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Facing Legal Action, Insurer Now Will Cover People Taking Truvada, an H.I.V.-Prevention Drug

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 17:54

Regulators had accused Mutual of Omaha of denying policies to applicants, mostly gay men, who took medication to protect against the infection.

Global Health: A Virus Even More Dangerous Than Zika to Pregnant Women

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 16:41

The Zika virus must take the “side roads” into the placenta to infect a fetus, one researcher said — but the Rift Valley fever virus takes the “expressway.”

Traditional Masculinity Can Hurt Boys, Say New A.P.A. Guidelines

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 12:31

Men die earlier than women and commit more acts of violence. But the American Psychological Association did not have a guide for working with males, in part because they were historically considered the norm.

Trilobites: Giant Fungus Is Older, Bigger and Rarely Mutates

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 11:15

New genetic analysis shows that an underground parasitic mold in Michigan is about 2,500 years old and has a low mutation rate.

You Asked: When to Start With a Gynecologist?

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:10

Cervical cancer screening starts at age 21. But there are reasons to start seeing a gynecologist earlier.

How Chummy Are Junk Food Giants and China’s Health Officials? They Share Offices

Thu, 01/10/2019 - 05:58

A life sciences institute funded by Coca-Cola and other multinational beverage and snack companies even has offices inside the government’s health ministry.

Government Shutdown Curtails F.D.A. Food Inspections

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 17:37

While the Agriculture Department continues to inspect domestic meat and poultry, the F.D.A. has reduced inspections of fruits, vegetables and other foods.

Hormone Replacement Skin Patches Don’t Raise Risk for Blood Clots

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 17:30

Oral H.R.T. increases the risk for blood clots, but transdermal hormone replacement doesn’t, a large analysis found.

Phys Ed: Mind May Trump DNA in Exercise and Eating Habits

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 14:48

If you tell people they have a genetic predisposition to a low capacity for exercise or a tendency to overeat, their bodies start to respond accordingly.

Peter Meldrum, Who Lost a Fight to Patent Genes, Dies at 71

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 12:29

He led Myriad Genetics, whose patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, associated with breast cancer, were invalidated by the Supreme Court.

Artificial Sweeteners, Not Good, Not Bad

Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:10

Sugar substitutes offered no health benefits, but they didn’t do any harm, either, a review of studies found.

De Blasio Unveils Health Care Plan for Undocumented and Low-Income New Yorkers

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 18:41

The mayor’s announcement, first on national television, came as the Democrat-controlled State Legislature is weighing some form of universal health insurance.

In Her words: 5 Reproductive Health Issues We Should Be Talking About

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 16:07

We asked readers which health topics they felt needed to be discussed openly, and got answers from an obstetrician-gynecologist.

The Checkup: Managing Children’s Pain After Surgery

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 15:53

We’ve come a long way from the days when surgeons were taught that infants’ nervous systems were too undeveloped to feel pain.

When the Illness Is a Mystery, Patients Turn to These Detectives

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 15:53

The Undiagnosed Diseases Network takes on the toughest cases, patients whose symptoms have defied explanation.

Botox May Help Prevent Migraines

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 15:51

In comparison to placebos, Botox injections resulted in an average 1.6 fewer attacks per month for those with more than 15 headaches a month.

You asked: To Go Bare Down There?

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 13:05

Many women do it, but it is important to understand the risks of pubic hair removal before you do.

Four Simple Words to Help You Live Well

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 10:57

This year, take a small step every day to build healthy habits for your body, mind and spirit.

No More Brace Face? Teens Increasingly Use Clear Aligners

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 04:00

As treatment with aligners moves from the adult to the younger market, orthodontists are treating more children without traditional wire braces.

ScienceTake: Watch Scientists Brew Their Own Lava

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 01:31

In controlled experiments, high-speed cameras caught video of explosions that occur when water hits hot liquid rock.

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