More Than 100 People Have Ended Their Lives Under California’s Right-to-Die Law

During the first six month’s of California’s right-to-die law, 111 people in the state ended their lives using lethal prescriptions. The law — which allows terminally ill adults to obtain life-ending drugs from their doctors — took effect on June … Continue reading

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Two New Cases of Human Plague Have Been Confirmed in New Mexico

Two new cases of plague have been confirmed in New Mexico, bringing the total number of cases of human plague in the state this year to three. The New Mexico Department of Health reported that two women, ages 52 and … Continue reading

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‘On the Last Day of High School, I Almost Died. CPR Saved My Life.’

It was the last day of high school. With one exam left to go, a group of us were sitting in the senior class hangout, some watching Netflix, some cramming for the test. I was braiding my friend Jackie Acierno’s … Continue reading

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Health Care Bill Could Boot People With Addiction Out of Treatment

The health care bill released by Senate Republicans on Thursday is stoking outrage among mental health and addiction groups for its proposed steep cuts to Medicaid, the government’s largest health insurance program. Medicaid is the single largest payer for mental … Continue reading

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Do You Still Need to Worry About Zika?

Last summer, public health experts were on high alert due to the rapid spread of the Zika virus, which has now been proven to cause birth defects and other health problems in infants. Today, experts know far more about the … Continue reading

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How the Trump Administration Is Reversing Progress on HIV Treatment

As an HIV researcher and clinician, I have seen firsthand the virus’s disproportionate devastation of sexual minorities, the poor and many people of color. Nevertheless, steady research progress during recent years has allowed us to envision and work toward the … Continue reading

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4 Ways the Senate Health Care Bill Would Hurt Women

Senate Republicans revealed new legislation—a much-anticipated follow-up to the American Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives last month—intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Senate’s version of the bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Way Genes Can Double Heart Disease Risk

It’s common to think of cancer as a disease driven by the buildup of mutations in the DNA of cells. Everything from pollutants to cigarettes to exposure to everyday chemicals can alter genes, and continued exposure over a lifetime can … Continue reading

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The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish

Ordering off the seafood menu may help ease the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study in Arthritis Care & Research. People with RA who ate fish at least twice a week reported less joint … Continue reading

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Black Kids Are 10 Times More Likely Than White Kids to Die From Guns, Study Says

Guns kill about 10 times more black children than they do white children each year, according to a new analysis. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, published in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed the number of gun-related homicides, … Continue reading

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Teens Are Just As Sedentary As 60 Year Olds

Obesity in American shows no signs of slowing, and the reasons why it’s so widespread can be traced to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle that keeps people inactive, and eating, for more hours of the day. The problem is especially concerning … Continue reading

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Analysis Finds Lead in 20% of Baby Food Samples

A new report has found that 20% of baby food contains traces of lead — a higher amount than what is found in all other foods. The Environmental Defense Fund analyzed 11 years of data between 2003 and 2013 from … Continue reading

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Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says

Yoga and meditation may do more than just help you feel relaxed in the moment. A new scientific review suggests that these and other mindfulness exercises can actually reverse stress-related changes in genes linked to poor health and depression. In … Continue reading

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The Senate Health Care Bill Could Hurt You Even If You Get Insurance Through Work, Report Says

At least 20 million Americans with employer-provided health insurance could find themselves one devastating accident or diagnosis away from financial ruin if the Senate health care bill is passed as expected, according to a report released Thursday by the Center … Continue reading

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This Week in Health: How Farmers Turn Salmon Pink

This week revealed a little-known secret about the vibrant pink color of farm-raised salmon: it comes from a pigmenting chemical farmers feed their fish. Here’s what else caught our attention in health this week. (Sign up for the TIME Health … Continue reading

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