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Take a Number: You’re Getting Very Sleepy. (So Is Everyone Else.)

New York Times - Health - 6 hours 51 min ago

Fewer people in industrialized countries are getting adequate sleep.

Ask Well: How Do You Die From Leukemia?

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 22:01

Though survival rates have improved markedly, a variety of problems can cause death.

A Chinese Pharmacist Found Out He Had Cancer. Then He Vanished.

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 18:12

Rather than burden his parents with the expense of his treatment, Tang Gongwei chose to disappear.

The Checkup: Let Kids Play

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 17:36

Doctors should prescribe playtime for young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

Trilobites: Your Spit Might Help You Learn to Eat Your Greens

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:00

When people were repeatedly exposed to bitter compounds in a study, their saliva changed to produce proteins that rendered those flavors more palatable.

The Treatment Gap: This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 09:26

Some hospital emergency departments are giving people medicine for withdrawal, plugging a hole in a system that too often fails to provide immediate treatment.

The Secret to Keeping Black Men Healthy? Maybe Black Doctors

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 04:00

In an intriguing study, black patients were far more likely to agree to certain health tests if they discussed them with a black male doctor.

The New Health Care: This Drug Is Safe and Effective. Wait. Compared With What?

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 04:00

Comparative effectiveness research may be the best way to answer questions that patients and physicians face every day.

Personal Health: What Twins Can Teach Us About Nature vs. Nurture

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/20/2018 - 04:00

The relative importance of nature and nurture has been debated for centuries, and has had strong — and sometimes misguided — influences on public policy.

Trilobites: Before You Flush Your Contact Lenses, You Might Want to Know This

New York Times - Health - Sun, 08/19/2018 - 08:48

Flushing disposable contacts down the toilet or washing them down the drain may contribute to the problem of microplastic pollution, researchers said.

In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

New York Times - Health - Sat, 08/18/2018 - 04:00

City health workers are handing out buprenorphine prescriptions to homeless people in hopes of getting them into treatment.

For Babies, Solid Food at 3 Months May Lead to Sounder Sleep

New York Times - Health - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 14:36

Babies who got solid food early were sleeping 17 minutes longer per night than those that had breast-fed through 6 months of age.

The New Old Age: A Retirement Community Turned Away These Married Women

New York Times - Health - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 04:00

According to the facility’s “cohabitation policy,” marriage is between one man and one woman, “as it is understood in the Bible.”

Matter: The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

New York Times - Health - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 01:14

With such enormous bodies, elephants should be particularly prone to tumors. But an ancient gene in their DNA, somehow resurrected, seems to shield the animals.

F.D.A. Approves Generic EpiPen That May Be Cheaper

New York Times - Health - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:38

Teva Pharmaceuticals will sell a generic copy of Mylan’s EpiPen, which became the target of public outrage over its price.

They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

New York Times - Health - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:51

Experimental gene therapies have yielded promising results in early trials. But the drugs have left some patients worried that success will not last.

For Online Daters, Women Peak at 18 While Men Peak at 50, Study Finds. Oy.

New York Times - Health - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:07

The study, which looked at nearly 200,000 users, also showed that a man’s desirability increased with greater education. For women, it was another story.

Lyme Disease Is Spreading Fast. Why Isn’t There a Vaccine?

New York Times - Health - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:01

The only vaccine was taken off the market more than 15 years ago. As reports of the disease skyrocket, researchers are working on a new one.

Report Finds Traces of a Controversial Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats

New York Times - Health - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:00

The herbicide glyphosate is the world’s most popular weedkiller. There is widespread disagreement among lawyers, researchers and regulators over any potential links to cancer.

How Karate Helped an Aging Expert Age Better

New York Times - Health - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 04:00

The ancient Greek karate style known as pankration offers time-tested lessons on aging well.

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