Tag: Medicine and Health

Nearly a Third of Teens Use One or More Tobacco Products

Nearly one in three high school students has reported using a tobacco product recently, according to a new federal survey released on Thursday, evidence that concerns over nicotine addiction among teenagers are not limited to e-cigarettes. For the sixth year in a row, e-cigarettes dominated the students’ choice. Public health officials were concerned that despite […]

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Australia Revokes Medical Evacuations for Offshore Detainees

SYDNEY, Australia — Ten months after it was enacted, the Australian Parliament on Wednesday repealed a law that had allowed refugees and asylum seekers being held offshore to seek emergency medical care in Australia, a move that human rights advocates denounced as cruel and shameful. The vote was the latest example of the Australian government’s […]

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Why So Many Hospitals Are Suing Their Patients

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher For decades, hospitals could assume that patients with jobs and health insurance would pay their medical bills. That’s no longer the case. We speak to one woman about her skyrocketing medical costs — and the aggressive […]

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If ‘Pain Is an Opinion,’ There Are Ways to Change Your Mind

Some days I’m grumpy; other times, my head hurts or my feet or my arms do. Yet when I play the trumpet, my mood improves and the pain disappears. Why? Alternative medicine — including music therapy — is full of pain-relief claims. Although some are simply too good to be true, the oddities of pain […]

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Dr. Janette Sherman, 89, Early Force in Environmental Science, Dies

When Dr. Janette Sherman was practicing internal medicine in suburban Detroit in the 1970s, she noticed that several of her patients were reporting similar symptoms, and that they all worked in automobile factories. She soon realized that they were all being exposed to the same hazardous chemicals, including arsenic. She shared her findings with the […]

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He Had a Temporary Blast of Amnesia. What Was Going On?

“Where am I?” the 68-year-old man asked. His daughter explained again: He was at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. He had been found on the ground in the parking lot of the grocery store near his apartment. The man nodded, as if taking it all in, but minutes later asked again: Where am I? He […]

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Trump Warns a Flavor Ban Would Spawn Counterfeit Vaping Products

WASHINGTON — Two months after announcing that he planned to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, President Trump on Friday once again raised concerns about such restrictions during a lively, televised White House meeting that brought together top executives from the health community and the tobacco and vaping industries. “If you don’t give it […]

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She Had Two Heart Attacks, but Normal Arteries. What Was Going On?

The 56-year-old interior designer was at her desk, on the phone, when the now-unmistakable burning ignited her chest. Since her heart attack the year before, the pain, which her cardiologist called angina, would hit her at the strangest times. Just sitting or even sleeping, she’d get this sensation like terrible heartburn. She quickly got off […]

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Apple’s Reach Reshapes Medical Research

In 1976, the Harvard School of Public Health and two other major medical institutions started a study on nurses that has become one of the largest and longest research efforts ever conducted on women’s health. They have so far enrolled more than 275,000 participants. On Thursday, the Harvard school announced an even more ambitious women’s […]

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Climate Change Poses Threats to Children’s Health Worldwide

The health effects of climate change will be unevenly distributed and children will be among those especially harmed, according to a new report from the medical journal The Lancet. The report compared human health consequences under two scenarios: one in which the world meets the commitments laid out in the Paris Agreement and reins in […]

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New York Identifies Hospitals and Nursing Homes With Deadly Fungus

New York on Wednesday became the first state to release the names of the medical facilities that have treated patients with Candida auris, a deadly drug-resistant fungus, that has been spreading under a cloak of secrecy. Sixty-four hospitals, 103 long-term care nursing homes, a long-term care hospital and three hospice units in New York have […]

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Banning E-Cigarettes Could Do More Harm Than Good

The nation is facing two distinct vaping-related health crises: surging e-cigarette use among teenagers and a lung-injury outbreak that has sickened more than 2,000 people and killed at least 40. Both have exposed yawning gaps in the nation’s public health apparatus. But instead of closing those gaps, policymakers have turned to a much more straightforward […]

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Google to Store and Analyze Millions of Health Records

In a sign of Google’s major ambitions in the health care industry, the search giant is working with the country’s second-largest hospital system to store and analyze the data of millions of patients in an effort to improve medical services, the two organizations announced on Monday. The partnership between Google and the medical system, Ascension, […]

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Our Hospital’s New Software Frets About My ‘Deficiencies’

We had been waiting for this day for years — the day our hospital in San Francisco would shed its antiquated electronic health records system in favor of a more modern alternative called Epic, which has been, or will soon be, adopted by many of the nation’s top medical centers. Our hospital was full of […]

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Period-Tracking Apps Say You May Have a Disorder. What if They’re Wrong?

Flo and Clue, two popular period-tracking apps, recently introduced health tools that evaluate a woman’s risk for the hormonal imbalance known as polycystic ovary syndrome. In September alone, more than 636,000 women completed the Flo health assessments, said the app’s developer, Flo Health. The app then recommended that 240,000 of those women, or about 38 […]

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He Was Unbearably Itchy, but the Problem Wasn’t in His Skin

“I feel like my body has been taken over by aliens!” the thin 82-year-old man exclaimed. Dr. Melissa Iammatteo, the chief of allergy and immunology at Westmed Medical Group in Purchase, N.Y., nodded sympathetically. This was her first appointment with the older man, who had come to discuss the itchy rash that had made his […]

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Scientists Designed a Drug for Just One Patient. Her Name Is Mila.

A new drug, created to treat just one patient, has pushed the bounds of personalized medicine and has raised unexplored regulatory and ethical questions, scientists reported on Wednesday. The drug, described in the New England Journal of Medicine, is believed to be the first “custom” treatment for a genetic disease. It is called milasen, named […]

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Scientist Who Discredited Meat Guidelines Didn’t Report Past Food Industry Ties

A surprising new study challenged decades of nutrition advice and gave consumers the green light to eat more red and processed meat. But what the study didn’t say is that its lead author has past research ties to the meat and food industry. The new report, published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, […]

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New York Says End of AIDS Epidemic Is Near

ALBANY — There was a time when the diagnosis of H.I.V. was a death sentence, when thousands of New Yorkers, primarily gay men, succumbed to AIDS-related illnesses, and the end of the epidemic seemed both medically and mentally impossible. On Wednesday, however, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared that New York is on track to meet […]

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The Real Problem With Beef

ImageBurgers aren’t the biggest issue when it comes to beef and climate change. Steak is. CreditRikki Snyder for The New York Times The potentially unhealthful effects of eating red meat are so small that they may be of little clinical significance for many people. This finding, just released in multiple articles in the Annals of Internal […]

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