Health

Surge in Cases of H.I.V. Tests U.S. Policy on Needle Exchanges

Photo Discarded needles at an exchange in Austin, Ind. Credit Aaron P. Bernstein for The New York Times WASHINGTON — In 1988, arch-conservative Senator Jesse Helms successfully pushed Congress to prohibit federal dollars from being used to distribute sterile syringes to intravenous drug users, equating an effort meant to slow the spread of AIDS and other diseases to federal endorsement ...

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Elisabeth Bing, ‘Mother of Lamaze,’ Dies at 100

Photo Elisabeth Bing in her Manhattan apartment. Credit Librado Romero/The New York Times Elisabeth Bing, who helped lead a natural childbirth movement that revolutionized how babies were born in the United States, died on Friday. She was 100 years old and lived in Manhattan. Her death was confirmed by her son, Peter Bing, an associate professor of classics at Emory ...

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Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness

Photo Todd D. Peterson, a law professor at George Washington University, works to help students avoid unsatisfying careers.Credit Vanessa Vick for The New York Times Of the many rewards associated with becoming a lawyer — wealth, status, stimulating work — day-to-day happiness has never been high on the list. Perhaps, a new study suggests, that is because lawyers and law ...

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Defying U.S., Colombia Halts Aerial Spraying of Crops Used to Make Cocaine

Photo Two planes fumigated fields of coca, the basis for cocaine, in Colombia in 2006. Some fear the chemical causes cancer. Credit Fernando Vergara/Associated Press BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The government of Colombia on Thursday night rejected a major tool in the American-backed antidrug campaign — ordering a halt to the aerial spraying of the country’s vast illegal plantings of coca, the crop ...

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Are You a Risk Taker? Take the Quiz

Photo Credit iStock Are you a bit of a daredevil when it comes to taking risks? Or more conservative? In this week’s Well column from The New York Times Magazine, Gretchen Reynolds describes a risk-taking study that had some interesting results. People who didn’t like to take risks were more likely to crack under pressure only when faced with the ...

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Cured From Cancer, Almost – NYTimes.com

Photo Credit Jordin Isip I had to admit I was more than a little excited to see my next patient. This was a big day, for both of us. Five years earlier, when he was 68, he had come to the emergency room, feeling terrible. His white blood cell count was higher than his age, and he was profoundly anemic ...

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Mira Rothenberg, Pioneer in Therapy for Children, Dies at 93

Mira Rothenberg, whose experience and commitment to caring for concentration camp orphans as a college student in Manhattan shaped her pioneering therapy for autistic and schizophrenic children, died on April 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 93. Her death, from respiratory distress, was confirmed by her son, Akiva Goldsman, with whom she had been staying. Ms. Rothenberg and her ...

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After Nearly Claiming His Life, Ebola Lurked in a Doctor’s Eye

Photo Before he contracted Ebola, Dr. Ian Crozier had two blue eyes. After he was told he was cured of the disease, his left eye turned green. Credit Emory Eye Center ATLANTA — When Dr. Ian Crozier was released from Emory University Hospital in October after a long, brutal fight with Ebola that nearly ended his life, his medical team ...

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Liberia Conquers Ebola, but Faces a Crisis of Faith

Photo Worshipers at United God Is Our Light Pentecostal church in Monrovia, Liberia. After an Ebola patient was brought for a healing last year, eight congregants died. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times MONROVIA, Liberia — It decimated hospitals, schools, families, fortunes and, for many, even their faith. Now, it is officially over. The Ebola outbreak has ended ...

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Odd Push in Drug-Averse Norway: LSD Is O.K.

Photo Pal-Orjan Johansen, a Norwegian researcher, and his wife, Teri Krebs, with their children in Oslo. Mr. Johansen and Ms. Krebs are leading a drive to provide safe and regulated access to drugs like LSD and Ecstasy, which they say have health benefits. Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times OSLO — In a country so wary of drug ...

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