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Trump’s New Plan to Dismantle Obamacare Comes With Political Risks

Trump’s New Plan to Dismantle Obamacare Comes With Political Risks

The Justice Department has asked a court to throw out major elements of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate and the popular provision that protects those with pre-existing medical conditions.

You’re Getting Very Sleepy. (So Is Everyone Else.)

You’re Getting Very Sleepy. (So Is Everyone Else.)

A sleep deficit can affect the safety and productivity of individuals in a workplace. Events such as the Challenger space shuttle disaster have been tied to a lack of sleep.

When the Illness Is a Mystery, Patients Turn to These Detectives

When the Illness Is a Mystery, Patients Turn to These Detectives

Sara Mason-Silva suffers from a condition in which blood vessels become blocked and inflamed, causing intense, chronic burning pain in her hands and feet. Doctors have not been able to identify the underlying cause of the disease and there is no cure.

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.

New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results

New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results

The new drug slowed cognitive decline and reduced amyloid plaques, shown lower right in a colored light micrograph of an Alzheimer’s patient.

Women With Breast Cancer Delay Care When Faced With High Deductibles

Women With Breast Cancer Delay Care When Faced With High Deductibles

Pam Leonard, a teacher in Wisconsin, is also working nights to help pay for her cancer treatments.

New Ebola Tactics Raise Hope but May Sow Confusion

New Ebola Tactics Raise Hope but May Sow Confusion

A worker at the entrance of the Wangata Reference Hospital in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of Ebola has claimed 58 confirmed or suspected victims.

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.

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes

Medicare downgraded its rating of many nursing homes for failing to be staffed every day with a registered nurse.

Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder

Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder

Kristin Tremblay helps make dinner at home in Gainesville, Fla. She has a disorder that makes her uncontrollably hungry.

In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

Dr. Barry Zevin, center, with Mark Farrell, the former mayor of San Francisco, left, and Chris Ruffino, a substance abuse counselor, when they announced the city’s street treatment program in May.

F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Juuling’ Among Teenagers

F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Juuling’ Among Teenagers

The agency said it had sent warnings to about 40 retailers of Juuls and other e-cigarettes, accusing them of selling the products to minors.

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules

Julie Eldred argued that requiring defendants to be drug-free as a condition for probation was cruel and unusual given her severe addiction. A Massachusetts court disagreed, but declined to rule on whether addiction is a brain disease that affects a person’s ability to comply with the requirement.

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.

Kentucky Rushes to Remake Medicaid as Other States Prepare to Follow

Kentucky Rushes to Remake Medicaid as Other States Prepare to Follow

Mark Lee Coleman, right, getting blood work done at the Family Health Centers in Louisville. Mr. Coleman is a diabetic on Medicaid, whose condition can threaten his ability to work.

Ebola Erupts Again in Africa, Only Now There’s a Vaccine

Ebola Erupts Again in Africa, Only Now There’s a Vaccine

An Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, Democratic Republic of Congo, last year. The country’s ninth outbreak is believed to have begun in early April but was confirmed as Ebola only on Tuesday.


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