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Global Health: An Invasive New Tick Is Spreading in the U.S.

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:41

The Asian long-horned tick, reported in New York’s suburbs and as far west as Arkansas, can carry lethal diseases. But no infected specimens have yet been found here.

Margot Kidder’s Death Was a Suicide, Coroner Says

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:00

The actor’s daughter told The Associated Press, “It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame in dealing with this.”

Dr. Robert Newman, Apostle of Methadone Treatment, Dies at 80

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:00

Since 1970, when he established a major treatment program in New York, Dr. Newman emerged as a global expert on opioid addiction.

The New Health Care: Workplace Wellness Programs Don’t Work Well. Why Some Studies Show Otherwise.

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:08

Randomized controlled trials, despite their flaws, remain a powerful tool.

Dizziness on Standing May Be a Risk Factor for Dementia

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:11

Feeling dizzy or lightheaded when you stand up may be a risk factor for stroke and dementia years down the road, a new study reports.

At Edinburgh Fringe, a Spotlight on Mental Health

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 09:40

Even as many performers focus on psychological well-being in their work, the grueling annual event can take a toll.

Phys Ed: Why We All Need to Drink More During Hot Weather Exercise

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 04:02

Some athletes have begun to eschew fluids during hot weather workouts, in hopes that the privation might somehow make them stronger. A new study suggests it doesn’t.

Trilobites: Welcome to the World, Little Fish. In 14 Days You’ll Start Making Babies.

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:27

The African annual fish can reach sexual maturity in about two weeks, scientists found, the fastest known among vertebrates.

Kaboom! Cody! Rudi! Young Flippers Embrace Gtramp, a New Sport for the Instagram Set

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 04:01

The trampoline offshoot blends the countercultural aspect of skateboarding with the raw daring of parkour and freestyle snowboarding, all of it fueled by social media.

Doctors: Playing Doctor to Our Children

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 04:00

We dismissed our 9-year-old son’s complaints and directed him to the bathroom. But then he stopped eating.

The Cycle: Worshiping the False Idols of Wellness

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 17:34

Charcoal, “toxins” and other forms of nonsense are the backbone of the wellness-industrial complex.

Nonfiction: Science or Quackery? The Study of Hormones Has Been Both, a New Book Suggests

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:00

Randi Hutter Epstein’s “Aroused” looks at the history of hormone research and the many missteps along the way.

Personal Health: Is the Paleo Diet Right for You?

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:43

In the Paleo era, people ran around all day and rarely lived past 40, so their risk of developing the so-called diseases of civilization is unknown.

Racism at American Pools Isn’t New: A Look at a Long History

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 16:18

Swimming pools, which exploded in popularity a century ago, are supposed to be places to relax, but black Americans have long faced harassment and violence there.

The New Old Age: The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 15:15

Older patients are particularly vulnerable to “post-hospital syndrome,” some experts believe, and that may be why so many patients return.

F.D.A. Did Not Intervene to Curb Risky Fentanyl Prescriptions

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 11:19

Powerful cancer pain drugs were given to patients with other conditions who cannot tolerate them. A program to curb the practice was run by companies that sell the drugs.

Our Fat Pets

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:32

Sixty percent of cats tip the scales at unhealthy weights, slightly more than the 56 percent of dogs. It’s not good for them.

Q&A: Do Cockroaches Carry Diseases?

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 10:10

A W.H.O. study said there was not enough evidence to conclude that the insects were vectors for human diseases.

Ask Well: What Causes Morning Sickness?

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 04:02

Millions of women suffer from the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, but scientists are still exploring the underlying causes.

What to Know Before You Buy Short-Term Health Insurance

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:31

The plans cover less and follow fewer rules than most insurance that you can buy now. They are also less costly and will be marketed extensively.

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