Health

Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop

Photo Soda pop at a store in New Jersey. Sugary drink consumption has declined in the United States, according to a new study. Credit Karsten Moran for The New York Times Sugar-sweetened drinks are not as popular as they once were. According to a new study based on a continuing national health survey, 60.7 percent of children and 50 percent ...

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Trillions of Flies Can’t All Be Bad

Her life among flies involves both museum work and field research. For her, this is a dream job. She recalled the first time she went behind the scenes at the museum, as a student, before she actually worked there. “I’d been let into a building that had 34 million insects. I said, ‘Oh hello, I quite like you.’” Continue reading ...

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Maimed but Unbowed, He Understands What Lies Ahead for Gordon Hayward

In the gruesome tradition of quarterback Joe Theismann, whose football career ended when a sack snapped his right leg on “Monday Night Football” in 1985, Sosa has accepted his place as a 21st-century emblem of horrifying leg injuries. Before Kevin Ware (2013), before Paul George (2014) and before Hayward (2017), there was Sosa. “Anytime something like this happens,” he said, ...

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Are Mass Murderers Insane? Usually Not, Researchers Say

Ditto for Dylann Roof, the racist who murdered nine African-American churchgoers in South Carolina in 2015, and Christopher Harper-Mercer, the angry young man who killed nine people at a community college in Oregon the same year. Nor does anything in these criminals’ history — including domestic violence, like Mr. Kelley’s — serve to reliably predict their spectacularly cruel acts. Even ...

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Congress Weighs Repeal of Tax Credit for Rare Disease Drugs

No matter what happens, some experts welcomed a discussion about a political issue that was once considered untouchable because opponents risked being labeled coldhearted toward people with serious medical conditions. “I think it opens up the debate on the orphan drug tax credit, which we think is a flawed incentive,” said James Love, director of the consumers group Knowledge Ecology ...

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Gene Therapy Creates Replacement Skin to Save a Dying Boy

Dr. Marinkovich has been conducting similar research and published a report a year ago in JAMA in which his team treated smaller areas of skin in four adults with a different form of the disease. Some improved, but the responses varied and tended to decline after a year. The research is continuing. Continue reading the main story The new report, ...

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Maine Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion, a Rebuke of Gov. LePage

Photo Volunteers met in the Maine People’s Alliance office before going door to door to urge voters to back Medicaid expansion in Bangor, Me., in October. Credit Sarah Rice for The New York Times Voters in Maine approved a ballot measure on Tuesday to allow many more low-income residents to qualify for Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, The ...

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Women More Likely Than Men to Die in First Year After Heart Attack

Photo Compared with men, women are at significantly higher risk of death in the first year after a heart attack, a new study has found. The generally higher risk of death in women who have heart attacks is well known, but the differences are largely explained by women’s older age when the attack occurs, higher rates of other diseases, and ...

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Don’t Nudge Me: The Limits of Behavioral Economics in Medicine

At first glance, behavioral economics — the basis of Richard Thaler’s recent Nobel Prize in Economics — seems like a rich field of potential solutions. People tend to do things, like donate organs, when it’s the default option as opposed to something they need to request. They tend to be less likely to miss appointments if you tell them how ...

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How We Used VR to Explore What Music Feels Like to a Deaf Person

James does not have a cochlear implant; he uses hearing aids. Like Rachel, he reads lips. Communicating on the phone with a deaf person is often not ideal, so we used video chat or email to correspond and give creative notes. I went to London to work with James and his colleagues for a few days, and interacting in person ...

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