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Cancer Center Switches Focus on Fund-Raising as Problems Mount

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 19:00

The change highlights the challenges facing Memorial Sloan Kettering, one of the nation’s most prestigious cancer centers, amid a widening crisis.

Appendicitis? Antibiotics May Be All You Need

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:23

A five-year study found that in many cases of uncomplicated appendicitis, surgery was not necessary.

Shingles Vaccine Shortages Result From High Demand

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 10:32

Shingrix, the vaccine approved last year to prevent shingles, has proved so popular that its maker, GlaxoSmithKline, has not been able to produce it quickly enough.

Protesters Rally Against Kavanaugh, and Back His Accusers: ‘The Wave of Women Is Here’

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 09:25

Demonstrations and walkouts took place in solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, who have accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct.

Should You Give Birth at a Birth Center?

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 04:00

For uncomplicated pregnancies, they offer an alternative to the typically expensive and intervention-heavy maternity care system.

#WhyIDidntReport: Survivors of Sexual Assault Share Their Stories After Trump Tweet

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 23:04

A new hashtag has survivors of sexual abuse answering the question: Why didn’t you say something sooner?

Trial by Fire: Critics Demand That a Huge Sepsis Study Be Stopped

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 18:30

A trial enrolling new patients resembles “an experiment that would be conducted on laboratory animals,” one advocacy group said.

Giving Malaria a Deadline

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:09

With a new genetic tool, scientists move a step closer to eradicating mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they carry.

Personal Health: Trim and Fit? You May Still Have Heart Disease

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:01

Lessons from Jane Brody’s brother: Having all the right cholesterol numbers and staying active is no guarantee your coronary arteries are in great shape.

The New Health Care: Congratulations. Your Study Went Nowhere.

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 04:00

Researchers should embrace negative results instead of accentuating the positive, which is one of several biases that can lead to bad science.

Tiny Device Is a ‘Huge Advance’ for Treatment of Severe Heart Failure

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 18:09

A clip used to repair damaged heart valves sharply reduced deaths among patients with a grim prognosis.

Advertising: Starring in That Drug Commercial? An Actual Patient

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 16:12

Pharmaceutical ads have long featured healthy-looking actors or celebrity pitches. Now there’s an increased desire to use people who have taken the medications.

Phys Ed: Faster. Slower. How We Walk Depends on Who We Walk With, and Where We Live.

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 03:51

Men tend to walk differently with other men than with women. And Americans walk faster with children, whereas Ugandans move more leisurely.

Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 17:29

Many businesses are ill-equipped or unwilling to deal with opioid addiction even as it has driven up health costs and hurt productivity.

Beat Richner, Doctor to Cambodia’s Needy Young, Dies at 71

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:47

Dr. Richner turned a war-ravaged pediatric hospital in Phnom Penh into a network of five medical centers that now serve one million patients a year.

The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 09:27

In 1983, Sally and Bennett Shaywitz began studying the reading skills of more than 400 children. The subjects are in their 40s now, and the Shaywitzes are still tracking them.

Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Step for Wearable Gadgets

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 08:28

The faster speeds and larger screen sound boring on paper. But an electrical heart sensor gives a glimpse of the promise to come, our reviewer writes.

Ask Well: How Long Do I Retain Immunity?

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 04:00

Antibody half-life varies tremendously, from about 11 years for tetanus to over 200 years for measles and mumps.

When Family Members Care for Aging Parents

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 03:39

My siblings and I joined the ranks of the 15 million or so unpaid and untrained family caregivers for older adults in the United States.

The Checkup: For Kids With Concussions, Less Time Alone in a Dark Room

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 17:07

The C.D.C.’s first guidelines to focus on children’s head injuries steer doctors away from CT scans and prolonged isolation.

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