Health

Death and Tax Cuts – The New York Times

Photo Constituents listening to Senator Bill Cassidy on Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Denham Springs, La. Credit Emily Kask for The New York Times Across the country, Republicans have been facing crowds demanding to know how they will protect the 20 million Americans who gained health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and will lose it if ...

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The Adults a Medicaid Work Requirement Would Leave Behind

The outline of a new replacement plan, presented to House members last week, shows just how far some Republican leaders hope to go in overhauling a program that has grown under the Affordable Care Act to insure one in five Americans, including more than half of the roughly 20 million people who have gained coverage under the health law. It ...

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Doctors Consider a Last Best Hope for Obese Teenagers: Surgery

The best data are from two recently published small studies that so far have outcomes for just five years. Scientists say there’s an urgent need for more ambitious research. Continue reading the main story The question for teens and their parents is: Which is worse — accepting uncertainty about the long term health risks from surgery or the likelihood of ...

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Gorsuch Staunchly Opposes ‘Aid in Dying.’ Does It Matter?

In Oregon, the first state to legalize aid in dying, the handful of patients using the law had been white and well educated, the author noted in an epilogue, leading him to wonder “whether assisted suicide is a matter of necessity or more of a lifestyle choice by people who have always tended to control their lives and now wish ...

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The Anti-Vaccine Movement Gains a Friend in the White House

Photo Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Trump Tower in January. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times Vaccine opponents, often the subject of ridicule, have found fresh energy in the election of a president who has repeated discredited claims linking childhood immunizations to autism and who has apparently decided to pursue them. With President Trump’s support, this fringe movement ...

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Warhol’s Death: Not So Simple, After All

Photo Andy Warhol, in 1987. Credit Associated Press “Pop Icon Andy Warhol Dies After Routine Surgery” ran the headline in The Houston Chronicle. Time magazine questioned how “the country’s most famous pop artist dies in a prestigious big-city hospital after a rather routine gallbladder operation.” A routine surgery: Some version of that story was repeated around the world in the ...

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When Mismatched Voices and Lips Make Your Brain Play Tricks

Photo As our brains combine moving mouths and babbling voices, they sometimes play tricks on our perceptions. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times The good news is, the human brain is flexible and efficient. This helps us make sense of the world. But the bad news is, the human brain is flexible and efficient. This means the brain can sometimes ...

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When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis

Across the nation, the number of marijuana users who are in their later years is still relatively limited, but the increase has been significant, especially among those 65 and older, according to recent studies. Photo Marcia Dunetz, 80, said that she worried at first about what people would think. “It’s got a stigma,” she said. “People don’t really believe you’re ...

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Where the Booze Can Kill, and Putin Is Deemed a ‘Good Czar’

Most of the afflicted in Irkutsk started that Saturday night in December just like Mr. Mukhamadeyev, trotting out to a local kiosk or small corner store to buy “boyaryshnik” — “hawthorn” in Russian, lending the product a false holistic air. The label called it bath oil and warned against drinking the contents, but it was common knowledge that bootleggers produced ...

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Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety

Photo In this 2007 photo, Thomas Stevens Jr. and Amy Hartman of the C.D.C demonstrated the process of suiting up in order to access the interior of the organization’s Biosafety Level-4 laboratory. Credit James Gathany/Center for Disease Control Work at the high-security government lab that handles deadly pathogens like the Ebola virus has been suspended since Monday, when it was ...

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