Health

Yes, Aaron Hernandez Suffered Brain Injury. But That May Not Explain His Violence.

The science itself — like most attempts to link brain biology to behavior — is murkier. In recent decades, researchers have made extraordinary strides in understanding the workings of brain cells, neural circuits and anatomy. Photo Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez during his arraignment in Boston in 2014. While the damage to the brain of Mr. Hernandez ...

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How a Gang of Droogs Get Fit (Ultrafit) Off Broadway

The sets and costumes are minimal to keep the audience’s focus on the script’s challenging language — “Nadsat” is the slang Burgess developed for characters in the novel — and the casual ruthlessness of its characters: Alex, Dim, Pete, Georgie and more. Continue reading the main story Mr. Davies has deftly inhabited the Alex character for three years. When he ...

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42 Minutes, £2,600 Lost: The U.K.’s Growing Gambling Problem

But bookmakers, backed by other researchers, counter that there is no clear evidence that the machine is any more addictive than other kinds of gambling — like the online casino, a product that is restricted in the United States but legal in Britain. They warn that banning the machines, which are found only in British betting shops and provide more ...

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Can You Prevent Picking Up Germs on the Subway?

Photo Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Q. I take mass transit every day. Would wearing a glove (or holding something) to create a barrier between me and the stainless steel I grab onto every day be effective at reducing the potential for picking up germs? A. Yes, using some kind of barrier to avoid getting germs on ...

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Michael Phelps: A Golden Shoulder to Lean On

Such exchanges are the reason Hackett traveled 8,000 miles from Australia to Arizona last month to stay with Phelps and his wife, Nicole. It wasn’t his first visit. He has used their home as something of a halfway house, joking that he spends so much time with them that he is getting mail there. His life in Australia, where distance ...

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A Stress Link to Lupus

Photo Psychological trauma is associated with an increased risk for lupus, a new study reports. Lupus is a potentially fatal autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the skin, joints and internal organs. Its cause is unknown. Researchers studied 54,763 civilian women enrolled in a larger health study. They used questionnaires to determine exposure to trauma, including serious car accidents and ...

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In Mexico, Weavers Embrace Natural Alternatives to Toxic Dyes

Thoroughly Americanized by that time, “it was a huge culture shock,” he recalled. Leaning on the family loom while his father worked, he listened to stories about what life had been like in the village and how it had changed. Eventually he rediscovered a passion for weaving. And he realized that, just as he had forgotten the richness of his ...

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Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

ProPublica and The New York Times analyzed Medicare prescription drug plans covering 35.7 million people in the second quarter of this year. Only one-third of the people covered, for example, had any access to Butrans, a painkilling skin patch that contains a less-risky opioid, buprenorphine. And every drug plan that covered lidocaine patches, which are not addictive but cost more ...

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New Product Is First to Claim It May Reduce Peanut Allergies

That system can be followed by “maintenance” packets that continue with 2 grams of peanut powder, to be used until a toddler can eat peanut butter or is old enough to chew and swallow peanuts without choking. Studies indicate that regular consumption of peanuts is necessary to maintain the food tolerance. Dr. David Erstein, an allergist who founded the company ...

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Gut Bacteria May Be Key to Weight Loss

Photo Whether a diet works might depend on which bacteria are in your gut. Using feces samples, Danish researchers analyzed the ratio of two gut bacteria, Prevotella and Bacteroides, in 62 overweight people. For 26 weeks, they randomly assigned them to a low-fat diet high in fiber, fruits, vegetables and whole grains or a diet comparable to that of the ...

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