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Single-Payer Health Care in California: Here’s What It Would Take

2 hours 35 min ago

Universal state health coverage has rallied Democrats in the governor’s race. But even with the state’s size and wealth, it would be hard to achieve.

The New Old Age: In Elderly Hands, Firearms Can Be Even Deadlier

7 hours 2 min ago

Suicide and dementia rates are highest in older people, raising questions about their ownership of guns. One possible solution: an advance directive for firearms.

The Healing Edge: Five Blood Transfusions, One Bone Marrow Transplant — All Before Birth

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 07:43

In a bold experiment in fetal therapy, doctors in San Francisco treated a fetus with a severe, often fatal blood disorder. The child was saved, but the long-term prognosis is still uncertain.

Ask Well: Is Shingles Contagious?

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 04:00

People who have never had chickenpox are at risk for developing the illness if they come in contact with a shingles patient’s blisters.

Global Health: New Ebola Tactics Raise Hope but May Sow Confusion

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 15:39

A new vaccine and other experimental drugs now are available to fight the outbreak. But first physicians must overcome the suspicions of a frightened populace.

N.I.H. Halts Enrollment in a Study of Drinking Now Under Scrutiny

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 13:21

Following reports in The Times that investigators and officials had solicited funding for the trial from the alcohol industry, the N.I.H. has launched two internal investigations.

Is It a Migraine? Many Patients Don’t Realize What Causes Their Suffering

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:30

Here’s a guide to help you recognize the symptoms of migraines, understand why the signs are so often missed, and think about treatment options.

First Cuba, Now China? An American Falls Ill After ‘Abnormal’ Sounds

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 17:57

The State Department said a U.S. government employee posted in Guangzhou had signs of possible brain injury. But it has not identified a cause.

Air Pollution Near Power Plants Tied to Premature Births

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:10

Closing coal- and oil-fired power plants is associated with a reduction in preterm births in the surrounding region, researchers report.

Is Fish the Food of Love, and Babies?

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:00

Eating more fish was tied to more lovemaking, and more babies.

How Nighttime Tablet and Phone Use Disturbs Sleep

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:43

When a person used an iPad instead of reading print before bedtime, he or she had a later sleep onset and suppressed levels of melatonin.

The Boundary Between Abuse and B.D.S.M.

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:54

Politicians accused of abusing their sexual partners have put the community’s practices in the news.

Want to See Your Baby? In China, It Can Cost You

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 04:55

A hospital demanded that a woman pay her bills before she could see her newborn twins, illustrating a plight that many face in the Chinese medical system.

Phys Ed: Are You a ‘Type D’ Athlete? Relax and Ask for Help

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 04:00

If you’re more Eeyore than Tigger when it comes to sports, reach out and elicit suggestions.

Doctors: The Doctor Is Cooking

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 23:18

Here we were, 80 eager physicians from across North America in a large teaching kitchen in northern California.

His Wife Died in the Santa Fe School Shooting. The World’s Sympathy May Keep Him Alive.

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:54

William Tisdale’s GoFundMe campaign to pay for medical treatment for a fatal lung disease took off after his wife was killed in the Texas shooting.

Matter: Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:18

The genome obviously varies from person to person. But it can also vary from cell to cell, even within the same individual. The implications of “mosaicism” are enormous.

Surfacing: What This 76-Year-Old Man Can Teach About Healing

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:11

“I never lock my door; if people show up at night, I will wake up,” said I Gusti Mangku Sasak, a holistic Usada Bali healer.

New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Under Mountains of Paperwork

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 03:43

Guideposts to powerful treatments may be buried in the nation’s medical records. But there is no easy way to gather those records or to get them into a usable format.

Trump’s New Health and Human Services Secretary Is a Joyful Regulator

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 21:09

In an administration with a deregulatory bent, Alex Azar relishes his policymaking powers.

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