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    Video Games Help Model Brain’s Neurons

    Video Games Help Model Brain’s Neurons


    The results from “Mozak” have a higher degree of accuracy than conventional computer-based modeling...

    A video game is being used to help understand the structure of neurons, which could aid in treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
    Heart Attack Survivors Often Fail to Take Statins

    Heart Attack Survivors Often Fail to Take Statins


    Most patients in a large study either took less of the lifesaving medicines than needed or stopped taking the drugs entirely within two...

    Most patients in a large study either took less of the lifesaving medicines than needed or stopped taking the drugs entirely within two years.
    Q&A: A Dry Side Effect

    Q&A: A Dry Side Effect


    Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a frequent side effect of many commonly prescribed...

    Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a frequent side effect of many commonly prescribed drugs.
    Global Health: Fatal Malaria in the U.S. More Common Than Previously Known

    Global Health: Fatal Malaria in the U.S. More Common Than Previously Known


    An Anopheles freeborni mosquito, a type known to transmit malaria. Serious and fatal bouts of malaria in the United States are a greater problem than has been previously...

    Hospital data suggests that some immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean, thinking they are still immune, do not take precautions on home visits.
    The Checkup: Fending Off Math Anxiety

    The Checkup: Fending Off Math Anxiety


    Parents can help by starting to talk to children at an early age about numbers in everyday...

    Parents can help by starting to talk to children at an early age about numbers in everyday life.
    Smokeless Tobacco Is Gone From the Ballpark, if Not the Clubhouse

    Smokeless Tobacco Is Gone From the Ballpark, if Not the Clubhouse


    Since last April, New York City has banned smokeless-tobacco products for use at Citi Field and Yankee...

    Major League Baseball supports local bans on smokeless tobacco, but a number of players said they viewed them as an invasion of personal rights.
    Ask Well: Why Do Allergies Cause ‘Brain Fog’?

    Ask Well: Why Do Allergies Cause ‘Brain Fog’?


    No one really knows why people often report feeling “fuzzy headed” when they have...

    No one really knows why people often report feeling “fuzzy headed” when they have allergies.
    Ties: Unmoored by a Psychotic Break

    Ties: Unmoored by a Psychotic Break


    Like a rare butterfly, my son is examined and classified with a label: schizoaffective...

    Like a rare butterfly, my son is examined and classified with a label: schizoaffective disorder.
    Affordable Care Act: A Tale of Two Red States

    Affordable Care Act: A Tale of Two Red States


    Cameron Jarrett with his son, Henry, in Bartlesville, Okla. Mr. Jarrett is disappointed with his options under the Affordable Care Act but said, “If we’re going to do this, let’s give it every opportunity to work, even if it’s not a policy I...

    In Oklahoma, which has raged against the law, insurance premiums are among the nation’s highest. New Mexico, which oversees its marketplace, has some of the lowest.
    Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver

    Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver


    Works of art by Kenny Scharf and Okuda San Miguel adorn the interior of International Church of Cannabis in...

    A legislator made a last-minute attempt to shut down the International Church of Cannabis, but it opened its doors to the public on Thursday.
    White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill

    White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill


    Speaker Paul D. Ryan at a news conference on health care legislation at the Capitol early this month. “We’re in the midst of negotiating sort of finishing touches” on a health bill, he said this week in...

    The measure faces an uncertain fate as Congress also must deal with a far more urgent deadline: a looming government shutdown if a new funding measure is not approved.
    ‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds

    ‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds


    Dr. Doris Greenblatt in New York. Dr. Greenblatt participated in the trial because her epilepsy had caused memory...

    The timing of stimulation to the brain was determined to be crucial in research published on Thursday, and it might help treat dementia, head injuries and other conditions.
    Sometimes It’s Better Not to Know

    Sometimes It’s Better Not to Know


    My 97-year-old patient told me he didn’t know if he was looking forward to being...

    My 97-year-old patient told me he didn’t know if he was looking forward to being 98.
    Trish Vradenburg, Crusader Against Alzheimer’s, Dies at 70

    Trish Vradenburg, Crusader Against Alzheimer’s, Dies at 70


    Trish Vradenburg and her husband, George, in Washington in 2011. They raised millions to fight Alzheimer’s and established their own...

    Ms. Vradenburg, a sitcom writer whose mother died of complications of the disease, and her husband raised millions for research and established their own organization to generate greater awareness.
    Fixes: A Focus on Health to Resolve Urban Ills

    Fixes: A Focus on Health to Resolve Urban Ills


    A view of Richmond, Calif., from an Amtrak...

    Discrimination, poverty, inequality and violence create unbearable stress, and stress kills. Relieving all of them saves lives and cities.
    Retired Miners Lament Trump’s Silence on Imperiled Health Plan

    Retired Miners Lament Trump’s Silence on Imperiled Health Plan


    David VanSickle, a retired miner, at his home in Uniontown, Pa. Mr. VanSickle, who has breathing difficulty, attaches himself to a machine that essentially props open the airway to his lungs while he...

    Coal company bankruptcies have left coverage for retirees, many with chronic ailments, in federal hands. Unless Congress acts this month, benefits will end.
    Steroids May Be Risky Even in the Short Term

    Steroids May Be Risky Even in the Short Term


    Taking oral corticosteroids for only a month or less may increase the risk of blood clots, infections and broken...

    Taking oral corticosteroids for only a month or less may increase the risk of blood clots, infections and broken bones.
    First Words: America’s New ‘Anxiety’ Disorder

    First Words: America’s New ‘Anxiety’ Disorder


    This nation has never been shy about diagnosing its own jitters. Now the condition has become...

    This nation has never been shy about diagnosing its own jitters. Now the condition has become political.
    The March for Science: Why Some Are Going, and Some Will Sit Out

    The March for Science: Why Some Are Going, and Some Will Sit Out


    The Anderson family making protest signs at home near Salt Lake City. They are planning to attend the March for Science on Saturday in Washington,...

    In remarks submitted to The Times, some said the president’s posture toward science demanded a response, but others worried about the politicization of science.
    A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science

    A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science


    Adam Lipson, a public defender, looked on as a participant in San Francisco’s Young Adult Court addressed Judge Bruce E. Chan at a session in...

    San Francisco’s Young Adult Court, created in 2015, is based on recent research suggesting that brain development extends beyond age 18, into the 20s.