Health

Am I at High Risk for a Heart Attack?

Photo Credit Stuart Bradford for The New York Times Q. How do physicians assess a patient’s risk for heart attack, and what factors are taken into consideration? After 20 years of resisting medication and being told my cholesterol numbers were so off the chart I was at extreme risk for a heart attack, I was told at my last checkup ...

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Unearthed Raymond Chandler Story Rebukes U.S. Health Care System

Instead of immediately treating him, a nurse and a doctor coldly debate whether he’s worth the effort to save. He’s filthy, smells of whiskey and his pockets are empty. No money to pay the hospital’s $50 admission fee. Photo The cover of the Strand Magazine issue that featured Chandler’s story. Credit Ryan Mutter “I’m sure he’s just drunk, Doctor,” the ...

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Men More Likely Than Women to Get CPR

Photo Outside of hospitals, men are much more likely to get CPR than women, a new study presented earlier this month at a meeting of the American Heart Association reports. The findings are important because immediate CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, by a bystander is associated with a doubling of survival in cases of cardiac arrest. Researchers used a database of ...

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Activity Trackers Don’t Always Work the Way We Want Them To

Photo Credit Illustration by Ping Zhu Comparatively speaking, young people in the United States and England do not move much. Studies indicate that most children reach their activity peak at about age 7 and become more sedentary throughout adolescence. Many parents probably hope that shiny new technologies, such as Fitbits and other physical-activity monitors, might inspire our children to become ...

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Skin Cancers Rise — Along With Questionable Treatments

Dermatology — a specialty built not on flashy, leading edge medicine but on thousands of small, often banal procedures — has become increasingly lucrative in recent years. The annual dermatology services market in the United States, excluding cosmetic procedures, is nearly $11 billion and growing, according to IBISWorld, a market research firm. The business potential has attracted private equity firms, ...

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‘The New Washington’: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Photo Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York. Credit Laura McDermott for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, who holds Hillary Clinton’s former seat, is leading the charge against sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, building on her work on the same issues in the military and college campuses. Often considered a White House ...

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The Chemical Reaction That Cleans Everything

Photo Credit Victoria Roberts Q. What exactly does bleach do? If I soak a cracked dish, the stains seem to be gone — but are they really? A. The active ingredient of bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which is made up of three common elements, sodium, oxygen and chlorine, said May Nyman, professor of chemistry at Oregon State University. The rest ...

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What Is Parkinsonism? – The New York Times

Photo Q. What is Parkinsonism? A. Parkinsonism refers to a group of movement abnormalities — such as stiffness, slowness, shuffling of the feet and often tremor — that are classic features of Parkinson’s disease but that can also be caused by medications and other disorders with overlapping symptoms, said Dr. Michael S. Okun, a neurologist and the national medical director ...

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What States Can Learn From One Another on Health Care

We know that where you live matters: There are huge disparities in health and costs across the country. The uninsured rate in Texas is six times higher than in Massachusetts. You’re four times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital in Maryland or New Jersey than in Hawaii. One-third of low-income adults in Texas forgo medical care because of ...

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The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us

The full genetic sequences of Ms. Michelson, Mr. Harris and Ms. Morano are among some three dozen genomes of North American, Caribbean and European supercentenarians being made available this week by a nonprofit called Betterhumans to any researcher who wants to dive in. A few additional genomes come from people who died at 107, 108 or 109. If unusual patterns ...

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