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    Should You Choose a Female Doctor?

    Should You Choose a Female Doctor?


    Studies show that female doctors tend to listen more, and their patients — both male and female — tend to fare...

    Studies show that female doctors tend to listen more, and their patients — both male and female — tend to fare better.
    Black Boys Feel Less Safe in White Neighborhoods, Study Shows

    Black Boys Feel Less Safe in White Neighborhoods, Study Shows


    The New York Police Department’s 69th Precinct station in Brooklyn. A new study found that African-American boys feel less safe in neighborhoods that are whiter than the ones they ordinarily...

    African-American boys “will expect increased scrutiny, surveillance and even direct targeting as they traverse whiter spaces,” researchers at Ohio State University found.
    Matter: The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer

    Matter: The ‘Zombie Gene’ That May Protect Elephants From Cancer


    Elephants, like their forebears mastodons and mammoths, carry a unique gene whose proteins kill off potentially cancerous...

    With such enormous bodies, elephants should be particularly prone to tumors. But an ancient gene in their DNA, somehow resurrected, seems to shield the animals.
    Personal Health: An Underappreciated Key to College Success: Sleep

    Personal Health: An Underappreciated Key to College Success: Sleep


    Many college-bound students start out with dreadful sleep habits that are likely to get worse once the rigorous demands of courses and competing social and athletic activities kick...

    Many college-bound students start out with dreadful sleep habits that are likely to get worse once the rigorous demands of courses and competing social and athletic activities kick in.
    Doctors: My Patient’s Sisters

    Doctors: My Patient’s Sisters


    It was vividly clear, in every touch and gaze, that a patient’s family had made the right...

    It was vividly clear, in every touch and gaze, that a patient’s family had made the right decision.
    Lyme Disease Is Spreading Fast. Why Isn’t There a Vaccine?

    Lyme Disease Is Spreading Fast. Why Isn’t There a Vaccine?


    Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. The tick above, in its larval stage, is no bigger than the period at the end of this...

    The only vaccine was taken off the market more than 15 years ago. As reports of the disease skyrocket, researchers are working on a new one.
    Inducing Labor at 39 Weeks May Offer Benefits

    Inducing Labor at 39 Weeks May Offer Benefits


    First-time mothers who had labor induced at 39 weeks were less likely to need...

    First-time mothers who had labor induced at 39 weeks were less likely to need C-sections.
    They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

    They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.


    A colored scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. Hemophilia is defined by an inability to form blood clots, leading to uncontrolled bleeds and chronic...

    Experimental gene therapies have yielded promising results in early trials. But the drugs have left some patients wary, worried that success will not last.
    With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks

    With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks


    Dr. Avital Falk treats youngsters in an intensive therapy program for O.C.D. at Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan. Short, intense courses work as well as therapy that lasts months, research...

    The new psychological approach targets anxiety, PTSD and other mental disorders. Fewer people drop out with short-term treatment, and relief is quicker.
    A Conversation With: Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards

    A Conversation With: Maria Konnikova Shows Her Cards


    "Luck is just … randomness," said Maria Konnikova. "That’s what I wanted to write about. Poker was a way into...

    The well-regarded science writer took up poker while researching a book. Now she’s on the professional circuit.
    Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

    Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA


    A set of human chromosomes. Researchers have developed a tool that surveys alterations in DNA and millions of points in the...

    With a sophisticated new algorithm, scientists have found a way to forecast an individual’s risks for five deadly diseases.
    The Checkup: How to Minimize Repetitive Stress Injuries From Carrying a Baby

    The Checkup: How to Minimize Repetitive Stress Injuries From Carrying a Baby


    The early months as a baby grows can be hard on a parent’s muscles, because none of that “weight lifting” is guided by the strengthening — or the safety — of the...

    The early months as a baby grows can be hard on a parent’s muscles, because none of that “weight lifting” is guided by the strengthening — or the safety — of the parent.
    U.S. Ambassador Denies Threatening Ecuador Over Breast-Feeding Resolution

    U.S. Ambassador Denies Threatening Ecuador Over Breast-Feeding Resolution


    Todd C. Chapman, the U.S. ambassador to Ecuador, denied issuing threats to the government of Ecuador, which earlier this year dropped plans to sponsor a resolution at the World Health Assembly to promote...

    Ambassador Todd C. Chapman said that allegations he pressured the country by threatening trade sanctions and withdrawal of military aid were “patently false.”
    A Congressman, a Financial Deal and an Intricate Web of Conflicts

    A Congressman, a Financial Deal and an Intricate Web of Conflicts


    Representative Chris Collins of New York after his arraignment on insider trading charges in New York on...

    The allegations of insider trading against Representative Christopher Collins have revived calls for stricter rules about financial investments or corporate board seats held by members of Congress.
    As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

    As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures


    Jennafer Norris, at home with her three children, had life-threatening pre-eclampsia in all her pregnancies. She asked for a tubal ligation after an emergency Caesarian section to deliver her third child, but the doctor said she couldn’t perform the...

    Many religious health care institutions do not make it clear up front what procedures they won’t perform, a New York Times analysis shows.
    Getting Kids to Eat More Vegetables

    Getting Kids to Eat More Vegetables


    Plates illustrated with pictures of vegetables spurred children to eat more of...

    Plates illustrated with pictures of vegetables spurred children to eat more of them.
    Food Quality Trumps Variety, Experts Say

    Food Quality Trumps Variety, Experts Say


    People whose diets contained the greatest variety of foods tended to eat many nutritious foods, but also many junk...

    People whose diets contained the greatest variety of foods tended to eat many nutritious foods, but also many junk foods.
    Companies Respond to an Urgent Health Care Need: Transportation

    Companies Respond to an Urgent Health Care Need: Transportation


    Workers at RoundTrip in Philadelphia, a start-up that organizes health care transportation. The company has 15 health care partners, many of which operate in dozens of locations, and 200 transportation organizations in its network in more than 23...

    As people grow older and prefer to manage their health care at home, more need transportation to doctors and outpatient services. Business is surging.
    Mind: Psychologists’ Group Maintains Ban on Work at Military Detention Facilities

    Mind: Psychologists’ Group Maintains Ban on Work at Military Detention Facilities


    Detainees and soldiers at the U.S. military's detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in 2002. Military psychologists participated in interrogations before a policy change by the leading professional...

    Members of the American Psychological Association voted against allowing psychologists to resume work at certain detention centers like the one in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
    Margot Kidder’s Death Was a Suicide, Coroner Says

    Margot Kidder’s Death Was a Suicide, Coroner Says


    Margot Kidder, seen in 2000, died in May as a result of what a coroner said was a “self-inflicted drug and alcohol...

    The actor’s daughter told The Associated Press, “It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame in dealing with this.”
    Dr. Robert Newman, Apostle of Methadone Treatment, Dies at 80

    Dr. Robert Newman, Apostle of Methadone Treatment, Dies at 80


    Dr. Robert G. Newman at a Manhattan methadone clinic in 2002. He said of heroin addiction, “It’s a medical problem — for which a treatment exists, but for which at the moment a cure does...

    Since 1970, when he established a major treatment program in New York, Dr. Newman emerged as a global expert on opioid addiction.
    Dizziness on Standing May Be a Risk Factor for Dementia

    Dizziness on Standing May Be a Risk Factor for Dementia


    Feeling dizzy or lightheaded when you stand up may be a risk factor for stroke and dementia years down the road, a new study...

    Feeling dizzy or lightheaded when you stand up may be a risk factor for stroke and dementia years down the road, a new study reports.
    At Edinburgh Fringe, a Spotlight on Mental Health

    At Edinburgh Fringe, a Spotlight on Mental Health


    Josie Underwood performing in “A Clown Show About Rain” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. “I think it’s been therapeutic” she said of doing a show about mental...

    Even as many performers focus on psychological well-being in their work, the grueling annual event can take a toll.
    Phys Ed: Why We All Need to Drink More During Hot Weather Exercise

    Phys Ed: Why We All Need to Drink More During Hot Weather Exercise


    Some athletes have begun to eschew fluids during hot weather workouts, in hopes that the privation might somehow make them stronger. A new study suggests it...

    Some athletes have begun to eschew fluids during hot weather workouts, in hopes that the privation might somehow make them stronger. A new study suggests it doesn’t.