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    Measles Outbreak: Your Questions Answered

    Measles Outbreak: Your Questions Answered


    Abel Zhang, 1, being helped back into his clothes by his mother, Wenyi Zhang, center, his grandmother, Ding Hong, left, and Dr. Lauren Lawler, after receiving inoculations for measles, mumps and rubella at a clinic in...

    The disease was declared eliminated in 2000. So far this year, there have been more than 100 cases.
    Legalize Pot? Amid Opioid Crisis, Some New Hampshire Leaders Say No Way

    Legalize Pot? Amid Opioid Crisis, Some New Hampshire Leaders Say No Way


    Nick Bickford, from Manchester, N.H., said he became addicted to heroin when he was 16. He said the state should get its opioid crisis under control before it considered legalizing...

    While nearby states have pushed to legalize recreational pot, some people in New Hampshire are resisting. After opioids, they wonder why anyone would expand access to drugs.
    Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Chronic Illness

    Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Chronic Illness


    Finding out you have a chronic illness — one that will, by definition, never go away — changes things, both for you and those you...

    Finding out you have a chronic illness — one that will, by definition, never go away — changes things, both for you and those you love.
    Q&A: A Tree Grows in — Well, You Don’t Want to Know

    Q&A: A Tree Grows in — Well, You Don’t Want to Know


    Fruit on trees grown near outhouses and latrines usually is safe. That’s not true of produce found on the ground in the same...

    Fruit on trees grown near outhouses and latrines usually is safe. That’s not true of produce found on the ground in the same areas.
    Spinning With My Shrink

    Spinning With My Shrink


    On the stationary bike in front of me was a person who probably knew more about me than I knew about myself. How did that make me...

    On the stationary bike in front of me was a person who probably knew more about me than I knew about myself. How did that make me feel?
    Kaiser Permanente’s New Medical School Will Waive Tuition for Its First 5 Classes

    Kaiser Permanente’s New Medical School Will Waive Tuition for Its First 5 Classes


    “We’re going to see how this plays out and learn from it,” said Mark Schuster, the founding dean and chief executive of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, which is waiving tuition for its first five...

    By eliminating the financial burden of a medical education, the school hopes that more students will choose family medicine and other vital but lower-paid specialties.
    Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time

    Saving the Bats, One Cave at a Time


    A Western small-footed bat being wrested from its torpor and collected for study in an abandoned mining cave near Ely,...

    Biologists are searching caves and abandoned mines in the West, hoping to spare many species of the winged creatures from the devastating fungus, white-nose syndrome.
    Personal Health: The Case Against Cough Medicine

    Personal Health: The Case Against Cough Medicine


    Evidence is sorely lacking for the value of any over-the-counter remedy to treat most...

    Evidence is sorely lacking for the value of any over-the-counter remedy to treat most coughs.
    Do You Want to Be Pregnant? It’s Not Always a Yes-or-No Answer

    Do You Want to Be Pregnant? It’s Not Always a Yes-or-No Answer


    Carly Tuggle, 19, at home in Missoula, Mont., with her 6-month-old daughter, Emerson. “I didn’t not want to have her,” she said. “I just didn’t want to not be able to give her everything that she...

    New data on women’s uncertainty over motherhood may reshape how doctors and policymakers think about family planning.
    The Instant, Custom, Connected Future of Medical Devices

    The Instant, Custom, Connected Future of Medical Devices


    One Drop uses sensors, an app, and a Bluetooth glucose meter to track a patient’s blood glucose levels. It was created by Jeff Dachis,...

    3D-printed and “smart” pharmaceuticals are making medical treatments more effective. But it may take years before the new devices reach most patients, if they do at all.
    A Mother Learns the Identity of Her Child’s Grandmother. A Sperm Bank Threatens to Sue.

    A Mother Learns the Identity of Her Child’s Grandmother. A Sperm Bank Threatens to Sue.


    Danielle Teuscher and her daughter, Zoe Fordney. With widespread genetic testing, sperm donor anonymity “will suffer the same fate as the cassette tape,” one expert...

    The results of a consumer genetic test identified the mother of the man whose donated sperm was used to conceive Danielle Teuscher’s daughter. Legal warnings soon followed.
    Trilobites: Searching Tardigrades for Lifesaving Secrets

    Trilobites: Searching Tardigrades for Lifesaving Secrets


    Tardigrades have special proteins that scientists believe help them achieve suspended...

    Researchers are drawing inspiration from the proteins that they think let hearty water bears cheat time by decelerating their biology.
    Ask Well: Can You Get Over a Food Intolerance?

    Ask Well: Can You Get Over a Food Intolerance?


    Foods most often associated with intolerances were chocolate, food additives, citrus fruits, fish, shellfish, milk, cheese, eggs and...

    Foods most often associated with intolerances were chocolate, food additives, citrus fruits, fish, shellfish, milk, cheese, eggs and nuts.
    Can Big Science Be Too Big?

    Can Big Science Be Too Big?


    A chemistry laboratory at the Sorbonne, in Paris, around 1900. Psychologists have found that people generate more ideas when working alone or in smaller...

    A new study finds that small teams of researchers do more innovative work than large teams do.

    Behavior at Age 6 May Predict Adult Income


    Boys with high levels of inattention later earned an average of about $17,000 less a year, while prosocial behaviors predicted higher...

    Boys with high levels of inattention later earned an average of about $17,000 less a year, while prosocial behaviors predicted higher incomes.

    Inflammation in Midlife May Lead to Memory Problems


    The greater the number of inflammatory factors, the steeper the cognitive decline over 20 years of...

    The greater the number of inflammatory factors, the steeper the cognitive decline over 20 years of follow-up
    F.D.A. Panel Recommends New Depression Treatment

    F.D.A. Panel Recommends New Depression Treatment


    The new drug is a nasal spray that delivers the active ingredients of ketamine, widely used as an...

    The active ingredients of ketamine, a popular club drug, show promise in battling deep despair.