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Take a Number: Amputations and Lacerations: Your Front Lawn Is a Jungle

New York Times - Health - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 11:26

As lawn-mowing season ends, scientists are toting up the injuries from recent years.

One Year After #MeToo, Examining a Collective Awakening

New York Times - Health - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 10:32

Exactly one year ago, reporting on Harvey Weinstein unleashed a movement. That movement’s adaptability and capacity continues to be tested at a whirlwind pace.

2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded to 2 Cancer Immunotherapy Researchers

New York Times - Health - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 10:07

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo were recognized for a discovery that the body’s immune system can be used to attack cancer cells.

Use of Evolution to Design Molecules Nets Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 3 Scientists

New York Times - Health - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 10:05

Frances H. Arnold of the U.S. received half the prize, while her compatriot George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter of Britain shared the other half.

Ask Well: Does Coenzyme Q10 Reduce Statin-Related Muscle Aches?

New York Times - Health - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 04:00

Studies have provided mixed results.

Matter: Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals

New York Times - Health - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 15:31

Long ago, Neanderthals probably infected modern humans with viruses, perhaps even an ancient form of H.I.V. But our extinct relatives also gave us genetic defenses.

If Only Everyone Had a Postpartum Doula

New York Times - Health - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 10:55

When a baby comes, friends and families don’t always know how to help.

Doctors: My Human Doctor

New York Times - Health - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 04:00

Medical school teaches us to examine, to research, to treat. We don’t learn to err and recover.

The New Health Care: Uber, Lyft and the Urgency of Saving Money on Ambulances

New York Times - Health - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 03:26

“Don’t reflexively call an ambulance,” a Harvard researcher says. In many cases, a cheaper way makes sense.

Pret A Manger Starts Labeling Food With Allergens

New York Times - Health - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 14:37

The British sandwich chain was criticized for inadequate labeling after a 15-year-old girl died after eating one of its sandwiches.

Psychedelic Mushrooms Are Closer to Medicinal Use (It’s Not Just Your Imagination)

New York Times - Health - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 13:06

Researchers say psilocybin, the active compound in the mushrooms, should be reclassified to treat anxiety and depression. But any such move would be years away.

Trilobites: Why Elephants Don’t Shed Their Skin

New York Times - Health - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:54

The cracks in African elephants’ skin help them keep cool and stay healthy. A new explanation for how those cracks form could offer insights into treating a human skin disease.

Eating Processed Meats Tied to Breast Cancer Risk

New York Times - Health - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:37

Women who ate the most processed meats, like hot dogs, bacon and ham, had a 9 percent increased risk of breast cancer compared to those who infrequently ate such foods.

Phys Ed: We Slow as We Age, but May Not Need to Slow Too Much

New York Times - Health - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 04:00

Although declines in running and other activities are unavoidable, they may be less steep than many of us fear.

F.D.A. Seizes Documents From Juul Headquarters

New York Times - Health - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 17:37

The latest move by the agency to increase pressure on e-cigarette makers to curtail marketing their products to teenagers.

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Chief Executive Resigns From Merck’s Board of Directors

New York Times - Health - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 17:19

Under scrutiny for the hospital’s industry ties and compensation, Dr. Craig B. Thompson stepped down from two company boards.

These Cholesterol-Reducers May Save Lives. So Why Aren’t Heart Patients Getting Them?

New York Times - Health - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 13:58

Powerful PCSK9 inhibitors were supposed to revolutionize care for cardiac patients. But insurers and other payers balked at sky-high prices.

To Prevent Urinary Tract Infections, Drink Up

New York Times - Health - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:31

Women who drank more water got fewer U.T.I.s, a randomized trial confirmed.

Ivy League Football Saw Large Reduction in Concussions After New Kickoff Rules

New York Times - Health - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 04:00

The Ivy League adjusted its kickoff and touchback lines by just five yards. The number of concussions per 1,000 kickoff plays dropped from 11 to two, a new study found.

Voices: The Secret to Aging Well? Contentment

New York Times - Health - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 23:30

Despite having many friends in their 70s, 80s and 90s, I’ve been far too slow to realize that how we respond to aging is a choice made in the mind, not in the gym.

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