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Take a Number: Researchers Predict a Quarter-Million New Cases of Breast Cancer in the U.S.

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 09:33

More than 40,000 women will die from the disease in 2017, the American Cancer Society projects. Racial disparities persist but are “not inevitable.”

Generation Grandparent: Fear the Blanket, Not the Germs

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 05:00

Babies haven’t changed, but parenting standards have.

Personal Health: New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Children

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 05:00

Study after study has demonstrated that elevated blood pressure is correctly diagnosed in less than one-quarter of the children who have it.

Matter: A ‘Sonic Attack’ on Diplomats in Cuba? These Scientists Doubt It

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 03:22

The symptoms reported by U.S. embassy staff in Havana probably were not caused by a mysterious sonic weapon, experts said.

Trump Administration Rolls Back Birth Control Mandate

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 12:28

New rules vastly expand religious exemptions from an Obama-era requirement for employers to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.

Fearsome Plague Epidemic Strikes Madagascar

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 16:39

In a way reminiscent of the early days of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, a disease that is normally rural has reached cities and is spreading rapidly.

The Never-Ending Battle Against Sport’s Hidden Foe

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 15:03

The virulent bacteria MRSA flourishes in locker rooms, on gear and on players’ skin, and the fight to prevent infections includes high-tech solutions like a chemical fog.

In Hong Kong, Folk Remedies Are Sickening Patients

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:55

Pathologists at Princess Margaret Hospital discovered more than 1,200 adulterants in supposedly natural supplements, including drugs and animal tissue.

Arthur Janov, 93, Dies; Psychologist Caught World’s Attention With ‘Primal Scream’

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:13

The father of primal scream therapy, Dr. Janov maintained, not without controversy, that it could cure an array of ills, from alcoholism to asthma.

Ask Well: Is There Any Reason Not to Get a Flu Shot?

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 07:00

Unless you’ve had a severe allergic reaction, experts advise everyone older than 6 months to get a flu shot.

The New Health Care: Why America Needs Foreign Medical Graduates

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 04:30

The United States trains far too few physicians; making it harder for immigrants to practice medicine would hit rural areas particularly hard.

In a First, Gene Therapy Halts a Fatal Brain Disease

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:32

With a disabled AIDS virus, doctors supply a gene to boys with a degenerative neural condition.

Price Matters, in Patients’ Minds

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:00

When people believe a medicine is expensive, they may show a greater response to it.

Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico Leads to Fears of Drug Shortages Nationwide

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:33

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, manufacturers are rushing to get their plants on the island back on line to avoid production problems.

Deep in 316-Page E.P.A. Doc, Reporter Finds Hint of Unexpected Turn in History

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:32

There it was on Scott Pruitt’s schedule: a meeting with an acquaintance he knew from Oklahoma.

Review: Paul Farmer Works to Heal Haiti in ‘Bending the Arc’

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 06:00

This feel-good documentary dives into global health care with the same optimism as its subjects, two founders of Partners in Health.

Bill to Rescue Children’s Health Program Hits Snag in House

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 19:12

The partisan brawl that broke out in the House Energy Committee dashed hopes that the Children’s Health Insurance Program would be quickly refinanced.

Personal Genetic Testing Is Here. Do We Need It?

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 05:49

People are using a growing stream of genetic data to help them make better health decisions. But some findings may be overblown or irrelevant.

With Affordable Care Act’s Future Cloudy, Costs for Many Seem Sure to Soar

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:32

Some insurers have been granted double-digit rate increases for 2018 amid questions about the stability of the individual market.

Saunas May Be Good for Blood Pressure

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 15:58

A Finnish study suggests that regular sauna visits can reduce the risk for high blood pressure.

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