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‘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.

Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder

Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder

Kristin Tremblay helps make dinner at home in Gainesville, Fla. She has a disorder that makes her uncontrollably hungry.

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care

Dr. Navya Mysore was frustrated while working for a large New York health system, so she moved to One Medical, a venture-backed practice, where she gets to spend more time with her patients.

Patients Eagerly Awaited a Generic Drug. Then They Saw the Price.

Patients Eagerly Awaited a Generic Drug. Then They Saw the Price.

A Teva Pharmaceutical drug manufacturing facility in Jerusalem. The company announced earlier this month it would sell a generic version of the drug Syprine at a lower price, but it’s hardly a bargain.

A Family in Transition

A Family in Transition

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

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.

Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients

Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients

Sharon Fawcett, at home in Stamford, Conn., has end-stage liver disease. Like 14,100 other patients in the United States, Ms. Fawcett is waiting for a liver transplant.

Cancer Risk From Cellphone Radiation Is Small, Studies Show

Cancer Risk From Cellphone Radiation Is Small, Studies Show

Two new studies exposed rats and mice to high levels of radio-frequency radiation — the type emitted by your cellphone. But researchers said there was little cancer risk for humans.

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

A colored scanning electron micrograph of a bone marrow stem cell. Scientists have learned that an accumulation of mutated stem cells in bone marrow dramatically increases a person’s risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

Oriana Sousa, 28, who lives in Marinha Grande, Portugal, had a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Traditional treatments failed, but with immunotherapy her tumors shrank so much that there is no evidence of disease.

For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly

For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly

Vicki Staehr, who lives in Orlando, Fla., has enrolled in a clinical trial for an experimental Alzheimer’s treatment intended to slow memory loss.

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.

Fainting in Heat

Fainting in Heat

Earlier this month, a stifling heat wave has descended upon the New York City region for the week. Prolonged exposure to heat can place the body under excessive stress.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Brenda Fitzgerald in October 2014 with Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia.

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.

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.


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