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The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia

In 1983, Sally and Bennett Shaywitz began studying the reading skills of more than 400 children. The subjects are in their 40s now, and the Shaywitzes are still tracking them.

Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar

A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center’s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center.

Global Health: ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find

Active infections kill 4,000 people a day worldwide, more than AIDS does. But the notion that a quarter of the global population harbors silent tuberculosis is “a fundamental misunderstanding.”

Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs

Three years after finding that laboratories had mishandled deadly pathogens, the Pentagon has no way to measure the effectiveness of its reforms, according to a new report.

Trilobites: Kidney Stones Are More Beautiful Than You Might Think

New research found that the painful deposits are surprisingly dynamic, forming much like microscopic coral reefs, and could help with treating them.

Exorbitant Dental Bill? Medical Insurance May Cover Some of It

Medical insurance generally pays more than dental insurance, so your dentist may be able to bill for services extending beyond tooth care.

Phys Ed: Faster. Slower. How We Walk Depends on Who We Walk With, and Where We Live.

Men tend to walk differently with other men than with women. And Americans walk faster with children, whereas Ugandans move more leisurely.

When Family Members Care for Aging Parents

My siblings and I joined the ranks of the 15 million or so unpaid and untrained family caregivers for older adults in the United States.

Matter: Why Your DNA Is Still Uncharted Territory

Scientists are focusing on a relatively small number of human genes and neglecting thousands of others. The reasons have more to do with professional survival than genetics.

Beat Richner, Doctor to Cambodia’s Needy Young, Dies at 71

Dr. Richner turned a war-ravaged pediatric hospital in Phnom Penh into a network of five medical centers that now serve one million patients a year.

Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond

Many businesses are ill-equipped or unwilling to deal with opioid addiction even as it has driven up health costs and hurt productivity.

Ask Well: How Long Do I Retain Immunity?

Antibody half-life varies tremendously, from about 11 years for tetanus to over 200 years for measles and mumps.

Daytime Sleepiness Tied to Brain Changes of Alzheimer’s

Men and women who reported feeling sleepy during the day had higher levels of brain plaques.

Hospital Food You Can Get Excited About

Bland, institutional food can be bad for patients in many ways.

Living With Cancer: Raising Awareness of BRCA Mutations

Genetic testing may help those at high risk take steps to prevent deadly cancers.

At War: I’m a Veteran With PTSD. The Medication I Take Makes Dating Difficult.

A Marine veteran shares the struggles of dating while on medication for his service-related PTSD and chronic pain.

Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Step for Wearable Gadgets

The faster speeds and larger screen sound boring on paper. But an electrical heart sensor gives a glimpse of the promise to come, our reviewer writes.

High-Dose Folic Acid Does Not Prevent High Blood Pressure of Pregnancy

Some studies suggest that taking high doses of folic acid can prevent pre-eclampsia, but a randomized trial found it did not.

Excess Weight Gain or Loss During Pregnancy Tied to Child’s Heart Health

Women who put on excess pounds, or not enough weight, had children at risk for high blood pressure and other problems.

Merger of Cigna and Express Scripts Gets Approval From Justice Dept.

The takeover of one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager by a big health insurer is expected to close by the end of the year.

Nonfiction: The Quest to Create and Perfect an Artificial Heart

Mimi Swartz’s “Ticker” tells the story of the doctors who, against all odds, struggled to make a device to replace one of our most vital organs.

Nonfiction: A Nobel Laureate Asks What Makes a ‘Disordered Mind’

In his new book, the neuroscientist Eric Kandel explores the science of unusual brains, locating many of his answers in genetics.

Europe’s Triumphs and Troubles Are Written in Swiss Ice

Pollen frozen in ice in the Alps traces Europe’s calamities, since the time Macbeth ruled Scotland.

New Approach to Breast Reconstruction May Reduce Pain and Weakness for Some

The technique places implants on top of muscle, instead of under it.

The New Health Care: Can Paying for a Health Problem as a Whole, Not Piece by Piece, Save Medicare Money?

A program called bundled payments appears promising, but we need more rigorous evaluations.

Personal Health: The Risks to Children From Adults Who Smoke

Even if smokers don’t light up in the presence of children, residue on objects can cause harm.

The Checkup: For Kids With Concussions, Less Time Alone in a Dark Room

The C.D.C.’s first guidelines to focus on children’s head injuries steer doctors away from CT scans and prolonged isolation.

Don’t Use Infant Walkers

Skull fractures, often from falling down stairs, are among the injuries that can occur with child walkers.

Retro Report: How an Unsolved Mystery Changed the Way We Take Pills

The origins of tamper-resistant packaging — exasperating yet reassuring — lie in a deadly episode in 1982, when cyanide-laced Tylenol killed seven people.

Low-Dose Aspirin Late in Life? Healthy People May Not Need It

Millions take aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes and cancer. New research shows older people in good health may not need it — and should not start taking it.



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