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That Huge Mediterranean Diet Study Was Flawed. But Was It Wrong?

That Huge Mediterranean Diet Study Was Flawed. But Was It Wrong?

An olive farm in Tuscany. Participants in a study of the Mediterranean diet were not always assigned at random to test various diets, the investigators conceded.

Trump’s New Plan to Dismantle Obamacare Comes With Political Risks

Trump’s New Plan to Dismantle Obamacare Comes With Political Risks

The Justice Department has asked a court to throw out major elements of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate and the popular provision that protects those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules

Julie Eldred argued that requiring defendants to be drug-free as a condition for probation was cruel and unusual given her severe addiction. A Massachusetts court disagreed, but declined to rule on whether addiction is a brain disease that affects a person’s ability to comply with the requirement.

Blood Test Might Predict Pregnancy Due Date and Preterm Birth

Blood Test Might Predict Pregnancy Due Date and Preterm Birth

A human fetus at eight weeks. A new blood test could one day help predict pregnancy due dates and help prevent deaths from premature births.

Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

Victoria Toline needed nine months to taper off Zoloft. “I had to drop out of school,” she said. “My life’s been on hold.”

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill

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

Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It

Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It

Edwin Alsina, in the bed, arrived at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago with a racing heart.The staff normally would have administered a drug used to steady an abnormal heart rate, but it wasn't in stock, and when its replacements didn't work, he was admitted overnight.

San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

The vaping industry has come under scrutiny for using candy flavors and colorful packaging to market its products to children.

Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments

Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments

Kate Bowen with her infant, Georgia, in the intensive care unit at Boston Children's Hospital. Doctors tried to revive the baby's heart with an infusion of one billion mitochondria.

Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says

Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says

Pakistani vendors selling fried sweets made with oil containing trans fatty acids. The World Health Organization has announced a plan to eliminate the use of trans fats around the world.

W.H.O. Approves a Safe, Inexpensive Typhoid Vaccine

W.H.O. Approves a Safe, Inexpensive Typhoid Vaccine

A volunteer, Matthew Speight, drinking a solution containing typhoid during a vaccine trial at Oxford University last year. The vaccine, called Typbar TCV, has been approved for global use by the World Health Organization.

After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope

After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope

After undergoing experimental surgery for spina bifida in September while still in the womb, a baby boy was born in Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston on Friday.

Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

A two-year-old dog named Djalibe getting a Guinea worm pulled from her leg by Laures Dossou, second left, of the Carter Center, a philanthropy founded by former President Jimmy Carter. Scientists have worked for decades to eradicate the painful, parasitic worm, and have nearly succeeded — but a spate of infections in dogs worries health officials.

‘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.

A Promising Cancer Treatment Made Patients Worse, Not Better

A Promising Cancer Treatment Made Patients Worse, Not Better

A white blood cell infected with the virus that causes adult T-cell leukemia-lymphoma, a rare blood cancer. An immunotherapy drug, nivolumab, seemed to make patients sicker, not better.

Far More U.S. Children Than Previously Thought May Have Fetal Alcohol Disorders

Far More U.S. Children Than Previously Thought May Have Fetal Alcohol Disorders

A program in Waco, Tex., teaches the effects of alcohol on pregnancy.


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