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‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years

‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years

Stan Hugo with his wife, Donna, who is a resident at the Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Ithaca, N.Y. Mr. Hugo tracks staffing levels at the skilled nursing facility.

F.D.A. Approves Generic EpiPen That May Be Cheaper

F.D.A. Approves Generic EpiPen That May Be Cheaper

Teva Pharmaceuticals won approval to market a generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen auto-injector, a step that consumers hope will drive down prices for the products.

Skinny and 119 Pounds, but With the Health Hallmarks of Obesity

Skinny and 119 Pounds, but With the Health Hallmarks of Obesity

Claire Walker Johnson, 55, of Queens, developed Type 2 diabetes and a fatty liver, among other problems related to obesity, despite weighing only 119 pounds. She eventually found she had lipodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder.

The Online Gene Test Finds a Dangerous Mutation. It May Well Be Wrong.

The Online Gene Test Finds a Dangerous Mutation. It May Well Be Wrong.

Joshua Clayton was erroneously told he had mutation associated with Lynch syndrome, a genetic disorder that can lead to fatal cancers at an early age.

A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

While not seen as urgent as other world health problems, untreated vision problems cost the global economy $200 billion annually to lost productivity, according to the W.H.O.

Vaginal ‘Rejuvenation’ Treatments May Be Unsafe, the F.D.A. Says

Vaginal ‘Rejuvenation’ Treatments May Be Unsafe, the F.D.A. Says

The seven companies targeted by the F.D.A. for promoting dangerous uses of laser treatments for women included Inmode, Sciton, Alma Lasers, Thermigen, BTL Aesthetics, BTL Industries and Cynosure, which makes the MonaLisa Touch.

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

A colored magnetic resonance imaging scan of a cancerous tumor in the lung, in orange, upper right. A study suggests “that chemotherapy alone is no longer a standard of care,” its lead author said.

As an H.I.V. Prevention Drug Surged in Australia, Condom Use Fell

As an H.I.V. Prevention Drug Surged in Australia, Condom Use Fell

Increasing use of Truvada was linked to declining rates of H.I.V. infection, researchers found, but also to decreased use of condoms.

Fainting in Heat

Fainting in Heat

Earlier this month, a stifling heat wave has descended upon the New York City region for the week. Prolonged exposure to heat can place the body under excessive stress.

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Nicole Gastala, with a young patient in Marshalltown, Iowa, regularly prescribes Suboxone, a medication that suppresses cravings and withdrawal symptoms in people with opioid addiction.

Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases

Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases

A colored scanning electron micrograph of a white blood cell amid red blood cells. Researchers hope a new method to boost immune systems could make a treatment available to patients with almost any type of cancer.

‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak

‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak

A baby believed to have contracted a drug-resistant strain of typhoid, hospitalized in Hyderabad, Pakistan in February.

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Dr. Thomas Pollard, a cardiothoracic surgeon in Knoxville, Tenn., and his team working to replace heart valves that had been damaged from endocarditis, an infection the patient developed from injecting drugs.

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

The United States Embassy in Havana. Several American diplomats in Cuba reported mysterious ailments in 2016 after hearing unusual noises. Medical experts now say the officials have injuries resembling concussions.

A Breast Cancer Surgeon Who Keeps Challenging the Status Quo

A Breast Cancer Surgeon Who Keeps Challenging the Status Quo

­Dr. Esserman before performing a surgery in July, holding a sheet of song lyrics. Her preparation often includes singing to her patients as they go under anesthesia. She takes requests.

When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company

When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company

Humana’s decision to purchase two hospice outfits puts it squarely in the middle of the debate over whether for-profit companies can deliver quality hospice care.


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