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Global Health: A Twin Inside a Twin: In Colombia, an Extraordinary Birth

What appeared to be a cyst in a healthy fetus turned out to be an unformed twin “absorbed” early in pregnancy, connected by a second umbilical cord and still growing.

Reports of Breast Implant Illnesses Prompt Federal Review

The Food and Drug Administration is taking another look at breast implants because of renewed safety concerns.

F.D.A. Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression

The medication works quickly, within 48 hours. But it’s an expensive infusion and requires a stay in a medical center.

W.H.O. Panel Demands a Registry for Human Gene Editing

The panel, established after a Chinese experiment produced embryo-edited babies, said all human genome editing research should be listed in a registry.

Trump Plans to End the AIDS Epidemic. In Places Like Mississippi, Obstacles Are Everywhere.

The administration will focus on more than 50 “hot spots” in the U.S. that annually account for half of new H.I.V. infections. A clinic in the Deep South sees the challenges every day.

Knowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet

End-of-life decisions for animals are difficult. A veterinarian has developed a scale to help clear up the confusion.

Tens of Thousands of Heart Patients May Not Need Open-Heart Surgery

Replacement of the aortic valve with a minimally invasive procedure called TAVR proved effective in younger, healthier patients.

Personal Health: When the Benefits of Statins Outweigh the Risks

Knowing the odds of side effects and making sure to get periodic checkups that would pick up an adverse reaction, I chose to focus on the drugs’ potential benefits.

The Checkup: Talking to Children About Terminal Illness

New guidelines call for speaking openly with children when they or their parents face life-threatening diseases.

Living With Cancer: In Honor of Seven Bridges

As a patient who grappled with an ostomy, I grieved the suicide of a 10-year-old whose family said he was bullied for having one.

Sugary Drinks Tied to Shorter Life Span

“The optimal intake of these drinks is zero,” said one expert. “They have no health benefits.”

No Babies in Parliament, Danish Lawmaker Is Told

A century of Danish advances for women met a barrier when a legislator was told by another female lawmaker that her baby had no place in Parliament, setting off a debate about gender politics.

States Seek Financial Relief for Family Caregivers

Lawmakers in California and at least seven other states want to provide state income tax credits for families that need help with home caregiving.

Phys Ed: Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well

People who discovered that they enjoyed and felt capable of completing a weight-training session subsequently joined a new gym and showed up for workouts.

Monsanto Weedkiller Roundup Was ‘Substantial Factor’ in Causing Man’s Cancer, Jury Says

The finding was the first verdict from a federal jury in thousands of similar cases against the company.

British Gallery Turns Down $1.3 Million Sackler Donation

“I congratulate them on their courage,” said the photographer Nan Goldin, after the National Portrait Gallery said it would not accept a gift from the family, which has links to the opioid crisis.

Psychic Mediums Are the New Wellness Coaches

A woo-woo profession is getting a boost from the wellness industrial complex. Seems … intuitive.

Q&A: Moving Dung Is a Dirty Job. These Beetles Live for It.

Deployed on farms, industrious dung beetles clean up livestock waste, improve soil and reduce harmful bacteria.

The Right Way to Follow Your Passion

Passion can be a gift or a curse.

Professional Hair Removal Catches On With the Preteen Set

Dermatologists and salons that offer waxing and laser treatments report seeing an increasing number of girls as young as 8.

Unvaccinated Student in Kentucky Sues After Being Barred From Playing Basketball

Jeremy Kunkel, 18, claims he shouldn’t be forced to be vaccinated against chickenpox. He contends that barring him from school violates his First Amendment rights.

Daily Low-Dose Aspirin No Longer Recommended by Doctors, if You’re Healthy

New guidelines suggest the risk of bleeding outweighs the heart benefits among healthy adults who take low-dose aspirin.

The New Health Care: When Email Comes to the Doctor’s Office, Wait Times Decrease

The growing use of electronic consultations can save time, expense and headaches.

Ebola Epidemic in Congo Could Last Another Year, C.D.C. Director Warns

Returning from a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the agency chief also worried that vaccine supplies could run out.

Can TV Dumb You Down?

Older adults who watched more than three and half hours of television a day had lower scores on tests of verbal memory,

Methadone Helped Her Quit Heroin. Now She’s Suing U.S. Prisons to Allow the Treatment.

About to enter a federal prison, a Massachusetts woman is not permitted to continue taking the opioid as a treatment to block cravings and withdrawal from heroin addiction.

The New Old Age: Older Americans Are Awash in Antibiotics

The drugs are not just overprescribed. They often pose special risks to older patients, including tendon problems, nerve damage and mental health issues.

Are Eggs Bad for Your Heart Health? Maybe

A new analysis found that for each additional 300 milligrams a day of cholesterol in the diet — and the more eggs you ate — the greater the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Tobacco and E-Cigarette Lobbyists Circle as F.D.A. Chief Exits

Juul and Big Tobacco have lobbied for months to protect themselves from aspects of the F.D.A.’s crackdown. As Scott Gottlieb leaves, they see an opening.

Doctors: Early Detection Is Possible for Pancreatic Cancer

We can help people at risk, but it is much more challenging if most people think that early detection and prevention are impossible.

Ties: A Second Chance at Sisterhood

I had never been close to my youngest sister. But after our other sister’s death, grief became the bridge we met on.

Did Dietary Changes Bring Us ‘F’ Words? Study Tackles Complexities of Language’s Origins

Softer foods from agricultural lifestyles may have changed the human bite, making it easier to form certain sounds.

How Big Tobacco Hooked Children on Sugary Drinks

Researchers combing through archives discovered that cigarette makers had applied their marketing wizardry to sweetened beverages and turned generations of children into loyal customers.

Matter: A History of the Iberian Peninsula, as Told by Its Skeletons

With an analysis of DNA from nearly 300 fossilized remains, scientists are peering into human prehistory in the region.

Mushrooms May Reduce the Risk of Memory Problems

Older men and women who ate mushrooms several times a week were at reduced risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.

Yoga for Incontinence? Evidence Is Lacking

Yoga exercises are often recommended to help control urinary incontinence in women, but there is no solid scientific evidence that they work.

Rites of Passage: Call Me Cozy

As I struggle with chronic pain, cozy for me is less hygge and more my ex-boyfriend’s mother, nurses with juice and weird, sandy doughnuts.

A Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment With Clicks and Flashes? It Worked on Mice

Researchers hope the techniques can be applied to help people with Alzheimer’s.

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $29 Million Verdict in Case Over Talc and Asbestos

The company’s stock dipped on Thursday after a California jury found in favor of a woman who claimed that asbestos in the company’s talc-based powders caused her cancer.



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