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    England’s Mental Health Experiment: No-Cost Talk Therapy

    England’s Mental Health Experiment: No-Cost Talk Therapy


    At an office for Healthy Minds in High Wycombe, England, psychological well-being practitioners perform hourlong evaluations over the phone to decide what type of therapy is most appropriate for people who call asking for...

    The two creators of the program concluded that providing therapy, creating a system of primary care for mental health, made economic sense.
    Whooping Cough Cases Double in Indiana in a Year, Prompting a Call to Vaccinate

    Whooping Cough Cases Double in Indiana in a Year, Prompting a Call to Vaccinate


    Vivian Keller, right, a registered nurse in Mt. Vernon, Wash., gave Alice Hansen, 2, a vaccine for whooping cough in 2012, during an outbreak in Washington...

    There were 136 confirmed cases of whooping cough in the state in the first half of 2017, compared with 66 in the first half of 2016, but an expert was not alarmed.

    In US First, Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos


    For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited...

    For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases.
    Overweight at 17? Your Colon Cancer Risk Rises

    Overweight at 17? Your Colon Cancer Risk Rises


    Teens who were overweight were at significantly increased risk for developing colon cancer as...

    Teens who were overweight were at significantly increased risk for developing colon cancer as adults.
    Good News on Headphones and Hearing Loss

    Good News on Headphones and Hearing Loss


    A reassuring new study found that hearing impairment rates among teens have dropped since an alarming spike in hearing loss was reported a decade...

    A reassuring new study found that hearing impairment rates among teens have dropped since an alarming spike in hearing loss was reported a decade ago.
    Former Obama Aides Lead Opposition to Health Care Repeal

    Former Obama Aides Lead Opposition to Health Care Repeal


    A demonstrator protested outside of senators’ offices on Capitol Hill this...

    As Republicans seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act, scores of former Obama aides who helped create the law are fighting to save it.
    AstraZeneca’s Cancer Drug Trial Disappoints, Sending Shares Lower

    AstraZeneca’s Cancer Drug Trial Disappoints, Sending Shares Lower


    The AstraZeneca offices in Macclesfield, England. The company’s treatment for lung cancer had been expected to be a major driver of...

    The treatment had been expected to be a crucial driver of growth for the company as it faces more competition from generic pharmaceuticals.
    Living With Cancer: For Kids With Cancer, Focusing on Quality of Life

    Living With Cancer: For Kids With Cancer, Focusing on Quality of Life


    Dr. Justin Baker, director of the Quality of Life and Palliative Care Division at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis with a patient, Emma...

    Paying attention to the concerns of patients and their families from the time of diagnosis throughout treatment.
    China and India File Rival Claims Over Tibetan Medicine

    China and India File Rival Claims Over Tibetan Medicine


    On the Tibetan Plateau near Zadoi, in the Chinese province of Qinghai, a Tibetan nomad searching for caterpillar fungus, a prized ingredient in Tibetan and Chinese traditional...

    In Unesco applications, the neighbors are trying to formally tie Tibetan medicine, an ancient practice with a growing commercial value, to their national patrimonies.
    Senate Soundly Rejects Repeal-Only Health Plan

    Senate Soundly Rejects Repeal-Only Health Plan


    Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, on Wednesday after the Senate voted to reject the “clean repeal” measure that had been embraced by...

    Seven Republicans joined Democrats to vote down a measure that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.
    Case of Zika Virus, Likely Spread by Mosquito, Is Reported in Texas

    Case of Zika Virus, Likely Spread by Mosquito, Is Reported in Texas


    An Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus, seen through a microscope. Officials in Texas reported what they believe is a case of mosquito transmission of the virus within the state’s border, the first within the continental United...

    For the first time this year, health officials have documented a case of local mosquito transmission of the virus within the contiguous United States.
    Quantifying the Benefits of Owning a Dog

    Quantifying the Benefits of Owning a Dog


    Dog owners spent 30 fewer minutes a day being sedentary than those who didn’t own a...

    Dog owners spent 30 fewer minutes a day being sedentary than those who didn’t own a dog.
    How to Build Resilience in Midlife

    How to Build Resilience in Midlife


    There are active steps you can take during and after a crisis to speed your emotional...

    There are active steps you can take during and after a crisis to speed your emotional recovery.
    A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

    A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard


    Mallinckrodt’s spending on political donations and lobbying comes as the drug industry as a whole beefs up its Capitol Hill...

    Mallinckrodt’s spending on political donations and lobbying comes as the drug industry as a whole beefs up its Capitol Hill presence.
    New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight

    New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight


    Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald wrote an opinion piece for the Coca-Cola Journey website that said “We must get our students moving, not only during the school day, but also...

    Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said she would consider taking money from Coke for C.D.C. programs despite the agency’s having cut ties with the company in the past.
    Scientists Report a Rare Case of H.I.V. Remission

    Scientists Report a Rare Case of H.I.V. Remission


    A presentation Sunday at the International AIDS Society conference in Paris, where research on a South African child in H.I.V. remission was...

    A girl in South Africa, born infected with the virus, was given early treatment and remained free of the infection eight years later, scientists reported on Monday.
    It’s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther

    It’s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther


    Brian Kelly of East End Tick and Mosquito Control dragging for ticks. The company now routinely sprays lawns in addition to bushes because of the increased prevalence of more aggressive species of...

    The disease-carrying blood suckers are spreading more pathogens and putting more Americans at risk for rare illnesses.
    Personal Health: The Subtle Signs of a Thyroid Disorder

    Personal Health: The Subtle Signs of a Thyroid Disorder


    Routine blood tests may fail to detect insufficient thyroid hormone, leaving patients without an accurate explanation for their...

    Routine blood tests may fail to detect insufficient thyroid hormone, leaving patients without an accurate explanation for their symptoms.
    Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies

    Companies Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies


    In CAR-T therapy, a patient’s T cells are reprogrammed in the laboratory to create modified T cells that are genetically coded to recognize and fight the patient’s...

    Gene therapy for cancer is becoming a reality but works best for blood cancers like leukemia and not yet in more common ones like lung cancer.
    Noah Syndergaard, Injured After Bulking Up, Rethinks His Training

    Noah Syndergaard, Injured After Bulking Up, Rethinks His Training


    The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard at the end of the first inning in a game against the Nationals in Washington on April...

    “I realize now how messed up my body was, and I’m working hard to get it back to normal,” said the Mets starter, who has not pitched since April 30.
    What We Finally Got Around to Learning at the Procrastination Research Conference

    What We Finally Got Around to Learning at the Procrastination Research Conference


    “In the end time is going to kill us. The only thing that limits us is time. You can get another job or lover. But you can’t get more time,” said Jean O’Callaghan of University of Roehampton in London, regarding why she studies...

    For the last 20 years, academic researchers have gathered at this event to share and debate their studies without being mocked.
    The New Old Age: Another Possible Indignity of Age: Arrest

    The New Old Age: Another Possible Indignity of Age: Arrest


    Carol King, who has Alzheimer’s disease, with her son, Geoffrey King, in her room at a San Francisco residence for older adults this month. She was detained after an incident there last...

    Confrontations with police officers are increasing as the ranks of older Americans swell and dementia becomes more widespread.
    Ask Well: Should We Be Buying Iodized Salt?

    Ask Well: Should We Be Buying Iodized Salt?


    Most Americans and Europeans who eat a varied diet get enough iodine even if they don’t use iodized salt, though pregnant women are at...

    Most Americans and Europeans who eat a varied diet get enough iodine even if they don’t use iodized salt, though pregnant women are at risk.