Health

A Child’s Death Brings ‘Trauma That Doesn’t Go Away’

“This is a trauma that doesn’t go away,” said Marsha Mailick, a social scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has studied bereavement. But to be an old person when an adult child dies brings particular trials, both emotional and pragmatic. “The loss means something different at that stage of life,” Dr. Mailick said. “It can have a profound effect.” ...

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Cost of Contact in Sports Is Estimated at Over 600,000 Injuries a Year

Fair and his colleagues focused on four types of serious injuries — concussions and damage to the nervous system, bone injuries, torn tissue, and muscle and cartilage injuries. They are the sort that can sideline an athlete for months. And football players, who have the most injuries, can have one after the other, as happened to the son of Terry ...

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Older Siblings a Risk Factor for Serious Flu Infections in Infants

Photo Having older brothers and sisters puts infants at higher risk for being hospitalized with the flu. Researchers studied 1,115 hospital admissions of children under 2 born in Scotland from 2007 to 2015. Compared to a firstborn child, a second-born child under 6 months old was more than two and a half times as likely to be hospitalized. With two ...

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Which Country Has the Best Health Care System? Readers Respond

However, we should be careful not to think there are too many savings to be had by removing just any kind of administrative waste. A number of advocates have argued that by removing medical underwriting and individual rating, insurers would be much more efficient and save money. After the Affordable Care Act imposed guaranteed issue and community ratings, huge savings ...

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All Signs Pointed to a Stroke. Then the Tests Come Back Negative.

Did she have double vision now, the young doctor asked? She glanced around the room. Not just then, but it would come back, she was sure of it. Other than the macular degeneration, the woman had only high blood pressure, for which she faithfully took a pill each day. She lived alone, and until all this happened, drove herself to ...

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Yes, Aaron Hernandez Suffered Brain Injury. But That May Not Explain His Violence.

The science itself — like most attempts to link brain biology to behavior — is murkier. In recent decades, researchers have made extraordinary strides in understanding the workings of brain cells, neural circuits and anatomy. Photo Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez during his arraignment in Boston in 2014. While the damage to the brain of Mr. Hernandez ...

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How a Gang of Droogs Get Fit (Ultrafit) Off Broadway

The sets and costumes are minimal to keep the audience’s focus on the script’s challenging language — “Nadsat” is the slang Burgess developed for characters in the novel — and the casual ruthlessness of its characters: Alex, Dim, Pete, Georgie and more. Continue reading the main story Mr. Davies has deftly inhabited the Alex character for three years. When he ...

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42 Minutes, £2,600 Lost: The U.K.’s Growing Gambling Problem

But bookmakers, backed by other researchers, counter that there is no clear evidence that the machine is any more addictive than other kinds of gambling — like the online casino, a product that is restricted in the United States but legal in Britain. They warn that banning the machines, which are found only in British betting shops and provide more ...

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Can You Prevent Picking Up Germs on the Subway?

Photo Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Q. I take mass transit every day. Would wearing a glove (or holding something) to create a barrier between me and the stainless steel I grab onto every day be effective at reducing the potential for picking up germs? A. Yes, using some kind of barrier to avoid getting germs on ...

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Michael Phelps: A Golden Shoulder to Lean On

Such exchanges are the reason Hackett traveled 8,000 miles from Australia to Arizona last month to stay with Phelps and his wife, Nicole. It wasn’t his first visit. He has used their home as something of a halfway house, joking that he spends so much time with them that he is getting mail there. His life in Australia, where distance ...

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