Health

Is Low Iron, Without Symptoms, a Problem?

Photo Credit Stuart Bradford Q. Is low iron a problem if there are no symptoms of anemia? A. The classic symptom of iron-deficiency anemia is feeling tired or weak, though other symptoms include headaches, shortness of breath, sensitivity to cold or even depression. Still, you might not experience any symptoms until the anemia is quite severe, said Dr. Nancy Berliner, ...

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Short Answers to Hard Questions About HPV

Photo A teenager receiving an HPV vaccination shot in Corpus Christi, Tex., last year. Credit Matthew Busch for The Washington Post, via Getty Images This week, the federal government reported that nearly half of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 are infected with genital human papillomavirus — some strains of which can cause deadly cancer. The report, by ...

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One in 10 Pregnant Women With Zika in U.S. Have Babies With Birth Defects

Photo A mother in Puerto Rico and her 2-month-old son who was diagnosed with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. Credit Carlos Giusti/Associated Press One in 10 pregnant women in the continental United States with a confirmed Zika infection had a baby with brain damage or other serious birth defects, according to the most comprehensive report to date on American ...

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Get Happy: Four Well-Being Workouts

Photo Credit Charlie Riedel/Associated Press Relieving stress and anxiety might help you feel better — for a bit. Martin E.P. Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, does not see alleviating negative emotions as a path to happiness. “Psychology is generally focused on how to relieve depression, anger ...

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Soda or Bear Claw? Panera to Post Added Sugar in Drinks It Sells

Photo Ron Shaich, the chief executive of Panera Bread, says the company wants “to make you aware of the sugar in what you’re drinking.” Credit Katherine Taylor for The New York Times Panera Bread appears to be the first major restaurant chain to offer its customers information about the amount of added sugar in the beverages it sells. “We’re going ...

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Is It Harder to Lose Weight When You’re Older?

Photo Q. Is it more difficult for an older person to lose weight? A. Yes, unfortunately. Although it is possible to lose weight at any age, several factors make it harder to lose weight with age. Even those who remain active lose muscle mass every decade beginning in their 30s, research suggests, replacing it with fat. Muscles use up more ...

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F.D.A. Nominee, Paid Millions by Industry, Says He’ll Recuse Himself if Needed

“If you have a commissioner who is that conflicted, recusal is a tricky business,” said Susan F. Wood, who resigned as the director of the F.D.A.’s Office of Women’s Health in 2005 in protest over the agency’s decision to delay over-the-counter approval of the morning-after pill. Continue reading the main story Dr. Gottlieb’s nomination comes at a momentous time for ...

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Also Made in Mexico: Lifesaving Medical Devices

America imports about 30 percent of its medical devices and supplies. The trouble is, these jobs are among the most difficult to relocate to the United States. To ensure the safety of products that often end up inside the human body, medical devices are strictly regulated and require lengthy approvals from the Food and Drug Administration and other inspectors. Continue ...

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