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    Diabetes in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Heart Disease

    Diabetes in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Heart Disease


    Women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk not only for Type 2 diabetes later in life, but for heart disease and hypertension as...

    Women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk not only for Type 2 diabetes later in life, but for heart disease and hypertension as well.
    The New Health Care: Kentucky’s New Idea for Medicaid Access: Pass Health Literacy Course

    The New Health Care: Kentucky’s New Idea for Medicaid Access: Pass Health Literacy Course


    Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, with President Trump last week in Washington. Kentucky is the first state to win approval from the Trump administration to impose a work requirement on many Medicaid...

    A lot of people could do with a little more health and financial literacy, not just Medicaid recipients. But linking it to retaining medical eligibility may not make sense.
    Sanofi, Facing Threat From Generics, Moves to Buy Hemophilia Drug Maker

    Sanofi, Facing Threat From Generics, Moves to Buy Hemophilia Drug Maker


    Sanofi’s offer would involve paying $105 in cash for each share of Bioverativ, a 64 percent premium on the target company’s closing price on...

    The $11.6 billion deal for Bioverativ would bolster the French pharmaceutical giant’s portfolio as it faces falling sales for its diabetes drug, Lantus.
    Personal Health: When a Partner Cheats

    Personal Health: When a Partner Cheats


    Couples that figure out how to rebuild after infidelity, rather than divorcing, often end up with stronger relationships, experts...

    Couples that figure out how to rebuild after infidelity, rather than divorcing, often end up with stronger relationships, experts say.
    : Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It

    : Hate Paperwork? Medicaid Recipients Will Be Drowning in It


    Kentucky’s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will...

    Kentucky’s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail.
    When Running Is More Than a Sport

    When Running Is More Than a Sport


    Peter Kline, the founder of Marathons With Meaning, training with a jogging stroller in Prescott, Ariz. While preparing to push rider-athletes in races, Kline will strap more than 50 pounds of weight into a...

    With running in a transitional period, an apparel company’s advertising campaign has favored images of people who use the activity to build a community.
    1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 Hours

    1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 Hours


    Patrick Griffin was high from shooting up as he hugged his sister, Betsy. Their father, Dennis, right, and his ex-wife had spent the afternoon trying, unsuccessfully, to convince Patrick to check into a treatment...

    Drug deaths draw the most notice, but more addicted people live than die. For them and their families, life can be a relentless cycle of worry, hope and chaos.
    Yes, People Really Are Eating Tide Pods. No, It’s Not Safe.

    Yes, People Really Are Eating Tide Pods. No, It’s Not Safe.


    Poison control centers last year received 10,570 reports of children 5 or younger being exposed to laundry detergent...

    An improbable and dangerous idea promoted on the internet has become a cause for genuine concern, the authorities said.
    Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?

    Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?


    President Trump with Dr. Ronny Jackson after Mr. Trump’s physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda,...

    The exam, called the Moca, is widely used in doctor’s offices, but it is not sophisticated enough to diagnose mental decline, experts say.
    The New Old Age: One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.

    The New Old Age: One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.


    Ann Vandervelde, at her home in Seattle, opted to fill out an advance directive for dementia, spelling out to doctors how she would want to be treated at various stages of the...

    A doctor has developed an advance directive specifically to plan for medical care in the event of dementia.
    Travel Tips: How to Make Sure You Travel with Medication Legally

    Travel Tips: How to Make Sure You Travel with Medication Legally


    Traveling with medication — even prescription drugs — isn’t as simple as packing it. Here’s how to stay on the right side of the law, anywhere you...

    Traveling with medication — even prescription drugs — isn’t as simple as packing it. Here’s how to stay on the right side of the law, anywhere you go.
    Mind: Given Medicine, the Patients Got Better. They Remained in Shackles Anyway.

    Mind: Given Medicine, the Patients Got Better. They Remained in Shackles Anyway.


    Komi Gbete, a person with mental problems, chained by the ankle in the Mt. Calvaira prayer camp in Legbassito in Togo in 2014. Such people in neighboring Ghana treated with Western medication showed improvements, but still remained in chains, according...

    In West Africa, people with psychoses are often chained at prayer camps. Giving them psychiatric drugs lessened their symptoms, but did not shorten their captivity.
    Trump Gives Health Workers New Religious Liberty Protections

    Trump Gives Health Workers New Religious Liberty Protections


    An opponent of abortion rights at the March for Life in Washington last...

    The Trump administration announced a new “conscience and religious freedom” office to protect health workers who object to providing abortions or some types of contraception.
    The U.S. Fertility Rate Is Down, Yet More Women Are Mothers

    The U.S. Fertility Rate Is Down, Yet More Women Are Mothers


    This baby, Emma, was born in November in Knoxville, Tenn., from an embryo that had been frozen for nearly 25 years. Progress in reproductive technology is part of the story of why women are delaying...

    The biggest increases have come from some groups who in the past were far less likely to have babies: highly educated women, those over 40, and women who have never been married.
    Young Women Are Using A.D.H.D. Drugs in Greater Numbers, C.D.C. Reports

    Young Women Are Using A.D.H.D. Drugs in Greater Numbers, C.D.C. Reports


    Women are filling prescriptions for A.D.H.D. drugs like Adderall in growing numbers, government researchers report. The finding raises questions about an uptick in diagnoses once reserved only for children and...

    Since 2003, the percentage of women filling prescriptions for drugs like Ritalin has increased nearly fivefold in some age groups.
    Reproductive Factors in Women Tied to Heart Disease and Stroke Risk

    Reproductive Factors in Women Tied to Heart Disease and Stroke Risk


    Early menarche, early menopause and miscarriage were among the factors associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular...

    Early menarche, early menopause and miscarriage were among the factors associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
    Living With Cancer: Sex After Cancer

    Living With Cancer: Sex After Cancer


    It can be difficult to experience desire if you fear your body or if you cannot recognize it as your...

    It can be difficult to experience desire if you fear your body or if you cannot recognize it as your own.
    U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness

    U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness


    Tracey Crouch, left, Britain’s under secretary for sport and civil society, is to coordinate the government’s response to...

    Prime Minister Theresa May said an under secretary would work across government departments to tackle the issue.
    Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

    Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own


    Generic drugs at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Intermountain Healthcare is spearheading an effort by a group of hospitals to create a nonprofit generic drug...

    A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices.
    Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings

    Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings


    Members of the news media gathered outside the home of David Allen and Louise Anna Turpin in Perris, Calif., where the couple’s 13 children were found imprisoned earlier this...

    Cases of children isolated and abused by parents are rare but not unheard-of, say experts. Many recover.
    Phys Ed: How Our Bones Might Help Keep Our Weight in Check

    Phys Ed: How Our Bones Might Help Keep Our Weight in Check


    Bones could be much more intimately involved in tracking weight and controlling appetite than was previously...

    Bones could be much more intimately involved in tracking weight and controlling appetite than was previously known.
    The Parasite on the Playground

    The Parasite on the Playground


    Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing...

    Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing development.
    Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

    Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91


    Dr. Mathilde Krim spoke about AIDS before the United Nations General Assembly in New York in...

    Dr. Krim raised awareness of the scourge and money to fight it while lobbying governments and enlisting a broad spectrum of powerful allies.
    Economic Scene: Making Medicaid a Tool for Moral Education May Let Some Die

    Economic Scene: Making Medicaid a Tool for Moral Education May Let Some Die


    A medical examination at the Family Health Center in Louisville. Kentucky is the first state in the country to impose a work requirement on recipients of...

    There is a precedent for letting states impose work requirements on the poor for medical coverage. It bodes ill for public health.
    High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer

    High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer


    A color-enhanced scanning electron microscope image of prostate cancer cells. A new study suggests that dietary fat may feed prostate tumors and help them...

    New research suggests a strong link between genes, dietary fat and prostate cancer.
    After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

    After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles


    The 60th anniversary of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 2015. A few months earlier, a measles outbreak that originated there convinced California to reconsider its childhood vaccination...

    Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.