• paul farmer February 21, 2022 3:30 pm

    Dr. Paul Farmer, Global Humanitarian Leader, Dies at 62

    Dr. Paul Farmer, a U.S. physician, humanitarian and author renowned for providing health care to millions of impoverished people worldwide and who co-founded the global nonprofit Partners in Health, has died. He was 62. The Boston-based organization confirmed Farmer’s death on Monday, calling it “devastating” and noting he unexpectedly passed away in his sleep from an acute cardiac event...

  • Heart Health February 19, 2020 3:34 pm

    80 Is Not the New 70: Age May Bias Heart Care, Study Finds

    Researchers using Medicare records found that heart attack patients who turned 80 within the previous two weeks were less likely to get bypass surgery than those who were two weeks shy of that birthday.

  • Technology November 24, 2019 10:23 am

    Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial Intelligence Moves Into Care

    The next time you get sick, your care may involve a form of the technology people use to navigate road trips or pick the right vacuum cleaner online. Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions to guide care or help patients. It...

  • Norway October 10, 2019 2:18 pm

    Olga Tokarczuk, Peter Handke Win Nobel Literature Prizes

    Nobel Prizes for literature were awarded Thursday to two writers enmeshed in Europe’s social and political fault lines: a liberal Pole who has irked her country’s conservative government and an Austrian accused by many liberals of being an apologist for Serbian war crimes. The rare double announcement — with the 2018 prize going to Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk and the 2019...

  • Norway October 9, 2019 1:49 pm

    3 Win Nobel in Chemistry for Work on Lithium-Ion Batteries

    If you’re reading this on a cellphone or laptop computer, you might thank this year’s three winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on lithium-ion batteries. The batteries developed by the British, American and Japanese winners are far more revolutionary than just for on-the-go computing and calling. The breakthroughs they achieved also made storing energy from renewable...

  • Canada October 8, 2019 11:19 am

    Princeton Professor, 2 Others Win Nobel Prize in Physics for Discoveries in Cosmology

    A Canadian-American cosmologist and two Swiss scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their work in understanding how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang and the blockbuster discovery of the first known planet outside our solar system. Canadian-born James Peebles, 84, of Princeton University, was credited for “theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and Switzerland’s...

  • surgery September 28, 2019 5:33 am

    Standing by Ellie: Man's Loyalty to Dog Defies Rare Illness Sparked by Pet Germ

    Gravely ill, Greg Manteufel lost parts of his arms and legs, as well as the skin of his nose and part of his upper lip. The cause was capnocytophaga, a germ from Ellie’s mouth or from another dog he encountered. Capnocytophaga is commonly found in the saliva of cats and dogs and almost never leads to people getting sick, unless...

  • Joe Biden September 15, 2019 4:54 pm

    Rise in Health Uninsured May Be Linked to Immigrants' Fears

    When the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people without health insurance in America, it sent political partisans reaching for talking points on the Obama-era health law and its travails. But the new numbers suggest that fears of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown may be a more significant factor in the slippage. Overall, the number of uninsured...

  • lead author May 28, 2019 7:21 am

    Teens Still Commonly Prescribed Opioids, Study Finds

    Opioid prescriptions remain common for teens and young adults, a new study finds. NBC News reported that, from 2005 to 2015, nearly 15 percent of teens and young adults received an opioid prescription during an emergency room visit, according to the study, published Tuesday in the journal Pediatrics. That’s compared with 3 percent among those who were seen in an...

  • head May 7, 2019 7:15 pm

    US Pregnancy Deaths Are Up, Especially Among Minorities

    Pregnancy-related deaths are rising in the United States and the main risk factor is being black, according to new reports that highlight racial disparities in care during and after childbirth. Black women, along with Native Americans and Alaska natives, are three times more likely to die before, during or after having a baby, and more than half of these deaths...

  • Simone Biles March 28, 2019 1:18 pm

    Simone Biles: I Slept ‘All the Time' to Cope With Sexual Abuse

    Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles is opening up about how she initially coped with being sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar, saying she tried to sleep off what had happened. During a discussion for the new YouTube series, “If I Could Tell You Just One Thing,” hosted by Priyanka Chopra, Biles revealed she first opened up to...

  • Commissioner January 30, 2019 5:36 pm

    E-Cigs Outperform Patches and Gums in Quit-Smoking Study

    A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the debate in the U.S., where the Food and Drug Administration...

  • China November 29, 2018 7:52 am

    China Halts Work of Team Claiming to Make First Gene-Edited Babies

    China’s government ordered a halt Thursday to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies, as a group of leading scientists declared that it’s still too soon to try to make permanent changes to DNA that can be inherited by future generations. Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping told...

  • China November 28, 2018 6:42 am

    Scientist Claiming Gene-Edited Babies Reports 2nd Pregnancy

    Leading scientists see even more reasons to worry and have more questions than answers after a Chinese scientist attended an international conference Wednesday and repeated his claim to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. He Jiankui spoke at the gene-editing meeting in Hong Kong where the conference’s leader called his experiment “irresponsible” and evidence that the scientific community...

  • DONALD TRUMP November 27, 2018 3:36 pm

    US Goal to Be ‘First' on Devices Worries Former Regulator

    Dr. Jeffrey Shuren was adamant: The United States would never cut corners to fast-track the approval of medical devices. “We don’t use our people as guinea pigs in the U.S.,” Shuren said, holding firm as the new director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s medical devices division. Again and again in 2011 — four times in all — Shuren...

  • spokesman November 26, 2018 4:51 pm

    Gene-Edited Baby Claim by Chinese Scientist Sparks Outrage

    Scientists and bioethics experts reacted with shock, anger and alarm Monday to a Chinese researcher’s claim that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies. He Jiankui of Southern University of Science and Technology of China said he altered the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month to try to help them resist possible future infection with the...

  • CEO November 2, 2018 9:39 pm

    Massachusetts General Hospital Doctor Says She Was Racially Profiled While Helping Patient on Delta Flight

    Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford said she was on a Delta Air Lines flight into Boston Tuesday night when she noticed that a passenger next to her was in distress. Stanford, who is an African American physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, said she was helping the passenger when her medical credentials were questioned by several flight attendants, even after she showed...

  • DONALD TRUMP October 4, 2018 4:18 pm

    Fact Check: Trump Repeatedly Wrong on Ford's Testimony

    Speaking to supporters in Mississippi, President Donald Trump made a series of false statements about Christine Blasey Ford’s sworn testimony about an alleged sexual assault. Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her when the two were in high school 36 years ago. In mocking Ford’s memory of the event, the president wrongly quoted...

  • DONALD TRUMP October 5, 2018 7:45 am

    ‘Stating the Facts'? How Trump Mischaracterized Ford's Testimony

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump wasn’t mocking Christine Blasey Ford during a political rally. Trump was instead “stating the facts,” she said. But while Ford has said she couldn’t remember some details, the president mischaracterized her testimony repeatedly.

  • NBC September 11, 2018 10:20 am

    Doctors Gave No Reason for 1/3 of Opioid Prescriptions: Study

    New research shows that about one-third of doctors who prescribed opioids in the buildup to the opioid overdose epidemic gave no reason for doing so, according to NBC News. In 29 percent of cases between 2006 and 2015, doctors’s opioid prescriptions had no explanation for why they were written, a team from Harvard Medical School and the Rand Corp. reported...

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