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Ebola Erupts Again in Africa, Only Now There’s a Vaccine

Ebola Erupts Again in Africa, Only Now There’s a Vaccine

An Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, Democratic Republic of Congo, last year. The country’s ninth outbreak is believed to have begun in early April but was confirmed as Ebola only on Tuesday.

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

Modern antidepressants, beginning with Prozac in 1987, have shaped how the public understands mental health itself.

When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company

When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company

Humana’s decision to purchase two hospice outfits puts it squarely in the middle of the debate over whether for-profit companies can deliver quality hospice care.

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.

The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.

The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.

Bernadine Lewandowski, left, makes spaghetti sauce with her daughter, Dona Jones. Ms. Lewandowski lived independently until recent hospitalizations.

Readers Respond: ‘The Biggest Loser’

Readers Respond: ‘The Biggest Loser’

Sean Algaier, a pastor from Charlotte, N.C., was a contestant on “The Biggest Loser.” He went from 444 pounds to 289 but now his weight is up to 450 again, and he is burning 458 fewer calories a day than would be expected for a man his size.

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.

A Drug Costs $272,000 a Year. Not So Fast, Says New York State.

A Drug Costs $272,000 a Year. Not So Fast, Says New York State.

Lora Moser, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 2, said she had to stop taking a drug for the disease, Orkambi, because she could not afford the first month’s payment of more than $3,000 required by her insurer.

In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria

In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria

A malaria specialist in Las Claritas, Venezuela, analyzing blood samples of patients who showed symptoms of infection. While Paraguay has recently eliminated the disease, other countries in the Americas, particularly Venezuela, are seeing increases.

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.

To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, on Friday, announcing new work requirements for many of the state’s Medicaid recipients.

Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies

Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies

Soo-Kyung Lee had been studying the FOXG1 gene for years. Her research took on new meaning when she learned that her daughter, Yuna, had a rare defect on that gene.

‘Desperation Oncology’: When Patients Are Dying, Some Cancer Doctors Turn to Immunotherapy

‘Desperation Oncology’: When Patients Are Dying, Some Cancer Doctors Turn to Immunotherapy

Dr. Oliver Sartor in his office at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. He and other cancer experts offer dying patients the chance to try experimental immunotherapy drugs.

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.

Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

Generic drugs at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Intermountain Healthcare is spearheading an effort by a group of hospitals to create a nonprofit generic drug company.

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.


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