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Phys Ed: How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory Sharp

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:56

Irisin, a hormone that is released during exercise, may improve brain health and lessen the damage that occurs during Alzheimer’s disease.

High-Dose Vitamin D No Better Than Low-Dose

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:47

There was no difference in changes in bone mineral density or number of fractures in older men and women who took high versus low doses of vitamin D.

Sleeping Less Than 6 Hours a Night Tied to Heart Disease

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:47

An argument for a good night’s sleep: People who slept less than six hours were at higher risk for hardening of the arteries, a new study found.

Personal Health: A Device That Gives Parents of Stillborn Babies Time to Say Goodbye

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:04

The CuddleCot helps preserve the body of a deceased newborn for days, allowing parents to hold them and take pictures.

Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 08:28

A filing in a Massachusetts lawsuit contains dozens of internal Purdue Pharma documents suggesting the family was far more involved than the company has long contended.

Take a Number: You’re Not Getting Much Taller, America. But You Are Getting Bigger.

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 16:28

New government data charts some interesting changes in average bodies over recent decades.

Opposed to G.M.O.s? How Much Do You Know About Them?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:38

People who are the most extremely opposed to genetically modified organisms tend to know the least about them, a new study found.

The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 10:03

It is legal to resell unused test strips for blood glucose, and many patients do, driving an unusual trade online and on the streets.

F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspections of Some High-Risk Foods

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:52

Despite the federal shutdown, some agency inspectors are returning to work and will begin performing food safety visits without pay this week, the F.D.A. commissioner said.

The Checkup: Taking the Pain Out of Children’s Shots

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 06:28

Pediatric pain specialists believe that reducing the pain associated with needles can lead to better health care.

Using Sports Psychology for Childbirth

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 04:00

I wanted to face childbirth with an athlete’s strength, confidence and determination. So I turned to sports psychology for advice.

North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 01:30

Military analysts are increasingly concerned about the nation’s “advanced, underestimated and highly lethal” bioweapons program.

Trilobites: In an Ancient Nun’s Teeth, Blue Paint — and Clues to Medieval Life

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 22:09

A rare blue pigment, discovered in the fossilized plaque of a German nun, hints at a broader role for women in the production of religious texts.

Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:37

A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and cancer.

Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 12:00

Minuscule particles coated with anti-seizure drugs seem to halt microbes that feed on brain tissue.

In her words: R. Kelly: Why So Many Ignored the Warning Signs

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 10:49

The R&B star has enjoyed fame despite decades of claims that he’s abused teenage girls. Why?

California Adds Its Clout to States Battling High Drug Prices

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 22:54

Under a new governor, it’s hoping to use its status as the most populous state as leverage when it negotiates with drug makers.

The Flu Is Widespread in the U.S., and It’s Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 22:50

In the last three months, 6 to 7 million people have caught the flu, and the season isn’t over yet.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Curbs Executives’ Ties to Industry After Conflict-of-Interest Scandals

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 19:54

The cancer center will now bar top officials from sitting on outside boards of for-profit companies, and is conducting a wide-scale review of other policies.

Lab Severs Ties With James Watson, Citing ‘Unsubstantiated and Reckless’ Remarks

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 18:51

In a recent documentary, the geneticist doubled down on comments he made a decade ago, then apologized for, regarding race, genetics and intelligence.

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