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From Brooklyn to India, in Search of the Secret to Parenthood

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 05:00

“She’s fine,” the doctor said. “You’re doing a good job, don’t worry too much.” I could not worry too much? That was an option?

A Heart Risk Factor Even Doctors Know Little About

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 23:01

Up to one in five Americans have high levels of lipoprotein(a) in their blood, putting them at risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Already ‘Moderately Severe,’ Flu Season in U.S. Could Get Worse

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:28

Fears of “Killer Aussie Flu” may be exaggerated, but this year’s predominant strain is the most dangerous, and the vaccine is a poor match for it.

The Healing Edge: Brain Surgery in 3-D: Coming Soon to the Operating Theater

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:05

New “videomicroscopes” offer astounding images, helping surgeons perform and collaborate on delicate brain and spine operations.

Trilobites: A Mummified Child’s Remains Show Signs of a Modern Scourge

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 09:33

For decades, scientists thought the toddler died nearly 500 years ago from smallpox. New research shows it carried hepatitis B.

When the Lung Cancer Patient Climbs Mountains

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:04

A targeted therapy clinical trial enabled a Stage IV lung cancer patient to summit a peak in the Himalayas.

The New Health Care: A Memory Shortcut, With a Little Help From Friends

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 06:00

Humans formed social networks long before social media, so why not put them to use?

Personal Health: How to Prevent Falls

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 05:00

Many of us can use a periodic kick in the pants to help keep us safe. I know, because I’m one of those prone to doing something foolhardy.

The Checkup: Do Parents Make Kids Fat?

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 05:00

There is an underlying assumption that children can be controlled if only their parents would take the trouble.

Reader’s Notebook: Total Recall: A Reader’s Guide to Memory Gain

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 21:46

There are a host of recent books on battling forgetfulness. Just in time for the new year — and a fresh start — our writer spent a month testing out some of their solutions.

Can Sweatcoin, a Hot Fitness App, Keep You Off the Couch?

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:43

Sweatcoin has been a popular download for months by offering a twist to fitness tracking. Users gain “sweatcoins” that can be used to buy products.

Yukon Government Gives In to Liquor Industry on Warning Label Experiment

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 16:22

As part of a government-financed study, warning labels of the health risks of alcohol were put on liquor bottles to test their effectiveness. The industry was not happy.

Man Who Sheltered Homeless People in His Basement Stops After City Order

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 14:41

Greg Schiller called the gatherings “movie nights” but the city of Elgin, Ill., said they were unlawful and a zoning and public safety issue.

The New Old Age: You’re Over 75, and You’re Healthy. Why Are You Taking a Statin?

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 12:52

It’s not clear that statins prevent first heart attacks and strokes in older patients, and the drugs do have side effects that can be harmful.

Take a Number: Cancer Deaths Continue a Steep Decline

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 10:17

More than two million patients have been saved by advances in diagnosis and treatment since 1991, according to new data.

Humira’s Best-Selling Drug Formula: Start at a High Price. Go Higher.

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 04:00

AbbVie’s anti-inflammatory drug Humira was never cheap, selling for about $19,000 a year in 2012. It’s gone up by 100 percent since then.

E. Coli Deaths Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Officials Say

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:46

Officials in Canada blamed the leafy green, but their American counterparts are still investigating the cause of an outbreak in the United States.

The C.D.C. Wants to Get People Prepared for Nuclear War

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:39

The nation’s public health agency says a workshop was scheduled months ago, before President Trump’s recent tweets about nuclear buttons and North Korea.

Ask Well: Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 05:00

Studies have found a link between low levels of magnesium and sleep disorders. But changing your diet may be a better option than taking supplements.

Public Health: Remember Trump’s Pitch on Health Care Associations? Now We Know What He Meant

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 04:30

The associations are part of a larger set of policies meant to chip away at Obamacare, and are likely to destabilize its markets for individual and small business insurance.

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