Tag: Medicine and Health

For ‘Diagnosis’ Show, Dr. Lisa Sanders Lets Times Readers Around the World Join in the Detective Work

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. When Dr. Lisa Sanders saw an early version of the forthcoming Netflix documentary series about her efforts to help diagnose the mysterious ailments of eight patients, she delivered what she now readily admits was “badly […]

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Atlanta Hotel, Source of Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Reopens

The source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Atlanta that left one woman dead and sickened dozens of other people was a downtown hotel they had visited, Georgia public health officials confirmed this week. Bacteria was discovered in a cooling tower and a decorative fountain in the atrium of the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Nancy Nydam, […]

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Drinking Bleach Won’t Cure Cancer or Anything Else, F.D.A. Says

The Food and Drug Administration was dragged into the online world of medical misinformation this week, telling consumers not to drink bleach solutions that are being marketed as cures for autism, cancer, H.I.V./AIDS and other medical conditions. It was the latest example of how health authorities must sometimes pit science against the viral power of […]

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A Mexican Hospital, an American Surgeon, and a $5,000 Check (Yes, a Check)

CANCUN, Mexico — Donna Ferguson awoke in the resort city of Cancun before sunrise on a sweltering Saturday in July. She wasn’t headed to the beach. Instead, she walked down a short hallway from her Sheraton hotel and into Galenia Hospital. A little later that morning, a surgeon, Dr. Thomas Parisi, who had flown in […]

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Woman Dies After Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak in Atlanta

One of a dozen people who contracted Legionnaires’ disease after staying at or visiting a hotel in Atlanta, Ga., has died, officials said this week. The woman, Cameo Garrett, died on July 9 from coronary artery disease, a condition that worsened after she contracted Legionnaires’ disease, Patrick L. Bailey, the director of the DeKalb County […]

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Vas Narasimhan of Novartis: ‘We Are Not at All Prepared for a Pandemic’

Vas Narasimhan was drawn to work in public health. He pursued degrees in medicine, worked to combat disease in India and Africa and studied with Paul Farmer, the renowned physician. But after a brief stint at the World Health Organization, he became disillusioned with public-sector bureaucracy. “I found there to be a dearth of real […]

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At a Clinic Threatened by Trump’s Rules, She Asks, ‘Why Attack Women?’

VIENNA, W.Va. — You might think that since President Trump opposes abortion, he’d want to help young women get birth control to avoid unwanted pregnancy. You might think that someone who claims to be “pro-life” would want to help young men and women get cancer screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. But new Trump […]

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The Fight Over Planned Parenthood’s Future

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Dr. Leana Wen, the first physician to lead Planned Parenthood in decades, was ousted after just eight months on the job. Her departure highlights a central tension over the direction of the group: Is it a […]

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Intensive Anti-H.I.V. Efforts Meet With Mixed Success in Africa

Imagine that 90 percent of all people living with H.I.V. were diagnosed and treated with drugs. Would that be sufficient to end the AIDS epidemic? Scientists tried to answer the question in three enormous studies published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Instead of simply urging people to get testing and treatment […]

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Ebola Outbreak in Congo Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

The year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in a formal declaration that many public health experts called long overdue. Emergency declarations are issued sparingly, reserved for outbreaks that pose a serious threat to public health and could spread […]

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Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Is Declared a Global Health Emergency

The year-old Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now considered a global health emergency, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, in a formal declaration that many public health experts called long overdue. Emergency declarations are issued sparingly, reserved for outbreaks that pose a serious threat to public health and could spread […]

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The Zika Virus Is Still a Threat. Here’s What Experts Know.

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Remember Zika? With measles and Ebola grabbing headlines, it is easy to forget the health panic of 2016, when Zika was linked to severe birth defects in thousands of Brazilian newborns whose mothers were infected while pregnant, striking fear across the country and much of the Americas. As health officials struggled […]

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10 Medical Myths We Should Stop Believing. Doctors, Too.

You might assume that standard medical advice was supported by mounds of scientific research. But researchers recently discovered that nearly 400 routine practices were flatly contradicted by studies published in leading journals. Of more than 3,000 studies published from 2003 through 2017 in JAMA and the Lancet, and from 2011 through 2017 in the New […]

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‘Guilty’ Pleasures? No Such Thing

We know them when we see them: The TV shows and movies we love, even though we just know they’re bad. The trashy books we simply can’t put down. The awful earworms we hate to love. Yes, these are our guilty pleasures — what some people consider the junk food in our media diets. But […]

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Scabies Means Misery. This Pill Can End It.

Scabies can be controlled with a pill or two, and the protective effect lasts for years, scientists reported on Wednesday. At present, the standard remedy is a skin cream with an insecticide that does not provide long-term protection. In poor countries, pills can be distributed throughout a village, ridding whole communities of the parasite. While […]

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Vaccine Injury Claims Are Few and Far Between

At a time when the failure to immunize children is driving the biggest measles outbreak in decades, a little-known database offers one way to gauge the safety of vaccines. Over roughly the past dozen years in the United States, people have received about 126 million doses of vaccines against measles, a disease that once infected […]

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Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance

As measles spread across the nation earlier this year, 71 residents of Vancouver, Wash., fell ill, most of them unvaccinated children. So state Rep. Paul Harris, a Republican representing the district, sponsored a measure to limit exemptions from immunization. Activists protesting the bill converged on his legislative office; the resulting chaos led security officers to […]

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New York Is Poised to Bar Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — Lawmakers in New York, the epicenter of the nation’s measles outbreak, moved on Thursday to end religious and other nonmedical exemptions for immunizations, overcoming vocal opposition from vaccine skeptics and advocates for religious freedom. The Legislature’s approval […]

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal: The Story of My Abortion

I call my child a miracle. Born unexpectedly in India at 26.5 weeks, shortly before I was due to come back to the United States, and weighing only 1 pound 14 ounces, Janak survived against all odds. Their early months were spent in Mumbai, in a neonatal intensive care unit that had only just opened. […]

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