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    E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Expands to 16 States

    E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Expands to 16 States


    A romaine lettuce field near Somerton, Ariz., in 2016. To pinpoint the exact source of the E. coli, investigators would need samples of the tainted lettuce...

    At least 53 people have been infected so far, and more than half have been hospitalized.
    What #MeToo Means to Teenagers

    What #MeToo Means to Teenagers


    Participants at a Day One art workshop explored how relationships are portrayed in the...

    While the “Me Too” movement has largely focused on adults, sexual harassment can leave deep and lasting scars on children and teens too.
    As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise

    As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise


    Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have been falling in recent years. At the same time, prescriptions for medications to treat opioid addiction are rising...

    New data suggests progress in efforts to curb the epidemic but raises questions about whether tightened prescribing may be leading some people to heroin and fentanyl.
    Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants

    Frenchman Is First in World to Get 2 Full Face Transplants


    Jérôme Hamon, left, the first man in the world to receive two full-face transplants, with Dr. Laurent Lantieri at the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital in...

    Jérôme Hamon, a bookseller who has a genetic disease, underwent a second transplant after his body rejected the first because he had taken an antibiotic for a cold.
    Married People Less Likely to Die From Melanoma

    Married People Less Likely to Die From Melanoma


    People who were married were more likely than single people to have melanoma detected in the earlier, more treatable,...

    People who were married were more likely than single people to have melanoma detected in the earlier, more treatable, stages.
    Phys Ed: To Slash Your Risk of Heart Disease, Keep Moving

    Phys Ed: To Slash Your Risk of Heart Disease, Keep Moving


    Aerobic fitness can halve the likelihood of developing heart disease, no matter how worrisome your genetic...

    Aerobic fitness can halve the likelihood of developing heart disease, no matter how worrisome your genetic profile.
    Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

    Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy


    A colored magnetic resonance imaging scan of a cancerous tumor in the lung, in orange, upper right. A study suggests “that chemotherapy alone is no longer a standard of care,” its lead author...

    Adding immunotherapy to standard chemo treatments can halve the risk of death for people with the most common type of lung cancer, a new study shows.
    Basics: You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves.

    Basics: You Share Everything With Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves.


    Scientists have made astonishing discoveries about the nature and evolution of friendship. Without it, humans suffer significant physical and emotional...

    Scientists have made astonishing discoveries about the nature and evolution of friendship. Without it, humans suffer significant physical and emotional damage.
    Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

    Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day


    Viruses attached to a fragment of a bacterial cell wall. “Viruses modulate the function and evolution of all living things,” scientists wrote last year. “But to what extent remains a...

    Viruses shape the ecology of the planet, but scientists still have only a rudimentary understanding of the microbial impacts on animals, plants and ecosystems.
    Personal Health: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins

    Personal Health: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins


    Statins are often given to healthy people to prevent a potentially devastating problem, so some patients object to taking...

    Statins are often given to healthy people to prevent a potentially devastating problem, so some patients object to taking them.
    Friendship’s Dark Side: ‘We Need a Common Enemy’

    Friendship’s Dark Side: ‘We Need a Common Enemy’


    Friendship generally is regarded as an unalloyed good. But scientists have found it also can be a conspiracy, a way to separate “us” from...

    Friendship generally is regarded as an unalloyed good. But scientists have found it also can be a conspiracy, a way to separate “us” from “them.”
    206 Million Eggs Recalled Over Salmonella Fears

    206 Million Eggs Recalled Over Salmonella Fears


    Eggs that may have been contaminated with salmonella were distributed to nine states, the federal Food and Drug Administration said on...

    An egg farm in Hyde County, N.C., is the likely source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 22 people. Eggs from the farm may have reached nine states, officials said.

    Retro Report: A Drug to End Addiction? Scientists Are Working on It.


    Researchers are studying a promising drug that could block the delivery of opioids from blood to brain, giving addicts a path to...

    Researchers are studying a promising drug that could block the delivery of opioids from blood to brain, giving addicts a path to recovery.
    Legal Abortion in Argentina? A Long Shot Is Suddenly Within Reach

    Legal Abortion in Argentina? A Long Shot Is Suddenly Within Reach


    A demonstration in favor of abortion rights in front of the congressional palace in Buenos Aires on...

    If an abortion rights bill passes in Argentina amid a surge of feminist activism, it would be a milestone in a region where strict abortion laws are the norm.
    How Profiteers Lure Women Into Often-Unneeded Surgery

    How Profiteers Lure Women Into Often-Unneeded Surgery


    Jerri Plummer, who lives in Arkansas, had her vaginal mesh implant removed after a caller who knew her medical history said it was defective. Now she is suing the surgeon, the law firm that advised her to have the surgery and the lender that funded...

    An alliance of law firms, marketers, finance companies and doctors makes money by coaxing women to have their mesh implants removed.
    The New Old Age: The Clinical Trial Is Open. The Elderly Need Not Apply.

    The New Old Age: The Clinical Trial Is Open. The Elderly Need Not Apply.


    Because older people are so often excluded from medical studies, little is known about how best to treat them. Geriatricians often must rely on...

    Because older people are so often excluded from medical studies, little is known about how best to treat them. Geriatricians often must rely on guesswork.
    Air Pollution May Pose Serious Risks to Young Children

    Air Pollution May Pose Serious Risks to Young Children


    Air pollution increases the number of lower respiratory infections, a leading cause of illness and death in children under...

    Air pollution increases the number of lower respiratory infections, a leading cause of illness and death in children under 2.