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Trilobites: Fish Depression Is Not a Joke

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:42

Fish can get depressed, just like you, and that could make them a good model organism for studying depression in people.

Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:28

New research shows that the number of eggs a woman has left doesn’t necessarily predict her ability to conceive naturally.

Why I Almost Fired My Doctor

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:47

Was I going to risk my longevity to avoid hurting my doctor’s feelings? I needed a physician I respected and trusted.

Personal Health: Choosing the Best Moisturizer for Your Skin

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:00

How to select a moisturizer likely to be effective and unlikely to cause an unwanted reaction.

The Checkup: Literacy Builds Life Skills as Well as Language Skills

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:00

It’s wrong to think about literacy as just one restricted developmental zone. Reading is about so much more than decoding print.

A Gun to His Head as a Child. In Prison as an Adult.

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 16:51

Taking childhood trauma into account means asking inmates “What happened to you?” instead of “What is wrong with you?”

Your Money Adviser: The Benefits (and the Catch) of Health Savings Accounts

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:56

H.S.A.s offer a triple tax benefit, and if you change jobs, the H.S.A. moves with you. But they’re available only with high-deductible health insurance plans.

Global Health: In Early Results, Shorter Treatment for Tuberculosis Proves Effective

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:14

A nine-month course of treatment seems to work as well as a longer regimen to cure drug-resistant tuberculosis, a growing threat to global health.

The New Old Age: Wringing Cash From Life Insurance

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:32

Life-settlement providers purchase policies from older people who want the money now. Sometimes that’s a good idea — and sometimes not.

We Work. We Live. We Work Out. Eventually We Die.

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:46

WeWork wants you to work nice with others and live nice with others. And now, at its new gyms, work out nice with others.

Ask Well: How Do People Die From Diabetes?

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:00

While untreated diabetes itself can be deadly, complications from the disease such as heart attacks are a more common cause of death.

Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 01:46

The White House said President Trump was scrapping health insurance subsidies, and he signed a separate order allowing the sale of cheaper polices with fewer benefits.

House Ethics Office Says New York Congressman May Have Violated Rules

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:11

An inquiry centered on actions by a New York Congressman who is a majority stockholder in a biotech company.

The New Health Care: Can the U.S. Repair Its Health Care While Keeping Its Innovation Edge?

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:57

The two are not mutually exclusive, but harm to innovation in America could harm other nations, too.

Living With Cancer: Cancer Humor

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:02

Cracking up may be a better option than breaking down, or so three recent books by young people with cancer suggest.

Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:26

President Trump is expected to issue an order on Thursday to allow the sale of health insurance plans that are exempt from some Affordable Care Act rules.

Seychelles Reports a Case of Plague

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 17:13

A man fell ill after returning from Madagascar, which is struggling to contain a rash of plague cases. It is the first instance of the outbreak spreading to another country.

In New Test for Obamacare, Iowa Seeks to Abandon Marketplace

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:17

Its plan would give premium subsidies to well-off people but increase out-of-pocket costs for many with modest incomes. Other states could potentially follow.

I Was Misinformed: Cold Carriers, You’ve Been Busted

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:57

Tired of wondering who gave you that terrible cold? There’s a genealogical test for that.

‘Brilliant,’ 41 and Lost to AIDS: The Theater World Asks Why

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:46

The death of Michael Friedman, a much-admired composer and lyricist, has left friends and fellow artists asking if they could have done more to help him amid signs of trouble.