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    N.I.H. Halts Enrollment in a Study of Drinking Now Under Scrutiny

    N.I.H. Halts Enrollment in a Study of Drinking Now Under Scrutiny


    Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the N.I.H., received a letter from Senator Charles E. Grassley outlining concerns about conflicts of interest in funding for a study of moderate...

    Following reports in The Times that investigators and officials had solicited funding for the trial from the alcohol industry, the N.I.H. has launched two internal investigations.
    Disruptions: Me and My Numb Thumb: A Tale of Tech, Texts and Tendons

    Disruptions: Me and My Numb Thumb: A Tale of Tech, Texts and Tendons


    Continually texting and emailing from her smartphone strained the tendons in this tech reporter’s phone thumb, which turns out to be an increasingly common...

    Continually texting and emailing from her smartphone strained the tendons in this tech reporter’s phone thumb, which turns out to be an increasingly common condition.
    Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders

    Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders


    The DNA of second cousins helped lead detectives to William Earl Talbott II, who was arrested Thursday in in Washington State in connection with the 1987 murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg. Their pictures were displayed at a news conference in...

    A break in the 31-year-long investigation of the killings in Washington State of a young Canadian couple came after DNA was uploaded to an ancestry website.
    A Guide to Gynecological Exams: What Should — and Shouldn’t — Happen

    A Guide to Gynecological Exams: What Should — and Shouldn’t — Happen


    In most cases, gynecologists use a speculum for pelvic exams, but in the instances when it’s necessary to use their fingers, “you’re going to tell her, ‘I’m going to be touching you,’ ” said one doctor. The key is to “do the business you...

    The cases of Dr. Larry Nassar and Dr. George Tyndall involve touching and comments that gynecologists say are highly inappropriate.
    Sparkling Pool Water May Hold Disease-Causing Parasites

    Sparkling Pool Water May Hold Disease-Causing Parasites


    How soon would you swim after having diarrhea? 17 percent said one hour, but you’re supposed to wait two...

    How soon would you swim after having diarrhea? 17 percent said one hour, but you’re supposed to wait two weeks.
    W.H.O. Says New Ebola Outbreak Is Not Yet a Top Health Emergency

    W.H.O. Says New Ebola Outbreak Is Not Yet a Top Health Emergency


    Health workers preparing to enter an isolation ward on Saturday in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo. Between April 4 and Thursday, 45 suspected Ebola virus cases were reported, the World Health Organization...

    The organization said the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is worrisome but there is “a strong reason to believe” it can be controlled.

    Fears of Larger Contagion as Ebola Spreads to Major Congo City


    The arrival of the disease in Mbandaka, a bustling port city, is “a game changer,” a World Health Organization official...

    The arrival of the disease in Mbandaka, a bustling port city, is “a game changer,” a World Health Organization official said.
    Ask Well: Can Lifestyle Changes Remove Plaques in Your Arteries?

    Ask Well: Can Lifestyle Changes Remove Plaques in Your Arteries?


    Diet, smoking cessation, stress management and exercise can decrease the size of atherosclerotic plaques and help to stabilize them so that you are less likely to have a heart...

    Diet, smoking cessation, stress management and exercise can decrease the size of atherosclerotic plaques and help to stabilize them so that you are less likely to have a heart attack.
    Trilobites: Scientists Made Snails Remember Something That Never Happened to Them

    Trilobites: Scientists Made Snails Remember Something That Never Happened to Them


    In experiments on Aplysia californica, a sea snail, untrained snails behaved like trained snails after a transfer of molecules from the brains of the trained...

    When scientists injected RNA from the brain cells of trained snails to untrained snails, the animals behaved as if they remembered the trained snails’ experiences.
    F.D.A. Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines

    F.D.A. Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines


    Robin Overlock experienced frequent, debilitating migraines that would last days. After participating in a clinical trial for a new drug designed to prevent migraines, she says she now has only occasional...

    The decision ushers in what many experts believe will be a new era in treatment for people who suffer the most severe form of the headaches.
    Hail Caesar Salad! Romaine Is Safe to Eat Again

    Hail Caesar Salad! Romaine Is Safe to Eat Again


    Harvesting season has ended in the Yuma, Ariz. region, leading food safety officials to assure the public that romaine in stores and in restaurants isn’t from the contaminated...

    Federal health officials say the tainted lettuce is no longer on the shelves or on restaurant menus, because the harvesting season in the Yuma, Ariz., region ended more than a month ago.
    Inducing Labor at Full Term May Be Best Bet

    Inducing Labor at Full Term May Be Best Bet


    Compared with waiting for labor to begin, induction was associated with fewer perinatal deaths, stillbirths and cesarean...

    Compared with waiting for labor to begin, induction was associated with fewer perinatal deaths, stillbirths and cesarean sections.
    F.D.A. Names and Shames Drug Makers to Encourage Generic Competition

    F.D.A. Names and Shames Drug Makers to Encourage Generic Competition


    Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the F.D.A. commissioner, has vowed to end drug companies’ practice of preventing generic manufacturers from getting samples as a means of lowering drug...

    In its campaign to lower drug prices, the agency posted a list of brand-name manufacturers in an effort to force them to share drug samples with their generic rivals.
    Acupuncture Does Not Improve Pregnancy Rates

    Acupuncture Does Not Improve Pregnancy Rates


    The therapy may have other benefits: Women may feel more relaxed and better about...

    The therapy may have other benefits: Women may feel more relaxed and better about themselves.
    In ‘Play On,’ Exploring How Elite Athletes Improve With Age

    In ‘Play On,’ Exploring How Elite Athletes Improve With Age


    The biggest mistakes most athletes make, how running can be good for the knees and why you might want to eat more...

    The biggest mistakes most athletes make, how running can be good for the knees and why you might want to eat more gristle.
    Voices: Drowning at Midlife? Start Swimming

    Voices: Drowning at Midlife? Start Swimming


    I knew, in that place in your soul where you know things, that I was going to become a swimmer at the age of 43, despite never having swum more than a lap or two in my...

    I knew, in that place in your soul where you know things, that I was going to become a swimmer at the age of 43, despite never having swum more than a lap or two in my life.
    This May Be a First: Exploding Vape Pen Kills a Florida Man

    This May Be a First: Exploding Vape Pen Kills a Florida Man


    Smoke-e Mountain Mech Works, which is based in the Philippines, makes “mechanical mod” devices, which lack important safety...

    The authorities said the man, 35, died of a “projectile wound to the head.” It could be the first death attributed to vaping products in the United States.
    Good News on Early Breast Cancer: Herceptin Treatment Can Be Shortened

    Good News on Early Breast Cancer: Herceptin Treatment Can Be Shortened


    Herceptin, a drug used to treat breast cancer, is just as effective for women with early-stage disease when taken for six months as it is when taken for a year, researchers...

    A large, new study shows that the treatment regimen, typically recommended for a year, can be just as effective at 6 months, reducing serious side effects and costs.
    Doctors: My Patient’s Smile

    Doctors: My Patient’s Smile


    I’m drawn to the human brain, its unforgiving and protean...

    I’m drawn to the human brain, its unforgiving and protean nature.
    Novartis’s Top Lawyer is Out Amid Furor Over Payments to Michael Cohen

    Novartis’s Top Lawyer is Out Amid Furor Over Payments to Michael Cohen


    Felix R. Ehrat, left, the group general counsel for the Swiss drug maker Novartis. He said that while the company’s contract with President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen was legal, the arrangement “was an...

    The Swiss pharmaceutical giant said Felix R. Ehrat would retire, after the company said this month it had made payments to President Trump’s personal lawyer.
    Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll

    Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll


    Without having to turn and remove a key to shut off the motor, drivers can be lulled into mistakenly thinking that the car has stopped...

    Weaned from using a key, drivers have left cars running in garages, spewing exhaust into homes. Despite years of deaths, regulatory action has lagged.
    ‘Man With the Golden Arm’ Saved Millions of Australian Babies With His Blood

    ‘Man With the Golden Arm’ Saved Millions of Australian Babies With His Blood


    James Harrison, 81, making his last blood donation on Friday in Sydney, Australia. His blood contains a rare antibody used in a medication that officials say has helped save the lives of more than two million...

    After six decades of giving blood, James Harrison, 81, has made his final donation. A rare antibody in his blood helped save more than two million babies, officials said.
    Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says

    Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says


    Pakistani vendors selling fried sweets made with oil containing trans fatty acids. The World Health Organization has announced a plan to eliminate the use of trans fats around the...

    Eradicating the artery-clogging oils from the food supply could save millions of lives, especially in developing countries, the global health agency said.
    As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

    As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’


    Across the country, biohackers — hobbyists, amateur geneticists, students and enthusiasts — are practicing gene editing, concerning some bioterrorism...

    After a virus was created from mail-order DNA, scientists are sounding the alarm about the genetic tinkering carried out in garages and living rooms.
    Personal Health: Reducing Injury Risk in Youth Sports

    Personal Health: Reducing Injury Risk in Youth Sports


    The goal should be to take measures to avoid athletic injuries — or at least minimize their severity — and keep kids in the...

    The goal should be to take measures to avoid athletic injuries — or at least minimize their severity — and keep kids in the game.
    Does Hollywood Need a PG-15 Rating?

    Does Hollywood Need a PG-15 Rating?


    Participants in a recent study on gun violence in movies were shown clips from six films, among them “Skyfall,” the 2012 James Bond...

    A new study suggests that parents think 13 years old is too young to see intense gun violence in movies, which has been rising for some time.