Health

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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For a Therapist in Afghanistan, Empathy Is Good Medicine

Photo Farkhunda Shahab, right, called a psychosocial worker, with a patient in her small office at a clinic in northeastern Afghanistan. Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times KHAMZARGAR, Afghanistan — As one of only five female therapists in the northeastern Afghan province of Kapisa, Farkhunda Shahab struggles to soothe the anguished. With her baby daughter perched on her ...

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Experts Urge Sparing Use of Nonaspirin Painkillers

Photo The Food and Drug Administration will ask that labels of some popular painkillers reflect new evidence of their health risks. Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times The Food and Drug Administration warned last week that the risk of heart attack and stroke from widely used painkillers that include Motrin IB, Aleve and Celebrex but not aspirin was greater than ...

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Courts Support Obama’s Contraceptive Policy, but Challenges Remain

Photo Sister Joseph Mary assisted Eva Howse, 91, at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Washington. The home is run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, who oppose a federal birth control rule. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Four federal appeals courts have upheld efforts by the Obama administration to guarantee access to free birth ...

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Modern Doctors’ House Calls: Skype Chat and Fast Diagnosis

Photo An employee at CHI Franciscan Health’s telemedicine center in Tacoma, Wash., monitoring far-flung patients’ vital signs. Credit Evan McGlinn for The New York Times TACOMA, Wash. — One night, when her face turned puffy and painful from what she thought was a sinus infection, Jessica DeVisser briefly considered going to an urgent care clinic, but then decided to try ...

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Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule Eased for Businesses With Religious Objections

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issued new rules on Friday that allow closely held for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to opt out of providing women with insurance coverage for contraceptives if the companies have religious objections.  Women enrolled in such health plans would still be able to get birth control at no cost, the administration said. Insurers would pay ...

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