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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.

How Chummy Are Junk Food Giants and China’s Health Officials? They Share Offices

How Chummy Are Junk Food Giants and China’s Health Officials? They Share Offices

Coca-Cola products on a shelf in a Beijing supermarket. While public health campaigns in China promote exercise, they omit the value of cutting calories or reducing intake of processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages.

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.

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

Ronald Sanders, a community health worker with Transitions Clinic Network in San Francisco, checking on a client. Mr. Sanders, who himself was in and out of prison, helps the formerly incarcerated get care for medical, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.

3-D Color X-Rays Could Help Spot Deadly Disease Without Surgery

3-D Color X-Rays Could Help Spot Deadly Disease Without Surgery

A three-dimensional scan of physicist Phil Butler's wrist, including watch, made using a new scanner developed by Dr. Butler and his son, Anthony Butler, a radiologist.

They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

A colored scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. Hemophilia is defined by an inability to form blood clots, leading to uncontrolled bleeds and chronic pain.

In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants

In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants

Children buying snacks and soft drinks at a stand just outside their school in Kota Bharu, Malaysia. Malaysia has become the fattest country in Asia.

Romaine Riddle: Why the E. Coli Outbreak Eludes Food Investigators

Romaine Riddle: Why the E. Coli Outbreak Eludes Food Investigators

The source of an E. coli outbreak in romaine is eluding investigators, who are examining fields, water, harvesting equipment and processing sites.

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.

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes

Medicare downgraded its rating of many nursing homes for failing to be staffed every day with a registered nurse.

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.

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

The headquarters of Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Conn. Federal prosecutors said the company knew of “significant” abuse of OxyContin soon after it came on the market, but hid that information.

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.

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.

As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

Jennafer Norris, at home with her three children, had life-threatening pre-eclampsia in all her pregnancies. She asked for a tubal ligation after an emergency cesarean section to deliver her third child, but the doctor said she couldn’t perform the procedure because the hospital was Catholic.


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