Health

How a Healthy Economy Can Shorten Life Spans

It’s a different story with agricultural economies. The Cutler, Huang and Lleras-Muney study, published as a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, found that mortality rates fall when such economies are growing. Before 1945, when agriculture was more dominant in the U.S. economy, growth was not associated with rising mortality either. Photo An oil refinery plant in Pasadena, Tex. ...

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A Gun to His Head as a Child. In Prison as an Adult.

“Childhood trauma is a huge factor within the criminal justice system,” said Christopher Wildeman, a sociologist at Cornell University and co-director of the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect. “It is among the most important things that shapes addictive and criminal behavior in adulthood.” Mr. Sullivan was one of 10 newly released prisoners in Connecticut whom the PBS ...

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We Work. We Live. We Work Out. Eventually We Die.

The goal of “We,” as executives refer to the company, is to overtake any conceivable venue for entrepreneurial-minded up-and-comers who are drawn to a clubby sense of community and the turnkey ease (if impersonal feel) of communal spaces. Photo Welcome to the all-gender hot tub and sauna. Credit Emily Andrews for The New York Times “We” wants to go from ...

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In Early Results, Shorter Treatment for Tuberculosis Proves Effective

Photo Tuberculosis patients in Khayelitsha, South Africa, waited to see doctors. A study of patients in four countries, including South Africa, showed that a shorter treatment region could be effective against drug-resistant tuberculosis. Credit Alexander Joe/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Taking the right antibiotics for just nine months may be as effective against drug-resistant tuberculosis as taking them for two ...

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Foiled in Congress, Trump Signs Order to Undermine Obamacare

Mr. Trump directed three cabinet agencies to develop rules that would expand access to less expensive, less comprehensive insurance, including policies that could be sold by trade associations to their members and short-term medical coverage that could be offered by commercial insurers to individuals and families. Many of the new insurance products could be exempt from requirements of the Affordable ...

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‘Brilliant,’ 41 and Lost to AIDS: The Theater World Asks Why

Mr. Friedman’s death from complications of H.I.V./AIDS has rattled the theater world, both because he was seen as among the brightest lights of his generation and because it shocked those who had come to see H.I.V. infection as a chronic but manageable condition, at least for those with health care. “It feels like a brutal reminder of another time,” said ...

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Doubtful Science Behind Arguments to Restrict Birth Control Access

The ending date of 2002, even though we have much more current data, is also strange. If we looked more recently, we’d see very different results. In 2011, the unintended pregnancy rate hit a 30-year low. And the teenage pregnancy rate and teenage birthrate right now are at record lows in the United States. This is largely explained by the ...

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Can the U.S. Repair Its Health Care While Keeping Its Innovation Edge?

Perhaps most important, this country offers a large market in which patients, organizations and government spend a lot on health and companies are able to profit greatly from health care innovation. The United States health care market, through which over one-sixth of the economy flows, offers investors substantial opportunities. Rational investors will invest in an area if it is more ...

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Trump Administration Rolls Back Birth Control Mandate

The contraceptive coverage mandate, issued by the Obama administration under the Affordable Care Act, removed cost as a barrier to birth control, a longtime goal of advocates for women’s rights. But the mandate ensnarled the federal government in more than five years of litigation, which overshadowed many other aspects of the health care law. The rules issued on Friday prompted ...

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As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan

Slow Progress Even with cheaper drugs, progress against cancer in Africa will be slower than it was against AIDS, all parties to the deal warned. Continue reading the main story AIDS is caused by a single pathogen that can be suppressed, albeit not cured, with a daily three-drug pill. Cancer — out-of-control multiplication of the body’s own cells — comprises ...

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