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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.

High Blood Pressure in Midlife Tied to Later Dementia

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:28

Women with high blood pressure in their 40s are at increased risk for dementia in later years.

What’s a Science Reporter to Do When Sound Evidence Isn’t Sound?

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:16

I knew this article — about the alleged “sonic attack” at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba — would be very different than the ones I usually write. There was not even an official medical report.

Phys Ed: What Half-Marathons Teach Us About Running a Marathon

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 05:00

Running long distances is not enough to prepare the leg muscles for the great demands of an endurance event like the marathon.

Epidurals Do Not Prolong Labor

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 03:38

Many obstetricians resist giving epidural anesthesia because they believe it lengthens the duration of labor, but a new study found it does not.

The New Health Care: Doubtful Science Behind Arguments to Restrict Birth Control Access

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:12

A Trump administration effort to weaken rules on health care coverage of contraception has raised legal questions. It should also raise medical ones.

Global Health: As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:32

In a deal similar to the one that turned the tide against AIDS, manufacturers and charities will make chemotherapy drugs available in six poor countries at steep discounts.

How to Stop Bleeding and Save a Life

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:28

The Las Vegas shooting highlighted the role of bystanders in saving lives. Public health agencies are working to expand awareness and training.

The Checkup: The Latest on Lice

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:48

The pediatric role in recent years has largely been to reassure, to beg for calm, and to try to get kids back to school as quickly as possible.

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