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High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer

High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer

A color-enhanced scanning electron microscope image of prostate cancer cells. A new study suggests that dietary fat may feed prostate tumors and help them spread.

Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism

Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism

Smallpox was eliminated in 1980, but experts have feared the virus, above, may return via laboratory accident or terrorist attack.

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.

Kentucky Rushes to Remake Medicaid as Other States Prepare to Follow

Kentucky Rushes to Remake Medicaid as Other States Prepare to Follow

Mark Lee Coleman, right, getting blood work done at the Family Health Centers in Louisville. Mr. Coleman is a diabetic on Medicaid, whose condition can threaten his ability to work.

Vaginal ‘Rejuvenation’ Treatments May Be Unsafe, the F.D.A. Says

Vaginal ‘Rejuvenation’ Treatments May Be Unsafe, the F.D.A. Says

The seven companies targeted by the F.D.A. for promoting dangerous uses of laser treatments for women included Inmode, Sciton, Alma Lasers, Thermigen, BTL Aesthetics, BTL Industries and Cynosure, which makes the MonaLisa Touch.

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.

‘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?

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.

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.

Hospital Giants Vie for Patients in Effort to Fend Off New Rivals

Hospital Giants Vie for Patients in Effort to Fend Off New Rivals

The headquarters in Englewood, Colo., of Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit hospital system that plans to merge with Dignity Health in San Francisco.

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.

He Called Older Employees ‘Dead Wood.’ Two Sued for Age Discrimination.

He Called Older Employees ‘Dead Wood.’ Two Sued for Age Discrimination.

Julianne Taaffe, left, and Kathryn Moon filed an age discrimination complaint against Ohio State University, which has agreed to alter its policies.

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.

Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible

Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible

An X-ray of the lung of a suspected tuberculosis patient in Vietnam. Researchers say urine testing for tuberculosis, which kills 1.7 million people a year, may soon be possible.

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.

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.


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