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A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted

A colorized electron micrograph of the coronavirus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS. Federal officials ended a moratorium imposed on funding research that alters viruses like this one to become more lethal.

Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled

Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled

Batches of the drug valsartan were recalled because of possible contaminants.

C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War

C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War

An air raid drill in a school in Baltimore in 1951. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a session on nuclear attack preparedness that was planned for next week.

A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

John Sueme of St. Louis was the first patient to receive an experimental treatment that exposes scarred heart tissue to radiation, eliminating damaged cells that cause rapid, sometimes fatal heartbeats.

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A Brooklyn mother unable to nurse fed her child donated breast milk. The $70 billion infant formula industry has seen sales flatten in wealthy countries in recent years.

Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’

Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’

A health worker administering a vaccine against the Ebola virus in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 3,200 people were vaccinated in the most recent outbreak.

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

A colored magnetic resonance imaging scan of a cancerous tumor in the lung, in orange, upper right. A study suggests “that chemotherapy alone is no longer a standard of care,” its lead author said.

Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible

Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible

An X-ray of the lung of a suspected tuberculosis patient in Vietnam. Researchers say urine testing for tuberculosis, which kills 1.7 million people a year, may soon be possible.

Two Prostate Cancer Drugs Delay Spread of the Disease by Two Years

Two Prostate Cancer Drugs Delay Spread of the Disease by Two Years

Ron Scolamiero of Marshfield, Mass., takes four pills of the prostate cancer drug apalutamide daily. New studies show it is one of two drugs that can stave off pain and the need for chemotherapy.

‘Desperation Oncology’: When Patients Are Dying, Some Cancer Doctors Turn to Immunotherapy

‘Desperation Oncology’: When Patients Are Dying, Some Cancer Doctors Turn to Immunotherapy

Dr. Oliver Sartor in his office at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. He and other cancer experts offer dying patients the chance to try experimental immunotherapy drugs.

F.D.A. Moves to Stop Rogue Clinics From Using Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies

F.D.A. Moves to Stop Rogue Clinics From Using Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies

Dr. Mark Berman, of the Cell Surgical Network, in 2014 at his practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Berman is a founder of the California Stem Cell Treatment Centers, where patients received an unapproved stem cell treatment made with the help of a smallpox vaccine and other ingredients.

Flu Patients Arrive in Droves, and a Hospital Rolls Out the ‘Surge Tent’

Flu Patients Arrive in Droves, and a Hospital Rolls Out the ‘Surge Tent’

At the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Mark Moyer, left, waited for medicine from an emergency nurse, Mollie Rohrbach, inside a surge tent. Mr. Moyer was ordered to visit the hospital by his boss because of a hacking cough.

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma

As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma

Gwen and Matt Hurd with their son, Harry, at home in Merrimack, N.H. They pay full price for Obamacare coverage, which has gotten so expensive they have considered forgoing health insurance.

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

Did you know that your emergency contact’s data could be mined for medical research?

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories

Modern antidepressants, beginning with Prozac in 1987, have shaped how the public understands mental health itself.


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