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    Phys Ed: For Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Walk

    Phys Ed: For Survivors of Childhood Cancer, Walk


    Regular exercise, such as brisk walking for an hour, improved long-term survival in those who had childhood...

    Regular exercise, such as brisk walking for an hour, improved long-term survival in those who had childhood cancers.
    An Odd Pairing? When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company

    An Odd Pairing? When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company


    Humana’s decision to purchase two hospice outfits puts it squarely in the middle of the debate over whether for-profit companies can deliver quality hospice...

    Humana is teaming up with two investment firms to become the nation’s largest provider of hospice care, dominating a rapidly growing — and controversial — business.
    James Gips, Who Extended Computer Use to the Disabled, Dies at 72

    James Gips, Who Extended Computer Use to the Disabled, Dies at 72


    James Gips at Boston College, where he taught. He helped develop systems that enabled people with disabilities to better...

    He helped develop two technologies that allowed people who could not use a mouse to communicate with a computer, and thus with the world.
    Diabetes Patients at Risk From Rising Insulin Prices

    Diabetes Patients at Risk From Rising Insulin Prices


    A Yale study found that one in four patients admitted to cutting back on insulin use because of cost. The consequences can be...

    A Yale study found that one in four patients admitted to cutting back on insulin use because of cost. The consequences can be deadly.
    The New Old Age: Breathing Tubes Fail to Save Many Older Patients

    The New Old Age: Breathing Tubes Fail to Save Many Older Patients


    One-third of patients over age 65 die in the hospital after they are put on ventilators. Doctors are beginning to wonder if the procedure should be used so...

    One-third of patients over age 65 die in the hospital after they are put on ventilators. Doctors are beginning to wonder if the procedure should be used so often.
    A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

    A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds


    New research suggests that certain viral infections could accelerate an immune response increasing the accumulation of amyloid, the protein in human brains which forms the plaques of...

    The research did not find that viruses cause Alzheimer’s. But it showed that two types of herpes interact with Alzheimer’s-related genes and might drive the disease process.
    Obesity Rates Higher in Country Than City

    Obesity Rates Higher in Country Than City


    Thirty-nine percent of American adults were obese, compared to 17.8 percent of...

    Thirty-nine percent of American adults were obese, compared to 17.8 percent of children.
    Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices

    Newly Discovered ‘Limb Pit’ Reveals Civil War Surgeons’ Bitter Choices


    A field technician excavating the remains of an amputated limb at Manassas National Battlefield Park in October 2015. The discovery of two nearly complete sets of soldiers’ remains, 11 partial limbs and other artifacts appeared to date to the Second...

    Two skeletons and the remains of 11 amputated limbs are leading to new knowledge of combat injuries and medical practices on long-ago battlefields.
    It Was Supposed to Be an Unbiased Study of Drinking. They Wanted to Call It ‘Cheers.’

    It Was Supposed to Be an Unbiased Study of Drinking. They Wanted to Call It ‘Cheers.’


    Buried in a new N.I.H. report are disturbing examples of coordination between scientists and the alcohol industry on a study that could have changed America’s drinking...

    Buried in a new N.I.H. report are disturbing examples of coordination between scientists and the alcohol industry on a study that could have changed America’s drinking habits.
    Night Owls May Have Higher Depression Risk

    Night Owls May Have Higher Depression Risk


    Morning people were less likely to develop depression than night owls, a new study...

    Morning people were less likely to develop depression than night owls, a new study found.
    New York Moves Toward Legal Marijuana With Health Dept. Endorsement

    New York Moves Toward Legal Marijuana With Health Dept. Endorsement


    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who opposed marijuana legalization efforts in the past, said recently that “facts have changed” around the...

    A broad turnaround on the issue by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could pave the way for New York to join a roster of states that have already legalized the drug, including California and Colorado.
    Disability Applications Plunge as the Economy Strengthens

    Disability Applications Plunge as the Economy Strengthens


    Christian Borrero, who was born with cerebral palsy, went off disability after landing a full-time job as a receptionist in Independence,...

    Fewer people are seeking and receiving Social Security disability benefits, reversing a long trend that had worried lawmakers about fraud and abuse.
    Dr. Adel Mahmoud, Who Was Credited With HPV and Rotavirus Vaccines, Dies at 76

    Dr. Adel Mahmoud, Who Was Credited With HPV and Rotavirus Vaccines, Dies at 76


    Dr. Adel Mahmoud, an expert in infectious diseases, helped usher in a combination vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox as well as one to prevent...

    As president of Merck Vaccines, Dr. Mahmoud overcame doubts in developing vaccines against two threats to women and babies: HPV and rotavirus.
    Global Health: Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

    Global Health: Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs


    A two-year-old dog named Djalibe getting a Guinea worm pulled from her leg by Laures Dossou, second left, of the Carter Center, a philanthropy founded by former President Jimmy Carter. Scientists have worked for decades to eradicate the painful,...

    For 30 years, scientists have fought to eliminate a horrifying parasite. Suddenly, it has begun infecting dogs in Chad, threatening to undo decades of progress.
    ‘Incredibles 2’ Moviegoers Warned About Possible Seizures

    ‘Incredibles 2’ Moviegoers Warned About Possible Seizures


    Flashing lights in scenes in “Incredibles 2” with the villain Screenslaver could cause seizures in some people with...

    Theaters are posting notices that flashing lights in the hit Disney Pixar movie could cause seizures in some people with epilepsy.
    Global Health: The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

    Global Health: The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms


    Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, who has fought to eradicate Guinea worm disease for decades, surveys a field near a village in Chad. Just 30 Guinea worm infections were reported worldwide in...

    Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben has saved tens of millions of people from painful parasitic infections.
    A Third of Children Use Alternative Medicines

    A Third of Children Use Alternative Medicines


    Multivitamins were the most common supplements, followed by vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and...

    Multivitamins were the most common supplements, followed by vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and melatonin.
    The Checkup: The Benefits of ‘Tummy Time’

    The Checkup: The Benefits of ‘Tummy Time’


    Positioning babies on their stomachs helps prevent flattening of the head and strengthens neck, trunk and shoulder muscles, as well as...

    Positioning babies on their stomachs helps prevent flattening of the head and strengthens neck, trunk and shoulder muscles, as well as hands.
    Personal Health: A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria

    Personal Health: A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria


    Instead of focusing on patients’ unexplained symptoms, cognitive behavioral therapy encourages patients to replace unrealistic or unhelpful thoughts with more rational...

    Instead of focusing on patients’ unexplained symptoms, cognitive behavioral therapy encourages patients to replace unrealistic or unhelpful thoughts with more rational ideas.
    Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office

    Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office


    The study center at the Serenity Mountain adolescent treatment branch of the ReStart internet and video game addiction center in Monroe,...

    Gaming disorder is being recognized for the first time by the World Health Organization. But of the few treatment options available, most are uninsured and unproven.
    Ketamine Used to Subdue Dozens at Request of Minneapolis Police, Report Says

    Ketamine Used to Subdue Dozens at Request of Minneapolis Police, Report Says


    Minneapolis police officers asked emergency medical responders to use the tranquilizer ketamine to sedate suspects and others who were restrained, The Star Tribune...

    The Star Tribune reported that emergency medical workers were asked by officers 62 times last year to sedate people with the powerful anesthetic.
    A Family in Transition

    A Family in Transition


    Two fathers and the baby girl they never...

    Two fathers and the baby girl they never expected.
    Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Indicted on Fraud Charges

    Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Indicted on Fraud Charges


    Elizabeth Holmes had become a darling of Silicon Valley, as she promoted what she claimed as a simple blood test that would revolutionize and personalize health...

    The former darling of Silicon Valley and the former president of her blood testing company are accused of defrauding investors, doctors and patients in a federal indictment.