Health

A Stress Link to Lupus

Photo Psychological trauma is associated with an increased risk for lupus, a new study reports. Lupus is a potentially fatal autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the skin, joints and internal organs. Its cause is unknown. Researchers studied 54,763 civilian women enrolled in a larger health study. They used questionnaires to determine exposure to trauma, including serious car accidents and ...

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In Mexico, Weavers Embrace Natural Alternatives to Toxic Dyes

Thoroughly Americanized by that time, “it was a huge culture shock,” he recalled. Leaning on the family loom while his father worked, he listened to stories about what life had been like in the village and how it had changed. Eventually he rediscovered a passion for weaving. And he realized that, just as he had forgotten the richness of his ...

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Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

ProPublica and The New York Times analyzed Medicare prescription drug plans covering 35.7 million people in the second quarter of this year. Only one-third of the people covered, for example, had any access to Butrans, a painkilling skin patch that contains a less-risky opioid, buprenorphine. And every drug plan that covered lidocaine patches, which are not addictive but cost more ...

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New Product Is First to Claim It May Reduce Peanut Allergies

That system can be followed by “maintenance” packets that continue with 2 grams of peanut powder, to be used until a toddler can eat peanut butter or is old enough to chew and swallow peanuts without choking. Studies indicate that regular consumption of peanuts is necessary to maintain the food tolerance. Dr. David Erstein, an allergist who founded the company ...

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Gut Bacteria May Be Key to Weight Loss

Photo Whether a diet works might depend on which bacteria are in your gut. Using feces samples, Danish researchers analyzed the ratio of two gut bacteria, Prevotella and Bacteroides, in 62 overweight people. For 26 weeks, they randomly assigned them to a low-fat diet high in fiber, fruits, vegetables and whole grains or a diet comparable to that of the ...

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Five Tips for Choosing a Reliable Nursing Home

Do your homework. Investigate the track record of the facilities you are considering. A federal website, Nursing Home Compare, is the most comprehensive source of data on nursing homes and allows consumers to sort and compare facilities based on geography and other factors. The site includes information about a home’s staffing levels, recent inspection reports and measurements of the quality ...

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Deal Struck to Extend Financing for Children’s Health Program

Mr. Hatch said the agreement would provide “uninterrupted funding for CHIP” and “increased flexibility for states to administer the program.” Photo Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon spoke during a hearing on Capitol Hill last week. Credit Allison Shelley for The New York Times The agreement would provide federal funds for the program for five additional years. Mr. Wyden said the ...

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The Economic Case for Letting Teenagers Sleep a Little Later

There’s an argument to be made that we should cut back on his activities or make him go to bed earlier so that he gets more sleep. Teens aren’t wired for that, though. They want to go to bed later and sleep later. It’s not the activities that prevent them from getting enough sleep — it’s the school start times ...

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Amid Hurricane Chaos, Domestic Abuse Victims Risk Being Overlooked

Photo A shelter set up in the NRG Center in Houston, Tex., during Hurricane Harvey. Credit Christopher Lee for The New York Times Natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey and Irma can displace people and leave them scrambling to find stability and routine. But during catastrophes, victims of domestic violence face a unique challenge: seeking safety from their abusers. Most evacuees ...

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A Suicide Leaves Grief and Tough Questions About an Antidepressant

The case is a rare instance in which a lawsuit over a suicide involving antidepressants actually went to trial; many such cases are either dismissed or settled out of court, said Brent Wisner, of the law firm Baum Hedlund Aristei Goldman, which represented Ms. Dolin. The verdict is also unusual because Glaxo, which has asked the court to overturn the ...

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