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An Invasive New Tick Is Spreading in the U.S.

An Invasive New Tick Is Spreading in the U.S.

The Asian long-horned tick was first identified in New Jersey last November. The species now has been reported in the suburbs of New York City and as far west as Arkansas.

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Dr. Thomas Pollard, a cardiothoracic surgeon in Knoxville, Tenn., and his team working to replace heart valves that had been damaged from endocarditis, an infection the patient developed from injecting drugs.

‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis

‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis

A military veteran who received a penis transplant also undergoes physical therapy to regain his strength.

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.

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

Shiva Lal Rana, left, getting a checkup at the Geta Eye Hospital in Nepal. More than a decade ago, he received an operation and antibiotics to treat a trachoma infection, a leading cause of blindness in poor countries.

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.”

Immunotherapy Drugs Slow Skin Cancer That Has Spread to the Brain

Immunotherapy Drugs Slow Skin Cancer That Has Spread to the Brain

An MRI showing the brain tumor, in dark red, lower center, of a melanoma patient whose cancer had spread. Melanoma is more likely than most cancers to invade the brain.

Lower Drug Prices: New Proposals Carry Lots of Promises

Lower Drug Prices: New Proposals Carry Lots of Promises

Antoinette Lopez, who has rheumatoid arthritis, complained about paying more and more for drugs to treat her illness.

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

A colored electron micrograph showing colon tissue with cancer in yellow, blood cells in red, mucus in blue and bacteria in light green. A study links colon cancer with two types of bacteria, which may fuel the growth of tumors.

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

When Dr. Philip Cheng, a urologist in Boston, applied for disability insurance, he was given only short-term coverage. His broker said it was because Dr. Cheng took Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection.

How Suicide Quietly Morphed Into a Public Health Crisis

How Suicide Quietly Morphed Into a Public Health Crisis

A candlelight vigil by family members of a young man who killed himself in Salem, Ore. Medications and psychiatric treatment are more widely available than ever, yet suicides in the United States are on the rise.

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight

Danny Cahill, playing the bass during a church service near Tulsa, Okla., won Season 8 of the NBC show “The Biggest Loser” by dropping 239 pounds. He has regained more than 100.

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.

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.

F.D.A. Moves to Stop Rogue Clinics From Using Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies

F.D.A. Moves to Stop Rogue Clinics From Using Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies

Dr. Mark Berman, of the Cell Surgical Network, in 2014 at his practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Berman is a founder of the California Stem Cell Treatment Centers, where patients received an unapproved stem cell treatment made with the help of a smallpox vaccine and other ingredients.

‘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?


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