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Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?
The exam, called the Moca, is widely used in doctor’s offices, but it is not sophisticated enough to diagnose mental decline, experts say.
01/19/2018 10:37 PM
The New Old Age: One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.
A doctor has developed an advance directive specifically to plan for medical care in the event of dementia.
01/19/2018 07:32 PM
Yes, Lots of People Are Getting Flu Symptoms. No, This Season Isn’t So Unusual. Here’s Why.
The virus is widespread, and the vaccine is a poor match. But while some areas are hit hard, others have been spared, and deaths are not unusually common this season.
01/18/2018 03:47 PM
Ask Well: What Is the Health and Nutritional Value of Mushrooms?
Mushrooms are a “powerhouse of nutrition” and not a white food to be avoided, said one nutritionist.
01/19/2018 11:00 AM
Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own
A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices.
01/18/2018 05:01 AM
Mind: Given Medicine, the Patients Got Better. They Remained in Shackles Anyway.
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.
01/19/2018 10:38 AM
Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings
Cases of children isolated and abused by parents are rare but not unheard-of, say experts. Many recover.
01/17/2018 07:38 PM
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 development.
01/17/2018 03:27 PM
1 Son, 4 Overdoses, 6 Hours
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.
01/21/2018 03:46 PM
Yes, People Really Are Eating Tide Pods. No, It’s Not Safe.
An improbable and dangerous idea promoted on the internet has become a cause for genuine concern, the authorities said.
01/20/2018 04:26 PM
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 go.
01/19/2018 07:00 PM
Oral Contraceptives Reduce Risk for Ovarian and Endometrial Cancers
The effect is especially evident in smokers, the obese and those who exercise infrequently.
01/19/2018 03:41 PM
Young Women Are Using A.D.H.D. Drugs in Greater Numbers, C.D.C. Reports
Since 2003, the percentage of women filling prescriptions for drugs like Ritalin has increased nearly fivefold in some age groups.
01/18/2018 09:52 PM
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 disease.
01/18/2018 05:27 PM
The U.S. Fertility Rate Is Down, Yet More Women Are Mothers
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.
01/18/2018 11:22 PM
Trump Gives Health Workers New Religious Liberty Protections
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.
01/19/2018 12:10 AM
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 own.
01/18/2018 11:00 AM
: 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 fail.
01/19/2018 02:15 PM
U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness
Prime Minister Theresa May said an under secretary would work across government departments to tackle the issue.
01/18/2018 07:44 AM
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 known.
01/17/2018 03:35 PM
Breast-Feeding Tied to Reduced Risk of Diabetes
Mothers who breast-feed may be at reduced risk of diabetes, a new study reports.
01/17/2018 03:40 PM
Economic Scene: Making Medicaid a Tool for Moral Education May Let Some Die
There is a precedent for letting states impose work requirements on the poor for medical coverage. It bodes ill for public health.
01/16/2018 08:21 PM
Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91
Dr. Krim raised awareness of the scourge and money to fight it while lobbying governments and enlisting a broad spectrum of powerful allies.
01/16/2018 11:12 PM
High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer
New research suggests a strong link between genes, dietary fat and prostate cancer.
01/16/2018 06:04 PM
After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles
Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.
01/16/2018 04:14 PM
Global Health: ‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time
Can 500,000 thermometers transmitting 25,000 readings a day forecast the spread of flu more accurately than the C.D.C.?
01/18/2018 03:42 PM
The Healing Edge: After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope
Baby Boy Royer, who underwent an operation for spina bifida as a fetus, had the biggest defect that the surgical team had attempted to repair.
01/15/2018 05:00 PM
Music Therapy Offers an End-of-Life Grace Note
Music therapy is becoming more common in nursing homes and hospices, where it has been shown to improve a patient’s quality of life.
01/15/2018 03:00 PM
Personal Health: Understanding Grief
Grief is not a problem to be solved or resolved. Rather, it’s a process to be lived through in whatever form and amount of time it may take.
01/15/2018 11:00 AM
The New Health Care: Still Not Convinced You Need a Flu Shot? First, It’s Not All About You
Adults also need to get vaccinated to provide herd immunity for others, especially babies and older people.
01/15/2018 06:50 PM