Health

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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Long-Term Data on Complications Adds to Criticism of Essure Contraceptive Implant

Photo Angie Firmalino also says that she had experienced painful side effects from the contraceptive implant. Its manufacturer and the Food and Drug Administration say its benefits outweigh the risks. Credit Susan Stava for The New York Times When a new contraceptive implant came on the market over a decade ago, it was considered a breakthrough for women who did ...

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Company Creates Bioethics Panel on Trial Drugs

Photo Arthur L. Caplan Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times Johnson & Johnson has appointed a nationally known bioethicist to create a panel that will make decisions about patients’ requests for lifesaving medicine, responding to an emotional debate over whether companies should allow desperately ill people to have access to the drugs before they are approved. The move, to be ...

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