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    Transgender Woman Says CVS Pharmacist Refused to Fill Hormone Prescription

    Transgender Woman Says CVS Pharmacist Refused to Fill Hormone Prescription


    A CVS pharmacist refused to fill a transgender woman’s prescription for hormone therapy, she said. The company apologized on Friday and said the pharmacist was no longer employed...

    An Arizona woman said a pharmacist denied the prescription in April. The pharmacist is no longer employed by the company, a CVS spokesman said.
    Fukushima’s Nuclear Imprint Is Found in California Wine (Drinkers, Don’t Panic)

    Fukushima’s Nuclear Imprint Is Found in California Wine (Drinkers, Don’t Panic)


    The Fukushima nuclear plant in 2016. It was hit by a tsunami after an earthquake in 2011, leading to a crisis that contaminated water and seafood in parts of...

    A French research team says it has stumbled on the Japanese disaster’s signature in California wine, but the radioactive levels are too low to be dangerous.
    Bayer Will Stop Selling the Troubled Essure Birth Control Implants

    Bayer Will Stop Selling the Troubled Essure Birth Control Implants


    The device has been problematic for years, prompting lawsuits alleging the metal implant caused severe injuries, including perforation of the uterus and the fallopian...

    Thousands of women have sued the company, claiming that the device has caused severe harm, including perforation of the uterus, hemorrhaging and death.
    Memo From the Boss: You’re a Vegetarian Now

    Memo From the Boss: You’re a Vegetarian Now


    “The headline has been ‘meat-free,’ but this is a much larger effort to develop personal accountability in our team,” Miguel McKelvey, the chief culture officer of WeWork, said of the company’s move toward vegetarian...

    By banning meat and forbidding employees from expensing a hamburger, WeWork is trying to save the planet and raise the consciousness of its work force.
    The New Old Age: Got Medicare Advantage? Prepare for New Perks — and New Questions.

    The New Old Age: Got Medicare Advantage? Prepare for New Perks — and New Questions.


    Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover adult day care, home modifications and other new benefits. But they may not be available to all enrollees every...

    Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover adult day care, home modifications and other new benefits. But they may not be available to all enrollees every year.
    Merck Is Lowering Drug Prices. There’s a Catch.

    Merck Is Lowering Drug Prices. There’s a Catch.


    Merck said it was lowering the prices in an effort to reduce out-of-pocket costs for patients, as the industry confronts sustained criticism over the rising cost of...

    The drugs singled out for discounts include the flagging hepatitis C treatment Zepatier and six drugs that have lost their patent protection.
    Doctors and Health Workers Reflect on Rural America’s Limited Access to Care

    Doctors and Health Workers Reflect on Rural America’s Limited Access to Care


    The shuttered emergency room at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Dunklin County, Mo., one of more than 179 rural counties that have lost hospital obstetric care since...

    Medical professionals and health care industry workers describe the hardships involved in trying to provide care in rural areas.
    mind: Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny

    mind: Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny


    An image taken from the Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971, which was conducted by the psychologist Philip...

    Many famous studies of human behavior cannot be reproduced. Even so, they revealed aspects of our inner lives that feel true.
    Bowing to Trump, Novartis Joins Pfizer in Freezing Drug Prices

    Bowing to Trump, Novartis Joins Pfizer in Freezing Drug Prices


    The Swiss pharmaceutical company’s decision to freeze prices this year comes amid a groundswell of criticism over steep drug pricing in the United...

    The move comes as drug companies scramble to show they are responding to criticism about their rising prices, including from President Trump.
    Heart Failure May Be More Lethal in Women

    Heart Failure May Be More Lethal in Women


    Men tend to get heart failure more often than women do, but women are more likely to die from the...

    Men tend to get heart failure more often than women do, but women are more likely to die from the disease.
    Dr. Alan S. Rabson, Influential Cancer Researcher, Is Dead at 92

    Dr. Alan S. Rabson, Influential Cancer Researcher, Is Dead at 92


    Dr. Alan S. Rabson in his office at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., in an undated photograph. He was deputy director of the National Cancer Institute from 1995 until his retirement in...

    A longtime leader of the National Cancer Institute, he was known for his willingness to help anyone with a cancer diagnosis seeking advice or a referral.
    Trilobites: 3-D Color X-Rays Could Help Spot Deadly Disease Without Surgery

    Trilobites: 3-D Color X-Rays Could Help Spot Deadly Disease Without Surgery


    A three-dimensional scan of physicist Phil Butler's wrist, including watch, made using a new scanner developed by Dr. Butler and his son, Anthony Butler, a...

    A new medical scanner, derived from technology used by particle physics researchers at CERN, “is like the upgrade from black-and-white film to color,” one of its developers said.
    Cognitive Test Trump Took May Have Been Undermined by Publicity, Doctors Warn

    Cognitive Test Trump Took May Have Been Undermined by Publicity, Doctors Warn


    Dr. Ronny Jackson announced the results of President Trump’s cognitive exam in January. Doctors are warning that the exam he took may have been compromised by the intense publicity that...

    Articles about the test, known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA, listed some of its questions, potentially influencing future patients.
    Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled

    Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled


    Batches of the drug valsartan were recalled because of possible...

    The F.D.A. announced that batches of a widely used generic drug, valsartan, made in China, might be tainted with a probable cancer-causing ingredient.
    How to Get Your Intuition Back (When It’s Hijacked by Life)

    How to Get Your Intuition Back (When It’s Hijacked by Life)


    Suddenly at midlife, the gut instinct I had long relied on to make important life decisions left me. Here’s how I learned to get it...

    Suddenly at midlife, the gut instinct I had long relied on to make important life decisions left me. Here’s how I learned to get it back.
    Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules

    Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules


    Julie Eldred argued that requiring defendants to be drug-free as a condition for probation was cruel and unusual given her severe addiction. A Massachusetts court disagreed, but declined to rule on whether addiction is a brain disease that affects a...

    Many medical experts said that relapse is part of recovery and a symptom of disease, and shouldn’t be punished with jail. A court disagreed.
    William McBride, Who Warned About Thalidomide, Dies at 91

    William McBride, Who Warned About Thalidomide, Dies at 91


    Dr. William McBride with a healthy infant in 1972. He warned of the risks of taking thalidomide, the sedative found to cause birth...

    Proclaimed a hero, Dr. McBride was later embroiled in lengthy controversies over faulty research.
    Global Health: Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

    Global Health: Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds


    Shiva Lal Rana, left, getting a checkup at the Geta Eye Hospital in Nepal. More than a decade ago, he received an operation and antibiotics to treat a trachoma infection, a leading cause of blindness in poor...

    Following a 20-year campaign, trachoma has been eliminated as a public health menace in at least seven poor countries.
    The Checkup: Writing Prescriptions to Play Outdoors

    The Checkup: Writing Prescriptions to Play Outdoors


    Advantages for children include being physically active, spending time in nature and getting away from screens. And...

    Advantages for children include being physically active, spending time in nature and getting away from screens. And fun.
    Personal Health: When to Get Your Bone Density Tested

    Personal Health: When to Get Your Bone Density Tested


    Updated guidelines can help women decide when to have bone density screening but may discourage...

    Updated guidelines can help women decide when to have bone density screening but may discourage men.
    In Town With Little Water, Coca-Cola Is Everywhere. So Is Diabetes.

    In Town With Little Water, Coca-Cola Is Everywhere. So Is Diabetes.


    A stream in San Cristóbal de las Casas, which residents claim is contaminated with sewage. Potable water is scarce in the...

    Residents of one of Mexico’s rainiest regions often have no water to drink, so many hydrate with soda. The impact on public health has been devastating.
    Breast-Feeding or Formula? For Americans, It’s Complicated

    Breast-Feeding or Formula? For Americans, It’s Complicated


    A mother breast-feeds her child inside a subway station in New York after attending a rally to raise public awareness and support for breast-feeding on Aug. 8,...

    A brief history of the debate in the U.S., from the rise of formula to the Trump administration opposing an international resolution encouraging breast-feeding.