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A Family in Transition

A Family in Transition

Marks left by the tape Tanner used to bind his chest after performing.

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

When Dr. Philip Cheng, a urologist in Boston, applied for disability insurance, he was given only short-term coverage. His broker said it was because Dr. Cheng took Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection.

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma

Gwen and Matt Hurd with their son, Harry, at home in Merrimack, N.H. They pay full price for Obamacare coverage, which has gotten so expensive they have considered forgoing health insurance.

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

At a suicide prevention event at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Wash., last month, participants choose necklaces of different colors representing how suicide had affected their lives.

Brain Surgery in 3-D: Coming Soon to the Operating Theater

Brain Surgery in 3-D: Coming Soon to the Operating Theater

A surgical team led by Dr. David Langer at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan operated on arteries in the brain of Anita Roy of the Bronx. The surgeons used a videomicroscope, a novel device that puts a magnified, high-resolution 3-D image on a screen so that an entire team may see the progress of the operation.

Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine

Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine

Emma Esquivel, a volunteer at the Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, Calif., making mushroom burgers for cancer patients. The nonprofit group is participating in a state-funded study to test whether meals delivered to the chronically ill affect prognosis or the costs of care.

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill

Signs advertising Affordable Care Act enrollment at an insurance company in Miami.

‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years

‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years

Stan Hugo with his wife, Donna, who is a resident at the Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Ithaca, N.Y. Mr. Hugo tracks staffing levels at the skilled nursing facility.

This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.

This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.

Dr. Andrew Herring of Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif., left, gave a dose of buprenorphine, a drug that eases the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, to a homeless man who collected cans to pay for bus fare to get to the hospital.

A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

New research suggests that certain viral infections could accelerate an immune response increasing the accumulation of amyloid, the protein in human brains which forms the plaques of Alzheimer’s.

Book Review: ‘Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants’

Book Review: ‘Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants’

Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants. By Peter D. Kramer. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 336 pages. $26.

Bayer Will Stop Selling the Troubled Essure Birth Control Implants

Bayer Will Stop Selling the Troubled Essure Birth Control Implants

The device has been problematic for years, prompting lawsuits alleging the metal implant caused severe injuries, including perforation of the uterus and the fallopian tubes.

Two Prostate Cancer Drugs Delay Spread of the Disease by Two Years

Two Prostate Cancer Drugs Delay Spread of the Disease by Two Years

Ron Scolamiero of Marshfield, Mass., takes four pills of the prostate cancer drug apalutamide daily. New studies show it is one of two drugs that can stave off pain and the need for chemotherapy.

Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease

Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease

Bentley, a golden retriever, with his owners Tracy and Chris Meyer of Phoenix, Md., had been eating a grain-free diet all his life. Last year he went into heart failure but has since recovered.

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

Did you know that your emergency contact’s data could be mined for medical research?

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

More Americans are living in wooded suburbs near deer, which carry the ticks that spread Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, rabbit fever and Powassan virus.


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