Robert De Niro Pulls Anti-Vaccine Documentary From Tribeca Film Festival

This post was originally published on this site By STEPHANIE GOODMAN March 26, 2016 Facing a storm of criticism over its plan to show a documentary about the widely debunked link between vaccines and autism, the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday pulled the film from its schedule next month. In a statement, […]

Florida Governor Signs Law to Cut Funding for Abortion Clinics

This post was originally published on this site   Gov. Rick Scott of Florida. By LIAM STACK March 25, 2016 Gov. Rick Scott of Florida signed a law on Friday that cut state funding to clinics that perform abortions. State funding of abortion was already prohibited in Florida, but the law signed […]

Robert De Niro Defends Screening of Anti-Vaccine Film at Tribeca Festival

This post was originally published on this site By MELENA RYZIK and PAM BELLUCK March 25, 2016 In a decision that has dredged up the widely debunked link between vaccines and autism, the Tribeca Film Festival plans to screen a film by a discredited former doctor whose research caused widespread alarm about the issue. […]

Gray Matter: How to Stop Overprescribing Antibiotics

This post was originally published on this site March 25, 2016 Gray Matter By CRAIG R. FOX , JEFFREY A. LINDER and JASON N. DOCTOR ANTIBIOTICS are an indispensable weapon in every physician’s arsenal, but when prescribed unnecessarily for nonbacterial infections like the common cold, as they too often are, […]

The New Old Age: A New Spin on Senior Living

This post was originally published on this site March 25, 2016 Paula Span THE NEW OLD AGE Ram and Geeta Chandran had always planned to move into a senior community after they retired. The couple had no children, and “we knew we had to move to a retirement community so […]

Indiana Governor Signs Abortion Bill With Added Restrictions

This post was originally published on this site By MITCH SMITH March 24, 2016 CHICAGO — Indiana’s governor signed a bill on Thursday that adds broad limits to women’s access to abortions, banning those motivated solely by the mother’s objection to the fetus’s race, gender or disability, and placing new restrictions on […]

Well: A New View of Appendicitis

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Paul Rogers Gwen Deely’s story is an example of how not to deal with a health crisis when traveling abroad. She realizes she’s lucky to be alive. Ms. Deely, a 66-year-old living in Manhattan, was on an overnight flight from […]

Retro Report: Artificial Hearts Ticking Along Decades After Jarvik-7 Debate

This post was originally published on this site March 20, 2016 Retro Report By CLYDE HABERMAN In the beginning, meaning 1982, there was the Jarvik-7, an artificial heart made of plastic and metal and intended for permanent implantation in a human being. Actually, the beginning came many years earlier. Scientists […]

Well: Study of Teenagers Asks: Who’s Happier, Boys or Girls?

This post was originally published on this site Photo Teenagers in Hungary. A W.H.O. report on the well-being of European adolescents found that 15-year-old girls were perhaps the worst off of any group surveyed.Credit Dave Yoder for The New York Times Belgian and Polish adolescents are among the least happy […]

Accuracy Concerns on Testing Device for Blood-Thinning Drug

This post was originally published on this site By KATIE THOMAS March 17, 2016 Dr. Gary Goldstein, a Florida internist, knew something was wrong with a blood-testing device in his office when, all of a sudden, it began giving out odd results. The device, an INRatio monitor by Alere, is crucial to […]

Well: Quitting Smoking Cold Turkey May Be Your Best Bet

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times Some people try to quit smoking gradually, cutting down the number of cigarettes they smoke each day. But a new clinical trial concludes they would be better off picking a day to stop […]

Patients in Pain, and a Doctor Who Must Limit Drugs

This post was originally published on this site By JAN HOFFMAN March 16, 2016 MILFORD, Neb. — Susan Kubicka-Welander, a short-order cook, went to her pain checkup appointment straight from the lunch-rush shift. “We were really busy,” she told Dr. Robert L. Wergin, trying to smile through deeply etched lines of exhaustion. […]

Meeting My DNA

This post was originally published on this site Photo Marie Tae McDermott and her dog, Cody, at Bushwhick Inlet Park in Brooklyn.Credit Andrew Renneisen for The New York Times I was adopted when I was 6 months old, so I don’t know much about my family medical history. I don’t […]

Well: Meditation Plus Running as a Treatment for Depression

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit iStock Meditating before running could change the brain in ways that are more beneficial for mental health than practicing either of those activities alone, according to an interesting study of a new treatment program for people with depression. As many […]

In Seven Words, N.F.L. Does an About-Face on C.T.E.

This post was originally published on this site By KEN BELSON and ALAN SCHWARZ March 15, 2016 Perhaps no one will remember the setting, a hearing room for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, or the person who asked the question, a member of the House of Representatives from Illinois. But seven words spoken […]

When Is a Child Too Sick for School?

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Getty Images Sometimes, figuring out whether a child is too sick for school is an easy call. A vomiting child, or one with a fever or a raging case of pink eye, is clearly taking the day off. Some schools […]

Hey Siri, Can I Rely on You in a Crisis? Not Always, a Study Finds

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Getty Images How Did Siri Respond Smartphone virtual assistants, like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, are great for finding the nearest gas station or checking the weather. But if someone is in distress, virtual assistants often fall seriously short, a […]

Some Babies Are Just Easier Than Others

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Getty Images I got my good sleeper second. My oldest child, my first darling baby, did not reliably sleep through the night till he was well past 2. Since he is now an adult, I can skip right over all […]

Reinventing Yourself

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Paul Rogers Maybe you lost your job, or your interest in the job you’ve been doing. Maybe a divorce or death in the family has threatened your economic stability. Maybe you think you’re now too old or lack the training […]

States Move to Control How Painkillers Are Prescribed

This post was originally published on this site By BARRY MEIER and SABRINA TAVERNISE March 11, 2016 A growing number of states, alarmed by the rising death toll from prescription painkillers and frustrated by a lack of federal action, are moving to limit how these drugs are prescribed. On Thursday, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a […]

Genetic Tests May Not Reveal a Clear Treatment Path for Breast Cancer

This post was originally published on this site By GINA KOLATA March 11, 2016 At a time when genetic testing and genetically personalized treatments for cancer are proliferating, buoyed by new resources like President Obama’s $215 million personalized medicine initiative, women with breast cancer are facing a frustrating reality: The genetic data […]

Is it Really A.D.H.D. or Just Immaturity?

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Getty Images New research shows that the youngest students in a classroom are more likely to be given a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than the oldest. The findings raise questions about how we regard those wiggly children who […]

Short Men, Overweight Women Face Lower Pay

This post was originally published on this site Photo Being tall is associated with higher income for men and being overweight is associated with lower income for women. A new study shows that height and weight may have a direct cause-and-effect relationship with pay. The study used Mendelian randomization — […]

The Longer You Work, the Greater Your Risk for Heart Disease

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit iStock The more hours you work, the greater your risk for heart disease. Several observational studies have found an association of long work hours with an increased risk for cardiovascular illness. Now a new retrospective analysis has found there is […]

Brazil Adjusts Guidelines for Diagnosing Defect Linked to Zika

This post was originally published on this site By VINOD SREEHARSHA March 9, 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian officials said on Wednesday that they had tightened the guidelines used to determine when babies have been born with abnormally small heads, a step taken in part to reduce the number of false […]

Letting Happiness Flourish in the Classroom

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Photo Emma SeppalaCredit When I look out into my classroom, and take the emotional temperature of my students, I’m usually checking for engagement. I want to make sure they feel supported, are interested in the lesson at hand, and that […]

For Serious Training, Hold the Carbs at Dinnertime

This post was originally published on this site Photo Triathletes plunged into the Hudson River for the 12th annual N.Y.C. Triathlon held in 2012.Credit Christopher Gregory for The New York Times Strategically skipping bread, pasta and other carbohydrates at dinner might improve subsequent athletic performance, provided those low-carb meals are […]

U.S. to Test Ways to Cut Drug Prices in Medicare

This post was originally published on this site By ROBERT PEAR March 8, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said on Tuesday that it would test new ways to pay for prescription drugs in an effort to slow the growth of Medicare spending on medicines while encouraging doctors to choose the most […]

W.H.O Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Areas Where Zika is Spreading

This post was originally published on this site By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. March 8, 2016 The World Health Organization on Tuesday advised pregnant women to avoid travel to areas where the Zika virus is spreading. Experts on W.H.O.’s Zika emergency committee also recommended that pregnant women and their partners who may have been […]

Well: The Always Hungry Teenage Boy

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Anna Parini Ah, the adolescent male appetite. Those always hungry growing boys who eat standing up, drain the quart containers of milk or juice, and are fully capable of finishing off as an after-school snack the whole lasagna or pot […]

Causes of Blindness Vary for Older Adults

This post was originally published on this site By C. CLAIBORNE RAY March 5, 2016 Q. What’s the No. 1 cause of blindness in older adults in the United States? A. “It sounds like a simple question, but there’s no perfect answer,” said Dr. Susan Vitale, a research epidemiologist at the National Eye […]

Toxic Passaic River to Get $1.38 Billion Cleanup Over 10 Years

This post was originally published on this site By NOAH REMNICK and RICK ROJAS March 4, 2016 NEWARK — The Passaic River was once the backbone of an industrial corridor, snaking through this stretch of northern New Jersey and sustaining the factories and plants that cropped up alongside it. But now, the river’s banks […]

As Olympics Near and Zika Spreads, No Talk of a Plan B

This post was originally published on this site March 4, 2016 Sports of The Times By JULIET MACUR How confident is Scott Blackmun, the chief executive of the United States Olympic Committee, that the Zika virus will not ruin the Rio Olympics or render them unsafe for athletes, workers and […]

Well: More Support for Early Exposure to Peanuts to Prevent Allergies

This post was originally published on this site Photo Research found that feeding peanuts to young children starting when they are 4 to 11 months old sharply reduced the risk of their developing peanut allergiesCredit DeAgostini/Getty Images LOS ANGELES — Evidence is accumulating that food allergies in children might be […]

Zika Kills Cells Key to Fetal Brain Development, Study Says

This post was originally published on this site By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS March 4, 2016 The Zika virus destroys cells that give rise to the brain cortex in the developing fetus, scientists reported on Friday. The finding, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, may help explain how the virus might cause microcephaly, […]

Tip: How to Tell Someone You’re Terminally Ill

This post was originally published on this site March 4, 2016 By MALIA WOLLAN ‘‘I say, ‘The doctors told me there is nothing they can do, it is inoperable and incurable,’ ’’ says Wanda N., who is 50 and in hospice care at home in New York with metastasized colon cancer. […]

Making a Case for Eating Fat

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Photo Credit Mark Hyman For years Dr. Mark Hyman was a vegetarian who kept his intake of dietary fat to a minimum. Whole-wheat bread, grains, beans, pasta and fruits and vegetables made up the bulk of his diet, just as […]

My Workout: P.K. Subban’s Bare-Bones Gym Routine

This post was originally published on this site My Workout By JOHN ORTVED March 3, 2016 P. K. Subban, a star defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, is known as much for his flashy style of play as for his wicked slap shot. “I grew up in the inner city,” said Mr. Subban, […]

Well: Probiotics Are Common in Hospitals, but Evidence Is Lacking

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Stuart Bradford Many hospitals give probiotics to patients, even though there is little evidence that these so-called “beneficial bacteria” are safe and effective. In a nationwide study of 145 hospitals from 2006 to 2012, 96 percent gave patients probiotics. A […]

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Bring Back the Autopsy

This post was originally published on this site Contributing Op-Ed Writer March 3, 2016 Sandeep Jauhar I RECENTLY attended an autopsy at the hospital where I work, in a room in the basement adjoining the morgue. The corpse, a newborn baby, was lying peacefully, as if napping, on a steel […]

Well: Learning a New Sport May Be Good for the Brain

This post was originally published on this site Photo Gretchen Reynolds, Phys Ed columnist, tries snowboarding for the first time.Credit Lynn Tran Learning in midlife to juggle, swim, ride a bicycle or, in my case, snowboard could change and strengthen the brain in ways that practicing other familiar pursuits such […]

As Air Worsens, New Delhi Turns to Masks. The Flashier the Better.

This post was originally published on this site Aurelia Driver, accompanying her children to school in New Delhi, said it was easier to make them wear masks that are “fun and cool.” By GEETA ANAND March 1, 2016 NEW DELHI — It isn’t just sweaters the kindergartners are wearing as they pour […]

New Study Links Zika Virus to Temporary Paralysis

This post was originally published on this site Xiojanni Badillo embraced her aunt, Daysi Mendoza, who was recovering from Guillain-Barré syndrome at the Erasmo Meoz Hospital in Cucuta, Colombia. By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS February 29, 2016 A new study of 42 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome in French Polynesia offers the strongest evidence to […]

Take a Number: Women Waiting Longer to Have Children

This post was originally published on this site Take a Number By NICHOLAS BAKALAR February 29, 2016 American women are having their first babies at increasingly older ages. According to a recent report from the National Center for Health Statistics, the average age of first-time mothers in 2014 was 26.3, up from […]

‘Female Viagra’ Only Modestly Increases Sexual Satisfaction, Study Finds

This post was originally published on this site Addyi, the new female libido drug, sometimes known as the “female Viagra.” By SABRINA TAVERNISE February 29, 2016 WASHINGTON — Half of one satisfying sexual encounter a month. That is the average benefit a woman gets when she takes the new female libido drug, […]

Eyes on Kennedy, Women Tell Supreme Court Why Abortion Was Right for Them

This post was originally published on this site The actress Amy Brenneman at a speaking engagement in New York last fall. In a brief filed with the Supreme Court, she discussed her decision to have an abortion as a college junior. By ADAM LIPTAK February 29, 2016 WASHINGTON — Amy Brenneman, an […]

C.D.C. Urges Pregnant Women to Avoid Travel to Olympics Over Zika Fears

This post was originally published on this site Divers practiced this week in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. An estimated 500,000 people are expected to visit Brazil for the Games from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21, raising concerns about the spread of the Zika virus. By ELI ROSENBERG February […]

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why Courts Shouldn’t Ignore the Facts About Abortion Rights

This post was originally published on this site Contributing Op-Ed Writer February 27, 2016 Linda Greenhouse At the core of the most important Supreme Court abortion case in a generation is a series of questions about facts. In deciding the constitutionality of a law that would shut down most abortion […]

Olympics: Mosquito Screens to Be Used at Rio Games to Curb Zika Virus

This post was originally published on this site Sports Briefing | Olympics By REUTERS February 27, 2016 Even as athletes grow increasingly concerned about the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, the organizing committee for the August Olympics in Rio de Janeiro said it would charge national delegations to have […]

Officials Report 9 New Cases of Zika Virus Among Pregnant Women Tested in U.S.

This post was originally published on this site By SABRINA TAVERNISE February 26, 2016 Nine pregnant women in the United States have tested positive for the Zika virus, American health authorities reported Friday. One of the women gave birth to a baby with microcephaly, a defect that has been associated with the […]

Better Care or Onerous Restrictions? Texas Abortion Law Going Before Supreme Court

This post was originally published on this site The operating room at the ambulatory surgical center at Whole Woman’s Health in San Antonio. The facility is the lead plaintiff in an abortion case before the Supreme Court. By JAN HOFFMAN February 26, 2016 For all the furious debate over constitutional rights rekindled […]

Top Lobbyist for Drug Makers Threads a Thicket of Outrage

This post was originally published on this site Stephen Ubl, the head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, says he wants the government to speed the approval of generic drugs and approve more of them. By ROBERT PEAR February 26, 2016 WASHINGTON — Few lobbyists have walked into the kind […]

First Uterus Transplant in U.S. Bolsters Pregnancy Hopes of Many

This post was originally published on this site Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic during the uterus transplant operation on Wednesday. The procedure has been successfully performed in Sweden, but never before in the United States. By DENISE GRADY February 25, 2016 Surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic have performed the first uterus transplant […]

Well: Big Health Benefits to Small Weight Loss

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit iStock Obese individuals who lose as little as 5 percent of their body weight can improve their metabolic function and reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, a new study has found. Many current treatment guidelines […]

Well: Living With Cancer: A Farewell to Legs

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Camilla Engman On a bright, cold Sunday in mid-January, I returned home from visiting a frail member of my cancer support group and opened the garage to haul the recyclables up the steep driveway to the street. After a few […]

Removing Ink: Do You Need a Doctor?

This post was originally published on this site Carly Cardellino wanted to make the tattoo she got on her foot in college go away. She did. February 23, 2016 By COURTNEY RUBIN Years after Carly Cardellino quit her college sorority, she couldn’t leave behind one piece of it: a teal […]

Well: I Don’t Drink Coffee. Should I Start?

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit David Maurice Smith for The New York Times As someone who doesn’t drink coffee, I’m sometimes forced to ponder whether I’ve escaped an unhealthy addiction or if I’ve just been asleep my whole life. Counting yourself out from the 64 […]

Phys Ed: How Exercise May Lower Cancer Risk

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Getty Images The relationship between exercise and cancer has long both intrigued and puzzled oncologists and exercise physiologists. Exercise is strongly associated with lowered risks for many types of cancer. In epidemiological studies, people who regularly exercise generally prove to […]

Zika May Have Been Transmitted by Sex in 14 U.S. Cases, C.D.C. Says

This post was originally published on this site Two mosquitoes of the species aedes aegypti, which can spread Zika virus. The C.D.C. reported additional cases of sexual transmission of the disease on Tuesday. By SABRINA TAVERNISE February 23, 2016 Health authorities in the United States said they were investigating 14 new reports […]

Well: Getting Pregnant After a Miscarriage

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Alice Proujansky for The New York Times A woman who miscarries early in pregnancy is often told to wait at least three months before trying to get pregnant again. But a new study suggests it can be fine to try […]

F.D.A. Asks If Faulty Blood Monitor Tainted Xarelto Approval

This post was originally published on this site Dr. Robert Califf, nominated to head the F.D.A., led the trial that led to Xarelto’s approval in 2011. By KATIE THOMAS February 22, 2016 The Food and Drug Administration is investigating whether a faulty blood-testing device may have compromised the results of a clinical […]

Trilobites: It’s Possible to Grow a 3-D Printed Ear on a Mouse’s Back

This post was originally published on this site A 3-D printed ear that researchers have shown can be transplanted into a rat and survive. February 22, 2016 Trilobites By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR This unattached ear bathed in pink goo may look like a freaky find from Frankenstein’s laboratory, but it’s […]

A Do-It-Yourself Revolution in Diabetes Care

This post was originally published on this site John Costik, right, and his son Evan reflected on an iPad’s screen. An app on the device displays Evan’s blood sugar levels in real time. By PETER ANDREY SMITH February 22, 2016 John Costik got the call at the office in 2012. It was his […]

Vaccine Has Sharply Reduced HPV in Teenage Girls, Study Says

This post was originally published on this site The vaccine for human papillomavirus, a cause of cervical cancer, has proved effective, but immunization rates remain low. By JAN HOFFMAN February 22, 2016 A vaccine introduced a decade ago to combat the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer has already reduced the […]

In Zika Epidemic, a Warning on Climate Change

This post was originally published on this site Smoke from a brush fire in a deforested part of Brazil’s Amazon basin. The Zika virus, which is an epidemic in Brazil, is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes. By JUSTIN GILLIS February 20, 2016 The global public health emergency involving deformed babies emerged in 2015, […]

India to Change Its Decades-Old Reliance on Female Sterilization

This post was originally published on this site Women lined up for examinations this month before sterilization surgery at a government hospital in Mahendragarh, India. By ELLEN BARRY and CELIA W. DUGGER February 20, 2016 MAHENDRAGARH, India — This is what family planning in India often looks like: Women in their 20s, mostly farmers’ wives, […]

The Doctor’s World: Scalia Autopsy Decision Divides Pathologists

This post was originally published on this site The Doctor’s World By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D. February 20, 2016 WASHINGTON — Should an autopsy have been performed on the body of Justice Antonin Scalia? When a Texas justice of the peace certified that the 79-year-old Supreme Court justice had died from natural causes, […]

Veterans Seek Greater Emphasis on PTSD in Bids to Upgrade Discharges

This post was originally published on this site A group of veterans, led by Kristofer Goldsmith, on Capitol Hill in January. He received a less-than-honorable discharge. When he petitioned for an upgrade of it because of undiagnosed PTSD, the Army rejected his appeal. By DAVE PHILIPPS February 19, 2016 WASHINGTON — Kristofer […]

Lung Cancer Deaths Soar in China’s Steel Country, Report Says

This post was originally published on this site A steel factory in Hebei Province, which surrounds Beijing. Satellite photos of northern China regularly show a miasma of smog centered on the province. By MICHAEL FORSYTHE February 19, 2016 HONG KONG — The death rate from lung cancer in the heavily industrialized province […]

Global Health: Zika May Increase Risk of Mental Illness, Researchers Say

This post was originally published on this site A pregnant woman waits for an examination for mosquito-borne viruses like Zika at a maternity ward in Honduras. Experts say the Zika virus closely resembles some infectious agents that have been linked to autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. February 18, 2016 Global […]

W.H.O. Recommends Contraception in Countries With Zika Virus

This post was originally published on this site A municipal health worker sprayed insecticide in Campina Grande, Brazil, last week to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus. By SABRINA TAVERNISE February 18, 2016 The World Health Organization issued a strong call on Thursday for the use of contraception […]

Well: When Cancer Treatment Offers Hope More Than Cure

This post was originally published on this site We joked that she had nine lives. And like a cat, over the years, no matter the adversity — the extreme toxicities that resulted from her many rounds of chemotherapy, the bowel perforation that left her with an ostomy, the trips to […]

Zika Outbreak Could Be an Omen of the Global Warming Threat

This post was originally published on this site Sérgio Benedito dos Santos, 47, who has dengue fever, in Recife, Brazil, last month. Dengue is spread by the kind of mosquitoes that also transmit the Zika virus. By JUSTIN GILLIS February 18, 2016 The global public health emergency involving deformed babies emerged in […]

Well: How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Illustration by Anna Parini The benefits of mindfulness meditation, increasingly popular in recent years, are supposed to be many: reduced stress and risk for various diseases, improved well-being, a rewired brain. But the experimental bases to support these claims have […]

Early Behavior Therapy Found to Aid Children With A.D.H.D.

This post was originally published on this site William E. Pelham helped lead a new study about treatment options for children with attention-deficit problems. Above, Dr. Pelham at a summer camp focusing on social skills training. By BENEDICT CAREY February 17, 2016 Children with attention-deficit problems improve faster when the first treatment […]

A Novel Plan for Heallth Care: Cutting Costs, Not Raising Them

This post was originally published on this site Dr. Alan Bitner with a 5-year-old patient at the allergy and immunology department of the Intermountain clinic in Salt Lake City. By REED ABELSON February 17, 2016 As employees know all too well, health insurance companies have one surefire way to lower costs: Ask […]

Testosterone Gel Has Modest Benefits for Men, Study Says

This post was originally published on this site David Bostick, 71, at home in Pittsburgh. After a few weeks of smearing a gel on his stomach — he did not know if it was testosterone or a placebo — he began to feel better. He correctly guessed that he was […]

Well: Heartburn Drugs Tied to Dementia Risk

This post was originally published on this site Photo The popular heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors have been linked to a range of ills: bone fractures, kidney problems, infections and more. Now a large new study has found that they are associated with an increased risk for dementia […]

Well: Foods High in Cholesterol Don’t Raise Heart Risks

This post was originally published on this site Photo A new study provides more evidence that eating high-cholesterol food does not increase the risk for heart disease. The Finnish study, in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, followed 1,032 initially healthy men ages 42 to 60. About a third were […]

Well: Which Type of Exercise Is Best for the Brain?

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Getty Images Some forms of exercise may be much more effective than others at bulking up the brain, according to a remarkable new study in rats. For the first time, scientists compared head-to-head the neurological impacts of different types of […]

F.D.A. Issues Zika Virus Guidelines for Blood Supply

This post was originally published on this site By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS February 16, 2016 The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued new guidelines for blood banks intended to help prevent the contamination of the nation’s blood supply with the Zika virus. Among other measures, the agency called for blood banks in […]

Conspiracy Theories About Zika Spread Along With the Virus

This post was originally published on this site By ANDREW JACOBS February 16, 2016 SALVADOR, Brazil — The Zika virus, some Brazilians are convinced, is the inadvertent creation of a British biotech company that has been releasing genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue fever in Brazil. Others here and elsewhere see it […]

Well: Transgender Patients Face Challenges at the Hospital

This post was originally published on this sitePhoto Beck Bailey has encountered some health care professionals who were unsure how to treat transgender patients.Credit Kieran Kesner for The New York Times After a skiing accident in January left him with a smashed knee, Beck Bailey, a transgender man in Greenfield, […]

Why Poor Children Can’t Be Picky Eaters

This post was originally published on this site By CAITLIN DANIEL February 16, 2016 WHY do poor children have poor diets? Some commentators contend that healthy diets are too expensive. Others argue that wholesome options are affordable and that junk foods that seem cheap are hardly a good deal. But both camps […]

Well: Organic Meat and Milk Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Matthew Staver for The New York Times Organic meat and milk differ markedly from their conventionally produced counterparts in measures of certain nutrients, a review of scientific studies reported on Tuesday. In particular, levels of omega-3 fatty acids, beneficial for […]

Well: Getting People to Exercise Requires the Right Incentive

This post was originally published on this sitePhoto Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times People will exercise more if you give them money — but only if they are paid in the right way. For a 13-week study, researchers randomly assigned 281 people to one of four groups. […]

Zika Virus in Colombia Presents Complicated Choice About Abortion

This post was originally published on this site Marlenia Ortíz, center with blonde hair, at a camp for the homeless in Cúcuta, Colombia. She said that one of her five children had contracted Zika and that she feared the whole family would get the virus. By NICHOLAS CASEY February 15, 2016 CÚCUTA, […]

The New Health Care: Medical Residents, Misplaced Pride and Saner Hours

This post was originally published on this site February 15, 2016 Aaron E. Carroll THE NEW HEALTH CARE When one of my best friends in medical school returned from an interview for a surgical residency program, he told me how some of the surgeons there bragged that they were worked […]

Well: Support for Breast-Feeding, in a Multitude of Ways

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Paul Rogers In 2001, when Dr. Alison Stuebe was pregnant with her first child, breast-feeding was a personal challenge that soon morphed into a professional research interest. Her son Noah was 3 months old when she began her residency in […]

Brazil Pushes Public to Do Its Part in Fighting Zika Spread

This post was originally published on this site In São Paulo on Saturday, Brazilian military personnel handed out fliers during a national campaign to combat mosquitoes that are spreading the Zika virus. By ANDREW JACOBS February 14, 2016 SALVADOR, Brazil — Nearly a quarter of a million soldiers, sailors and other military […]

Zika Virus Increases Concerns About Employee Safety

This post was originally published on this site Marie-Paule Kieny of the World Health Organization spoke Friday at the United Nations’ Geneva office about Zika research. By JULIE CRESWELL and DAVID SEGAL February 14, 2016 Early in her pregnancy, Whitney Peak traveled to Rio de Janeiro for her job with Leblon Cachaça, a liquor […]

Well: Fat Dad: Love in a Bowl of Soup

This post was originally published on this site Photo Dawn Lerman and her dad at her bubbe’s house in 1970.Credit Photo Credit “Eat your soup. It’s good food,” my paternal grandmother, Bubbe Mary, would say. “Eat your soup. It’s good food,” my dad would playfully tell me, as he reminisced […]

News Analysis: Can Health Care Providers Afford to Be Ready for Disaster?

This post was originally published on this site News Analysis By SHERI FINK February 13, 2016 MORE than 200 people died in hospitals and nursing homes in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, leading to widespread agreement that health care preparedness in the United States needed dramatic improvement. One hospital, Memorial Medical […]

Catholic Leaders Say Zika Doesn’t Change Ban on Contraception

This post was originally published on this site A Brazilian mother and her 5-month-old daughter with microcephaly. Experts are not yet sure whether Zika is the cause of a sudden surge in babies born in Brazil with the birth defect. By LAURIE GOODSTEIN February 13, 2016 As the Zika virus spreads in […]

Public Health: ‘Moonshot’ Metaphor on Cancer Is a Failure to Communicate

This post was originally published on this site Public Health By MARGOT SANGER-KATZ February 13, 2016 Can we agree to stop calling it the cancer moonshot? That’s how President Obama referred to a renewed effort to cure cancer in his State of the Union address last month, which Vice President Joe Biden […]

Prepare for ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ With Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes, Experts Warn

This post was originally published on this site Patti Sprague, a field inspector for the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, shifted some standing water where mosquitoes were breeding. By SABRINA TAVERNISE February 12, 2016 SAVANNAH, Ga. — It was standing room only at the annual conference of the American Mosquito Control Association […]

Surge in Medicare Advantage Sign-Ups Confounds Expectations

This post was originally published on this site An agent helped clients choose insurance plans during open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act in San Francisco in November. By ROBERT PEAR February 12, 2016 WASHINGTON — Five years into Medicare spending cuts that were supposed to devastate private Medicare options for older […]

Fit City: Reps in the City That Has No Rest Days

This post was originally published on this site Video Users work out at all hours in the 24-hour Synergy Fitness gym in Midtown Manhattan. By NOAH REMNICK February 12, 2016 Some patrons shroud themselves in generous sweatpants. Others seek peace with noise-canceling headphones. But under the buzzing fluorescent lights of the 24-hour […]

The New Old Age: In Palliative Care, Comfort Is the Top Priority

This post was originally published on this site February 12, 2016 Paula Span THE NEW OLD AGE Last year, when an oncologist advised that Betty Chin might benefit from palliative care, her son Kevin balked. Mrs. Chin, a retired nurse’s aide who lives in Manhattan’s Chinatown, was undergoing treatment for […]

Founded for the Poor, Mass General Looks to the Wealthy

This post was originally published on this site “We’ve made the institutional commitment that these patients will get the best of the best at a phone call,” said Dr. Michael R. Jaff, the medical director of Mass General’s Center for Specialized Services. By JOHN HANC February 12, 2016 Can a hospital founded […]

Ask Well: Are Pomegranates Good For You?

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times Do you have a health question? Submit your question to Ask Well. Related: “Making the Case for Eating Fruit” Ask Well: Is Day-Old Kale Salad Less Nutritious Than Fresher Kale? Ask Well: Should […]

Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing

This post was originally published on this site Patients at the Free Clinic in Newton, N.J. Researchers debate whether expanding access to health care will shrink the gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor. By SABRINA TAVERNISE February 12, 2016 Experts have long known that rich people generally live […]

Zika Virus Test Is ‘Weeks, Not Years’ Away, W.H.O. Says

This post was originally published on this site A mother held her 4-month-old son, who was born with microcephaly, in Olinda, Brazil, on Thursday. By SEWELL CHAN February 12, 2016 LONDON — Scientists are “weeks, not years” from developing a test for the fast-spreading Zika virus, but large-scale clinical trials for a […]

When the Hospital Fires the Bullet

This post was originally published on this site   When the Hospital Fires the Bullet By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL February 12, 2016 In the center of Alan Pean’s chest is the scar left by a hospital security officer’s bullet last August. In the center of Alan Pean’s chest is the scar left by […]

Well: Tylenol During Pregnancy Tied to Asthma in Children

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Paul Sakuma/Associated Press Taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) during pregnancy is associated with a slight increase in the risk for asthma in offspring, a new study has found. Norwegian researchers used health data on 95,200 pregnant mothers between 1999 and 2008, and […]

Well: A Doctor in the Neighborhood

This post was originally published on this site One of the main premises of health care reform is that everybody needs to have a primary care doctor, ideally in the community. I happen to live right near my clinic, so I often see many of my patients on the street. […]

Well: How the ‘Dirt Cure’ Can Make for Healthier Families

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Photo Dr. Maya Shetreat-KleinCredit Tanya Malott Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein has a message for the parents of small children: Don’t be afraid of dirt. She is a firm believer in the idea that children in Westernized countries today grow up in […]

Cuomo’s Proposal Seeks Confidentiality for Minors With H.I.V.

This post was originally published on this site Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at an event in New York for World AIDS Day in December. The governor hopes to pass a law that would give confidentiality to minors who seek H.I.V. treatment. By SHARON OTTERMAN February 10, 2016 Among the recent patients at […]

Education May Cut Dementia Risk, Study Finds

This post was originally published on this site Joe and Marie Porcello in her room at a nursing home in Hopkinton, Mass. She has developed dementia. By PAM BELLUCK February 10, 2016 The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important […]

Experts Study Zika’s Path From First Outbreak in Pacific

This post was originally published on this site By AUSTIN RAMZY February 10, 2016 HONG KONG — Yap Island, the biggest in a group of tiny islands in the Western Pacific best known for using huge stone discs as currency, was facing a medical mystery. In 2007, doctors were seeing an alarming […]

Assisted Suicide Study Questions Its Use for Mentally Ill

This post was originally published on this site Dr. Scott Y. H. Kim, a psychiatrist and bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health, led a study of cases of doctor-assisted death for psychiatric distress in the Netherlands. By BENEDICT CAREY February 10, 2016 A new study of doctor-assisted death for people with […]

Brazilians Shrug Off Zika Fears to Revel in Carnival Fun

This post was originally published on this site Performers from a samba school paraded during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. By ANDREW JACOBS February 10, 2016 SALVADOR, Brazil — From a mosquito’s point of view, the sweaty, minimally clothed multitudes thronging the streets of this northeastern city on Monday […]

Johns Hopkins to Perform First H.I.V.-Positive Organ Transplants in U.S.

This post was originally published on this site Doctors inspected a kidney after it was removed at Johns Hopkins Hospital. By DANIEL VICTOR February 10, 2016 Johns Hopkins said it was set to perform the first kidney and liver transplants between H.I.V.-positive donors and H.I.V.-positive patients in the United States, a development that […]

Well: To Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s, Eat Fish

This post was originally published on this site Photo Salmon for sale at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan.Credit Kevin Miyazaki for The New York Times Eating seafood is linked to a reduced risk of dementia-associated brain changes in people who carry the ApoE4 gene variation, which increases the […]

Well: Ask Well: The Sugar in Fruit

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times Do you have a health question? Submit your question to Ask Well. Sophie Egan is the director of programs and culinary nutrition for strategic initiatives at the Culinary Institute of America. She is […]

Well: Why We Get Running Injuries (and How to Prevent Them)

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Getty Images Warm weather is on its way across the country — really, it is, I promise— and so are spring marathons, meaning that many people soon will begin a new or augmented running program. Many also will wind up […]

Study in Brazil Links Zika Virus to Eye Damage in Babies

This post was originally published on this site The most common ocular abnormalities in infants infected with the Zika virus were black speckled lesions in the back of the eye and retinal damage. By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS February 9, 2016 Infants infected with the Zika virus may be born not only with unusually […]

Op-Ed Contributor: When Addiction Has a White Face

This post was originally published on this site Op-Ed Contributor By EKOW N. YANKAH February 9, 2016 WHEN crack hit America in the mid-1980s, for African-Americans, to borrow from Ta-Nehisi Coates, civilization fell. Crack embodied instant and fatal addiction; we saw endless images of thin, ravaged bodies, always black, as though from a […]

‘The Good Death,’ ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ and More

This post was originally published on this site By ANDREW SOLOMON February 8, 2016 Death goes in and out of fashion. The topic lingers behind euphemisms for a few years, and then someone calls it forth again: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross with her disciplined “On Death and Dying” in 1969; Susan Sontag with her […]

Well: In Hospitals, Smoke-Free Doesn’t Mean Abuse-Free

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit James Yang The substance user and the hospital are bound by the most ambivalent of relationships. Heavy users — of tobacco, alcohol or harder drugs — see far more of the wards than the average citizen and, it is safe […]

Well: Opening Up About Depression

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Arianna Vairo I have slogged through a number of difficult situations in recent months, among them the ongoing crises of my elderly parents’ illnesses and the suicide of a friend. I never lost my appetite nor burst into tears, and […]

The New Health Care: What the Science Says About Long-Term Damage From Lead

This post was originally published on this site February 8, 2016 Aaron E. Carroll THE NEW HEALTH CARE Many eyes are now focused on Flint, Mich., where government failures have resulted in elevated lead levels in the city’s drinking water. But the effects on Flint’s residents, particularly its children, may […]

Matter: Scientists Seek Answers on Zika in Other Viruses

This post was originally published on this site A 4-month-old girl suffered damage to her eyes and ears because her mother had German measles. February 8, 2016 Carl Zimmer The Zika virus has quickly gained Ebola-level notoriety as it has spread through the Western Hemisphere in recent months. Researchers in […]

Well: Simple Remedies for Constipation

This post was originally published on this site Photo Credit Paul Rogers Chronic constipation is an all-too-common problem rarely discussed in polite company and only reluctantly mentioned to doctors during checkups. Although it accounts for eight million doctor visits annually, only “a minority of those with constipation seek medical attention,” […]

How a Medical Mystery in Brazil Led Doctors to Zika

This post was originally published on this site   How a Medical Mystery in Brazil Led Doctors to Zika By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr., SIMON ROMERO and SABRINA TAVERNISE February 6, 2016 An Aedes aegypti female mosquito on water inside a tire at a used tire store in Villavicencio, Colombia. The mosquito carries the Zika virus, and […]

Opinion: Give Up Your Data to Cure Disease

This post was originally published on this site By DAVID B. AGUS February 6, 2016 HOW far would you go to protect your health records? Your privacy matters, of course, but consider this: Mass data can inform medicine like nothing else and save countless lives, including, perhaps, your own. Over the past several […]

Q&A: Sweating the Effects of Antiperspirants

This post was originally published on this site By C. CLAIBORNE RAY February 6, 2016 Q. If it is natural for the body to sweat to get rid of toxins (and to cool itself), can antiperspirants harm the body? A. Sweat glands do have an important role in eliminating undesirable substances from the […]

C.D.C. Defends Advice to Women on Drinking and Pregnancy

This post was originally published on this site Many women saying they considered the C.D.C. recommendation insulting, severe and impractical. By DANIEL VICTOR February 5, 2016 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defended a recommendation that sexually active women refrain from drinking alcohol if they are not using birth control after […]

Brazil Finds Zika Virus in Human Urine and Saliva, but Risk Is Unclear

This post was originally published on this site Video A Brazilian health institute found traces of the Zika virus in certain bodily fluids of two patients, but said more research is needed to determine if the infection can be transmitted through the fluids. By VINOD SREEHARSHA and SIMON ROMERO February 5, 2016 RIO DE […]