Health

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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Is There Any Reason Not to Get a Flu Shot?

Photo Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times Q. Is there any reason someone should not get a flu shot? A. Health officials urge all Americans 6 months and older to get an annual flu shot — except for those who have ever had a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction to an influenza vaccine or vaccine component. Individuals who have had ...

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Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico Leads to Fears of Drug Shortages Nationwide

Thirteen of the drugs, Dr. Gottlieb said, are “sole-source,” meaning the product is made only by one company. Those include H.I.V. medications, injectable drugs and sophisticated medical devices, although he did not name the products. The biggest problem, he said, was not damage to the factories, but the instability of the electric supply. Manufacturers are worried that a long-term lack ...

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Saunas May Be Good for Blood Pressure

Photo A Finnish study suggests that regular sauna visits can reduce the risk for high blood pressure. The study, in the American Journal of Hypertension, included 1,621 middle-aged men with normal blood pressure who were followed for an average of 25 years. During that time, 251 developed hypertension. Compared to those who reported one sauna session a week or less, ...

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What Makes Singapore’s Health Care So Cheap?

Singapore’s health system also has a mix of public and private health care delivery organizations. There are private and public hospitals, as well as a number of tiers of care. There are five classes: A, B1, B2+, B2 and C. “A” gets you a private room, your own bathroom, air-conditioning and your choice of doctor. “C” gets you an open ...

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Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to 3 Americans for Body Clock Studies

“With exquisite precision, our inner clock adapts our physiology to the dramatically different phases of the day,” committee members noted. “The clock regulates critical functions such as behavior, hormone levels, sleep, body temperature and metabolism.” Continue reading the main story The researchers studied fruit flies in which a gene called period seemed to control circadian rhythm; when it was mutated, ...

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Is Microvascular Heart Disease a Serious Condition?

Photo Q. I have been diagnosed with microvascular heart disease, which I was told mostly affects women and is not considered “serious” in and of itself. How long can it exist before it turns into serious heart disease? A. Microvascular heart disease affects about four times as many women as men and “is serious, actually,” said Dr. Stacey Rosen, a ...

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