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Consumer: Weighing Pradaxa’s Risks

New York Times Fitness & Nutrition - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:09

Despite recent sharp criticism and a $650 million settlement, hundreds of thousands of consumers with atrial fibrillation continue to take the blood thinner.






Observatory: Now a Weed, Once a Prehistoric Cavity Fighter

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:06

The remarkably healthy teeth of prehistoric humans in Africa have high levels of compounds found in purple nutsedge, which may have helped ward off cavities.

Q&A: White-Noise Nights

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:05

Is reliance on a white-noise machine for a good night’s sleep something to worry about?

Reactions: Ebola, Nurses for Africa, Seafood Apps, a Doctor’s Honor

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:42

Letters to the editor and online comments.

Well: Vitamin D Tied to Alzheimer’s Risk

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:28

Low vitamin D is associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, according to a new report.






Well: Vitamin D Tied to Alzheimer’s Risk

New York Times Fitness & Nutrition - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:28

Low vitamin D is associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, according to a new report.






The New Health Care: Medicare Advantage Is More Expensive, but It May Be Worth It

New York Times - Health - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 05:00

New research raises complicated questions about the value of an alternative to traditional Medicare.

Treatment in U.S. Is Rare Chance to Study Ebola

New York Times - Health - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 21:17

The treatment in Atlanta of two American missionaries will allow for extensive testing not available during outbreaks in Africa.






Liberia Expanding Space for Ebola Patient Care

New York Times - Health - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 19:36

The new Doctors Without Borders treatment unit, a series of large white tents, is designed to hold an initial 120 patients and then to be expanded to accept up to 400.






Case in Which Abortion Was Denied Reignites Controversy Over Irish Law

New York Times - Health - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 19:19

The woman, who is not an Irish citizen, sought an abortion under a clause in the new Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, saying that she was suicidal.

‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Has Raised Millions for ALS Association

New York Times - Health - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 19:01

The “Ice Bucket Challenge,” a campaign to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease, has caught fire on social media, with celebrities drenching themselves in ice water.

New Drug Helps Some Bald Patients Regrow Hair

New York Times - Health - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 12:01

The drug, which suppresses immune system activity, showed significant results for several sufferers of the autoimmune disease alopecia areata.






Ask Well: How Do You Use a Heart Rate Monitor?

New York Times - Health - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:22

Heart rate monitors can be a useful tool during exercise for new and experienced runners and other athletes.






Ask Well: How Do You Use a Heart Rate Monitor?

New York Times Fitness & Nutrition - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:22

Heart rate monitors can be a useful tool during exercise for new and experienced runners and other athletes.






A Clash of Religion and Bioethics Complicates Organ Donation in Israel

New York Times - Health - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 01:09

Differing definitions of mortality, which can conflict with modern acceptance of brain death, have left the country with a low rate of deceased organ donation.






Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Kidney Patients to Costa Rica

New York Times - Health - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 01:03

Facing the prospect of impossibly long waiting lists for organs, some patients have turned to an underground trade that pairs them with people willing to sell an organ.






Opinion: Cancer and the Secrets of Your Genes

New York Times - Health - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:38

We don’t know enough about which variations lead to disease.






Medicare to Start Paying Doctors Who Coordinate Needs of Chronically Ill Patients

New York Times - Health - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:51

Starting in January, Medicare will pay monthly fees to doctors who manage care for patients with two or more chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and depression.






With Aid Doctors Gone, Ebola Fight Grows Harder

New York Times - Health - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:49

The departure of many Western development workers from the West African countries hit hardest by Ebola has further weakened the region’s decrepit, understaffed health systems.






3 Liberian Health Workers With Ebola Receive Scarce Drug After Appeals to U.S.

New York Times - Health - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 08:57

Liberian officials requested the ZMapp serum for three health workers after it was provided to two Americans who contracted Ebola while working at a hospital near Monrovia.