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The New Old Age: Older Voters Stymied by Tighter ID Requirements

New York Times - 24/11/2017
Restrictive eligibility rules have kept older citizens from the voting booth, experts say.

Ask Well: Am I at High Risk for a Heart Attack?

New York Times - 24/11/2017
Physicians use a number of different factors to assess your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Why Tobacco Companies Are Paying to Tell You Smoking Kills

New York Times - 24/11/2017
Court-ordered ads, which will start appearing on Sunday, are “corrective statements” about the health risks and addictive nature of smoking.

Why Is This Bacterium Hiding in Human Tumors?

New York Times - 24/11/2017
Whether Fusobacterium nucleatum causes colon tumors is unknown. But a new study hints that it may be ‘an integral part of the cancer.’

Unearthed Raymond Chandler Story Rebukes U.S. Health Care System

New York Times - 22/11/2017
You won’t find Philip Marlowe in the crime novelist’s short story “It’s All Right — He’s Dead.” But it explores themes still relevant 60 years after Chandler’s death.

Thanks a Lot! New Reasons Not to Eat Cookie Dough

New York Times - 22/11/2017
A new study confirms that uncooked flour can make people dangerously ill. Turns out E. coli bacteria can thrive in the dry, powdery host.

Abnormal Proteins Discovered in Skin of Patients With Rare Brain Disease

New York Times - 22/11/2017
Finding so-called prions in skin samples may lead to early diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But the discovery also hints at possible risks from surgery.

Matter: Young Again: How One Cell Turns Back Time

New York Times - 22/11/2017
With every birth, cells begin anew. Scientists have found a biological mechanism underpinning the process in worms, which one day may be harnessed to restore our own damaged cells.

Dog Owners Live Longer

New York Times - 22/11/2017
Owning a dog is linked to a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and death, a Swedish study found.

Men More Likely Than Women to Get CPR

New York Times - 22/11/2017
Outside of hospitals, men are much more likely to get lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation than women.

Phys Ed: Exercise May Enhance the Effects of Brain Training

New York Times - 22/11/2017
Improvements in memory were most striking among volunteers whose fitness had also improved the most, especially if they practiced brain training.

As Malaria Resists Treatment, Experts Warn of Global Crisis

New York Times - 22/11/2017
A strain of malaria resistant to two drugs, including artemisinin, which was once seen as a miracle cure, is spreading, and experts fear that it could reach Africa.

Sugar Industry Long Downplayed Potential Harms

New York Times - 21/11/2017
The sugar industry funded animal research in the 1960s on sugar’s effects on heart health, then buried data suggesting sugar could be harmful.

What Turns Black Friday Shoppers Into Raging Hordes?

New York Times - 21/11/2017
Social scientists and psychologists are trying to figure out why Black Friday shoppers behave so badly.

Living With Cancer: Giving Thanks for Survivors

New York Times - 21/11/2017
Living with the disease for almost a decade has made me more susceptible to the sorrow of unrelated but potentially horrific suffering.

Well : Activity Trackers Don’t Always Work the Way We Want Them To

New York Times - 21/11/2017
"You can’t just give a child a Fitbit for Christmas and expect them to be active,” one expert said.

Skin Cancers Rise, Along With Questionable Treatments

New York Times - 21/11/2017
Dermatology is booming, with private equity investments and an influx of physician assistants doing the work of doctors. Are patients being well served?

New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients

New York Times - 20/11/2017
By genetically altering a patient’s T-cells to attack more than one site on cancer cells, researchers hope to devise better treatments.

Global Health: Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says

New York Times - 20/11/2017
“Remarkable progress” has been made, Unaids said, but millions more worldwide require treatment. Young women are especially hard hit.

The Checkup: How Not to Talk to a Child Who Is Overweight

New York Times - 20/11/2017
Doctors walk a difficult line as they try to discuss the fraught subject of weight without increasing the distress that many children already feel.