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Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional

The ruling was over a lawsuit filed this year by a group of Republican governors and state attorneys general. A group of intervening states led by Democrats promised to appeal the decision.

Mapping the Brain’s Genetic Landscape

Scientists have taken a step toward building a computer model of the brain’s genome, one that may help clarify the genetic roots of schizophrenia, autism and other disorders.

In Battle Over Johnson’s Baby Powder, Asbestos Opens a New Legal Front

Johnson & Johnson says its product is safe. But asbestos, a carcinogen that can exist underground near talc, was a concern inside the company for decades.

N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects

After halting a discredited alcohol study, officials will enforce new policies to ensure that private support does not compromise scientific integrity.

Fetal Tissue Research Is Curtailed by Trump Administration

Studies that rely on tissue from aborted fetuses have pitted abortion critics against scientists who say the research helps millions of people.

Phys Ed: Is Aerobic Exercise the Key to Successful Aging?

Aerobic activities like jogging and interval training can make our cells biologically younger; weight training did not have the same effect.

MIND: Can We Really Inherit Trauma?

Headlines suggest that the epigenetic marks of trauma can be passed from one generation to the next. But the evidence, at least in humans, is circumstantial at best.

Is Screen Time Bad for Kids’ Brains?

A study featured on “60 Minutes” is sure to alarm parents. Here’s what scientists know, and don’t know, about the link between screens, behavior, and development.

What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

Academic research publications rely on doctors to voluntarily disclose their payments from drug and health companies in a lax reporting system some say is broken.

What Is Talc, Where Is It Used and Why Is Asbestos a Concern?

Here's what you need to know about talc and the health-related claims surrounding it.

Q&A: Albinism Strips Pigment From the Body, Including the Eyes

The pigment shortage may cause eyes to appear pink or red. In fact, the coloring results from exposed blood vessels.

Ask Well: Is Eating Deli Meats Really That Bad for You?

Even small amounts of processed meat increase the risk of colorectal cancer.

Breast Cancer Risk May Rise After Childbirth, but Is Still Low

Women who recently gave birth may have an increased risk of breast cancer that lasts about 20 years. But for most, the overall risk is still small.

Times Insider: When Investigative Reporting Means Seeking Access to a Subject’s Mind

Although I’d learned about psychiatric advance directives a couple of years ago, it took months to find people willing to speak openly about their experiences.

‘That Way Madness Lies …’ Review: A Terrifying True Story, Ordinarily Told

The director Sandra Luckow chronicles her brother’s mental illness. If this is a subject matter that has touched your life, you ought to see this movie.

Voices: Am I ‘Old’?

As with beauty, the meaning of “old” depends on the person you ask.

Doctors: International Patients, Seeking Cures in the States

Are they taking up beds that could be used for vulnerable domestic patients or are they bringing money that could be used toward other programs?

Women With Heart Emergencies Less Likely to Get Proper Care

Women with cardiac emergencies are less likely than men to receive proper treatment when the ambulance arrives.

Christmas Is a Peak Time for Heart Attacks

In Sweden, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day were prime times for heart troubles.

Starting School Later Really Does Help Teens Get Sleep

Before Seattle made a change, students got an average of six hours and 50 minutes of sleep a night. Afterward, they got seven hours and 24 minutes.

U.S. Diplomats With Mysterious Illness in Cuba Had Inner-Ear Damage, Doctors Say

A report by the first doctors to examine Americans who suffered mystifying symptoms after hearing a high-pitched sound at the embassy in Cuba confirms that their condition is real.

How Do You Recover After Millions Have Watched You Overdose?

Amid an opioid crisis, police and strangers with cameras are posting raw images of drug users passed out. For those whose bleakest moments now live online, life is never the same.

Can We Ever Be Truly Fearless?

We’ve needed fear to survive as a species. But how do you not let the emotional response of the fear reflex run wild?

What We Know About Diet and Weight Loss

After decades of research, there are shockingly few firm conclusions.

Global Health: In Remote Villages, Surprising New Measures Save Children With Malaria

Malaria quickly kills toddlers. But rapid diagnostic tests, a new suppository drug and bicycle ambulances can buy enough time to get stricken children to hospitals.

The Checkup: Why Is Children’s Masturbation Such a Secret?

Parents and children have questions, but there is surprisingly little guidance available in the pediatric literature.

Personal Health: How to Foster Empathy in Children

Research shows that we are each born with a given number of neurons that participate in an empathetic response. But early life experience shapes how we act on it.

Hospital-Acquired Infections Are Declining

There were reductions in urinary and surgical infections, but not in pneumonia or C. diff infections.



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