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Rejecting the Name My Parents Chose

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I was named for the main character in “Little Women.” Changing my name may be the most Jo March-like decision I could have made.

January 21st 2020, 5:10 am

Fears of China’s Coronavirus Prompt Australia to Screen Flights

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A new coronavirus has killed four and infected around 220 people in China, with confirmed cases in Thailand, Japan and South Korea. A top Chinese expert says it can be transmitted by humans.

January 21st 2020, 4:09 am

Eating More Vegetables Did Not Affect Prostate Cancer Progression

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Men with early stage prostate cancer did not show benefits from a vegetable-rich diet.

January 20th 2020, 3:14 pm

Rigorous Bilingual Training, Seen With a Tinge of Regret

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Observing how Chinese 2- and 3-year-olds navigated a second language, I wondered whether I could have done this for my children.

January 20th 2020, 3:14 pm

What We Know About China’s New Coronavirus

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A respiratory illness has killed at least three people in China and sickened more than 200. Cases have also been reported in Japan, South Korea and Thailand.

January 20th 2020, 6:23 am

When Life Throws You Curveballs, Embrace the ‘New Normal’

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For patients with life-altering illnesses or anyone just getting older, it helps to roll with the punches and make the best of the here and now.

January 20th 2020, 5:08 am

Childhood Obesity Is a Major Problem. Research Isn’t Helping.

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Something is missing with many study methods.

January 20th 2020, 5:08 am

China Reports 17 New Cases of Mysterious Virus

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The spread of the pneumonialike illness adds to fears of a broader outbreak ahead of China’s busiest travel season.

January 18th 2020, 11:04 pm

Supreme Court to Consider Limits on Contraception Coverage

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The justices will weigh Trump administration regulations allowing employers to refuse to provide access to birth control on religious or moral grounds.

January 17th 2020, 7:48 pm

W.H.O. Warns That Pipeline for New Antibiotics Is Running Dry

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In two new reports, the global health agency says only government intervention can fix the broken market for new antimicrobial drugs.

January 17th 2020, 5:31 pm

$8 Billion Verdict in Drug Lawsuit Is Reduced to $6.8 Million

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A Philadelphia judge lowered the damages in a case that claimed Johnson & Johnson played down the risks of an antipsychotic drug.

January 17th 2020, 3:45 pm

Medicare’s Part D Doughnut Hole Has Closed! Mostly. Sorta.

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The drug coverage gap was widely loathed, but the new scheme may still leave some older Americans holding the bag.

January 17th 2020, 2:44 pm

Three U.S. Airports to Screen Passengers for Chinese Coronavirus

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Passengers from Wuhan, China, will screened for infection at J.F.K. beginning Friday night, and in San Francisco and Los Angeles starting Saturday.

January 17th 2020, 2:14 pm

Fish Oil Supplements Tied to Sperm Health

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Young men who took fish oil supplements had higher sperm counts, a greater sperm volume and larger average testicular size.

January 17th 2020, 11:12 am

Ayanna Pressley Opens Up About Living With Alopecia

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The United States representative from Massachusetts said that she was making peace with the skin disease in a video released on Thursday.

January 16th 2020, 4:26 pm

Overwhelmed by Medical Bills, and Finding Help on TikTok

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In a video last month, a North Carolina woman shared a tip about battling “stupid charges.” Thousands responded — some in gratitude, others to commiserate over the baffling costs of health care.

January 16th 2020, 5:07 am

How Anti-Vaccine Activists Defeated a Bill to End Religious Exemptions

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Protests by parents, opposition from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group and support from anti-vaccine celebrities coalesced to doom the New Jersey effort.

January 16th 2020, 4:08 am

Japan Confirms First Case of New Chinese Coronavirus

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The detection of the virus in Japan adds to fears that it will spread outside China’s borders after a case was also reported in Thailand this week.

January 15th 2020, 11:06 pm

This Strange Microbe May Mark One of Life’s Great Leaps

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A organism living in ocean muck offers to clues to the origins of the complex cells of all animals and plants.

January 15th 2020, 1:27 pm

Blood Pressure Patterns Are Different for Women

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High blood pressure tends to begin at a younger age in women than men, and rises faster, a new study reports.

January 15th 2020, 11:08 am

What to Say to Someone With Cancer

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Don’t tell bad-news stories or be falsely optimistic. Do offer to organize closets or send eight pints of ice cream.

January 15th 2020, 10:08 am

Where Surgeons Don’t Bother With Checklists

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In many poor countries, older surgeons resist being questioned, and operations are more often emergencies, which leaves less time to review checklists.

January 15th 2020, 9:08 am

Is Incontinence Inevitable?

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A reader asks if her urinary leaking is a simple fact of aging. (Hint: It doesn’t have to be.)

January 15th 2020, 8:51 am

Run a First Marathon, and Your Arteries May Look 4 Years Younger

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Training for and finishing a marathon can leave arteries more flexible, healthy and biologically younger than before.

January 15th 2020, 5:20 am

Minimum Wage Raises Could Lower Suicide Rates, Study Says

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It was the latest study to suggest that effects of wage increases reach beyond economic welfare, but some experts pushed back on the findings.

January 14th 2020, 1:55 pm

That Lead Apron in the X-Ray Room? You May Not Need It

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A number of radiology organizations are trying to end the decades-old practice of shielding patients from radiation with lead aprons.

January 14th 2020, 12:39 pm

Dying in the Neurosurgical I.C.U.

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In cases of brain death or neurologically devastating injury, poor communication can make painful situations even harder.

January 14th 2020, 5:17 am

How Insects Cope With the Effects of Gravity

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Grasshoppers have to deal with blood pressure issues when they are upside down.

January 13th 2020, 3:14 pm

Why Is Air Pollution So Harmful? DNA May Hold the Answer

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It’s not just a modern problem. Airborne toxins are so pernicious that they may have shaped human evolution.

January 13th 2020, 11:13 am

When Heavy Periods Disrupt a Teenager’s Life

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“Someone’s menstrual period should not be impairing them from leading a normal life, because we have really good treatments for pain and for heavy bleeding,” an expert says.

January 13th 2020, 5:55 am

Race and Medicine: The Harm That Comes From Mistrust

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Racial bias still affects many aspects of health care.

January 13th 2020, 5:55 am

Ronald Melzack, Cartographer of Pain, Is Dead at 90

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Dr. Melzack and a colleague devised a theory that deepened medicine’s understanding of pain and how it is best measured and treated.

January 12th 2020, 5:17 pm

At 16, She’s a Pioneer in the Fight to Cure Sickle Cell Disease

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Helen Obando is the youngest person ever to get a gene therapy that scientists hope will cure the disease, which afflicts 100,000 Americans.

January 11th 2020, 10:13 am

China Reports First Death From New Virus

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The coronavirus, which surfaced in the city of Wuhan, has put the region on alert, but there is no evidence that it can spread among humans.

January 10th 2020, 10:19 pm

Alcohol Deaths Have Risen Sharply, Particularly Among Women

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An analysis of death certificates over nearly two decades contained several troubling findings.

January 10th 2020, 4:58 pm

A Teenager’s Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease

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Doctors reset Helen Obando’s DNA in an effort to cure her of a painful genetic blood disorder. She’s the youngest person to receive the treatment.

January 10th 2020, 9:53 am

I Hate Football. I Let My Daughter Play It Anyway.

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My husband and I believe that children should be allowed to take some reasonable risks, but football tested our resolve.

January 10th 2020, 5:16 am

Second U.S. Baby to Be Born From a Dead Donor’s Uterus Is Delivered

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Researchers at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia said the procedure could pave a new path to parenthood for women with uterine factor infertility.

January 10th 2020, 12:11 am

Vaping Kills a 15-Year-Old in Texas

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The teenager was the youngest to die so far in the outbreak of lung illnesses that affected thousands of people.

January 9th 2020, 8:06 pm

When the Cobra Bites, You’ll Be Glad Someone Sequenced Its Genome

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Some scientists hope genomic technologies will lead to improved antivenom.

January 9th 2020, 5:20 pm

Body Temperature 2.0: Do We Need to Rethink What’s Normal?

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Since 1851, when the standard was set at 98.6 Fahrenheit, the average human body temperature has steadily declined.

January 9th 2020, 4:50 pm

Trove of New Bird Species Found on Remote Indonesian Islands

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Researchers found 10 new species and subspecies of songbirds off the coast of Sulawesi, with distinct songs and genetics from known birds.

January 9th 2020, 2:50 pm

Loud Fitness Classes Take a Toll on Instructors’ Voices

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Motivating clients to push themselves by shouting at high volume can compromise fitness instructors’ vocal health.

January 9th 2020, 5:21 am

New York State Investigates Christian Health Cost Sharing Affiliate

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Subpoenas have been issued to a company that solicits memberships for a health insurance alternative that offers no guarantees for covering medical bills.

January 8th 2020, 10:30 pm

China Identifies New Virus Causing Pneumonia-Like Illness

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The new coronavirus doesn’t appear to be readily spread by humans, but researchers caution that more study is needed.

January 8th 2020, 10:30 pm

After a Measles Scare, Seattle Cracks Down on Vaccine Compliance

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At a time when states and school districts are trying to increase vaccination rates, an aggressive strategy in Seattle appears to be paying off.

January 8th 2020, 8:41 pm

These Patients Are Hard to Treat

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A study examined a popular approach that coordinated care for the most expensive patients, and found that the project did not reduce hospital admissions.

January 8th 2020, 5:45 pm

Resolving to Be Coached

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The secret to sticking with your resolutions may be having a coach to help strategize and cheer you on.

January 8th 2020, 10:53 am

The Flu Season May Yet Turn Ugly, C.D.C. Warns

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Almost as many people are falling ill as did two years ago, in what was a particularly severe flu season. But this season’s virus is unusual, and it’s too early to tell how dangerous.

January 8th 2020, 9:40 am

Cancer Death Rate Is in Steady Decline Among Americans

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Breakthrough treatments for lung cancer and melanoma have driven down mortality overall. But progress has slowed for other cancers.

January 8th 2020, 7:20 am

How ‘Muscle Confusion’ Might Help Your Workouts

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Shifting, quicksilver workouts may yield mental benefits that more rote regimens do not.

January 8th 2020, 6:19 am

Dried Fruit, Oats and Coffee: Answers to Your Sugar Questions

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Our 7-Day Sugar Challenge prompted a number of questions about cutting added sugar from our daily diet.

January 8th 2020, 6:19 am

How to Pack a Go Bag for Extended Hospital Stays

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For frequent hospital visits, a “go bag” with sleep helpers, organization tools, entertainment can help make you more comfortable.

January 7th 2020, 6:38 pm

Back in the Hospital Again

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As we age, the stakes seem to rise with each hospitalization.

January 7th 2020, 10:02 am

Whole Milk May Be Better When It Comes to Children’s Weight

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Kids who drank whole milk were at a 39 percent reduced risk for being overweight than those who drank low-fat milk.

January 7th 2020, 5:13 am

How Cassius Winston Greets His Late Brother Before Every Michigan State Game

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January 7th 2020, 5:13 am

China Grapples With Mystery Pneumonia-Like Illness

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Beijing is racing to identify a new illness that has sickened 59 people as it tries to calm a nervous public.

January 6th 2020, 12:30 pm

A.I. Comes to the Operating Room

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Images made by lasers and read by computers can help speed up the diagnosis of brain tumors during surgery.

January 6th 2020, 11:46 am

What if a Vaping Tax Encouraged Cigarette Smoking?

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Policies aimed at youth vaping may have negative effects on adult smokers.

January 6th 2020, 7:32 am

Even a Single Dose of HPV Vaccine May Provide Protection

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Young women who got only one dose of HPV vaccine, versus the recommended three, showed benefits against cancer-causing human papillomavirus.

January 6th 2020, 7:32 am

Early Treatment for Autism Is Critical, New Report Says

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Experts urge early identification and referral for treatment, even if a formal diagnosis has not been confirmed.

January 6th 2020, 5:29 am

New Hope for Migraine Sufferers

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There are now a number of medications that may prevent or alleviate migraines, as well as a wearable nerve-stimulating device that can be activated by a smartphone.

January 6th 2020, 5:29 am

A Reporter’s Dive Into the Legal Deep of Psychotherapy

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The therapist-patient relationship seemed like a place for re-examination in the age of #MeToo.

January 5th 2020, 6:17 am

Everyone’s Resolution Is to Drink More Water in 2020

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Why are we so obsessed with hydration?

January 4th 2020, 7:45 am

Dr. Heather Ashton, 90, Dies; Helped People Quit Anxiety Drugs

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Her “Ashton Manual,” published in 1999, has become a cornerstone for people all over the world dealing with benzodiazepine dependence.

January 3rd 2020, 7:29 pm

Johnson & Johnson Sued Over Baby Powder by New Mexico

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The lawsuit claims the company targeted minority women and children despite being aware of the risk of asbestos in talc.

January 3rd 2020, 3:08 pm

In Appalachia, Crafting a Road to Recovery With Dulcimer Strings

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In Kentucky, where music is the lifeblood, an apprentice program run by luthiers provides meaningful jobs and helps remove the stigma of opioid addiction.

January 3rd 2020, 10:20 am

A Speech About Love for My Father’s Third Wedding

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What could a son say about marriage to a father who had divorced twice, seeming to treat love as though it were seasonal?

January 3rd 2020, 9:50 am

Older People Need Geriatricians. Where Will They Come From?

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The medical profession has been troubled for years by a persistent shortage of doctors who treat the oldest and sickest patients.

January 3rd 2020, 9:50 am

What if Children Ran the School Lunchroom?

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A new program lets students customize their meals, participate in taste tests and brainstorm ways to redesign their school cafeterias.

January 3rd 2020, 5:49 am

Texas Judge Rules That Hospital Can Take Infant Off Life Support

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The case, involving an 11-month-old girl born with a heart defect, has become a rallying point for conservatives. The child’s mother plans to appeal.

January 2nd 2020, 4:55 pm

Partial Ban on E-Cigarette Flavors Is Issued

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The F.D.A. says the restrictions will apply to closed cartridge systems, like the flavored pods that are popular with teenagers, but exempted the open tank systems sold in vape shops that permit custom mixing of flavors.

January 2nd 2020, 2:37 pm

Christian Health Cost-Sharing Ministries Offer No Guarantees

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Some state regulators are scrutinizing nonprofit groups that enroll Americans struggling to pay for medical care, but aren’t legally bound to cover their members’ claims.

January 2nd 2020, 5:59 am

New Year’s Resolution: Be More Honest

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Embracing honesty changed my life. Maybe it can change yours.

January 2nd 2020, 12:10 am

Eat Better, Feel Better? Food Advice From the Year in Well

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Intermittent fasting, drinking less alcohol and eating more oysters are some of the steps you can try.

January 1st 2020, 8:38 pm

No More Excuses Not to Exercise

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Many people say they don’t have the time to work out. But most of us spend hours each day viewing screens.

January 1st 2020, 8:38 pm

A.I. Is Learning to Read Mammograms

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Computers that are trained to recognize patterns and interpret images may outperform humans at finding cancer on X-rays.

January 1st 2020, 8:38 pm

Fazle Abed, Founder of a Leading Relief Agency, Dies at 83

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Mr. Abed gave up a job as a senior executive at a multinational company to start BRAC after he saw his native land, Bangladesh, devastated by war.

January 1st 2020, 2:33 pm

New Injection Method Makes an Old TB Vaccine Far More Powerful

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Giving the vaccine intravenously to monkeys provided 90% protection against tuberculosis. More testing is needed before humans can be inoculated that way.

January 1st 2020, 1:16 pm

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2020

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From smart homes to ultrafast wireless speeds, here’s what to watch.

January 1st 2020, 5:11 am

F.D.A. Plans to Ban Most E-Cigarette Flavors but Menthol

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The tobacco and vaping industries and conservative allies intensively lobbied against a ban on popular flavored e-cigarettes.

December 31st 2019, 10:08 pm

Antibiotics May Raise the Risk of Allergies

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Infants given antibiotics were at increased risk of asthma and childhood allergies, a study suggests.

December 31st 2019, 4:34 pm

How to Talk to Someone With Alzheimer’s

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Approach from the front. Use gestures more than words. Don’t argue.

December 31st 2019, 5:53 am

Opioid Deaths Rise When Auto Plants Close, Study Shows

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Research found 85 percent more deaths among those of prime working age in places where car factories closed compared with where they stayed open.

December 30th 2019, 12:37 pm

Long-Term Insecticide Exposure Tied to Heart Disease

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Pyrethroids, found in mosquito repellents, pet sprays and lice shampoos, may increase cardiovascular risks.

December 30th 2019, 11:37 am

F.D.A. Failed to Ensure Safe Prescribing of Opioids, Documents Show

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The agency, whose oversight of opioid safety has largely eluded scrutiny, did not improve flawed programs designed to reduce addiction and overdoses.

December 30th 2019, 11:08 am

Move Your Body, Bolster Your Brain

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Exercise doesn’t just strengthen your muscles, it can also be good for your mind and memory. Fitness advice from the year in Well.

December 30th 2019, 9:08 am

Chinese Scientist Who Genetically Edited Babies Gets 3 Years in Prison

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He Jiankui’s work was also carried out on a third infant, according to China’s state media, in a new disclosure that is likely to add to the global uproar over such experiments.

December 30th 2019, 9:08 am

For Better Brain Health, Preserve Your Hearing

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Hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, exceeding that of smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and social isolation.

December 30th 2019, 8:21 am

Make 2020 the Year of Less Sugar

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One of the best things you can do for your health is to cut back on foods with added sugar. Our 7-Day Sugar Challenge will show you how.

December 30th 2019, 5:51 am

In Indonesia, Outlaw Gold Miners Poison Themselves to Survive

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One large mining company is trying to shut illegal operations, which use mercury. The small-scale miners say there’s no other way to earn a living.

December 30th 2019, 4:49 am

Gracie Gold Embraces a Rugged Comeback Path

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To rebuild her figure skating career after a reckoning with mental health struggles, the Olympian has focused on redefining what success means.

December 30th 2019, 3:47 am

Samoa Lifts State of Emergency After Deadly Measles Epidemic

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The Pacific island nation will reopen schools after a measles epidemic killed 81 people, many of them children and babies.

December 29th 2019, 3:12 am

A Swimmer Thrived After an Amputation. Then She Needed Another.

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Morgan Stickney began training for the Paralympics after having her left leg amputated below the knee. But a familiar pain struck again.

December 27th 2019, 7:06 am

Hitting the Road (or Trail) on a Guided Hotel Run

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Hotels across the globe are organizing guided runs for guests, offering them a chance to maintain daily routines as well as explore a new destination.

December 27th 2019, 6:03 am

An Old Menstruation Taboo Killed Her. This Time, a Man Went to Jail.

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In a first for Nepal, the authorities have arrested a man who forced his sister-in-law to sleep out in a cold hut during her period.

December 27th 2019, 1:29 am

Certain Foods May Help Postmenopausal Women Sleep Better

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Eating foods like vegetables and nuts with a low glycemic index were tied to sounder sleep.

December 26th 2019, 3:07 pm

Kate Figes, Feminist Author on Family Life, Dies at 62

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She explored life after childbirth, marriage, infidelity and other topics, and recalled a difficult relationship with her mother, also a feminist author.

December 26th 2019, 1:36 pm

A Football Player’s Mental Health Led Him Off the Field and Toward New Dreams

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“I love playing the game of football, but not the other stuff that goes with it,” said Isaiah Woods, now considering a career in design. “I stress myself out way too much.”

December 26th 2019, 8:18 am

The Watch Is Smart, but It Can’t Replace Your Doctor

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Apple has been advertising its watch’s ability to detect atrial fibrillation. The reality doesn’t quite live up to the promise.

December 26th 2019, 5:32 am
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