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    Jesse Jackson Announces He Has Parkinson’s Disease

    Jesse Jackson Announces He Has Parkinson’s Disease


    The Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last...

    The longtime civil rights leader said he plans to make “lifestyle changes” but will not allow the disease to interfere with his advocacy work.
    Global Health: Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn

    Global Health: Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn


    Doctors attended to a H7N9 bird flu patient in Wuhan, China, in February. The country has been experiencing a “fifth wave” of flu since October...

    Dire predictions of a flu pandemic proved overblown in 2005 and 2009. Still, health officials are warning that the H7N9 virus, which can be lethal, is on the rise.
    Ties: At Last, Connected by Blood

    Ties: At Last, Connected by Blood


    My stepfather was determined to make up for our lack of shared DNA and disprove the saying that blood is thicker than...

    My stepfather was determined to make up for our lack of shared DNA and disprove the saying that blood is thicker than water.
    Ask Well: What Is Parkinsonism?

    Ask Well: What Is Parkinsonism?


    The stiffness, slowness and shuffling of the feet that are classic features of Parkinson’s disease can also be caused by other...

    The stiffness, slowness and shuffling of the feet that are classic features of Parkinson’s disease can also be caused by other disorders.
    F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics

    F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics


    Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, at a Senate hearing earlier this year. The F.D.A. issued new guidelines that will expedite treatments involving human cells and...

    The agency plans to speed approval of treatments to get them to the market faster, signaling the quickened pace of advancements in this field.
    Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs

    Middle-Class Families Confront Soaring Health Insurance Costs


    Ian Dixon, right, said he might hire an employee just so he could buy health insurance as a small business, at a cost far below what he and his family would have to pay on their...

    In Virginia, premiums on policies sold under the Affordable Care Act are pushing health coverage out of reach, and customers see political forces at work.
    How to Lower Your Blood Pressure

    How to Lower Your Blood Pressure


    A patient gets her blood pressure checked in Vermont. New guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology lower the threshold for high blood...

    Medical guidelines have changed, and now about half of Americans may qualify for the diagnosis of hypertension. Here’s what to do about it.
    What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care

    What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care


    Syrian twins during a ceremony to celebrate the success rates of maternal and infant health after the 5,000th birth at a refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq in 2016. The U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates among wealthy nations,...

    Some have made large improvements in certain areas. What have they done to get better?
    Amish Mutation Protects Against Diabetes and May Extend Life

    Amish Mutation Protects Against Diabetes and May Extend Life


    The clinic parking lot in Berne, Ind., where some of the Amish residents carry a genetic mutation that may have life-extending...

    Amish men and women who carried a genetic mutation appeared to be in better cardiovascular health and had longer telomeres, a barometer of longevity.
    Nuts May Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease

    Nuts May Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease


    Eating a one-ounce serving five times a week was associated with a reduction in heart attacks, strokes and heart...

    Eating a one-ounce serving five times a week was associated with a reduction in heart attacks, strokes and heart disease.
    Even Light Activity May Increase Your Chances of Living Longer

    Even Light Activity May Increase Your Chances of Living Longer


    Thirty minutes of chores like light housework or walking slowly was tied to a 12 percent reduction in mortality in older...

    Thirty minutes of chores like light housework or walking slowly was tied to a 12 percent reduction in mortality in older women.
    She Took On Colombia’s Soda Industry. Then She Was Silenced.

    She Took On Colombia’s Soda Industry. Then She Was Silenced.


    A street vendor in Bogotá. Volume sales of carbonated drinks in the country have climbed more than 25 percent over the past 15...

    The debate over taxing sugary drinks has turned into a ferocious global policy brawl. In Colombia, proponents faced intimidation and censorship.
    Heart Attack Survivors at Risk of Later Dementia

    Heart Attack Survivors at Risk of Later Dementia


    Heart attack increased the risk for vascular dementia, the type caused by impaired blood flow to the brain, up to 35 years...

    Heart attack increased the risk for vascular dementia, the type caused by impaired blood flow to the brain, up to 35 years later.
    The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us

    The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us


    Clarence Matthews, 110, had blood drawn at his home in Indian Wells, Calif., last year, part of a project to examine the genes of the very old. Mr. Matthews died a few months...

    James Clement has scoured the globe for supercentenarians, aged 110 and older, willing to contribute their genomes to a rare scientific cache.
    Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes

    Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes


    Left, a dose of Vivitrol before being administered. Right, a pharmacist filling a prescription for...

    The manufacturers of the two drugs to treat opioid addiction are competing fiercely for market share and drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and prosecutors.
    Phys Ed: To Maintain Muscle and Lose Fat as You Age, Add Weights

    Phys Ed: To Maintain Muscle and Lose Fat as You Age, Add Weights


    Adding weights to your weight loss regimen may be more effective than beginning a walking program, according to a new...

    Adding weights to your weight loss regimen may be more effective than beginning a walking program, according to a new report.
    Senate Plans to End Obamacare Mandate in Revised Tax Proposal

    Senate Plans to End Obamacare Mandate in Revised Tax Proposal


    Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, delivered opening remarks Tuesday during a Senate Finance Committee...

    Republicans also said they would set all of their tax cuts for individuals to expire at the end of 2025, but deep cuts in the corporate tax rate would be permanent.
    Take a Number: Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop

    Take a Number: Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop


    Soda pop at a store in New Jersey. Sugary drink consumption has declined in the United States, according to a new...

    Children and adults are downing sugary drinks far less often than they used to, a new study finds.
    Former Eli Lilly Executive Is Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary

    Former Eli Lilly Executive Is Trump’s Choice for Health Secretary


    Alex Azar, then deputy secretary of health and human services, in June 2006. His nomination to oversee the department raised new doubts about the president’s stated commitment to rein in drug...

    Alex M. Azar II, a lawyer, was also a health official in the George W. Bush administration
    Trillions of Flies Can’t All Be Bad

    Trillions of Flies Can’t All Be Bad


    A male fly of the genus...

    The world’s flies do much more than annoy us. Pollinating plants, cleaning up carcasses, swabbing drains — flies are part of every strand of the web of life.
    The Checkup: Taking Care of the Physician

    The Checkup: Taking Care of the Physician


    A growing body of research literature shows that physician burnout and depression are linked to medical errors and depersonalized...

    A growing body of research literature shows that physician burnout and depression are linked to medical errors and depersonalized care.
    Trump Health Agency Challenges Consensus on Reducing Costs

    Trump Health Agency Challenges Consensus on Reducing Costs


    Dr. R. Michael Meneghini performing a partial knee replacement on a patient at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital last year. The Trump administration is scaling back a program that changes the way Medicare pays doctors for joint...

    The Obama administration sped up programs aiming to pay doctors based on quality instead of quantity. The Trump administration is slowing them down.