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Global Health: A Global Health Scorecard Finds U.S. Lacking

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:54

By a new metric that takes into account economic means, some countries are making surprising gains in health, while the United States lags behind.

U.S. Forests Shifting With Climate Change

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:27

A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of Eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds.

Trilobites: These Baby Mice Were Born From Sperm That Went to Space

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

Although tests did find slightly increased DNA damage, compared with freeze-dried earth sperm, the space version did the job when it came to fertilizing eggs.

Some Social Scientists Are Tired of Asking for Permission

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:28

New federal rules may make it easier for researchers to conduct behavioral experiments. Critics worry that academics cannot judge whether their studies are harmful.

Trump Seeks Delay of Ruling on Health Law Subsidies, Prolonging Uncertainty

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 09:49

The request could further destabilize insurance markets just as insurers are developing rates and deciding whether to participate in 2018.

Matter: In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 08:00

The genes account for just a tiny fraction of the variation in test scores, experts say. Many are yet to be found, and environmental factors are also greatly important.

Take a Number: Nearly 20 Million Have Gained Health Insurance Since 2010

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 07:34

The number of Americans without health insurance has fallen drastically since passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Personal Health: The Worst Fat in the Food Supply

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:00

Trans fat bans led to fewer heart attacks and strokes.

The Checkup: The Science of Adolescent Sleep

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 03:00

Sleep deprivation is linked to behavioral and mental health problems and car accident risk, experts say, and starting school later could help.

The New Health Care: As Pollen Counts Rise, Test Scores Fall

New York Times - Health - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 02:30

What we breathe affects how well we perform at school or work, research shows.

Pediatricians Say No Fruit Juice in Child’s First Year

New York Times - Health - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 21:01

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that many parents wrongly believe that fruit juice is good for children.

A Vital Drug Runs Low, Though Its Base Ingredient Is in Many Kitchens

New York Times - Health - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 17:09

Suppliers of a simple, critical medication — sodium bicarbonate solution — have run out, leaving doctors to juggle chemotherapy and postpone surgery.

Over 60 and Dancing at W.N.B.A. Center Court

New York Times - Health - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 03:00

The Timeless Torches, a dance squad for the W.N.B.A.’s Liberty, lets those over 40 — many in their 60s — shake their booty on center court, breaking the tradition of the typical halftime act.