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The Price of Cool: A Teenager, a Juul and Nicotine Addiction

E-cigarettes may help tobacco smokers quit. But the alluring devices can swiftly induce a nicotine habit in teenagers who never smoked. This is the tale of one person’s struggle.

She Couldn’t Quit Smoking. Then She Tried Juul.

Millions embrace e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids. Will restricting the devices for teenagers put former adult smokers who vape at risk to start again?

Global Health: The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill

Deaths from the disease plummeted from 2000 to 2013, but are now stuck at over 400,000 a year. Donor giving is flat, and some countries are not doing enough to protect their citizens.

F.D.A. Seeks Restrictions on Teens’ Access to Flavored E-Cigarettes and a Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

The agency declined to prohibit sales of the popular vaping flavors, and will begin the process to outlaw menthol cigarettes.

Q&A: The ABCs of E-Cigarettes

As vaping grows more popular, especially among teens, here are answers to some basic questions about its health effects.

When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More

Rapid consolidation has created powerful groups of hospitals, with organizations dictating prices and fueling health spending in some areas of the country.

How a Low-Carb Diet Might Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight

Adults who cut carbohydrates from their diets and replaced them with fat sharply increased their metabolisms.

The New Old Age: Dementia Is Getting Some Very Public Faces

Stigma often prevents patients from acknowledging an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. A series of high-profile disclosures may help change that.

Omega-3s May Lower the Risk of Preterm Birth

Compared with women who did not take omega-3s, those who took supplements had an 11 percent lower risk of giving birth before 37 weeks of gestation.

The New Health Care: Why Standing Desks Are Overrated

They’re not cures for anything, and standing is not exercise.

Personal Health: The Case Against Appendectomies

The appendix is turning out to contain biologically useful tissue that may help prevent nasty gastrointestinal ills.

The Checkup: Baby Won’t Sleep Through the Night? You’re Not Alone

Parents often feel bad if their babies aren’t good sleepers, but a new study suggests there’s a lot of variation, even at a year old.

When a College Student Comes Home to Stay

Thirty percent of freshmen won’t return for their sophomore year, and the wheels can start to fall off as early as Thanksgiving. What can parents do?

Tests Showed Children Were Exposed to Lead. The Official Response: Challenge the Tests

For at least two decades, the New York City Housing Authority routinely disputed tests that revealed lead in its apartments. Private landlords almost never do this.

New Peanut Allergy Drug Shows ‘Lifesaving’ Potential

Results from a new study may lead to approval of what could be the first drug that ameliorates potentially deadly reactions in children with severe peanut allergies.

California’s Fires Wrecked Its Air Quality: Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Here are some ways to stay healthy amid the smoke and smog from California’s wildfires.

Meanwhile: How Californians Are Breathing in the ‘New Abnormal’ of Epic Fires

An illustrated look at the face masks that are now everywhere on the streets of San Francisco and other smoke-ridden cities.

Ohio House Passes Bill to Criminalize Abortions of Fetuses With a Heartbeat

The measure would punish doctors who perform an abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and would have few exceptions.

Air Quality in California: Devastating Fires Lead to a New Danger

A week after the most destructive fire in state history ripped through this small town, the flames have been replaced by a new danger: the air.

Noted: A Juul Case for $5,000?

Smokers are customizing their trendy vape pens with purple glitter, fake designer labels and even 18-karat gold.

At War: Debunking Stereotypes Around Veterans and PTSD

Readers tell us about the stereotypes they have encountered around veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the ways in which they have challenged them.

Global Health: Rapid Cure Approved for Sleeping Sickness, a Horrific Illness

Parasites transmitted by tsetse flies travel to the brain, causing paranoia, fury and death. Until now, killing them required hospitalization and harsh drugs.

Blacks Are Twice as Likely as Whites to Experience Sudden Cardiac Death

The rate of sudden cardiac death in African-Americans is twice as high as in whites, and no one knows why.

Herbert Fingarette, Contrarian Philosopher on Alcoholism, Dies at 97

Mr. Fingarette concluded that heavy drinking was willful behavior, not a disease, and that moderate use of alcohol was an acceptable treatment goal.

Meanwhile: Green Burials: At the End of Life, Thinking Outside the Coffin

They offer lower costs, fewer chemicals and a quicker route to being reborn — in one sense, anyway.

What to Know About Getting a Flu Shot This Year, No Matter Who’s Paying

Flu season is here, and there are at least six types of vaccine to choose from. It’s worth studying the options to determine which is likely to protect you the most.

Scandals Catch Up to Private Chinese Hospitals, After Fortunes Are Made

The Putian network of 8,000 facilities, which expanded rapidly with little government oversight, is facing national outrage and scrutiny over a death and fraud allegations.

Living With Cancer: Tackling Cancer Anxiety

No matter how long I deal with periodic blood tests, abdominal CTs and mammograms, they always trigger a huge wave of ‘scanxiety.’

There’s a Stress Gap Between Men and Women. Here’s Why It’s Important.

Between domestic duties and emotional labor, research shows, women are more stressed than men are — but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what the data says, and how to take care of yourself.

Naomi Breslau, Who Studied Post-Traumatic Stress, Dies at 86

She also investigated links between various disorders, like depression and smoking, and suggested that migraines could cause mental problems — and vice versa.

Diet, Not Age, May Account for Rising Blood Pressure

Comparison of two tribes in the Venezuelan rain forest points to diet, rather than advancing age, as a cause of higher blood pressure.

Phys Ed: Very Brief Workouts Count Toward 150-Minute Goal, New Guidelines Say

New federal exercise recommendations include the first-ever federal activity parameters for 3-year-olds, as well as a few surprising omissions.

Doctors: Grief as My Guide: How My Sister Made Me a Better Doctor

Even when she was gone, she was present in the patient sitting before me and in the way I was newly able to comfort and reassure her.

Doctors Revolt After N.R.A. Tells Them to ‘Stay in Their Lane’ on Gun Policy

The uproar highlighted decades-old tension over an effective ban on federal research of the public health effects of gun violence.

Juul Suspends Selling Most E-Cigarette Flavors in Stores

Juul will restrict sales of nearly all its flavored pods to the internet, and stop most social media promotion to combat youth vaping, bowing to government and public pressure.

Papua New Guinea Is Rich in Resources but Poor in Health

The Pacific nation hoped that hosting the APEC summit meeting would elevate its international profile, but a national health crisis threatens to overshadow it.

Run a Marathon. Then, Quickly, Another.

A growing number of runners have decided to take their marathoning to the next level by running multiple marathons within a short period of time.



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