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New York Times Health Research News

  1. The New Health Care: The U.S. Is Failing in Infant Mortality, Starting at One Month Old
    The United States does worse than about two dozen other industrialized nations in this crucial measure of public health.
  2. Many Readers Say No to Idea of Life-Extending Drug, but Yes for Their Dogs
    “You can’t cheat death,” wrote a reader who echoed many responses to an article about drug tests on dogs to try to slow aging. But others said the goal seemed worthy.
  3. The Health Issue: The Improvisational Oncologist
    In an era of rapidly proliferating, precisely targeted treatments, every cancer case has to be played by ear.
  4. The Health Issue: An Old Idea, Revived: Starve Cancer to Death
    In the early 20th century, the German biochemist Otto Warburg believed that tumors could be treated by disrupting their source of energy. His idea was dismissed for decades — until now.
  5. The Health Issue: When Do You Give Up on Treating a Child With Cancer?
    Andrew Levy’s parents knew that the rare and deadly cancer in his blood could not be beaten, so they began to prepare for the worst. Then something mysterious happened.
  6. The Health Issue: Learning From the Lazarus Effect
    Most clinical trials for cancer drugs are failures. But for a handful of patients, a drug proves to be nearly a cure. What can science learn from these “exceptional responders”?
  7. The New Health Care: Should You Circumcise Your Baby Boy?
    Research points to both advantages and disadvantages. In the end, it’s a personal choice.
  8. The New Health Care: Avoiding Peanuts to Avoid an Allergy Is a Bad Strategy for Most
    New research on potential allergens fits with a wider hypothesis that complete avoidance of risky substances doesn’t work well.
  9. Aging Runners Find Help for a Question: How Slow Will I Get?
    Thanks to Ray Fair, a professor in the economics department at Yale, runners have an exact schedule that will predict how their performance will decline as they age.
  10. The New Health Care: A Study on Fats That Doesn’t Fit the Story Line
    Old but only recently published research increases a concern that when it comes to nutrition, personal beliefs can trump science.
  11. Sean Parker, a Facebook and Napster Pioneer, to Start Cancer Immunotherapy Effort
    Mr. Parker’s institute will try to spur collaboration among six academic centers in developing ways to unleash patients’ immune systems to fight cancer.
  12. Well: Direct-to-Consumer Lab Tests, No Doctor Visit Required
    Firms promise to help consumers spot metabolic red flags. Critics say the services persuade healthy people to seek unneeded treatment.
  13. Well: A Doctor on Schedule, Rarely on Time
    Everyone can tell when I’m behind. Every visit is pared to essentials. Paperwork is postponed, chatting minimized.
  14. Well: Early Puberty in Girls Raises the Risk of Depression
    Those who developed breasts younger than their peers had a higher risk of depression, a new study found.
  15. Well: War Wounds That Time Alone Can’t Heal
    Moral injury resembles post-traumatic stress disorder with an added burden of guilt, and requires different treatment.
  16. Well: Think Like a Doctor: The Tired Gardener Solved!
    Readers solve the case of a previously healthy 67-year-old gardener who is too exhausted and feverish to garden.
  17. Personal Health: Parenting Advice From ‘America’s Worst Mom’
    A New York City mother embraces her leading role in a campaign to return to the days when children played and navigated through life without constant adult supervision.
  18. Ask Well: Is Rebounding Good Exercise?
    A reader asks: Does rebounding, or a mini-trampoline, provide the miracle benefits that its advocates say it does?
  19. Genetic Gamble : In Gene Sequencing Treatment for Leukemia, Glimpses of the Future
    A novel method known as whole genome sequencing focuses on genes that drive a cancer, not the tissues or organ where it originates.
  20. Global Update: After Measles Success, Rwanda to Get Rubella Vaccine
    Encouraged by Rwanda’s steady gains in curbing measles, donors are paying for a more expensive dual vaccine that will target rubella, too.


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