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Essay: One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 11:08

The stunning success of AlphaZero, a deep-learning algorithm, heralds a new age of insight — one that, for humans, may not last long.

Cholesterol May Be Higher After the Holidays

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 10:56

Average cholesterol levels were higher in the first week in January.

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Season of Turmoil

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 09:54

One of the nation’s top cancer hospitals has grappled with how to bring breakthrough treatments to market while remaining true to its mission.

Phys Ed: Stand More, Lounge Less? Don’t Do It to Lose Weight

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 04:00

People burn more calories when they stand than when sitting or lying down, but the increase is smaller than many of us might hope.

In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 18:02

Some doctors warn that Facebook is becoming an arbiter of users’ mental distress without proving that its efforts are accurate, effective or safe.

When Doctors Serve on Company Boards

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 09:30

Some hospital executives and cancer researchers sit on the boards of publicly traded companies, raising questions about whether their dual roles create a conflict of interest.

The New Health Care: Congratulations on the Promotion. But Did Science Get a Demotion?

Mon, 12/31/2018 - 04:00

The incentives of grant funding and career advancement, even the potential for fame, can influence researchers.

The Treatment Gap: In Rehab, ‘Two Warring Factions’: Abstinence vs. Medication

Sat, 12/29/2018 - 12:15

A reluctant evolution is taking place in residential drug treatment for opioid addiction. Here’s a look at one center’s wary shift.

Moderate Drinking May Benefit Heart Failure Patients

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 11:49

After a diagnosis of heart failure, moderate drinkers tended to live longer than those who drank more heavily or didn’t drink at all.

Ask Well: What Foods Are Banned in Europe but Not Banned in the U.S.?

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 09:44

The European Union prohibits many food additives and various drugs that are widely used in American foods.

gender letter: 2018: Year of the Woman, in 5 Powerful Quotes

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 09:03

The stories that defined this year for women around the world.

Ties: I Dreaded Winter Until My Newborn Taught Me to Embrace It

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 04:00

Those long, dark, cold winter nights I had feared more than childbirth itself became something I hadn’t known a night could be: a haven. A shelter.

Doctors: What Lies Beneath the Surface

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:11

It wasn’t the first time patients have told me that having a life-threatening diagnosis roused some past demons, or made them see their relationships in a different light.

4 Ways to Be Happier in 2019

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 04:00

Small changes in our behavior, our surroundings and our relationships can help set us on course for a happier life.

Tech Fix: The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 00:09

From Facebook to creepy online ads, the worst tech of the year made the internet feel like an unsafe place to hang out. Yet there were some products that were fixed, our personal tech critic writes.

Take a Number: Long-Acting Contraceptives Gaining Acceptance Among U.S. Women

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 13:45

At any given time, nearly two-thirds of American women aged 15 to 49 are using contraception. More of them are turning to I.U.D.’s and implantable devices.

New Office Hours Aim for Well Rested, More Productive Workers

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 13:32

A growing number of businesses are encouraging their employees to work when their bodies are most awake.

Trek Into Congo Forest Reveals an Ebola Crisis Fueled by Violence

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:50

As deadly conflicts shadow health workers, a New York Times reporter and the remote villagers they try to reach, new treatments fail to get to those who need them.

Phys Ed: Year in Fitness: How Exercise Keeps Us Young

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 10:55

Scientists are only now beginning to understand the many microscopic changes that occur when we exercise.

6 Ways to Eat Better in 2019

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 04:00

Nutrition advice backed by research from the past year that might help shape better eating habits for the new year.

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