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Vaginal ‘Rejuvenation’ Treatments May Be Unsafe, the F.D.A. Says

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 15:37

The agency told seven companies that sell lasers for cosmetic gynecology and related procedures to stop marketing them for unapproved uses.

Cellphones and Crosswalks: A Hazardous Mix

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:56

Texting or talking on the phone affects our walking speed and gait and can increase the risk of serious injury.

Personal Health: Recognizing Eating Disorders in Time to Help

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:10

Experts say an eating disorder should not be considered normal adolescent behavior, and they urge adults to try to stop the problem before it becomes entrenched.

The New Health Care: Shopping for Health Care Simply Doesn’t Work. So What Might?

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 09:53

It’s often too complicated. And even when it isn’t, almost no one does it.

Trump Finally Picks a Science Adviser. And Scientists? They Seem Relieved.

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 08:33

Kelvin Droegemeier, a well-regarded meteorologist, has a long research record. But his views on climate change are not well known.

Patricia Cohen, Who Tracked Mental Health of Children, Dies at 81

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:44

Ms. Cohen oversaw one of the longest-running studies of its kind, tracing the mental well-being of youngsters as they grew into adolescence.

College Students Want Children, but Don’t Know When Fertility Declines

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 13:00

Fewer than half of university students surveyed knew that female fertility declines after 35, and only one in five knew male fertility declines at 45.

Phys Ed: Take a Vacation From Exercise? Your Body May Not Thank You

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 04:00

Two new studies look at what happens when we do not exercise or move around much for a period of time.

Vanishing in the Wild, These Salamanders Found Refuge in a Convent

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 17:09

The achoques have nearly disappeared from Lake Pátzcuaro in Mexico. A colony in the care of Dominican nuns offers hope the species can be saved.

Nonfiction: The Worst Drug Crisis in American History

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:56

Beth Macy’s “Dopesick” describes the opioid epidemic that is killing thousands every year.

After Doctors Cut Their Opioids, Patients Turn to a Risky Treatment for Back Pain

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:43

The drive to reduce opioid use has led patients to clinics offering off-label painkiller injections. Pfizer asked the F.D.A. to ban the treatment years ago.

Alan Alda Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:49

“I thought it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view; but that’s not where I am,” the M*A*S*H actor said.

Global Health: Maybe You Were Thinking About Eating Raw Centipedes. Don’t.

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 16:00

Dried or powdered centipedes are used in Chinese traditional medicine. But uncooked specimens may contain a parasite that infects the brain, scientists report.

Chinese Parents Protest Bad Vaccines for Hundreds of Thousands

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 09:17

More than two dozen parents demonstrated outside a regulator’s office in Beijing after hundreds of thousands of children were put at risk of falling sick.

The Checkup: When Medicines Affect a Child’s Mind and Behavior

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 04:00

What doctors and parents should discuss about medicating a child for A.D.H.D., anxiety or depression.

Dr. Kimishige Ishizaka, Who Found Allergy Link, Dies at 92

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 15:40

Working with his wife, he identified an antibody that, in allergic individuals, produces excess amounts of histamine, which makes them sneeze.

Mother of Dead Woman Says Medics Told Her She Could Not Afford Ambulance

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 11:54

The mother questioned whether race placed a role in how her daughter was treated. Four emergency medical workers have been placed on paid leave and face a hearing this week.

first person: Please Stop Merchandising Mental Illness

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 05:00

There’s no way to make this pretty.

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 18:51

1,387 facilities got only one out of five stars for staffing because they failed to maintain the required nursing coverage or to provide data proving they did.

Meet the Rebate, the New Villain of High Drug Prices

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:45

A growing chorus, including the Trump administration, is calling for a rethinking of after-the-fact drug discounts that some say contribute to rising prices.

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