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Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths

Counties where doctors got more meals, trips and consulting fees from opioid makers had higher overdose deaths involving prescription opioids.

The New Old Age: Hospitals Stopped Readmitting So Many Medicare Patients. Did That Cost Lives?

A new government program was supposed to prevent certain Medicare recipients from cycling in and out of hospitals. Now experts worry some older patients are being denied necessary care.

Your Sweat Will See You Now

A new device — wearable, wireless and battery free — improves the ability to monitor and diagnose health problems by analyzing the sweat on your skin.

Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia?

As the drug becomes more popular, concerns have been raised that its use can lead to psychotic disorders. Here’s what scientists know for sure, and what they don’t.

F.D.A. Panel Splits on Whether to Approve New Diabetes Drug

The advisory committee voted 8-8 on approving the drug, to be called Zynquista, which would be the first oral medication for people with Type 1 diabetes.

The Elderly and Driving: When Is It Time to Hit the Brakes?

Prince Philip, 97, was involved in a car accident outside London. For families everywhere, the incident raises all-too-familiar questions.

Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate

A filing in a Massachusetts lawsuit contains dozens of internal Purdue Pharma documents suggesting the family was far more involved than the company has long contended.

Ask Well: What Is a Fecal Transplant, and Why Would I Want One?

Fecal transplant is used to treat gut infections and is now being studied as a treatment for obesity, urinary tract infections, irritable bowel syndrome and more.

The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

It is legal to resell unused test strips for blood glucose, and many patients do, driving an unusual trade online and on the streets.

Why Do We Hurt Robots?

They are like us, but unlike us, and both fearsome and easy to bully.

Yoga and Veterans: A Different Kind of Warrior

Many members of the military now include yoga — often taught by veterans — as an element of their workout routine, and veterans turn to the practice for therapeutic applications.

Dr. John Mendelsohn, 82, Researcher Who Led Top Cancer Center, Dies

After pioneering a targeted cancer therapy, he oversaw MD Anderson in Houston as it gained a reputation as the nation’s top cancer hospital.

What’s So ‘Indecent’ About Female Pleasure?

A consumer technology innovation award was revoked from a company that makes a hands-free sex toy. The reason, some believe, is that the product is made for women.

Doctors: A ‘Sentimental Journey’ in the Cancer Clinic

I am a firm believer in the ability of music to help people express their emotions, hopes and fears, making their medical conditions more tolerable.

Meanwhile: Radon Causes Cancer. These Tourists Drink It Up

The E.P.A. warns that radon causes cancer. But some tourists head to mines in Montana to soak it up.

The N.F.L.’s Obesity Scourge

The effects of head trauma have gotten much of the attention, but huge weight gains have also damaged N.F.L. retirees.

Living With Cancer: A Cancer Rap, With Thanks to Nina Simone

After too many cancer-related setbacks and deaths I started belting Nina Simone’s protest with new words, invigorated by her spirit of indignant fury.

New York Confronts Its Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades

The disease spread within ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities where vaccination rates are low and some are suspicious of government health workers.

High-Dose Vitamin D No Better Than Low-Dose

There was no difference in changes in bone mineral density or number of fractures in older men and women who took high versus low doses of vitamin D.

Sleeping Less Than 6 Hours a Night Tied to Heart Disease

An argument for a good night’s sleep: People who slept less than six hours were at higher risk for hardening of the arteries, a new study found.

In a Children’s Theater Program, Drama Over a Peanut Allergy

The conflict over accommodating a child’s allergy turned into a legal battle that highlights the isolation that people with food allergies often face.

Phys Ed: How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory Sharp

Irisin, a hormone that is released during exercise, may improve brain health and lessen the damage that occurs during Alzheimer’s disease.

Opposed to G.M.O.s? How Much Do You Know About Them?

People who are the most extremely opposed to genetically modified organisms tend to know the least about them, a new study found.

Using Sports Psychology for Childbirth

I wanted to face childbirth with an athlete’s strength, confidence and determination. So I turned to sports psychology for advice.

North Korea’s Less-Known Military Threat: Biological Weapons

Military analysts are increasingly concerned about the nation’s “advanced, underestimated and highly lethal” bioweapons program.

F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspections of Some High-Risk Foods

Despite the federal shutdown, some agency inspectors are returning to work and will begin performing food safety visits without pay this week, the F.D.A. commissioner said.

Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

A new report found that, for the first time, Americans are more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicle crash. But the likeliest causes of death are still heart disease and cancer.

Take a Number: You’re Not Getting Much Taller, America. But You Are Getting Bigger.

New government data charts some interesting changes in average bodies over recent decades.

Global Health: A Silver Bullet Against the Brain-Eating Amoeba?

Minuscule particles coated with anti-seizure drugs seem to halt microbes that feed on brain tissue.

Personal Health: A Device That Gives Parents of Stillborn Babies Time to Say Goodbye

The CuddleCot helps preserve the body of a deceased newborn for days, allowing parents to hold them and take pictures.

The Checkup: Taking the Pain Out of Children’s Shots

Pediatric pain specialists believe that reducing the pain associated with needles can lead to better health care.

The New Health Care: The Reasonable Way to View Marijuana’s Risks

Cannabis has downsides, but speculation and fear should be replaced with the best evidence available.



 
 

 

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