Health: Interesting Stories from The New York Times

Well: Pricing a Year of Life
“What is another year of your life worth?” Experts put the number at $50,000. Can patients like me — older people with recurrent disease — estimate the expense of a future year of cancer treatment to decide whether it’s worth it?

Well: Think Like a Doctor: Sick at the Wedding
Can you figure out what is wrong with a 38-year-old man who suffers from fevers, aches and night sweats after traveling to the mountains of Colorado?

Well: Fat Dad: Mom Makes Dinner
My mother’s idea of a good home-cooked meal consisted of au gratin boxed potatoes, canned tuna fish, or maybe some Franco-American Spaghetti0s.

Well: ‘Two-Minute-Warnings’ Make Turning Off the TV Harder
New research shows that giving a child a “two-minute warning” before turning off a video game or TV show does not make it easier for a child to turn away from a screen.

Well: When Hospital Rooms Become Prisons
Like most doctors, I had never received any training on the care of prisoners. So when Michael came to my clinic, I was unprepared.

Well: Starting Your Own Midlife Internship
A number of new programs and businesses encourage an internship-style approach to help women and men get back to the workplace after a career break.

Well: After Cataract Surgery, Hoping to Toss the Glasses
By age 80, more than half of Americans either have a cataract or will have had cataract surgery. Some opt for a form of surgery that can make reading glasses obsolete.

Well: Ovary Removal Tied to Colon Cancer Risk
Removal of the ovaries may increase the risk for colorectal cancer, a new study concludes.

Well: To Keep Obesity at Bay, Exercise May Trump Diet
Young rats prone to obesity are much less likely to fulfill that unhappy destiny if they run during adolescence than if they do not.

Well: American Girl Has a Hit With Diabetes Doll Kit
American Girl, the doll company, has introduced a diabetes care kit for dolls, and it has sold so briskly it is already on back order.

Well: To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions
“It is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don’t care about,” says the neuroscientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang.

Well: Medical Errors May Cause Over 250,000 Deaths a Year
If medical error were considered a disease, a new study has found, it would be the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Well: How Well Do You Know Your Food Labels?
Test your supermarket savvy with this quiz, adapted from the new book “Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies — How What We Eat Define Who We Are.”

Well: Flu Shots Protect Babies, Too
Here’s one more reason pregnant women should get a flu shot: It not only protects mothers, but a large study suggests it prevents flu in the infant, too.

Well: Breast and Body Changes Are Driving Teen Girls Out of Sports
Research shows that girls, many feeling self-conscious, start dropping out of sports or skipping gym classes around the onset of puberty.

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