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    Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond

    Workers Overdose on the Job, and Employers Struggle to Respond


    Jimmy Sullivan has been a bricklayer for more than two decades. For several years, Mr. Sullivan injected a shot of heroin in his car before starting...

    Many businesses are ill-equipped or unwilling to deal with opioid addiction even as it has driven up health costs and hurt productivity.
    Beat Richner, Doctor to Cambodia’s Needy Young, Dies at 71

    Beat Richner, Doctor to Cambodia’s Needy Young, Dies at 71


    When not running his hospital network in Cambodia, Dr. Beat Richner moonlighted as a cellist, giving performances as his alter ego Beatocello, whom he described as “a poetic and musical comedian or clown.” He poured the proceeds back into providing...

    Dr. Richner turned a war-ravaged pediatric hospital in Phnom Penh into a network of five medical centers that now serve one million patients a year.
    The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia

    The Couple Who Helped Decode Dyslexia


    Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, have been conducting a study of people with dyslexia since...

    In 1983, Sally and Bennett Shaywitz began studying the reading skills of more than 400 children. The subjects are in their 40s now, and the Shaywitzes are still tracking them.
    Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Step for Wearable Gadgets

    Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Step for Wearable Gadgets


    Apple's chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, showing the electrocardiogram features of the Apple Watch Series 4 this...

    The faster speeds and larger screen sound boring on paper. But an electrical heart sensor gives a glimpse of the promise to come, our reviewer writes.
    Ask Well: How Long Do I Retain Immunity?

    Ask Well: How Long Do I Retain Immunity?


    Antibody half-life varies tremendously, from about 11 years for tetanus to over 200 years for measles and...

    Antibody half-life varies tremendously, from about 11 years for tetanus to over 200 years for measles and mumps.
    When Family Members Care for Aging Parents

    When Family Members Care for Aging Parents


    The author's parents in...

    My siblings and I joined the ranks of the 15 million or so unpaid and untrained family caregivers for older adults in the United States.
    Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar

    Sloan Kettering’s Cozy Deal With Start-Up Ignites a New Uproar


    At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, doctors and staff objected to a for-profit venture that could be lucrative for a few leading researchers and board...

    A for-profit venture with exclusive rights to use the center’s vast archive of tissue slides has generated concerns at the nonprofit cancer center.
    Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs

    Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs


    Commander Franca Jones, a medical programs director at the Department of Defense, demonstrating protocol for transporting anthrax in 2015. Some 575 shipments of the deadly bacteria were sent to labs around the...

    Three years after finding that laboratories had mishandled deadly pathogens, the Pentagon has no way to measure the effectiveness of its reforms, according to a new report.
    Global Health: ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find

    Global Health: ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find


    A tuberculosis patient at a hospital in Guwahati, India, in March. Active infections remain quite deadly, but silent infections may be far less frequent than once...

    Active infections kill 4,000 people a day worldwide, more than AIDS does. But the notion that a quarter of the global population harbors silent tuberculosis is “a fundamental misunderstanding.”
    Exorbitant Dental Bill? Medical Insurance May Cover Some of It

    Exorbitant Dental Bill? Medical Insurance May Cover Some of It


    Medical insurance generally pays more than dental insurance, so your dentist may be able to bill for services extending beyond tooth...

    Medical insurance generally pays more than dental insurance, so your dentist may be able to bill for services extending beyond tooth care.
    Living With Cancer: Raising Awareness of BRCA Mutations

    Living With Cancer: Raising Awareness of BRCA Mutations


    Lauren Corduck and her father, Bob Cooperstein, have the BRCA1 gene mutation. She holds a photo of her grandmother, Frances, who died at 56 from breast...

    Genetic testing may help those at high risk take steps to prevent deadly cancers.
    Hospital Food You Can Get Excited About

    Hospital Food You Can Get Excited About


    Chef Carole Hilly from Plainview Hospital and Chef Claudio Natalio from Lenox Hill Hospital survey ingredients at Northwell Health’s Ultimate Chef...

    Bland, institutional food can be bad for patients in many ways.
    Trilobites: Kidney Stones Are More Beautiful Than You Might Think

    Trilobites: Kidney Stones Are More Beautiful Than You Might Think


    An extreme close-up of a very thin slice of a human kidney stone reveals the intricate patterns of its mineral...

    New research found that the painful deposits are surprisingly dynamic, forming much like microscopic coral reefs, and could help with treating them.
    Matter: Why Your DNA Is Still Uncharted Territory

    Matter: Why Your DNA Is Still Uncharted Territory


    DNA being sequenced in a process called gel electrophoresis. An enormous chunk of the human genome remains unstudied despite significant technological...

    Scientists are focusing on a relatively small number of human genes and neglecting thousands of others. The reasons have more to do with professional survival than genetics.
    Merger of Cigna and Express Scripts Gets Approval From Justice Dept.

    Merger of Cigna and Express Scripts Gets Approval From Justice Dept.


    Pills on a conveyor belt at an Express Scripts warehouse in Florence, N.J. The $52 billion deal would combine one of the country’s largest insurers with a major pharmacy benefits...

    The takeover of one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager by a big health insurer is expected to close by the end of the year.
    A Boy Named Chance in a Land Without Heart Surgeons

    A Boy Named Chance in a Land Without Heart Surgeons


    From left, Chance Mwunguzi, Innocent Nsabimana and Alexis Nshimiyimana, who became friends as they waited together for heart-valve surgeries at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali,...

    I went to Kigali in Rwanda to report on the type of heart disease afflicting Chance and millions of other young people. I was supposed to be a fly on the wall. Before I knew it, I was trying to help.
    Nonfiction: The Quest to Create and Perfect an Artificial Heart

    Nonfiction: The Quest to Create and Perfect an Artificial Heart


    Mimi Swartz’s “Ticker” tells the story of the doctors who, against all odds, struggled to make a device to replace one of our most vital...

    Mimi Swartz’s “Ticker” tells the story of the doctors who, against all odds, struggled to make a device to replace one of our most vital organs.
    Where a Sore Throat Becomes a Death Sentence

    Where a Sore Throat Becomes a Death Sentence


    Once a year, doctors travel to Rwanda to perform lifesaving surgery on people with damaged heart valves — a disease caused by untreated strep...

    Once a year, doctors travel to Rwanda to perform lifesaving surgery on people with damaged heart valves — a disease caused by untreated strep throat.
    Europe’s Triumphs and Troubles Are Written in Swiss Ice

    Europe’s Triumphs and Troubles Are Written in Swiss Ice


    A depiction of the Black Death in Basel, Switzerland, in 1349. Scientists measuring pollen in Swiss ice found agricultural activity ceased for a number of years as plague gripped...

    Pollen frozen in ice in the Alps traces Europe’s calamities, since the time Macbeth ruled Scotland.
    Don’t Use Infant Walkers

    Don’t Use Infant Walkers


    Skull fractures, often from falling down stairs, are among the injuries that can occur with child...

    Skull fractures, often from falling down stairs, are among the injuries that can occur with child walkers.
    Retro Report: How an Unsolved Mystery Changed the Way We Take Pills

    Retro Report: How an Unsolved Mystery Changed the Way We Take Pills


    The origins of tamper-resistant packaging — exasperating yet reassuring — lie in a deadly episode in 1982, when cyanide-laced Tylenol killed seven...

    The origins of tamper-resistant packaging — exasperating yet reassuring — lie in a deadly episode in 1982, when cyanide-laced Tylenol killed seven people.
    Low-Dose Aspirin Late in Life? Healthy People May Not Need It

    Low-Dose Aspirin Late in Life? Healthy People May Not Need It


    Researchers had expected that aspirin would help prevent heart attacks and strokes in the study participants, so the results came as a...

    Millions take aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes and cancer. New research shows older people in good health may not need it — and should not start taking it.