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Voices: Hiding My Cancer Under the Hijab

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:00

After breast cancer treatment, I hid my bald head in front of my family to avoid painful conversations about my illness.

How to Harness Your Anxiety

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 04:00

Research shows that we can tame anxiety to use it as a resource.

The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 01:30

Laboratories frequently “reclassify” genetic mutations. But there is no reliable system for telling patients or doctors that the results of their genetic tests are no longer valid.

Elizabeth Warren Has a Native American Ancestor. Does That Make Her Native American?

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 19:55

The senator’s genetic analysis was sound, scientists said. But whether Ms. Warren may claim a cultural kinship with Native Americans is a very different question.

Herbert D. Kleber, Pioneer in Addiction Treatment, Dies at 84

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 16:28

A professional detour to the federal prison hospital in Lexington, Ky., known as the “narcotics farm,” would set the course of his life’s work.

How an Unlikely Family History Website Transformed Cold Case Investigations

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:19

Fifteen murder and sexual assault cases have been solved since April with a single genealogy website. This is how GEDmatch went from a casual side project to a revolutionary tool.

Nonfiction: Kurt Eichenwald’s Memoir of a ‘Mind Unraveled’

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:00

A journalist’s traumatic story of epilepsy and his struggle to have it treated seriously, and properly, in his college years.

Trilobites: Watch This Blob of Cells Become an Embryo in High-Resolution

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 04:56

Researchers developed a new microscope that traces embryonic cell movement in real time, sketching a virtual map of how organ systems develop.

The New Health Care: Is Medicare for All the Answer to Sky-High Administrative Costs?

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 04:00

It would save money compared with private plans, but would also probably shed features that some might miss.

Personal Health: Should You Have Knee Replacement Surgery?

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 04:00

Some experts question whether the surgery is being done too often or too soon on patients who have not adequately explored less invasive approaches.

Retro Report: Code Name Jane: The Women Behind a Covert Abortion Network

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 21:14

In the years before abortion became legal, a clandestine group helped women with unwanted pregnancies get around the law.

The New Old Age: Every Older Patient Has a Story. Medical Students Need to Hear It.

Sat, 10/13/2018 - 16:27

At more than 20 medical schools in the United States, students are getting an earful — about life, about perspective — from healthy seniors.

Sloan Kettering Researchers Correct the Record by Revealing Company Ties

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 18:15

The revised conflict-of-interest disclosures include new information about financial ties between top cancer researchers and for-profit companies.

Most White Americans’ DNA Can Be Identified Through Genealogy Databases

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:12

A study found that it will soon be possible to identify the DNA of 90 percent of European Americans through cousins in genealogy databases.

Q&A: How the Humble Bean Went Global

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:50

Introduced to Europe from the Americas, the common bean was cultivated into a staggering number of varieties.

Global Health: Tiny Nanoparticles to Treat a Huge Problem: Snakebites

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:25

Snakes kill or cripple 500,000 people a year, but antivenins are costly and rare in poor countries. Now scientists are testing injectable nanoparticles that neutralize venom.

Ask Well: Are Calcium Supplements Safe?

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:00

Kidney stones are a known risk, but studies have investigated other potential safety concerns, including an increased risk of death, cancer and heart disease.

Ties: A Handbook for Grieving

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 04:00

Go funeral dress shopping. When the saleswoman asks about the event, say: “Dressier than office, but not as fun as cocktail.”

U.K. to Allow Prescriptions for Medicinal Cannabis

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 22:56

The home secretary said special clinicians would be able to provide such treatment, after two highly publicized cases of young epileptic patients put pressure on the government to review its policy.

Acute Flaccid Myelitis Cases in Children Are Investigated in at Least 5 States

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 13:15

Nearly half a dozen states have reported that they are investigating cases of the condition, which causes limb paralysis and severe muscle weakness.

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