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The New Health Care: Spend a Dollar on Drug Treatment, and Save More on Crime Reduction

New York Times - Health - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 02:30

Research shows treatment for substance abuse disorders is a great value for society, but many programs have long waiting lists.

Pictures From the March for Science

New York Times - Health - Sat, 04/22/2017 - 11:11

Visual highlights from the demonstrations in Washington and around the world.

Smokeless Tobacco Is Gone From the Ballpark, if Not the Clubhouse

New York Times - Health - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 21:15

Major League Baseball supports local bans on smokeless tobacco, but a number of players said they viewed them as an invasion of personal rights.

Should You Worry About Being the Next Henrietta Lacks?

New York Times - Health - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 09:33

A simple blood test could provide our entire DNA sequence. Could researchers and drug companies use our cells in other ways, without telling us?

The New Old Age: Could Be the Thyroid; Could Be Ennui. Either Way, the Drug Isn’t Helping.

New York Times - Health - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 08:33

Doctors often prescribe levothyroxine to treat an underactive thyroid, and for most it has no effect.

Ask Well: Why Do Allergies Cause ‘Brain Fog’?

New York Times - Health - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:05

No one really knows why people often report feeling “fuzzy headed” when they have allergies.

Ties: Unmoored by a Psychotic Break

New York Times - Health - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 03:00

Like a rare butterfly, my son is examined and classified with a label: schizoaffective disorder.

Affordable Care Act: A Tale of Two States

New York Times - Health - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 02:00

In Oklahoma, which has raged against the law, insurance premiums are among the nation’s highest. New Mexico, which oversees its marketplace, has some of the lowest.

Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver

New York Times - Health - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:39

A legislator made a last-minute attempt to shut down the International Church of Cannabis, but it opened its doors to the public on Thursday.

F.D.A. Strengthens Warnings for Painkillers in Children

New York Times - Health - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:57

Children and nursing mothers should not take codeine or tramadol, the agency cautions.

Public Health: A New G.O.P. Health Proposal Evokes the Old Days

New York Times - Health - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 15:55

Protection for people with pre-existing problems would be largely technical as states could waive key insurance rules.

White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill

New York Times - Health - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:42

The measure faces an uncertain fate as Congress also must deal with a far more urgent deadline: a looming government shutdown if a new funding measure is not approved.

‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds

New York Times - Health - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:01

The timing of stimulation to the brain was determined to be crucial in research published on Thursday, and it might help treat dementia, head injuries and other conditions.

Sometimes It’s Better Not to Know

New York Times - Health - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 08:17

My 97-year-old patient told me he didn’t know if he was looking forward to being 98.

When to Tell Daughters About a Genetic Breast Cancer Risk

New York Times - Health - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 03:00

Some experts recommend telling minors about genetic risk so they have time to come to terms with it.

Trish Vradenburg, Crusader Against Alzheimer’s, Dies at 70

New York Times - Health - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:28

Ms. Vradenburg, a sitcom writer whose mother died of complications of the disease, and her husband raised millions for research and established their own organization to generate greater awareness.