Health

Judge Orders UPS to Pay $247 Million for Illegally Shipping Cigarettes

Photo A federal judge found UPS liable for illegally shipping cigarettes in New York State, which cost the state and New York City millions in taxes. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times UPS must pay $247 million in damages and penalties to New York City and New York State for illegally shipping cigarettes, a federal judge ordered Thursday. “A very ...

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An Effect of Climate Change You Could Really Lose Sleep Over

If global emissions are allowed to continue at a high level, the paper found, then additional nights of sleeplessness can be expected beyond what people normally experience. By 2050, for every 100 Americans, an extra six nights of sleeplessness can be expected every month, the researchers calculated. By 2099, that would more than double, to 14 additional nights of tossing ...

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How Much Sugar Is in a Glass of Wine?

Photo Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Q. Some wineries add sugar to dry red wines after fermentation so that they taste “smoother” to the American palate. How can I find out how much sugar is in what I am drinking? A. To find out how much sugar might have been added to a given wine, your best bet may ...

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Surprise for a Mother Who Helped Her Paralyzed Son in Every Class

“We spent a lot of late-night hours together,” she said. While Mr. O’Connor has assistive technology, Ms. O’Connor created his study guides and organized his notes. Continue reading the main story Mr. O’Connor, a quadriplegic, was injured in 2012, when he fell down a flight of stairs while working at the packaging industry firm TricorBraun in Southern California. Before that, ...

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How to Read the C.B.O. Score of the Health Bill Like an Expert

Will it lower the deficit? In practical terms, this is the most important question that the C.B.O. needs to answer for the bill to move forward. Republicans are passing their health overhaul bill through a special budget process in order to avoid a filibuster in the Senate. That process comes with a number of special rules. Continue reading the main ...

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These Baby Mice Were Born From Sperm That Went to Space

Photo Mouse sperm, freeze-dried and in flown space for nine months, was successfully used to fertilize eggs, creating healthy litters of “space pups,” researchers from Japan are reporting. Credit National Academy of Sciences Litters of healthy mice — “space pups” — prove that mouse sperm can be freeze-dried, flown around on the International Space Station for nine months and then ...

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A Vital Drug Runs Low, Though Its Base Ingredient Is in Many Kitchens

The shortage of sodium bicarbonate solution is only the latest example of an inexpensive hospital staple’s supply dwindling to a critical level. In recent years, hundreds of generic injectable drugs have become scarce, vexing hospital administrators and government officials, who have called on the manufacturers to give better notice when they are about to run short. Continue reading the main ...

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Red Meat Increases Risk of Dying From 8 Diseases

Photo The more red meat you eat, the greater your risk of dying from one of eight diseases, according to a new report. Researchers studied more than 536,000 men and women ages 50 to 71, tracking their diet and health for an average of 16 years. They recorded intake of total meat, processed and unprocessed red meat (beef, lamb and ...

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UnitedHealth Overbilled Medicare by Billions, U.S. Says in Suit

He said that reviewing patients’ charts and correcting errors was “an appropriate and expected part of the Medicare Advantage program,” and that questions about such activities “reflect at most a policy disagreement.” How Medicare Payments Work The traditional Medicare program reimburses doctors directly for procedures they perform — but that can promote unnecessary treatments and inflate costs. So Medicare Advantage ...

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How Much Weight Do I Need to Lose to Prevent Diabetes?

Photo Credit Stuart Bradford Q. How can a blood test determine if I have prediabetes? How much weight do I need to lose to bring my numbers down? A. Doctors typically perform one of three blood tests to diagnose prediabetes, a condition marked by blood sugar (glucose) levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to qualify as ...

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