Tag: Medicine and Health

It’s Your Baby’s First Shot. Take It.

Accounts of healthy babies developing serious, even fatal bleeding in the days and weeks following birth can be found going back centuries. Hemorrhagic disease of the newborn was a widely recognized but poorly understood phenomenon until the mid-20th century, when doctors demonstrated that such bleeding — now termed vitamin K deficiency bleeding — could be […]

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She Didn’t Want a Pelvic Exam. She Received One Anyway.

Janine, a nurse in Arizona, checked into the hospital for stomach surgery in 2017. Before the procedure, she told her physician that she did not want medical students to be directly involved. But after the operation, Janine said, as the anesthesia wore off, a resident came by to inform her that she had gotten her […]

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They Wanted Research Funding, So They Entered the Lottery

A few years ago, Anna Ponnampalam did something out-of-the-box. She entered a lottery. But she wasn’t buying scratch-off tickets promising cash for life. She was trying to win funding for her medical research. Her application wasn’t successful. All proposals go through an initial quality and eligibility check, which hers did not pass; those that get […]

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Coronavirus Cases Seemed to Be Leveling Off. Not Anymore.

The news seemed to be positive: The number of new coronavirus cases reported in China over the past week suggested that the outbreak might be slowing — that containment efforts were working. Stocks ticked upward in the United States, as some analysts declared it safe again to invest in companies that depend on China. But […]

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Calculating Air Pollution’s Death Toll, Across State Lines

Here’s further proof that air pollution ignores borders: In most states, about half of the premature deaths caused by poor air quality are linked to pollutants that blow in from other states, a new study found. The study= investigated the sources and effects of two major pollutants that harm humans, ozone and fine airborne particles, […]

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The Urgent Questions Scientists Are Asking About Coronavirus

GENEVA — Around the world and around the clock, scientists are trying to figure out what must be done to end the global health emergency unleashed by the new coronavirus. As the outbreak accelerates and spreads, dozens of countries have deployed increasingly stringent measures to try and contain the epidemic. Almost as quickly, in a […]

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U.K. Declares Coronavirus ‘Imminent Threat’ as Europe Scrambles to Combat Epidemic

LONDON — Britain’s health department declared the new coronavirus an “imminent threat” to public health and announced a series of measures to combat the spread of the virus, a sign of the seriousness with which local health authorities are treating the fears of the epidemic. Four more people linked to a cluster of transmissions at […]

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Lessons That Go Beyond the Coronavirus Outbreak

News of coronavirus infections is causing many people to panic. It’s unclear how widespread or deadly this illness is going to be, but for once, instead of telling you not to worry, I’m going to suggest riding that wave. Channel that fear into useful action — and find the lessons that go beyond this outbreak. […]

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W.H.O. Fights a Pandemic Besides Coronavirus: an ‘Infodemic’

SAN FRANCISCO — With the threat of the coronavirus growing, Aleksandra Kuzmanovic sat at her computer in Geneva on Monday and sent out an important public health email. She works for the World Health Organization and her aim was to assess and stop a global spread — not of the dangerous virus but of hazardous […]

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In Coronavirus, China Weighs Benefits of Buffalo Horn and Other Remedies

As it races to treat patients infected with the new coronavirus, the Chinese government is seeing potential in a cocktail of antiviral drugs. It is also recommending the Peaceful Palace Bovine Pill, a traditional Chinese medicine made with the gallstone of cattle, buffalo horn, jasmine and pearl. There is no known cure for the coronavirus […]

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Inside the Race to Contain America’s First Coronavirus Case

EVERETT, Wash. — It started with a stubborn cough. A visit to an urgent care facility. A test being sent off to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And then a 35-year-old resident of Snohomish County, Wash., being named the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in the United States. Hollianne Bruce, the lone […]

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Doctors on TikTok Try to Go Viral

For decades, sex education in the classroom could be pretty cringey. For some adolescents, it meant a pitch for abstinence; others watched their teachers put condoms on bananas and attempt sketches of fallopian tubes that looked more like modern art. On TikTok, sex ed is being flipped on its head. Teenagers who load the app […]

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How Chaos at Chain Pharmacies Is Putting Patients at Risk

For Alyssa Watrous, the medication mix-up meant a pounding headache, nausea and dizziness. In September, Ms. Watrous, a 17-year-old from Connecticut, was about to take another asthma pill when she realized CVS had mistakenly given her blood pressure medication intended for someone else. Edward Walker, 38, landed in an emergency room, his eyes swollen and […]

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As Coronavirus Explodes in China, Countries Struggle to Control Its Spread

Australians flown home from Wuhan, China, will be quarantined on an island for two weeks. Americans, also evacuated from Wuhan, will be “temporarily housed” on an air base in California. And in South Korea, the police have been empowered to detain people who refuse to be quarantined. For countries outside China, the time to prevent […]

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Mask Hoarders Are Raising Risk of a Coronavirus Outbreak in the U.S.

Even though there are only five cases of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States, the mask hoarding has begun. Some pharmacies report being entirely sold out of masks. Some popular sellers on Amazon say deliveries will be delayed for weeks. Although masks actually do little to protect healthy people, the prospect of shortages created by […]

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Virus Crisis Exposes Cracks in China’s Facade of Unity

From the outside, China’s Communist Party appears powerful and effective. It has tightened its control over Chinese politics, culture, the economy and everyday life, projecting the image of a gradually unifying society. The coronavirus outbreak has blown up that facade. Staffers at the prestigious Union Hospital in Wuhan, the city at the center of the […]

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Do Quarantines Even Work?

It’s the largest quarantine in human history, but will it stop the disease? In response to the new and still poorly understood coronavirus that recently emerged in Wuhan, central China, the Chinese government has placed the city and a dozen others in lockdown — in effect quarantining an estimated 56 million people. The cities have […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll Reaches 56, as Shanghai Is Hit

Here’s what you need to know: Death toll rises to 56; one fatality in Shanghai. China on Sunday morning announced 15 more deaths from the new coronavirus, including one in Shanghai, the first reported so far in the metropolis. Thirteen more deaths were also announced in Hubei Province, where the outbreak began, and one was […]

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