Health

Activity Trackers Don’t Always Work the Way We Want Them To

Photo Credit Illustration by Ping Zhu Comparatively speaking, young people in the United States and England do not move much. Studies indicate that most children reach their activity peak at about age 7 and become more sedentary throughout adolescence. Many parents probably hope that shiny new technologies, such as Fitbits and other physical-activity monitors, might inspire our children to become ...

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Skin Cancers Rise — Along With Questionable Treatments

Dermatology — a specialty built not on flashy, leading edge medicine but on thousands of small, often banal procedures — has become increasingly lucrative in recent years. The annual dermatology services market in the United States, excluding cosmetic procedures, is nearly $11 billion and growing, according to IBISWorld, a market research firm. The business potential has attracted private equity firms, ...

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‘The New Washington’: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Photo Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York. Credit Laura McDermott for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, who holds Hillary Clinton’s former seat, is leading the charge against sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, building on her work on the same issues in the military and college campuses. Often considered a White House ...

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The Chemical Reaction That Cleans Everything

Photo Credit Victoria Roberts Q. What exactly does bleach do? If I soak a cracked dish, the stains seem to be gone — but are they really? A. The active ingredient of bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which is made up of three common elements, sodium, oxygen and chlorine, said May Nyman, professor of chemistry at Oregon State University. The rest ...

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What Is Parkinsonism? – The New York Times

Photo Q. What is Parkinsonism? A. Parkinsonism refers to a group of movement abnormalities — such as stiffness, slowness, shuffling of the feet and often tremor — that are classic features of Parkinson’s disease but that can also be caused by medications and other disorders with overlapping symptoms, said Dr. Michael S. Okun, a neurologist and the national medical director ...

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What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care

We know that where you live matters: There are huge disparities in health and costs across the country. The uninsured rate in Texas is six times higher than in Massachusetts. You’re four times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital in Maryland or New Jersey than in Hawaii. One-third of low-income adults in Texas forgo medical care because of ...

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The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us

The full genetic sequences of Ms. Michelson, Mr. Harris and Ms. Morano are among some three dozen genomes of North American, Caribbean and European supercentenarians being made available this week by a nonprofit called Betterhumans to any researcher who wants to dive in. A few additional genomes come from people who died at 107, 108 or 109. If unusual patterns ...

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Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop

Photo Soda pop at a store in New Jersey. Sugary drink consumption has declined in the United States, according to a new study. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times Sugar-sweetened drinks are not as popular as they once were. According to a new study based on a continuing national health survey, 60.7 percent of children and 50 percent ...

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Trillions of Flies Can’t All Be Bad

Her life among flies involves both museum work and field research. For her, this is a dream job. She recalled the first time she went behind the scenes at the museum, as a student, before she actually worked there. “I’d been let into a building that had 34 million insects. I said, ‘Oh hello, I quite like you.’” Continue reading ...

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Maimed but Unbowed, He Understands What Lies Ahead for Gordon Hayward

In the gruesome tradition of quarterback Joe Theismann, whose football career ended when a sack snapped his right leg on “Monday Night Football” in 1985, Sosa has accepted his place as a 21st-century emblem of horrifying leg injuries. Before Kevin Ware (2013), before Paul George (2014) and before Hayward (2017), there was Sosa. “Anytime something like this happens,” he said, ...

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