Health

Are You a Risk Taker? Take the Quiz

Photo Credit iStock Are you a bit of a daredevil when it comes to taking risks? Or more conservative? In this week’s Well column from The New York Times Magazine, Gretchen Reynolds describes a risk-taking study that had some interesting results. People who didn’t like to take risks were more likely to crack under pressure only when faced with the ...

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Cured From Cancer, Almost – NYTimes.com

Photo Credit Jordin Isip I had to admit I was more than a little excited to see my next patient. This was a big day, for both of us. Five years earlier, when he was 68, he had come to the emergency room, feeling terrible. His white blood cell count was higher than his age, and he was profoundly anemic ...

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Mira Rothenberg, Pioneer in Therapy for Children, Dies at 93

Mira Rothenberg, whose experience and commitment to caring for concentration camp orphans as a college student in Manhattan shaped her pioneering therapy for autistic and schizophrenic children, died on April 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 93. Her death, from respiratory distress, was confirmed by her son, Akiva Goldsman, with whom she had been staying. Ms. Rothenberg and her ...

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After Nearly Claiming His Life, Ebola Lurked in a Doctor’s Eye

Photo Before he contracted Ebola, Dr. Ian Crozier had two blue eyes. After he was told he was cured of the disease, his left eye turned green. Credit Emory Eye Center ATLANTA — When Dr. Ian Crozier was released from Emory University Hospital in October after a long, brutal fight with Ebola that nearly ended his life, his medical team ...

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Liberia Conquers Ebola, but Faces a Crisis of Faith

Photo Worshipers at United God Is Our Light Pentecostal church in Monrovia, Liberia. After an Ebola patient was brought for a healing last year, eight congregants died. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times MONROVIA, Liberia — It decimated hospitals, schools, families, fortunes and, for many, even their faith. Now, it is officially over. The Ebola outbreak has ended ...

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Odd Push in Drug-Averse Norway: LSD Is O.K.

Photo Pal-Orjan Johansen, a Norwegian researcher, and his wife, Teri Krebs, with their children in Oslo. Mr. Johansen and Ms. Krebs are leading a drive to provide safe and regulated access to drugs like LSD and Ecstasy, which they say have health benefits. Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times OSLO — In a country so wary of drug ...

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How to Solve the E.R. Problem

BACK in 2009, a big selling point of health care reform was the idea that expanding insurance coverage would increase Americans’ access to preventive and primary care and decrease the unnecessary use of emergency rooms, saving billions. President Obama said it this way: “One of the areas where we can potentially see some saving is a lot of those patients ...

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Lynn Grefe, Advocate for Those With Eating Disorders, Dies at 65

Photo Lynn Grefe If Lynn Grefe ever agreed with the adage that “you can’t be too rich or too thin,” she publicly denounced it as “dead wrong” after her teenage daughter confided that she was suffering from bulimia and anorexia. That inspired Ms. Grefe to organize a national campaign to promote education and treatment for eating disorders and to convince ...

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Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated, Study Finds

Photo Alexis Hutchinson, 5, left, with her sister, Joslyn, 9, at their home in Iowa this week. Alexis was born premature at 22 weeks. Credit Mark Hirsch for The New York Times A small number of very premature babies are surviving earlier outside the womb than doctors once thought possible, a new study has documented, raising questions about how aggressively ...

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Treadmill May Be Riskiest Machine, but Injuries From It Still Rare

Photo Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times WASHINGTON — The death of David Goldberg on a treadmill while on vacation in Mexico was tragic, untimely and a shock to those who knew him. It was also very rare. There were just 30 reported deaths related to use of treadmills from 2003 to 2012, according to the United States Consumer Product ...

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