug’s active ingredient, cannabidiol, is one of the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant but it does not make people high.Epidiolex was developed to treat two rare and devastating forms of the disease. It contains a chemical compound found in marijuana but not the one that makes people high.

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When Is It Safe to Eat Salad Again?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:05:31 GMT

An outbreak of infections linked to bagged romaine lettuce has left salad lovers confused. Here are answers to common questions about leafy greens.

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Mind: Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:51:43 GMT

Modern antidepressants, beginning with Prozac in 1987, have shaped how the public understands mental health itself.Nearly 9,000 readers wrote to The Times to talk about their use of antidepressants. Here’s what we learned.

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Phys Ed: To Slash Your Risk of Heart Disease, Keep Moving

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:05 GMT

Aerobic fitness can halve the likelihood of developing heart disease, no matter how worrisome your genetic profile.

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What #MeToo Means to Teenagers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:40:32 GMT

Participants at a Day One art workshop explored how relationships are portrayed in the media.While the “Me Too” movement has largely focused on adults, sexual harassment can leave deep and lasting scars on children and teens too.

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Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:35:21 GMT

A colored magnetic resonance imaging scan of a cancerous tumor in the lung, in orange, upper right. A study suggests “that chemotherapy alone is no longer a standard of care,” its lead author said.Adding immunotherapy to standard chemo treatments can halve the risk of death for people with the most common type of lung cancer, a new study shows.

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Basics: You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:32:14 GMT

Scientists have made astonishing discoveries about the nature and evolution of friendship. Without it, humans suffer significant physical and emotional damage.

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Personal Health: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:00:03 GMT

Statins are often given to healthy people to prevent a potentially devastating problem, so some patients object to taking them.

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Turning to Marijuana for a Runners’ High and More

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:20:01 GMT

Some runners turn to marijuana to provide a mental or physical boost.

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Prince’s Overdose Death Results in No Criminal Charges

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:32 GMT

Prince in Paris in 2009. In dealing with chronic hip pain, he apparently became addicted to painkillers and died of an overdose in 2016.The authorities in Minnesota said that no one would be prosecuted in the musician’s 2016 death from a fentanyl overdose, though a doctor will pay a civil settlement.

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Hans Asperger Aided Nazi Child Euthanasia, Study Says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:47:33 GMT

Hans Asperger in Vienna in 1971. According to a new report, Dr. Asperger participated in the Third Reich’s child-euthanasia program.The autism researcher collaborated with the Third Reich and actively assisted in the killing of disabled children, a new report says.

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Matter: Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:02:04 GMT

A Bajau diver spearfishes in Sulawesi. A study suggests these sea-dwelling people have evolved adaptations to deep diving.The Bajau, who spend most of their time on the ocean, are among the best divers in the world. Evolution is remaking them, a new study finds.

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E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Expands to 16 States

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:39:37 GMT

A romaine lettuce field near Somerton, Ariz., in 2016. To pinpoint the exact source of the E. coli, investigators would need samples of the tainted lettuce itself.At least 53 people have been infected so far, and more than half have been hospitalized.

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Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:39 GMT

Jérôme Hamon, left, the first person to receive two full-face transplants, with Dr. Laurent Lantieri at the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital in Paris.Jérôme Hamon, a bookseller who has a genetic disease, underwent a second transplant after his body rejected the first because he had taken an antibiotic for a cold.

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Chinese Doctor Arrested, Then Applauded, for Criticizing a Popular Elixir

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:19:09 GMT

Hongmao Medical Tonic, supposedly a curative blend of 67 ingredients, on sale at a pharmacy in Shanghai.A doctor who suggested an alcohol-based tonic was dangerous was detained for 3 months, and then freed as a public hero.

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Concussions May Increase the Risk for Parkinson’s Disease

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:13:43 GMT

Traumatic brain injuries may lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease, a new study suggests.

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Married People Less Likely to Die From Melanoma

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:37:18 GMT

People who were married were more likely than single people to have melanoma detected in the earlier, more treatable, stages.

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Nuts May Be Good for the Heart, but Are Hardly a Miracle Food

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:59:38 GMT

Eating nuts was tied to a lower risk for atrial fibrillation, but may not lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

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We’re Bad at Evaluating Risk. How Doctors Can Help.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:03:31 GMT

Risk assessment can be out of line with reality. People tend to worry more about shark attacks than car crashes, for example.What to do when we don’t know what to do.

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Friendship’s Dark Side: ‘We Need a Common Enemy’

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:04 GMT

Friendship generally is regarded as an unalloyed good. But scientists have found it also can be a conspiracy, a way to separate “us” from “them.”

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Retro Report: A Drug to End Addiction? Scientists Are Working on It.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 22:00:04 GMT

Researchers are studying a promising drug that could block the delivery of opioids from blood to brain, giving addicts a path to recovery.

206 Million Eggs Recalled Over Salmonella Fears

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 22:01:43 GMT

Eggs that may have been contaminated with salmonella were distributed to nine states, the federal Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.An egg farm in Hyde County, N.C., is the likely source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 22 people. Eggs from the farm may have reached nine states, officials said.

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Opinion: How to Disobey Your Tiger Parents, in 14 Easy Steps

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:30:04 GMT

As you rebel, you can retain your dignity — and theirs.

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How Profiteers Lure Women Into Often-Unneeded Surgery

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:10:13 GMT

Jerri Plummer, who lives in Arkansas, had her vaginal mesh implant removed after a caller who knew her medical history said it was defective. Now she is suing the surgeon, the law firm that advised her to have the surgery and the lender that funded it.An alliance of law firms, marketers, finance companies and doctors makes money by coaxing women to have their mesh implants removed.

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Legal Abortion in Argentina? A Long Shot Is Suddenly Within Reach

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 21:53:25 GMT

A demonstration in favor of abortion rights in front of the congressional palace in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.If an abortion rights bill passes in Argentina amid a surge of feminist activism, it would be a milestone in a region where strict abortion laws are the norm.

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Global Health: ‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 21:58:43 GMT

A baby believed to have contracted a drug-resistant strain of typhoid, hospitalized in Hyderabad, Pakistan in February.An aggressive typhoid strain, resistant to five types of antibiotics, is expected to replace other endemic strains worldwide. It could evolve to become untreatable.

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E. Coli Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce Infects People in 11 States

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 03:50:35 GMT

A romaine lettuce field near San Luis, Ariz. Tainted lettuce has been linked to the Yuma region.No one has died in the outbreak, though 35 have been infected, including three people who have developed a type of kidney failure, officials say.

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Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:22:56 GMT

Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a mystery.”Viruses shape the ecology of the planet, but scientists still have only a rudimentary understanding of the microbial impacts on animals, plants and ecosystems.

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The New Old Age: The Clinical Trial Is Open. The Elderly Need Not Apply.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:10:07 GMT

Because older people are so often excluded from medical studies, little is known about how best to treat them. Geriatricians often must rely on guesswork.

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Ask Well: How Can Oats, Which Don’t Contain Gluten, Be Labeled ‘Gluten Free’?

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:21:18 GMT

Oats, water, even sneakers may be advertised as “gluten-free.”

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