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    Omega-3s May Lower the Risk of Preterm Birth

    Omega-3s May Lower the Risk of Preterm Birth


    Compared with women who did not take omega-3s, those who took supplements had an 11 percent lower risk of giving birth before 37 weeks of...

    Compared with women who did not take omega-3s, those who took supplements had an 11 percent lower risk of giving birth before 37 weeks of gestation.
    Personal Health: The Case Against Appendectomies

    Personal Health: The Case Against Appendectomies


    The appendix is turning out to contain biologically useful tissue that may help prevent nasty gastrointestinal...

    The appendix is turning out to contain biologically useful tissue that may help prevent nasty gastrointestinal ills.
    Global Health: The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill

    Global Health: The Fight Against Malaria Has Reached a Standstill


    A mother mourned her six-month-old daughter in Banki, Nigeria, who succumbed to malaria. Nigeria has a quarter of all the world’s malaria...

    Deaths from the disease plummeted from 2000 to 2013, but are now stuck at over 400,000 a year. Donor giving is flat, and some countries are not doing enough to protect their citizens.
    The Checkup: Baby Won’t Sleep Through the Night? You’re Not Alone

    The Checkup: Baby Won’t Sleep Through the Night? You’re Not Alone


    Parents often feel bad if their babies aren’t good sleepers, but a new study suggests there’s a lot of variation, even at a year...

    Parents often feel bad if their babies aren’t good sleepers, but a new study suggests there’s a lot of variation, even at a year old.
    When a College Student Comes Home to Stay

    When a College Student Comes Home to Stay


    Thirty percent of freshmen won’t return for their sophomore year, and the wheels can start to fall off as early as Thanksgiving. What can parents...

    Thirty percent of freshmen won’t return for their sophomore year, and the wheels can start to fall off as early as Thanksgiving. What can parents do?
    Tests Showed Children Were Exposed to Lead. The Official Response: Challenge the Tests

    Tests Showed Children Were Exposed to Lead. The Official Response: Challenge the Tests


    Mikaila Bonaparte, 5, in her bedroom at the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In 2016, a doctor found lead in her blood at levels almost never seen in modern New...

    For at least two decades, the New York City Housing Authority routinely disputed tests that revealed lead in its apartments. Private landlords almost never do this.
    New Peanut Allergy Drug Shows ‘Lifesaving’ Potential

    New Peanut Allergy Drug Shows ‘Lifesaving’ Potential


    Carter Grodi, at home in Ocala, Fla., with his mother, Carolee, has a peanut allergy, but a new drug allows him to tolerate small amounts of peanuts. “To me, a peanut was like a weapon,” he...

    Results from a new study may lead to approval of what could be the first drug that ameliorates potentially deadly reactions in children with severe peanut allergies.
    Air Quality in California: Devastating Fires Lead to a New Danger

    Air Quality in California: Devastating Fires Lead to a New Danger


    Smoke from the Camp Fire hung over Paradise, Calif., on Wednesday. Air quality in Northern California ranks with the worst in the...

    A week after the most destructive fire in state history ripped through this small town, the flames have been replaced by a new danger: the air.
    Ohio House Passes Bill to Criminalize Abortions of Fetuses With a Heartbeat

    Ohio House Passes Bill to Criminalize Abortions of Fetuses With a Heartbeat


    The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, where the state’s House of Representatives this week passed a bill that would effectively bar women from receiving an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is...

    The measure would punish doctors who perform an abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and would have few exceptions.
    She Couldn’t Quit Smoking. Then She Tried Juul.

    She Couldn’t Quit Smoking. Then She Tried Juul.


    Brittany Kligman was smoking a pack a day, getting increased sinus infections and had stopped working out, till she tried...

    Millions embrace e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids. Will restricting the devices for teenagers put former adult smokers who vape at risk to start again?
    Q&A: The ABCs of E-Cigarettes

    Q&A: The ABCs of E-Cigarettes


    E-cigarettes are relatively recent products whose long-term effects are unknown, but they contain far fewer dangerous chemicals than those released in burning...

    As vaping grows more popular, especially among teens, here are answers to some basic questions about its health effects.
    The Price of Cool: A Teenager, a Juul and Nicotine Addiction

    The Price of Cool: A Teenager, a Juul and Nicotine Addiction


    Matt Murphy, of Reading, Mass., developed a painful nicotine addiction from vaping that made him so dependent he called his device his "11th...

    E-cigarettes may help tobacco smokers quit. But the alluring devices can swiftly induce a nicotine habit in teenagers who never smoked. This is the tale of one person’s struggle.
    At War: Debunking Stereotypes Around Veterans and PTSD

    At War: Debunking Stereotypes Around Veterans and PTSD


    An American soldier in an armored vehicle in the village of Darbasiyah, Syria, in...

    Readers tell us about the stereotypes they have encountered around veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the ways in which they have challenged them.
    Noted: A Juul Case for $5,000?

    Noted: A Juul Case for $5,000?


    “With a case like this, you’d want to put it on a table," said Michael Saiger of Miansai. "It’s a...

    Smokers are customizing their trendy vape pens with purple glitter, fake designer labels and even 18-karat gold.
    Global Health: Rapid Cure Approved for Sleeping Sickness, a Horrific Illness

    Global Health: Rapid Cure Approved for Sleeping Sickness, a Horrific Illness


    Health workers, part of a mobile unit screening villagers for sleeping sickness in Yalikombo, along the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The area is a breeding ground for tsetse flies, which spread the...

    Parasites transmitted by tsetse flies travel to the brain, causing paranoia, fury and death. Until now, killing them required hospitalization and harsh drugs.
    Naomi Breslau, Who Studied Post-Traumatic Stress, Dies at 86

    Naomi Breslau, Who Studied Post-Traumatic Stress, Dies at 86


    Naomi Breslau in her office at Michigan State University in 2012. She was among the first scientists to study how the experiences of everyday life can cause serious psychiatric...

    She also investigated links between various disorders, like depression and smoking, and suggested that migraines could cause mental problems — and vice versa.
    Herbert Fingarette, Contrarian Philosopher on Alcoholism, Dies at 97

    Herbert Fingarette, Contrarian Philosopher on Alcoholism, Dies at 97


    Herbert Fingarette in 1981 with material related to his book “Confucius: The Secular as Sacred,” which a historian said “revolutionized the field of Chinese...

    Mr. Fingarette concluded that heavy drinking was willful behavior, not a disease, and that moderate use of alcohol was an acceptable treatment goal.
    What to Know About Getting a Flu Shot This Year, No Matter Who’s Paying

    What to Know About Getting a Flu Shot This Year, No Matter Who’s Paying


    Getting a flu shot in Brooklyn. Until a few years ago, the typical flu shot included three strains of the virus. Now, more flu-shot makers are adding a...

    Flu season is here, and there are at least six types of vaccine to choose from. It’s worth studying the options to determine which is likely to protect you the most.
    Scandals Catch Up to Private Chinese Hospitals, After Fortunes Are Made

    Scandals Catch Up to Private Chinese Hospitals, After Fortunes Are Made


    Mansions built with wealth from the Putian network of private hospitals, behind a pair of farmers in the village of Dongzhuang in southern...

    The Putian network of 8,000 facilities, which expanded rapidly with little government oversight, is facing national outrage and scrutiny over a death and fraud allegations.
    Living With Cancer: Tackling Cancer Anxiety

    Living With Cancer: Tackling Cancer Anxiety


    No matter how long I deal with periodic blood tests, abdominal CTs and mammograms, they always trigger a huge wave of...

    No matter how long I deal with periodic blood tests, abdominal CTs and mammograms, they always trigger a huge wave of ‘scanxiety.’
    There’s a Stress Gap Between Men and Women. Here’s Why It’s Important.

    There’s a Stress Gap Between Men and Women. Here’s Why It’s Important.


    Between domestic duties and emotional labor, research shows, women are more stressed than men are — but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what the data says, and how to take care of...

    Between domestic duties and emotional labor, research shows, women are more stressed than men are — but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s what the data says, and how to take care of yourself.
    Diet, Not Age, May Account for Rising Blood Pressure

    Diet, Not Age, May Account for Rising Blood Pressure


    Comparison of two tribes in the Venezuelan rain forest points to diet, rather than advancing age, as a cause of higher blood...

    Comparison of two tribes in the Venezuelan rain forest points to diet, rather than advancing age, as a cause of higher blood pressure.
    When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More

    When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More


    Jennifer Lamptey, a radiologic technologist, adjusting a CT scan at the Saint Raphael campus of Yale New Haven Hospital, part of a bigger system set to control a quarter of Connecticut’s hospital...

    Rapid consolidation has created powerful groups of hospitals, with organizations dictating prices and fueling health spending in some areas of the country.
    Juul Suspends Selling Most E-Cigarette Flavors in Stores

    Juul Suspends Selling Most E-Cigarette Flavors in Stores


    More than three million middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2017, according to preliminary government data, with about one-third saying the flavors were a big factor in their...

    Juul will restrict sales of nearly all its flavored pods to the internet, and stop most social media promotion to combat youth vaping, bowing to government and public pressure.
    Papua New Guinea Is Rich in Resources but Poor in Health

    Papua New Guinea Is Rich in Resources but Poor in Health


    A mother and her baby at a health clinic where polio vaccines were administered to children in Lae, Papua New Guinea, in July. Vaccination rates are down to 30 percent in some parts of the...

    The Pacific nation hoped that hosting the APEC summit meeting would elevate its international profile, but a national health crisis threatens to overshadow it.
    Run a Marathon. Then, Quickly, Another.

    Run a Marathon. Then, Quickly, Another.


    Runners enter the Bronx in the New York City Marathon on Nov....

    A growing number of runners have decided to take their marathoning to the next level by running multiple marathons within a short period of time.