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Critic’s Notebook: Cancer Haunts a Composer’s Life and Work

New York Times - Health - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 09:00

Michael Hersch’s latest piece, “I hope we get a chance to visit soon,” includes settings of emails he exchanged with a friend dying of the disease.

Personal Health: How to Increase Your Chances of Having a Long, Healthy Life

New York Times - Health - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 04:00

The big factors in life expectancy: whether people smoke, what and how much they eat, and whether they abuse alcohol or drugs.

Prices Keep Rising for Drugs Treating Painful Sex in Women

New York Times - Health - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 14:32

Pharmaceutical companies get away with marking up drugs used to improve women’s sex lives because there’s little public outcry over a topic that’s pretty much taboo.

The Fight to Get a Vaccine to Center of Ebola Outbreak

New York Times - Health - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 14:48

Medical investigators will need to overcome the rural region’s extreme logistical hurdles to reconstruct transmission chains, vaccinate contacts and halt the spread.

Four More People Die From Tainted Romaine Lettuce

New York Times - Health - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 13:39

To date, 197 people have been sickened in the E. coli outbreak tied to romaine, and five have died, the CDC said. But the shelf life of the tainted lettuce is now past, the agency said.

Cinnamon May Be Safe in Foods, but Is It Safe in E-Cigarettes?

New York Times - Health - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 09:29

A cinnamon food additive impaired the cilia in human lung cells.

Ask Well: How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?

New York Times - Health - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:00

Medical researchers, normally a genteel lot, disagree sharply on the extent to which side effects from statin drugs are a problem.

The Next Great American Public Health Campaign? Readers Make Their Picks

New York Times - Health - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:00

We asked which public health intervention was most needed in this era.

The Largest Health Disparity We Don’t Talk About

New York Times - Health - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 14:28

Americans with serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years earlier than those without.

‘I’ll Have the Cake.’ The Music Made Me Do It.

New York Times - Health - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 13:10

People were more likely to pick unhealthful or calorie-laden items when the ambient music was loud, and healthful items when softer music was played.

Voices: 25 and Still Alive

New York Times - Health - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 04:00

“I’m fine,” I say. But I’m not fine. I almost died at 24 of a heart attack caused by a rare autoimmune disorder.

Doctors: A More Egalitarian Hospital Culture Is Better for Everyone

New York Times - Health - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 04:00

A new study proves that hospitals can change, and that a more open culture can help patients do better.

After Years of Trying, Virginia Finally Will Expand Medicaid

New York Times - Health - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 21:06

Sweeping Republican losses in the state’s legislative elections last year laid the groundwork for a deal with Democrats. Expanding the program is a big step forward for Obamacare.

Why Ambien Didn’t Make Roseanne Tweet Anything

New York Times - Health - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 16:03

The drug can cause unusual behavior, certainly. But online insults? Not likely.

Cancer Group Calls for Colorectal Cancer Screening Starting at Age 45

New York Times - Health - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:00

The American Cancer Society says routine screening should begin at age 45, rather than 50, reflecting the rise of colorectal cancer in younger patients.

Phys Ed: Hate High-Intensity Exercise? Try It. You Might Like It.

New York Times - Health - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 04:00

Just trying a H.I.I.T. workout for the first time may be a critical step in including high-intensity training as part of your everyday routine.

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

New York Times - Health - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 19:05

Community health workers who used to be locked up themselves are helping recently released inmates get care for mental illness, addiction and other health problems.

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

New York Times - Health - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:48

A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but continued to promote it as less addictive.

Personal Health: How to Minimize the Risk of Food Poisoning

New York Times - Health - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 12:45

You can protect yourself up to a point if you take proper precautions with the foods you purchase.

Put a Ring on It? Millennial Couples Are in No Hurry

New York Times - Health - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 10:25

Young adults not only marry and have children later than previous generations, they take more time to get to know each other before tying the knot.

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