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A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

While not seen as urgent as other world health problems, untreated vision problems cost the global economy $200 billion annually to lost productivity, according to the W.H.O.

Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases

Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases

A colored scanning electron micrograph of a white blood cell amid red blood cells. Researchers hope a new method to boost immune systems could make a treatment available to patients with almost any type of cancer.

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.

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

At a suicide prevention event at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Wash., last month, participants choose necklaces of different colors representing how suicide had affected their lives.

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.

Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies

Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies

Soo-Kyung Lee had been studying the FOXG1 gene for years. Her research took on new meaning when she learned that her daughter, Yuna, had a rare defect on that gene.

Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder

Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder

Kristin Tremblay helps make dinner at home in Gainesville, Fla. She has a disorder that makes her uncontrollably hungry.

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Does interstitial tissue deserve to be classified as a new organ? Researchers disagree.

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

Ronald Sanders, a community health worker with Transitions Clinic Network in San Francisco, checking on a client. Mr. Sanders, who himself was in and out of prison, helps the formerly incarcerated get care for medical, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.

Patients Eagerly Awaited a Generic Drug. Then They Saw the Price.

Patients Eagerly Awaited a Generic Drug. Then They Saw the Price.

A Teva Pharmaceutical drug manufacturing facility in Jerusalem. The company announced earlier this month it would sell a generic version of the drug Syprine at a lower price, but it’s hardly a bargain.

Measles Cases in Europe Quadrupled in 2017

Measles Cases in Europe Quadrupled in 2017

A boy receiving a measles vaccine in a clinic in Kiev, Ukraine, in January. The country had 4,767 cases of measles last year, trailing only Romania and Italy.

Immunotherapy Drugs Slow Skin Cancer That Has Spread to the Brain

Immunotherapy Drugs Slow Skin Cancer That Has Spread to the Brain

An MRI showing the brain tumor, in dark red, lower center, of a melanoma patient whose cancer had spread. Melanoma is more likely than most cancers to invade the brain.

Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

A set of human chromosomes. Researchers have developed a tool that surveys alterations in DNA and millions of points in the genome.

‘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.

Blood Test Might Predict Pregnancy Due Date and Preterm Birth

Blood Test Might Predict Pregnancy Due Date and Preterm Birth

A human fetus at eight weeks. A new blood test could one day help predict pregnancy due dates and help prevent deaths from premature births.


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