Health: Interesting Stories from The New York Times


Here is the latest Health News from The New York Times.

Another SpaceX Rocket Lands Successfully
A third SpaceX rocket made its successful return landing on a barge in the Atlantic after the delivery of a satellite.

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Antibiotic Resistance
A dangerous form of drug resistance has reached the United States, leaving us just one step away from infections that are completely untreatable.

Will Your Cellphone Give You Cancer?
Recent research has been interpreted as suggesting that cellphones cause cancer. But Gina Kolata explains that the overwhelming evidence suggests that there is no link between the devices and the disease.

At 96, Dr. Heimlich Uses His Own Maneuver on Choking Victim
“A piece of meat with a little bone attached flew out of her mouth,” Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, 96, who is credited with inventing the technique, said of saving a woman in Cincinnati.

Matter: Tales of African-American History Found in DNA
Geneticists have studied clues in the DNA of African-Americans about the history of slavery and the Great Migration.

You Know You Should Use Sunscreen. But Are You Using It Right?
Tips from experts on skin cancer prevention and using sunscreen that you’re less likely to have heard.

Study Linking Tumors in Rats to Cellphones Raises a Host of Questions
The study’s authors found that the type of radiation emitted by cellphones had a slightly higher risk of developing cancer, but there were many caveats to the conclusions.

A Guide to Safety on the Appalachian Trail
“You would think it would be things like wildlife, raging rivers and stuff like that,” an official says. But you should worry about little things like ticks.

Well: We Lost Our Soldier, But We Are Still an Intact Family
Like many military widows, I want to defend my family to those who assume I am single because of infidelity, abuse or neglect.

Well: The Weekly Health Quiz: Nightmares, Back Pain and a Dangerous Sport
Test your knowledge of this week’s health news.

Op-Ed Contributor: Obama’s Pointless Cancer ‘Moonshot’
It’s a Catch-22: The longer we live, the more people will get the disease.

New York City Can Enforce Salt Warnings on Menus, Court Says
Thousands of restaurants must place a saltshaker icon next to menu items with more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium or face a fine, a court ruled.

Lava Flows From Volcano in Hawaii
A river of lava streamed from the Kilauea volcano on Wednesday. According to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, the volcano became active on Tuesday.

Beth Israel, a Hospital That Once Took Everyone, Will Take Far Fewer
Employees and community members worried how the downsizing of the Manhattan hospital, which was founded by immigrants, for immigrants, would affect their lives.

Infection Raises Specter of Superbugs Resistant to All Antibiotics
Military researchers identify a patient who was infected with bacteria that are resistant to the last line of defense against drug-resistant germs.

Vitamins Join the ‘Clean Label’ Bandwagon
Ritual, a start-up, is introducing a multivitamin that is vegan, mostly free of genetically engineered ingredients and tailored to today’s diets.

Well: Kids on the Run
Programs like the Million Kid Run that make running a group activity encourage fitness, new research suggests.

Well: Should You Take a Vitamin? Do You Know What a Vitamin Is?
There are 13 vitamins that are essential for good health, but there is no real consensus on what they actually do and exactly how much of them we truly need.

Tornado Storms Through Kansas
At least one tornado touched down in central Kansas on Wednesday as severe weather swept through the area.

Well: After a Cancer Diagnosis, Reversing Roles With My Mother
I’d become my mother’s travel guide in this new country of illness.

Well: Doctors Getting ‘Pimped’
Medical training’s emphasis on demonstrating how many facts we know — typically in front of colleagues, nurses, patients and families — is problematic.

Feature: He Survived Ebola. Now He’s Fighting to Keep It From Spreading.
A doctor in Guinea tries to train health workers to halt the transmission of the disease — before it comes roaring back.

Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan Will Close to Rebuild Smaller
The hospital, which has served the downtown area for more than 125 years, is now on a growing list of city hospitals to either close or change its services significantly since 2000.

New York Legislature Cuts Taxes on Feminine Hygiene Products
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he would sign the bill exempting tampons, sanitary napkins, panty liners and other items from state sales tax and local taxes.

F.D.A. Is Said to Delay Decision on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug
The news caused a sharp rise in the stock of Sarepta Therapeutics, the maker of the drug, as some investors saw a hint of approval in the development.

Well: A Low-Salt Diet May Be Bad for the Heart
A diet that’s too low in sodium may actually increase the risk for heart attacks and stroke.

Open Season on Lionfish
Florida has started its annual competition designed to rid its waters of the invasive lionfish.

Could Alzheimer’s Stem From Infections? It Makes Sense, Experts Say
Provocative new research leads to the hypothesis that infections may produce a fierce reaction that leaves debris in the brain, causing Alzheimer’s.

Cigarette Smoking by Adults Dropped in 2015, C.D.C. Survey Says
The percentage of adults age 18 and over who smoked was 15.1 percent in 2015, down from 16.8 percent in 2014.

Well: Opioids Often Ineffective for Low Back Pain
The magnitude of relief did not reach the level the researchers defined as clinically effective, little different from drugs like aspirin.

Just How Accurate Are Fitbits? The Jury Is Out
Activity trackers that measure things like pulse rates are the subject of conflicting studies, including one cited in a lawsuit against Fitbit.

Well: The Breakup Marathon
A romantic breakup or divorce is a traumatic event. Some runners channel that into running better, faster or longer.

Well: The Other Bathroom Wars
For people with disabilities and their families, the battle for accessible toilet facilities has been going on for decades.

Indonesian Children Face Hazards on Tobacco Farms, Report Says
Children as young as 8 working on tobacco farms are exposed to harmful nicotine and pesticides, according to Human Rights Watch researchers.

Editorial: A Food Label That Gets Right to the Point
To really help shoppers, the F.D.A. needs a whole new approach to food labeling.

Congressional memo: Political Battles Color Congressional Feud Over Zika Funding
While Republicans worry about applying tax dollars to abortion or encouraging contraception, Democrats fear a backdoor assault on environmental regulations.

Well: Parents of Deaf Children, Stuck in the Middle of an Argument
Should children be fitted for hearing aids and taught to speak, or should they use sign language? Or a combination of both?

More Men With Early Prostate Cancer Choosing to Avoid Treatment
The approach, called active surveillance, involves regular monitoring. Data finds that 40 percent to 50 percent of men are making that choice.

Veterans Affairs Leader Compares Health Care Delays to Disney Lines
Robert McDonald drew bipartisan criticism for comparing the waiting times for medical care to standing in line for a ride at Disneyland.

Well: Walkable Neighborhoods Cut Obesity and Diabetes Rates
Neighborhoods designed for walking may decrease the rates of overweight and diabetic people by more than 10 percent, a new study concludes.

Well: Parents Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Training Babies to Sleep
Letting babies cry themselves to sleep doesn’t harm parent-child attachment, a new study finds.

Well: Ask Well: Should You Fast Before a Cholesterol Test?
Repeated studies have found no clinically significant differences between results from cholesterol tests done on a full stomach and those done after fasting.

A Brooklyn Ambulance Service Speaks Chinese, Like Its Patients
Midwood Ambulance, a private company, started the new service last month to cater to New York City’s growing Asian-American population.

Global Health: Private Sector Is Helping Puerto Rico Fight Zika
As Congress and President Obama argue over funds for combating the virus, donations of things like cash, condoms and mosquito repellent are being made.

Well: Lawsuits Over Baby Powder Raise Questions About Cancer Risk
Thousands of women claim talcum powder caused their ovarian cancer, but research into a potential link has produced mixed results.

Tiny Robot Can Fly and, Amazingly, Rest
The RoboBee, which weighs a few thousandths of an ounce, uses an electrostatic patch to perch on just about anything.

The New Health Care: Sorry, There’s Nothing Magical About Breakfast
Don’t feel bad if you’d rather skip it. Studies have not proved its importance.

Well: Supporting Children Who Serve as Caregivers
More than a million children as young as 8 are serving as caregivers to family members.

Well: What American Parents Can Learn From Chinese Philosophy
Look for your passion? Be true to yourself? That’s not what Confucius would say.

The New Old Age: Older Men Are Still Being Overtested for Prostate Cancer
Eight years after an expert task force recommended against routine use of PSA screening for men over 75, testing levels have fallen only slightly.

Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Guide of the Gates Foundation
The chief executive of the foundation provides an inside glimpse of the works and ways of the philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.

Proposal to Reduce Medicare Drug Payments Is Widely Criticized
Patients’ advocates have joined doctors and drug companies in warning that the Obama administration plan could jeopardize access to medications.

Where Dentists Are Scarce, American Indians Forge a Path to Better Care
Poor oral health is rampant among American Indian communities. The Swinomish Tribe in Washington opened a clinic on their land to expand access to treatment.

Chirlane McCray Enlists New York Clergy in Mental Health Outreach
Clergy across New York City talked to their flocks over the weekend about mental illness, as part of a push by Ms. McCray to overhaul the city’s mental health system.

Huge Recall of Frozen Fruits and Vegetables After Listeria Outbreak
A processing plant in Pasco, Wash., has voluntarily recalled more than 350 frozen foods that were sold in all 50 states and Canada.

It’s No Accident: Advocates Want to Speak of Car ‘Crashes’ Instead
Activists are campaigning to change a 100-year-old mentality that they say trivializes the single most common cause of traffic incidents: human error.

Public Health: It Isn’t Easy to Figure Out Which Foods Contain Sugar
Many consumers will be surprised to learn of the large amounts of added sugars in products that are generally thought of as healthy.

On Work: In Desperate Pursuit of the Zero-Stress Job
Stress had always seemed to be the lifeblood of a fruitful career, but a hormone condition rendered it a threatening trigger to be avoided at all costs.

Opinion: Among the Healers
Therapy, medication and yoga couldn’t cure my anxiety. Maybe Rafael could.

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades
For each of the past three years, opioid prescriptions have declined in the United States, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996.

F.D.A. Finishes Food Labels for How We Eat Now
Nutrition labels have been revamped by the Food and Drug Administration to more closely match the reality of the modern American diet.

Well: Who You Calling Cheerleader?
Stunt, derived from cheerleading, is gaining popularity in New York City public schools.

C.D.C. Is Monitoring 279 Pregnant Women With Possible Zika Virus Infections
The agency said on Friday that 122 of the women are from Puerto Rico, where the mosquito-borne virus is most common so far in the United States.

Well: How Much Do You Know About Raising Introverted Teenagers?
Take this quiz to find out.

Well: Is Your Teen’s Introversion a Problem for Your Teen — or for You?
It may be harder to raise an introverted teen than to be one, says Susan Cain, the author of “Quiet.”

Well: The Weekly Health Quiz: Potatoes, a Penis Transplant and Zika in Europe
Test your knowledge of this week’s health news.

Well: A Truce With My Aging Stepdog
I was the intruder who kicked him out of his daddy’s bedroom and wouldn’t let him lick the dirty dishes. But he doesn’t remember that anymore.

Well: Ask Well: Can Nightmares Cause a Heart Attack?
There are case reports of people with no previously known risks having a heart attack after a nightmare, though they appear to be quite rare.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Aging in the Key of Humor
Michael Kinsley, the famed writer and editor, has Parkinson’s disease. Now he’s trying to guide baby boomers into old age.

Oklahoma Passes Bill That Would Subject Abortion Doctors to Felony Charges
The State Senate measure, the first of its kind, would revoke such doctors’ medical licenses. The bill is on the desk of Gov. Mary Fallin.

Editorial: Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika
The House voted to provide only about half of the emergency funds that the Senate did, and took the money away from other important programs.

F.D.A. Delays Rule on Generic Drug Labels
Consumer groups had urged the agency to close a loophole that keeps patients harmed by generic drugs from suing manufacturers.

Decaying Long Island V.A. Hospital Closes Operating Rooms
The five rooms at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center have gone unused since February because of sand-size black particles falling from air ducts.

Well: Bad News Delivered Badly
Whether a medical judgment is optimistic or pessimistic, poor communication can upset patients who are already anxious.

W.H.O. Calls Yellow Fever in Africa ‘Serious Concern’
The agency stopped short of declaring a global health emergency, but suggested drastically expanding vaccination programs.

Well: Diet High in Saturated Fats May Be Linked to Dense Breasts
Teenage girls who eat a diet high in saturated fat are at increased risk of developing dense breasts, a risk factor for breast cancer.

Well: Why Does the Physical Exam Stop at the Navel?
It’s like our patients are Humpty Dumpty, and the pieces are divvied out between different medical fields.

Op-Ed Contributor: Eliminate the TB Scourge
Tuberculous is a problem worldwide. But little is being done to modernize our approach to this debilitating and deadly disease.

Well: Learning to Live With a Child’s Allergies
You read every ingredient in everything you buy. You come to know certain products so well that when they get a new ingredient, it’s like a friend getting a haircut.

W.H.O. Cites Low to Moderate Risk of Zika’s Imminent Spread to Europe
An assessment identified three areas — in Georgia, Russia and on the Portuguese island of Madeira — that are most vulnerable to a breakout.

Actions by Congress on Opioids Haven’t Included Limiting Them
The House and the Senate have whipsawed between ensuring access to narcotic painkillers and addressing the addiction epidemic linked to those drugs.

H.I.V. Rates Among Gay Men Are Higher in South, Study Finds
More than a quarter of gay and bisexual men in some Southern cities and states have H.I.V., according to the study, and medical services are lacking.

F.D.A. Approves an Immunotherapy Drug for Bladder Cancer
The drug, Tecentriq from Roche, works by using the body’s immune system against tumors, and is the first drug of its type approved for bladder cancer.

China and India Burdened by Untreated Mental Disorders
Less than 10 percent of people receive effective treatment in the two countries, a report has found, and the burden of disability is higher than in all Western countries combined.

Well: Skin Problem? Websites May Offer Poor Care
Consulting a dermatologist over the Internet may have serious drawbacks, a new study suggests.

How High School Students See the Transgender Bathroom Issue
High school students share their thoughts on President Obama’s directive to public schools on accommodating transgender students.

South Carolina Legislature Approves Ban on Abortions at 20 Weeks
The bill is expected to be signed by the governor, Nikki Haley.

Brazil’s Abortion Restrictions Compound Challenge of Zika Virus
Abortion is almost always a crime in Brazil, punishable by up to three years in jail, and there is no exception for defects caused by the Zika virus.

Well: What Should You Pay for a Child’s Guitar (Or Any Musical Instrument)?
We ought to put every object of child desire through its own wants-versus-needs test, one that inevitably ends with a question about how much is enough.

Well: Exercise Tied to Lower Risk for 13 Types of Cancer
The potential cancer-fighting benefits of exercise seem to hold true even if someone is overweight, a comprehensive new study found.

As Attention Grows, Transgender Children’s Numbers Are Elusive
For all the heated debate about bathroom access, a central fact remains unclear: how many children in the United States identify as transgender.

Well: Potatoes Tied to High Blood Pressure Risk
Eating potatoes four or more times a week may increase the risk for hypertension, a large new study has found.

Skin Deep: Your Summer Beauty Reboot: 13 Ways to Upgrade Your Routine
Pump up your SPF, tame the frizz, get a pretty manicure.

Emergency Funding for Zika Virus in Senate’s Hands, Amid Discord
The Senate is expected to begin casting votes on Tuesday on aid to combat the virus, one day after House Republicans rejected a demand by the White House.

Op-Docs: Errol Morris: ‘Demon in the Freezer’
Smallpox has inflicted untold suffering and death. So why are we keeping it around?

Well: Where Does the Time Go? How to Keep Track
The time-management expert Laura Vanderkam explains how she records what she does all day, in half-hour increments.

Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test
As labor markets tighten, employers are having a harder time finding applicants free of drugs, especially marijuana.

Well: Is Your Food ‘Natural’? F.D.A. to Weigh In
Even the most educated consumer can’t know what the food label “all natural” means.

Fixes: Finding Organ Donors Concealed in Plain Sight
Thousands of lives could be saved with better way to reach to the millions of Americans willing to part with an organ.

American Well Will Allow Telemedicine Patients to Pick Their Doctor
The company behind Anthem’s service is betting that people want to choose the doctors or nurses they consult with online much as they select urgent care centers and specialists.

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