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Skinny and 119 Pounds, but With the Health Hallmarks of Obesity

Skinny and 119 Pounds, but With the Health Hallmarks of Obesity

Claire Walker Johnson, 55, of Queens, developed Type 2 diabetes and a fatty liver, among other problems related to obesity, despite weighing only 119 pounds. She eventually found she had lipodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder.

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

A colored magnetic resonance imaging scan of a cancerous tumor in the lung, in orange, upper right. A study suggests “that chemotherapy alone is no longer a standard of care,” its lead author said.

Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

A set of human chromosomes. Researchers have developed a tool that surveys alterations in DNA and millions of points in the genome.

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.

C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War

C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War

An air raid drill in a school in Baltimore in 1951. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a session on nuclear attack preparedness that was planned for next week.

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.”

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.

San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

The vaping industry has come under scrutiny for using candy flavors and colorful packaging to market its products to children.

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.

W.H.O. Approves a Safe, Inexpensive Typhoid Vaccine

W.H.O. Approves a Safe, Inexpensive Typhoid Vaccine

A volunteer, Matthew Speight, drinking a solution containing typhoid during a vaccine trial at Oxford University last year. The vaccine, called Typbar TCV, has been approved for global use by the World Health Organization.

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.

The Flu Outbreak Has Peaked but Still Has Weeks to Go

The Flu Outbreak Has Peaked but Still Has Weeks to Go

Dr. Andrew C. Miller attends to Eric Scott in the emergency room of the Lehigh Valley Hospital — Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa. on Jan. 30.

Bayer Will Stop Selling the Troubled Essure Birth Control Implants

Bayer Will Stop Selling the Troubled Essure Birth Control Implants

The device has been problematic for years, prompting lawsuits alleging the metal implant caused severe injuries, including perforation of the uterus and the fallopian tubes.

‘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.

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.

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.


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