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    Global Health: Six Lessons in Helping African Women Avoid H.I.V.

    Global Health: Six Lessons in Helping African Women Avoid H.I.V.


    A scene from a video describing tactics used to help persuade young women in Africa to take a daily pill that prevents infection with...

    Countering the bleak history of AIDS prevention in Africa, a nonprofit explains how it helped women hide H.I.V. prevention pills and deflect male anger.
    Voices: Learning to Accept (if Not Love) My Scar

    Voices: Learning to Accept (if Not Love) My Scar


    More than three decades after my cancer surgery, I still hesitate when someone asks, “What’s up with your...

    More than three decades after my cancer surgery, I still hesitate when someone asks, “What’s up with your scar?”
    A Last Push for Obamacare Sign-ups — and Worries About Who Got Hurt

    A Last Push for Obamacare Sign-ups — and Worries About Who Got Hurt


    Denise English, left, at a health center in Plainfield, N.J., counseled Sally Benjamin, right, about health care coverage options on Wednesday before the open enrollment deadline. The Affordable Care Act, even with diminished resources and support, has...

    Blacks and Hispanics saw the biggest gains under the Affordable Care Act. They’re also likely to be most affected by cuts to this year’s enrollment period, which ended Friday.
    As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk

    As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk


    A baby born with microcephaly caused by Zika virus in a rehabilitation center in Recife, Brazil, last year. The most severely affected babies have little language or mobility and will likely require a lifetime of care, a new study...

    They are 2 years old, but developmentally they are 6 months old. The children most severely affected by Zika face a lifetime of care, new research shows.

    Easing the Burden on Caregivers


    A new program in Hawaii will provide stipends of up to $70 a day to people caring for an elderly family member at...

    A new program in Hawaii will provide stipends of up to $70 a day to people caring for an elderly family member at home.
    Ask Well: Is an Ice Cream Binge Bad for the Heart?

    Ask Well: Is an Ice Cream Binge Bad for the Heart?


    A reader asks: Is there a cardiovascular difference between eating a pint of ice cream in one sitting versus eating it over a...

    A reader asks: Is there a cardiovascular difference between eating a pint of ice cream in one sitting versus eating it over a week?
    High Glucose Levels in Pregnancy Tied to Heart Defects in Babies

    High Glucose Levels in Pregnancy Tied to Heart Defects in Babies


    Exercise and a healthful diet during pregnancy may help to lower the risk of heart problems in newborns, one expert...

    Exercise and a healthful diet during pregnancy may help to lower the risk of heart problems in newborns, one expert advises.
    Teva Pharmaceuticals to Cut 25% of Jobs in Huge Reshaping

    Teva Pharmaceuticals to Cut 25% of Jobs in Huge Reshaping


    A Teva factory in Hungary. The company, the world’s largest maker of generic drugs, plans to close or sell a significant number of manufacturing plants in the United States, Europe, Israel and other...

    The world’s biggest maker of generic drugs has been squeezed by increased competition and lower prices and is saddled with a large amount of debt.
    Vigorous Exercise Tied to Macular Degeneration in Men

    Vigorous Exercise Tied to Macular Degeneration in Men


    New findings have surprised and puzzled researchers, though the study does not prove cause and...

    New findings have surprised and puzzled researchers, though the study does not prove cause and effect.
    In U.K., Bigger Wine Glasses for Bigger Thirsts

    In U.K., Bigger Wine Glasses for Bigger Thirsts


    The size of British wine glasses has increased nearly sevenfold over 300 years, researchers...

    A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge found that the average size of wine glasses has increased sevenfold in 300 years.
    Marijuana and Vaping Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Teenagers

    Marijuana and Vaping Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Teenagers


    The Juul brand e-cigarette, which resembles a flash drive, is popular among underage vapers. Conventional cigarette smoking has dropped so sharply among American teenagers that marijuana use and vaping are now more...

    The latest national survey of adolescent drug use found declining use of most substances, including alcohol, tobacco, prescription opioids and stimulants.
    Joe Biden Comforts Meghan McCain in Heartfelt Exchange on ‘The View’

    Joe Biden Comforts Meghan McCain in Heartfelt Exchange on ‘The View’


    Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, with his daughter Meghan McCain in August. He announced in July that he had glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive type of brain...

    “One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John,” Mr. Biden told a tearful Ms. McCain. Her father, John McCain, has the same form of cancer that killed his son Beau.
    A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

    A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm


    John Sueme of St. Louis was the first patient to receive an experimental treatment that exposes scarred heart tissue to radiation, eliminating damaged cells that cause rapid, sometimes fatal...

    Rapid, erratic heartbeats — called ventricular tachycardia — can lead to sudden death. An experimental radiation treatment has eased the condition in five patients.
    Voices: The Disabled Flâneur

    Voices: The Disabled Flâneur


    My diagnosis won’t keep me away from the city streets and the sweet energy that’s found there, even if someday I “walk” by dint of...

    My diagnosis won’t keep me away from the city streets and the sweet energy that’s found there, even if someday I “walk” by dint of wheels.
    Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Body Is Saved by U.K. Surgeons

    Baby Born With Heart Outside Her Body Is Saved by U.K. Surgeons


    Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins with their 3-week-old daughter, Vanellope Hope Wilkins, at a hospital in Leicester, England, on Monday. The baby’s condition is extremely rare — estimated at five to eight cases per one million live...

    Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who had her first operation within an hour of birth, is believed to be first newborn in Britain to survive the corrective procedure.
    India Bans Condom Ads From Prime-Time TV

    India Bans Condom Ads From Prime-Time TV


    An International Condom Day event in New Delhi in February. Despite government efforts to control population growth, the rate of condom use in India is...

    Conservative social groups pressured the government to crack down on the commercials, saying they were inappropriate for children.

    Can Texting Save Lives?


    Crisis Text Line is upending the suicide hotline, modernizing it for today’s teenagers, one text at a...

    Crisis Text Line is upending the suicide hotline, modernizing it for today’s teenagers, one text at a time.
    When a Sibling Dies, or Has a Serious Illness

    When a Sibling Dies, or Has a Serious Illness


    Rivers Schwenn applies makeup to her sister, Parker...

    Up to 8 percent of American children will experience the death of a sibling, but the loss is rarely discussed, and siblings are often overlooked.
    A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity

    A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity


    An Oxxo convenience store in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. The chain, which had 400 stores in the country in 1990, now has nearly...

    Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses.
    An Obamacare Surprise in the Mail: New Insurers and New Costs

    An Obamacare Surprise in the Mail: New Insurers and New Costs


    Anthem and other insurance companies have announced that they will be exiting the Affordable Care Act marketplace in many counties in 2018, forcing consumers to look for coverage with other...

    Through “automatic re-enrollment,” some Obamacare consumers are being assigned new insurance policies at higher costs — for doing nothing during open enrollment.
    Personal Health: The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health

    Personal Health: The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health


    Scientists are gaining a more refined — and surprising — understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on...

    Scientists are gaining a more refined — and surprising — understanding of the effects of loneliness and isolation on health.
    The Checkup: Treating Anxiety in Children

    The Checkup: Treating Anxiety in Children


    Which child needs psychotherapy or medication: the parent-clinger, the dog-fearer or the...

    Which child needs psychotherapy or medication: the parent-clinger, the dog-fearer or the school-avoider?
    Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It

    Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It


    The generic version of Crestor — rosuvastatin — cost Patrik Swanljung of Anacortes, Wash., about $38 less when he bought it through a website rather than using his health insurance. Consumers are finding that they can sometimes save money on their...

    Some consumers are finding they can get a better deal on prescription drugs by leaving their insurance cards at home.
    How to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs

    How to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs


    The website for GoodRx shows the varying prices for an antibiotic used to treat eye...

    Online prescription sites may help you find cheaper prices for some drugs, sometimes without using your insurance.