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Top Cancer Doctor, Forced Out Over Ties to Drug Makers, Joins Their Ranks

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 16:45

AstraZeneca has hired Dr. José Baselga, the former chief medical officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering, to lead its cancer research unit.

Trilobites: Free Trees? Many Detroit Residents Say No Thanks

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 14:00

It’s not that residents don’t like trees, a recent study found. They just don’t quite trust the city to take care of them.

Nonfiction: Could Immunotherapy Offer a Cure for Cancer?

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 13:00

In “The Breakthrough,” Charles Graeber recounts the long history of researchers’ attempts to mobilize the body’s immune system to fight disease.

Personal Health: Managing Teenage Acne

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 09:28

If the face a teenager presents to the world is marred by prominent lesions of acne, the ordinary stresses of adolescence can be that much more difficult to weather.

Q&A: The Games Animals Play

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 06:57

In some species, youngsters play to develop skills they’ll need as adults. But in other animals, adults seem to frolic for the fun of it.

Jazmine Barnes Case Shows How Trauma Can Affect Memory

Sun, 01/06/2019 - 19:20

Eyewitness testimony is unreliable because people try to understand a traumatic event by using what they know about the world and fill in gaps, experts said.

Donors of Rare Blood Type Sought to Save a Miami Toddler

Sun, 01/06/2019 - 15:52

Zainab Mughal, 2, has cancer. Her treatments depend on frequent blood transfusions, but her blood type is extremely rare.

11-Year-Old Boy’s Death in Brooklyn May Have Been Caused by Airborne Fish Proteins

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 10:17

The boy, Cameron Jean-Pierre, 11, had asthma and was allergic to fish and peanuts. Experts said a combination of the two conditions could have caused a fatal reaction.

Matter: The Sounds That Haunted U.S. Diplomats in Cuba? Lovelorn Crickets, Scientists Say

Sat, 01/05/2019 - 09:49

Diplomatic officials may have been targeted with an unknown weapon in Havana. But a recording of one “sonic attack” actually is the singing of a very loud cricket, a new analysis concludes.

F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 18:02

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the terms of the new partnership between the two companies appear to undermine pledges they made to keep flavored nicotine pods off store shelves.

The New Old Age: Dementia May Never Improve, but Many Patients Still Can Learn

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 13:57

In “cognitive rehabilitation,” therapists train patients in simple tasks that can make daily life much easier.

One in 10 Adults Have a Food Allergy. Many More Say They Have One.

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 10:00

More than 26 million American adults have a food allergy; almost as many say they have one but probably don’t.

Ask Well: Can I Ever Recover From Diverticulitis?

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 04:00

Whether you have complications or a recurrence depends on the severity of your disease.

James Watson Had a Chance to Salvage His Reputation on Race. He Made Things Worse.

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:20

The Nobel-winning biologist has drawn global criticism with unfounded pronouncements on genetics, race and intelligence. He still thinks he’s right, a new documentary finds.

Bristol-Myers to Acquire Celgene in Deal Worth $74 Billion

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:18

Together, the merged companies would have nine pharmaceutical products with more than $1 billion in annual sales each. The deal is expected to be completed in the third quarter.

The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 04:03

A cluttered home can be a stressful home, researchers are learning.

Where Doulas Calm Nerves and Bridge Cultures During Childbirth

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 16:17

In Sweden, midwives deliver babies. But doula culture interpreters act as bridges between midwives and immigrant women.

Excess Weight Contributes to More Than 7 Percent of Cancers

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 15:21

The highest rates of weight-associated cancer are in the South, the Midwest, Alaska and Washington, D.C.; the lowest were in the Mountain States, New England and Hawaii.

Personal Health: Hearing Loss Threatens Mind, Life and Limb

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 13:35

Poor hearing is not just an annoying inconvenience.

A 6-Pack of Beer for $26? Qatar Doubles the Price of Alcohol

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:14

Many countries have tried to regulate alcohol consumption by making drinking expensive. But the country added a 100 percent tax on Tuesday.

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