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Want a Zika Test? It’s Not Easy

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:03 GMT

Jamie Palmeroni-Lavis plays with her son, Daniel, and husband, Rob Lavis, at Adeline Park in Rochester, N.Y. The couple traveled to the Dominican Republic recently and want to be tested for Zika before having another baby.Men and women who want to be sure they are Zika free before trying to conceive are being told they aren’t eligible for Zika testing.

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Phys Ed: Activity Trackers May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:42:08 GMT

Dieting adults who wore activity monitors for 18 months lost significantly fewer pounds over that time than those who did not.

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The Checkup: When Should Children Take Part in Medical Decisions?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:00:02 GMT

New guidelines for pediatricians suggest that even a child as young as 7 can express an informed agreement with proposed medical treatment.

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F.D.A. Approves Muscular Dystrophy Drug That Patients Lobbied For

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:36:45 GMT

Stacie Al-Chokhachi, second from right, and her son, Dalton, who has Duchenne, at an F.D.A. meeting in April.The decision went against the recommendation of independent experts, and the agency is requiring an additional trial to confirm effectiveness.

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Could It Be Sepsis? C.D.C. Wants More People to Ask

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:54:33 GMT

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, holds a photo with his infant son who developed sepsis 20 years ago.Sepsis is a leading cause of death, but many people don’t know about it. The Centers for Disease Control wants to make sepsis a household word.

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‘Five-Second Rule’ for Food on Floor Is Untrue, Study Finds

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:30:25 GMT

Food dropped on the floor can be contaminated with bacteria instantly, regardless of how fast you pick it up, a study recently concluded.Researchers concluded that no matter how fast you pick up food that falls on the floor, you will pick up bacteria with it.

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More Child Suicides Are Linked to A.D.D. Than Depression, Study Suggests

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:03:04 GMT

“Maybe in young children, we need to look at behavioral markers,” said Jeffrey Bridge, the senior author of the new research.The new research found that attention deficit disorder was the most common mental health diagnosis among children under 12 who died by suicide.

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Maternal Mortality Rate in U.S. Rises, Defying Global Trend, Study Finds

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:25:34 GMT

Global death rates related to pregnancies fell by more than a third from 2000 to 2015. But the United States has gone against the grain, new data show.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Pledge $3 Billion to Fighting Disease

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:03:21 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg, chief of Facebook, and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, whose private organization said on Wednesday that it would donate at least $3 billion over the next decade toward preventing, curing or managing diseases.The Facebook co-founder and his wife announced an effort to prevent, cure or at least manage all diseases by the end of this century.

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Vasectomy Not Tied to Prostate Cancer Risk

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:00:02 GMT

A large new study found that having a vasectomy did not increase the risk of prostate cancer, a concern that earlier studies had raised.

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Disability: Longing for the Male Gaze

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:21:18 GMT

A woman’s figure is isolated behind a wall of men’s eyes looking the other way.Having cerebral palsy means I don’t get sexually harassed by men. But it’s no fun being invisible.

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Square Feet: Orlando’s Latest Theme Park Is a City for Wellness

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:22:14 GMT

Lake Nona residents in the town center in a back-to-school event last month. Ultimately, the project will have about 11,000 homes and more than 25,000 residents.The Lake Nona development, a wide-ranging project, aims to create a city within a city, with housing, hospitals, office buildings, schools and shops.

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News Analysis: Predict Zika’s Spread? It’s Hard Enough to Count the Cases

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:04:43 GMT

Mosquito control inspectors emptied standing water in Miami Beach last month.Many cases are likely to go unreported; few cause symptoms, and hundreds of women in Florida are waiting weeks just to get test results.

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Global Health: Common Blood-Pressure Drug May Work on Malaria, Too

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:00:15 GMT

A child suffering from malaria in Tanzania last summer. Most of the more than 400,000 deaths annually from the disease are young children in Africa.Giving malaria victims a common blood-pressure drug along with regular treatment may save help lives, a mouse study suggests.

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Blazes in Southeast Asia May Have Led to Deaths of Over 100,000, Study Says

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:57:14 GMT

Palangkaraya, Indonesia, during the haze last year. A study estimated that 91,600 people in Indonesia, 6,500 in Malaysia and 2,200 in Singapore may have died prematurely because of exposure to fine particle pollution from burning forests.The vast number of cases were in Indonesia, where the government claimed last year that only 19 people died.

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Personal Health: Don’t Take Osteoarthritis Lying Down

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:02:20 GMT

There is much you can do to forestall it, minimize its symptoms and overcome the disability that can result.

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Ultra Runner Karl Meltzer Sets Appalachian Trail Record, Fueled by Beer and Candy

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:23:25 GMT

Karl Meltzer, right, was congratulated by Scott Jurek, after breaking Jurek’s record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail.He covered the 2,190 miles in less than 46 days, shaving about 10 hours off the previous mark.

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Scuba, Parrots, Yoga: Veterans Embrace Alternative Therapies for PTSD

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:10:56 GMT

Veterans swimming with whale sharks this month at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta as part of their therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.Veterans, and a growing number of psychotherapists, say alternative treatments can be effective, though some clinicians worry the science is unsettled.

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Opinion: The Insomnia Machine

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:33:52 GMT

When medicine fails, where can the sleepless turn?

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A Mosquito Killer, Unwelcome to Many

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:27:26 GMT

At dawn on Aug. 12, a plane sprayed naled over a neighborhood in Miami. The insecticide is used to eradicate disease-carrying mosquitoes.The insecticide naled is sprayed to fight disease-carrying mosquitoes like the ones that spread the Zika virus. But many people fear the cure is worse than the disease.

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Vocations: Disarming the ‘Food Pushers’ to Help People Lose Weight

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:31:34 GMT

Angela Dunn is a personal coach and receptionist for Weight Watchers International in College Station, Tex.A Weight Watchers coach offers members strategies for controlling snacking, eating out, staying active and, of course, dealing with unhelpful naysayers.

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Spin Class Full? Feel the Burn From Your Living Room

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:41:14 GMT

Alex Toussaint, a cycling instructor at Peloton in Manhattan, whose class is broadcast to thousands of riders.A new crop of boutique workout companies are using interactive apps to bring their cycling, yoga and fitness classes to customers around the globe.

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As Shelter Population Surges, Housing for Disabled Comes Up Short

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 01:22:14 GMT

Alison Phillips, left, who has multiple sclerosis, with her daughter. In the Brooklyn shelter where she lives, she cannot see the stove’s burners while using her motorized scooter.Advocates have been fighting for years for accommodations for people with disabilities, and the shortcomings have become more pressing.

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Sewage Overflow Again Fouls Tampa Bay After Storm

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:10:29 GMT

Water rushed out of a chlorine contact chamber at a wastewater treatment facility in St. Petersburg, Fla.Rainfall from Hurricane Hermine added to the strain already being faced by aging wastewater treatment facilities along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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Opinion: What’s Missing in Dr. Oz’s TV Exam Room

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:02:02 GMT

I watched Trump and the celebrity doctor with my patient, wishing health could really be that simple.

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Your Money Adviser: Health Savings Accounts Require Close Attention

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:21:25 GMT

With deductibles high, the tax benefits of a health savings account can make sense. But do your homework before signing up.

Retiring: Going for the Gold in the Golden Years

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:45:45 GMT

Janet Moeller, 81, competing in the swimming portion of the New Jersey Senior Olympics in Woodbridge, N.J.Many fitness-oriented older Americans, some who came to sports later in life, test themselves in local, state and national competitions like the Senior Games.

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Well: Does Sparkling Water Have a Downside?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:56:45 GMT

A reader asks: Are there any health drawbacks to drinking seltzer?

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When You Look Pregnant, but You’re Not

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:00:02 GMT

I was not, nor have I ever been, pregnant – I’m just a well-fed woman in her 30s wearing an empire-waist dress.

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What Happens if EpiPens Get the ‘Preventive’ Label?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:30:01 GMT

The EpiPen devices made by Mylan.The move could make the device available to patients with no co-pay. It could allow the company to raise prices while limiting complaints from the public.

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EpiPen Maker Lobbies to Shift High Costs to Others

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:30:32 GMT

Groups protesting earlier EpiPen price increases.Inclusion on a federal list would mean Mylan could keep its list price high — or even raise it — without patients’ complaining. But consumers would feel it indirectly.

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Social Q’s: Plenty to Lose in Discussion of Weight and Self-Esteem

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:14:45 GMT

Also, how a small emergency room doctor can be the bigger woman.

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Senate Approves Funding for Flint Water Crisis

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:18:54 GMT

Flint resident Teresa Teal with a “wall” of water bottles, created to protest Donald J. Trump’s visit on Wednesday, outside the Flint Water Plant in Michigan.The money is part of a larger bill that maps out infrastructure projects in 17 states. Its prospects in the House remain unclear.

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Diabetes and Your Diet: The Low-Carb Debate

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:02:05 GMT

A display from the Department of Agriculture aimed at helping people make healthier food choices.A recent commentary suggested that a low-carbohydrate diet would help control Type 2 diabetes, but large studies have yet to support the claim.

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California Moves to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Buy Insurance

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:00:26 GMT

A woman seeking advice about the Affordable Care Act in Los Angeles in 2013.Officials say that up to 30 percent of the state’s two million undocumented adults could be eligible for the program, which could face serious hurdles as it seeks federal approval.

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