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

    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...

    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.
    Why Do We Hurt Robots?

    Why Do We Hurt Robots?


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

    They are like us, but unlike us, and both fearsome and easy to bully.
    Yoga and Veterans: A Different Kind of Warrior

    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...

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

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


    Prince Philip talking with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor in May. He was involved in a car accident on Thursday, raising questions in Britain about when seniors should stop...

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

    Your Sweat Will See You Now


    A soft, wearable patch measures the chemical contents of sweat on the skin. It could be used to screen for cystic fibrosis, and give athletes real-time performance...

    A new device — wearable, wireless and battery free — improves the ability to monitor and diagnose health problems by analyzing the sweat on your skin.
    Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths

    Study Links Drug Maker Gifts for Doctors to More Overdose Deaths


    Family and friends of people who died of opioid overdoses left pill bottles in protest outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, in...

    Counties where doctors got more meals, trips and consulting fees from opioid makers had higher overdose deaths involving prescription opioids.
    What’s So ‘Indecent’ About Female Pleasure?

    What’s So ‘Indecent’ About Female Pleasure?


    Lora DiCarlo, the company behind the Osé sex toy shown above, was stripped of an award at CES. Its products were deemed “immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA’s...

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

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


    Dr. John Mendelsohn in his office at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in 2011. He had earlier studied at Harvard, trained in Boston, made his mark as a researcher at U.C. San Diego and led Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New...

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

    Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia?


    Cannabis plants in a lab at Niagara College in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. As marijuana use becomes more widespread and varied, some people worry that its more potent versions can cause or exacerbate mental...

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

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


    A bottle containing human fecal matter in an OpenBiome laboratory in Medford, Mass. Stool has emerged as a surprisingly effective treatment for hard-to-treat gut...

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

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


    The drug makers Sanofi and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals are seeking F.D.A. approval for the first oral treatment for Type 1...

    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.
    New York Confronts Its Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades

    New York Confronts Its Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades


    Borough Park, Brooklyn, has seen 35 cases of measles in an outbreak affecting more than 200 people in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in New York and New...

    The disease spread within ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities where vaccination rates are low and some are suspicious of government health workers.
    Doctors: A ‘Sentimental Journey’ in the Cancer Clinic

    Doctors: A ‘Sentimental Journey’ in the Cancer Clinic


    Doris Day singing to the accompaniment of Les Brown and His Band of...

    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.
    Phys Ed: How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory Sharp

    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...

    Irisin, a hormone that is released during exercise, may improve brain health and lessen the damage that occurs during Alzheimer’s disease.
    High-Dose Vitamin D No Better Than Low-Dose

    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...

    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

    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...

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

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


    Purdue Pharma’s headquarters in Stamford, Conn. The Sacklers, who own Purdue Pharma, became one of the wealthiest families in the United States in part because of sales of...

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

    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...

    People who are the most extremely opposed to genetically modified organisms tend to know the least about them, a new study found.
    The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

    The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips


    Near St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, flyers offer money for unused diabetes test strips. Buyers are often uninsured and cannot afford to pay retail...

    It is legal to resell unused test strips for blood glucose, and many patients do, driving an unusual trade online and on the streets.
    F.D.A. Says It Will Resume Inspections of Some High-Risk Foods

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


    The federal government shutdown had halted most food safety inspections, including many considered “high risk,” like soft cheeses, seafood, custard-filled bakery products, some fruits and vegetables, baby formula and unpasteurized...

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

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


    Using a toy to distract a baby from getting a shot and allowing the baby to held in a parent’s lap rather than pinned down are among the strategies used at Children’s...

    Pediatric pain specialists believe that reducing the pain associated with needles can lead to better health care.
    Using Sports Psychology for Childbirth

    Using Sports Psychology for Childbirth


    The author focusing on resting during the pushing phase of labor at the birthing center at Mount Sinai West in...

    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

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


    North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, center, touring the Pyongyang Bio-Technical Institute, in a photo released in June 2015 by the North Korean news...

    Military analysts are increasingly concerned about the nation’s “advanced, underestimated and highly lethal” bioweapons program.
    Calculator: Opioids, Car Crashes and Falling: The Odds of Dying in the U.S.

    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...

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

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


    A colored transmission electron micrograph showing inflammation of the brain by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba, shown in orange. In pink, running from lower right to the center, is a blood vessel with red blood cells in red and white blood cells in...

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