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Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 14:05

Gene therapy for cancer is becoming a reality but works best for blood cancers like leukemia and not yet in more common ones like lung cancer.

New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 20:16

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said she would consider taking money from Coke for C.D.C. programs despite the agency’s having cut ties with the company in the past.

On Baseball: Fatherhood, and Illness, Retools the Priorities of Rockies Starter Chad Bettis

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 14:39

Bettis, 28, who was battling testicular cancer when his baby daughter, Everleigh, arrived, said, “I kind of found out where baseball stood.”

Noah Syndergaard, Injured After Bulking Up, Rethinks His Training

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 10:33

“I realize now how messed up my body was, and I’m working hard to get it back to normal,” said the Mets starter, who has not pitched since April 30.

What We Finally Got Around to Learning at the Procrastination Research Conference

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 13:12

For the last 20 years, academic researchers have gathered at this event to share and debate their studies without being mocked.

The New Old Age: Another Possible Indignity of Age: Arrest

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:48

Confrontations with police officers are increasing as the ranks of older Americans swell and dementia becomes more widespread.

Ask Well: Should We Be Buying Iodized Salt?

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 05:00

Most Americans and Europeans who eat a varied diet get enough iodine even if they don’t use iodized salt, though pregnant women are at risk.

A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 04:00

Mallinckrodt’s spending on political donations and lobbying comes as the drug industry as a whole beefs up its Capitol Hill presence.

Congressional Memo: In a Cruel Summer for the G.O.P., ‘Things Are Starting to Feel Incoherent’

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:25

Republicans in Washington should be returning home next week to brag. But despite having total control on Capitol Hill, even they admit that policies aren’t advancing.

These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 21:24

Sentiment in a Pennsylvania county has tracked with a national shift in opinion about the Affordable Care Act amid fears that millions could lose coverage.

Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:59

Bolt is the fastest sprinter ever in spite of — or because of? — an uneven stride that upends conventional wisdom.

Trilobites: A Sensor on Your Skin That Looks and Feels Like a Temporary Tattoo

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:39

Researchers have developed a new breathable, wearable sensor that can monitor vital signals without irritating skin.

Long Workdays May Be Bad for Your Heart

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:00

Compared with people who worked 35 to 40 hours a week, those who worked more than 55 hours had a 40 percent increased risk of atrial fibrillation.

Glioblastoma, John McCain’s Form of Brain Cancer, Carries Troubling Prognosis

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 08:24

The senator has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer that is aggressive and difficult to treat.

Certain Antibiotics May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:40

Ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin and other drugs like them should be avoided in pregnancy, a study found.

Doctors: The Risk of Exertional Heatstroke to Young Athletes

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 05:00

Banning two-a-day summer practices in high schools could help minimize the danger.

Diagnosis: Why Couldn’t This Man Stop Hiccupping?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:00

It started as a normal bout, but no remedy cured them. What was causing these relentless spasms?

Trump Demands That Senators Find a Way to Replace Obamacare

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 19:31

A day after he seemed to give up his legislative push, President Trump summoned Republican senators to tell them not to leave Washington until they repeal and replace Obamacare.

F.D.A. Panel Recommends Approval for Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:37

If accepted, which is likely, it will be the first gene therapy ever to reach the American market. “This is the beginning of something big,” a doctor said.

A New Brooklyn Clinic for Hotel Workers Who Enjoy No-Cost Care

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:53

The health center opening in August promises to provide checkups, dental care and physical therapy without having to wait to be seen.