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Personal Health: The Risk of Alternative Cancer Treatments

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 04:00

Avoiding evidence-based treatments in favor of untested ones can contribute to higher death rates, a Yale study found.

NEWS ANALYSIS: More Evidence That Nutrition Studies Don’t Always Add Up

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 13:30

A Cornell food scientist’s downfall could reveal a bigger problem in nutrition research.

Sloan Kettering Executive Turns Over Windfall Stake in Biotech Start-Up

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 11:15

With the cancer center’s corporate ties under scrutiny, the hospital told employees that no one should profit personally from representing MSK on outside boards.

Gender Letter: Damaging a Man’s Good Name Versus Damaging a Woman’s Life

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 09:13

What often seems an afterthought is that for millions of women, and men, who have endured sexual violence, the toll is life-altering. It’s trauma that doesn’t have a term limit.

Boy Who Was Tongue-Tied Speaks for First Time

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 07:50

Mason Motz, who suffered a brain aneurysm when he was a baby, was mostly nonverbal for years until his dentist noticed that Mason had an issue with his tongue and corrected it with a quick operation.

In Hong Kong, Hepatitis E Strain Jumps From Rats to Humans

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 18:49

Researchers stressed the seriousness of even one case of animal-to-human infection in densely populated areas.

Global Health: Ebola Likely to Spread From Congo to Uganda, W.H.O. Says

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:40

Local fighting and fleeing patients led the organization to increase its alert level. The disease has appeared in a Congolese fishing village near Uganda.

Take a Number: Syphilis Rises Sharply Among Newborns

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:19

Along with an increase in adult infections, the rate of infants born with the disease has reached a 20-year high.

Today, Be Kind to Yourself

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 14:56

The Kavanaugh-Blasey testimonies have stirred up painful memories for many. Here’s what you can do about it.

Dr. Lois Jovanovic, 71, Dies; Helped Diabetic Women Have Babies

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 13:14

A third-generation diabetic herself, she upset conventional wisdom in finding that women whose blood sugar level was controlled could safely give birth.

The New Old Age: In the Nursing Home, Empty Beds and Quiet Halls

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 12:59

Fewer patients are winding up in nursing homes, and hundreds of the facilities are closing each year.

Ask Well: ‘Take on an Empty Stomach.’ How Do You Know When Your Stomach Is Empty?

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:00

Two hours after eating is a crude rule of thumb. A more accurate answer depends on the drugs you are taking and your medical conditions.

They Say Sexual Assault, Kavanaugh Says It Never Happened: Sifting Truth From Memory

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 20:13

How trauma and time alter the way we recollect significant events.

Expecting Women to Describe How Sexual Assault Affected Them Creates Barriers to Reporting It

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 18:10

The idea that one needs to articulate the personal effects of sexual assault as clearly as Christine Blasey Ford keeps many victims from reporting what happened to them.

Caffeine May Increase Pain Tolerance

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 16:44

A plant-based diet may also help you withstand pain.

Dozens of Doctors Who Screen Immigrants Have Record of ‘Egregious Infractions,’ Report Says

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 07:55

The doctors include one who sexually exploited female patients and another who tried to have a dissatisfied patient killed, the report found.

Kids’ Brainpower Tied to Exercise, Sleep and Limited Screen Time

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 17:30

At least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, nine to 11 hours of sleep a night, and no more than two hours a day of recreational screen time were tied to higher mental test scores.

E.P.A. Places the Head of Its Office of Children’s Health on Leave

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 17:27

The unusual move affects an office tasked with making sure that environmental regulations adequately protect children and fetuses from exposure.

In Rare Bipartisan Accord, House and Senate Reach Compromise on Opioid Bill

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 15:46

The legislation contains a mix of law enforcement and public health measures. Addiction experts say it will help — but not enough.

Phys Ed: Are We Wired to Sit?

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 04:00

Even when people know that exercise is desirable and plan to work out, electrical signals within their brains may be nudging them toward being sedentary.

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