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    When Report Cards Go Out on Fridays, Child Abuse Increases on Saturdays, Study Finds

    When Report Cards Go Out on Fridays, Child Abuse Increases on Saturdays, Study Finds


    Students at a Florida school. A new study shows an association between the timing of report card distribution at public schools in the state and confirmed reports of child...

    Verified cases of child abuse in Florida occurred at higher rates on the Saturdays after the release of report cards at public schools, according to a JAMA Pediatrics study.
    The Checkup: The Case for Creative Play in a Digital Age

    The Checkup: The Case for Creative Play in a Digital Age


    Volunteers at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, Calif., prepared to hand out thousands of toys this...

    A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents of young children to go for high-quality traditional toys rather than elaborate digital ones.
    Personal Health: The Brain Fog of Menopause

    Personal Health: The Brain Fog of Menopause


    ‘Menopause-related cognitive impairment happens to women in their 40s and 50s, women in the prime of life who suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them,’ an expert...

    ‘Menopause-related cognitive impairment happens to women in their 40s and 50s, women in the prime of life who suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them,’ an expert says.
    Congo Says Baby Girl Is Youngest Survivor of Ebola Outbreak

    Congo Says Baby Girl Is Youngest Survivor of Ebola Outbreak


    A caregiver with Benedicte in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, this month. Congolese are calling the infant the “young...

    Congolese are calling the infant named Benedicte, who was admitted to an Ebola treatment center six days after birth, the “young miracle.”

    Voices: Am I ‘Old’?


    As with beauty, the meaning of “old” depends on the person you...

    As with beauty, the meaning of “old” depends on the person you ask.
    Health Law Could Be Hard to Knock Down Despite Judge’s Ruling

    Health Law Could Be Hard to Knock Down Despite Judge’s Ruling


    Demonstrators protesting changes to the Affordable Care Act in June. On Friday, Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the law unconstitutional, but legal scholars question whether his decision will...

    Legal scholars on opposite sides of previous Obamacare court decisions find the legal argument in this one shaky.
    Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional

    Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional


    A protest over changes to the Affordable Care Act in June 2017 in Chicago. On Friday, a judge in Texas struck down the entire...

    The ruling was over a lawsuit filed this year by a group of Republican governors and state attorneys general. A group of intervening states led by Democrats promised to appeal the decision.
    Johnson & Johnson Feared Baby Powder’s Possible Asbestos Link for Years

    Johnson & Johnson Feared Baby Powder’s Possible Asbestos Link for Years


    Johnson & Johnson says that its Johnson’s Baby Powder has never contained asbestos and that claims are based on “junk...

    Johnson & Johnson says its product is safe. But asbestos, a carcinogen that can exist underground near talc, was a concern inside the company for decades.
    Mapping the Brain’s Genetic Landscape

    Mapping the Brain’s Genetic Landscape


    Magnetic resonance imaging scans of a healthy brain. A $50 million project by more than a dozen research centers aims to create a sort of Google Earth of the...

    Scientists have taken a step toward building a computer model of the brain’s genome, one that may help clarify the genetic roots of schizophrenia, autism and other disorders.
    How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?

    How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?


    Left: Kelmae Hemphill, 11 months sober. Center: images of overdoses published on YouTube. Right: Mandy McGowan, two years...

    Amid an opioid crisis, police and strangers with cameras are posting raw images of drug users passed out. For those whose bleakest moments now live online, life is never the same.
    Breast Cancer Risk May Rise After Childbirth, but Is Still Low

    Breast Cancer Risk May Rise After Childbirth, but Is Still Low


    The report, based on pooled data from 15 studies involving 890,000 women, stated that women who had children had a slight increase in breast cancer risk for about 20...

    Women who recently gave birth may have an increased risk of breast cancer that lasts about 20 years. But for most, the overall risk is still small.
    N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects

    N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects


    After halting a discredited alcohol study, officials will enforce new policies to ensure that private support does not compromise scientific...

    After halting a discredited alcohol study, officials will enforce new policies to ensure that private support does not compromise scientific integrity.
    Times Insider: When Investigative Reporting Means Seeking Access to a Subject’s Mind

    Times Insider: When Investigative Reporting Means Seeking Access to a Subject’s Mind


    More than anything, what struck me about Steve Singer and others with mental illness who shared their stories with me was how well they understand their conditions, and how profoundly aware they are of what does and doesn’t help...

    Although I’d learned about psychiatric advance directives a couple of years ago, it took months to find people willing to speak openly about their experiences.
    Christmas Is a Peak Time for Heart Attacks

    Christmas Is a Peak Time for Heart Attacks


    In Sweden, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day were prime times for heart...

    In Sweden, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day were prime times for heart troubles.

    Doctors: International Patients, Seeking Cures in the States


    Are they taking up beds that could be used for vulnerable domestic patients or are they bringing money that could be used toward other...

    Are they taking up beds that could be used for vulnerable domestic patients or are they bringing money that could be used toward other programs?
    Fetal Tissue Research Is Curtailed by Trump Administration

    Fetal Tissue Research Is Curtailed by Trump Administration


    The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered the National Institutes of Health to stop purchasing fetal tissue, hobbling some research on...

    Studies that rely on tissue from aborted fetuses have pitted abortion critics against scientists who say the research helps millions of people.
    Starting School Later Really Does Help Teens Get Sleep

    Starting School Later Really Does Help Teens Get Sleep


    Before Seattle made a change, students got an average of six hours and 50 minutes of sleep a night. Afterward, they got seven hours and 24...

    Before Seattle made a change, students got an average of six hours and 50 minutes of sleep a night. Afterward, they got seven hours and 24 minutes.
    Phys Ed: Is Aerobic Exercise the Key to Successful Aging?

    Phys Ed: Is Aerobic Exercise the Key to Successful Aging?


    Aerobic activities like jogging and interval training can make our cells biologically younger; weight training did not have the same...

    Aerobic activities like jogging and interval training can make our cells biologically younger; weight training did not have the same effect.
    Can We Ever Be Truly Fearless?

    Can We Ever Be Truly Fearless?


    We’ve needed fear to survive as a species. But how do you not let the emotional response of the fear reflex run...

    We’ve needed fear to survive as a species. But how do you not let the emotional response of the fear reflex run wild?
    Is Screen Time Bad for Kids’ Brains?

    Is Screen Time Bad for Kids’ Brains?


    A $300 million research project is studying 11,800 children through adolescence to see how drug and alcohol use, concussions, and screen time may affect brain...

    A study featured on “60 Minutes” is sure to alarm parents. Here’s what scientists know, and don’t know, about the link between screens, behavior, and development.