Health

Life After the Storm: Children Who Survived Katrina Offer Lessons

NEW ORLEANS — The children upended by Hurricane Katrina have no psychological playbook for the youngsters displaced by Harvey, or those in the path of Irma, the hurricane spinning toward Florida. In the aftermath of Harvey, more than 160 public school districts and 30 charter schools have closed in the sprawling Houston metropolitan area. Families have scrambled to higher ground, ...

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Shades of Noir: My Hunt for an Eclipse Glasses Villain

Glasses claiming an ISO certification of 12312-2 transmit “less than 0.003 percent of the incident light” so as to safely allow direct viewing of the sun, Dr. Chou said. Filters with the 12312-1 certification are intended for sunglasses and generally transmit “no less than 15 percent of incident light.” It’s the difference between .0003 and 15 percent that had many ...

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Do Colonics Provide Health Benefits? Are They Dangerous?

Photo Q. I feel great after getting a colonic. In addition to feeling energized and lighter, I have a sense of well-being. Are colonics dangerous? Can you have too many colonics? Is once a week O.K.? A. There is no scientific support for a colonic, a popular “cleansing” procedure that holistic healers claim detoxifies the colon, rectum — except when ...

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Treating Reflux With Diet – The New York Times

Photo A small study has found that a plant-based diet is just as effective as proton pump inhibitors in treating laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR. LPR is a disease in which stomach acid comes up into the throat to the level of the laryngopharynx. It is not the same as gastro-esophageal reflux, or GERD, which involves a backflow of stomach acid ...

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Dream of Obamacare Replacement Fades to Bipartisan Patch Job

Legislation that assures the subsidies for a year or two could tie the president’s hands and reduce the uncertainty for nervous insurers. But even though some Republican congressional leaders have embraced the idea, it’s not clear whether enough Republicans will end up voting yes. Photo Senator Lamar Alexander, right, will hear many ideas for improving Obamacare this week, but action ...

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Democratic Group Plans Attacks on G.O.P. Efforts to Undermine Obama Health Care Law

Mr. Woodhouse said the Trump administration underscored the need for the group’s new mission last week, when officials announced that they plan to slash the government’s advertising budget for encouraging people to enroll in the health care marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services said the advertising budget for the open ...

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Does Cooking Boost Nutrients in Tomatoes and Spinach?

Photo Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Q. Is it true tomatoes and spinach release more of their nutrients when they’ve been cooked? A. It’s true for some nutrients, but not for others. Water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C and the B vitamins, which include folate, leach out of vegetables if you boil them, but some will be retained in the ...

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Louise Hay, Widely Read Self-Help Author, Dies at 90

Ms. Hay (who sometimes used the name Louise L. Hay in her books) was born on Oct. 8, 1926, in Los Angeles. Few details about her early life, including her surname at birth, are readily known, though by her account it was a difficult period. She recalled being abused by her stepfather and raped by a neighbor around the age ...

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For Vulnerable Older Adults, a Harrowing Sense of Being Trapped

Officials from this state’s Health and Human Services Commission said that about 4,500 residents have been evacuated from more than 130 Texas nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The storm has killed at least 46 people; at least 9 of them were 65 years or older. The eldest was 89. And in the aftermath of Harvey, the challenges of keeping ...

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Short Answers to Hard Questions About Health Threats From Hurricane Harvey

What about other diseases spread by mosquitoes, like West Nile? West Nile virus is endemic in the United States and outbreaks are triggered by several factors, including the concentrations of culex mosquitoes, humans who are not immune, and birds who are not immune. (The virus builds up to higher concentrations in bird blood than in human blood, so mosquitoes tend ...

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