Health

New Drug Sharply Lowers Cholesterol, but It’s Costly

Photo Leonard S. Schleifer, left, chief of Regeneron, and Elias Zerhouni, head of research at Sanofi. The companies developed Praluent. Credit Drew Angerer for The New York Times Federal regulators on Friday approved the first of a new class of drug that can sharply lower cholesterol levels, offering a new option for millions of Americans suffering from cardiovascular disease, the ...

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Drug Testing Is Coming to E-Gaming

Photo Kory Friesen, left, in an interview with Mohan Govindasamy, said he used Adderall in a tournament. In response, the Electronic Sports League said it would create anti-doping standards. Lance Armstrong. Alex Rodriguez. Kory Friesen. Kory who? Flouting rules for performance-enhancing drugs has felled some of the biggest names in sports. Now that list could include competitive video game players ...

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Social Security Disability Benefits Face Cuts in 2016, Trustees Say

WASHINGTON — Eleven million people face a deep, abrupt cut in disability insurance benefits in late 2016 if Congress fails to replenish Social Security’s disability trust fund, which is running out of money, the Obama administration said Wednesday. Officials expressed concern about the program as they issued their annual report on the financial condition of Medicare and Social Security, which ...

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Labor and Employers Join in Opposition to a Health Care Tax

Photo Kurt Gallow, a paper mill employee and union official, is concerned that his insurance costs could increase by thousands of dollars. Credit Leah Nash for The New York Times At the paper mill in Longview, Wash., Kurt Gallow and his wife, Brenda, are worrying about his company’s proposed new health care plan, which would require workers to pay as ...

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New York Attorney General Accuses Brooklyn Children’s Charity of Fraud

Photo Eric T. Schneiderman Credit Mike Groll/Associated Press Over the years, donors gave millions of dollars to the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation, perhaps motivated by brochures or telemarketing pitches describing the charity’s bone marrow registry or its cancer research building. Neither of those things existed, the New York State attorney general’s office said in a petition filed in State Supreme ...

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Are Ideals of Canine Beauty Making Our Dogs Fat?

Photo A Jack Russell Terrier rests with a Portuguese Mountain Dog on the second day of the 2015 Crufts dog show.Credit Oli Scarff/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Obesity has become so common in canines that even show dogs are overweight. One in four dogs that placed in the top five in their class in Britain’s Crufts national dog show, which ...

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Lives Grow Longer, and Health Care’s Challenges Change

If you’re living with multiple ailments, you’re not alone. According to an analysis published last month in the British medical journal The Lancet, 2.3 billion people, almost one-third of humanity, suffered from five or more health problems in 2013. More than 80 percent of those people were younger than 65 years old. And between 1990 and 2013, the number of ...

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Hipaa’s Use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets the Law

Photo Credit Shannon May How do people use, misuse or abuse Hipaa, the federal regulations protecting patients’ confidential health information? Let us count the ways: ■ Last month, in a continuing care retirement community in Ithaca, N.Y., Helen Wyvill, 72, noticed that a friend hadn’t shown up for their regular swim. She wasn’t in her apartment, either. Had she gone ...

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Frozen Chicken Recalled After Reports of Illnesses

Photo Aspen Foods is recalling nearly two million pounds of frozen chicken products. Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images Aspen Foods is recalling nearly two million pounds of frozen chicken products after three people in Minnesota became ill with infections from salmonella. The recall includes breaded, raw stuffed chicken breasts that were manufactured from April 15 to July 10, according to an ...

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Another Ebola Fatality Is Reported in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia — A young woman who died hours after being admitted to an Ebola treatment unit on Sunday became the second Ebola fatality since Liberia was declared free of the virus on May 9, government officials said on Wednesday. Even though her name was on a contact list, monitors at first failed to detect that the woman had become ...

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