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C.D.C. Reports a Record Jump in Drug Overdose Deaths Last Year

Photo A harm reduction worker in the Bronx demonstrated how to test heroin for traces of fentanyl. A surge in U.S. drug deaths in 2016 has been attributed largely to synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Credit Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Deaths by drug overdose in the United States surged last year by more than 17 ...

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Do Prepackaged Salad Greens Lose Their Nutrients?

Photo Credit Getty Images Q. Do prepackaged salad greens lose their nutrients? A. “Anyone who’s eating greens instead of potato chips is already ahead of the curve in terms of their health,” said Mary Ann Lila, a food scientist at North Carolina State University. But some vitamins in salad greens, especially vitamin C and B vitamins, are water soluble and ...

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‘Unbelievable’: Heart Stents Fail to Ease Chest Pain

The new study, published in the Lancet, stunned leading cardiologists by countering decades of clinical experience. The findings raise questions about whether stents should be used so often — or at all — to treat chest pain. “It’s a very humbling study for someone who puts in stents,” said Dr. Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, an interventional cardiologist at the University of ...

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Tapping Into Dementia Patients’ Memories Through Vaudeville

Healthy Humor’s founders, Deborah Kaufmann, Dina Paul-Parks and Karen McCarty, have more than 60 years of combined experience in health care clowning, mainly in the Big Apple Circus’s Clown Care Unit. When the circus went bankrupt last year, the three pooled their resources and formed Healthy Humor. They recently signed Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia as their 12th client. They felt ...

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A Lesson From the Biggest Losers: Exercise Keeps Off the Weight

The study was published on Tuesday in the journal Obesity. The lead author, Kevin Hall, chief of the Integrative Physiology Section at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and his colleagues also presented their work at the Obesity Society’s annual meeting. Although the study is very small and must be replicated, Dr. Hall said, it is ...

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Opioids on the Quad – The New York Times

Once at college, she replaced pills with bags of cheap heroin. Her roommate moved out. The drug rendered her friendless. “It was one of the most lonely times of my life,” she recalled. She grew thin and pale. She would sit in the cafeteria alone, barely eating, occasionally nodding off. The workers would ask, “Are you O.K.?” She still managed ...

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Arsenic Reductions in Drinking Water Tied to Fewer Cancer Deaths

Photo The Environmental Protection Agency’s revised rule on arsenic contamination in drinking water has resulted in fewer lung, bladder and skin cancers. In 2006, the E.P.A. reduced the arsenic maximum in public water systems to 10 micrograms per liter, from the previous level of 50 micrograms. The rule does not apply to private wells. Using data from a continuing nationwide ...

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The Opioid Crisis: An Epidemic Years in the Making

The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Overdoses, fueled by opioids, are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old — killing roughly 64,000 people last year, more than guns or car accidents, and doing so at a pace faster than the H.I.V. epidemic did at its peak. President Trump declared the ...

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Isabella L. Karle Dies at 95; Findings on Molecules Helped Husband Win Nobel

Bhakta B. Rath, a former associate director of the naval laboratory, said, “Isabella Karle took the task of deciphering the theory to provide not only a solution but also to show that it could be used to solve very complex molecules, such as proteins.” Other scientists took notice in the mid-1960s. With a clearer picture of the structure of biological ...

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