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    Scheme Tied to UnitedHealth Overbilled Medicare for Years, Suit Says

    Scheme Tied to UnitedHealth Overbilled Medicare for Years, Suit Says


    An office of UnitedHealthcare Group in Flushing, New York. The Justice Department has asked to intervene in a whistle-blower suit accusing the company of improperly taking billions of dollars from Medicare by claiming people under its care were sicker...

    The Justice Department moved Thursday to join a whistle-blower suit in California that claims the insurer improperly collected vast sums by claiming people under its care were sicker than they were.
    Q&A: Getting the Most From Vitamins and Mineral Supplements

    Q&A: Getting the Most From Vitamins and Mineral Supplements


    The National Institutes of Health studies dietary supplements and advises the public and professionals, but its conclusions are often...

    The National Institutes of Health studies dietary supplements and advises the public and professionals, but its conclusions are often complicated.
    When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis

    When Retirement Comes With a Daily Dose of Cannabis


    Ruth Brunn, 98, taking her medicinal marijuana with vitamin water at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York City earlier this...

    Older Americans are increasingly turning to pot to treat their aches and pains. The trend raises questions about effectiveness, safety and accessibility.
    As Obesity Rises, Remote Pacific Islands Plan to Abandon Junk Food

    As Obesity Rises, Remote Pacific Islands Plan to Abandon Junk Food


    A market in Port-Vila, the capital of Vanuatu. Experts say a health crisis in Pacific island nations is primarily driven by a shift from traditional diets toward ones high in sugar, refined starch and processed...

    A ban on imported food at government functions and tourist establishments is an early step to prevent disease and promote healthy habits in an isolated province of Vanuatu.
    Where the Booze Can Kill, and Putin Is Deemed a ‘Good Czar’

    Where the Booze Can Kill, and Putin Is Deemed a ‘Good Czar’


    Zoya Mukhamadeyeva, 59, whose son, Renat, was one of at least 76 victims of fatal alcohol poisoning in Irkutsk, Russia, in December. The cause was a tainted low-cost vodka...

    In a remote city’s desperation, where at least 76 people died after drinking a tainted vodka substitute, Russia’s decline writ large.
    Universities Face Pressure to Hold the Line on Title IX

    Universities Face Pressure to Hold the Line on Title IX


    Jessica Davidson of the group End Rape on Campus, which wants college officials to uphold Obama-era policies on sexual...

    The main goal of those involved in the effort is to convince college presidents that the Obama-era policies have positively transformed the lives of women on college campuses.
    China Fights Spread of Deadly Avian Virus

    China Fights Spread of Deadly Avian Virus


    A patient infected with the H7N9 flu virus was recently treated at a hospital in Wuhan, in China’s Hubei...

    As of Friday, health officials confirmed eight deaths and 77 diagnosed cases just in February, according to Xinhua, the state news agency.
    A Push for Diesel Leaves London Gasping Amid Record Pollution

    A Push for Diesel Leaves London Gasping Amid Record Pollution


    Pollution haze over southeast London in January. The city was put on a “very high” pollution alert for the first time, as cold and stationary weather failed to clear the toxic air caused by diesel road traffic and high use of open fires, which...

    Britain’s efforts to aid the environment have inadvertently led to a spike in an even more insidious form of air pollution than the deadly smog of 1952.
    Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety

    Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety


    In this 2007 photo, Thomas Stevens Jr. and Amy Hartman of the C.D.C demonstrated the process of suiting up in order to access the interior of the organization’s Biosafety Level-4...

    Work has stopped temporarily at the government lab handling viruses like Ebola because air hoses used in safety suits were not tested for breathing safety.
    Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works

    Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works


    Illustrations by Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the Spanish neuroscientist, from the book “The Beautiful Brain.” From left: A diagram suggesting how the eyes might transmit a unified picture of the world to the brain; a purkinje neuron from the human...

    The illustrations of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, are featured in the new book “The Beautiful Brain.”
    Well: Are Fat Cells Forever?

    Well: Are Fat Cells Forever?


    A 3D rendering of a group of fat...

    The number of fat cells in a person’s body seems to be able to change in only one direction: up.
    Ties: Trespassing in Christina’s World

    Ties: Trespassing in Christina’s World


    My dad’s philosophy was that you don’t need money or plans, only a willingness to be present in the moment and to go where inspiration takes...

    My dad’s philosophy was that you don’t need money or plans, only a willingness to be present in the moment and to go where inspiration takes you.
    House G.O.P. Leaders Outline Plan to Replace Obama Health Care Act

    House G.O.P. Leaders Outline Plan to Replace Obama Health Care Act


    Speaker Paul D. Ryan spoke about the House Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on...

    The Republican plan includes tax credits to help people buy insurance that would vary by age, not income, and incentives to establish savings accounts to pay medical expenses.
    A Downside of Gluten Free

    A Downside of Gluten Free


    People eating a gluten-free diet had higher blood levels of arsenic and...

    People eating a gluten-free diet had higher blood levels of arsenic and mercury.
    Congressional Memo: G.O.P.’s Grand Visions for Congress Now Look Like a Mirage

    Congressional Memo: G.O.P.’s Grand Visions for Congress Now Look Like a Mirage


    Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, left, and Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, during a news conference on Wednesday where they discussed plans to replace the Affordable Care...

    Congressional Republicans eagerly anticipated securing their conservative agenda, but they have yet to deliver on any of the sweeping legislation they promised.
    White House Proposes New Rules to Steady Insurance Markets Under Health Law

    White House Proposes New Rules to Steady Insurance Markets Under Health Law


    Sami Jamaleddine, left, signed up for health insurance in Miami on Jan. 31, the final day of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. The Trump administration has proposed a shorter enrollment period this...

    As the Trump administration works to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it is moving to prevent a collapse of the public marketplaces in 2018.

    Harvard and M.I.T. Scientists Win Gene-Editing Patent Fight


    The ruling gives the Broad Institute the potentially lucrative rights, a blow to the University of California, often said to be the birthplace of the...

    The ruling gives the Broad Institute the potentially lucrative rights, a blow to the University of California, often said to be the birthplace of the technique.
    Long-Term Opioid Use Could Depend on the Doctor Who First Prescribed It

    Long-Term Opioid Use Could Depend on the Doctor Who First Prescribed It


    A man receiving care in an emergency room. Some emergency room doctors are far more likely than others even within their own department to prescribe opioids to treat pain in older...

    A study of the use of opioid painkillers found that patients who had encountered a “high-intensity” prescribing doctor in the emergency room were more likely to become long-term users.
    Blood Pressure? 120 May Be a Good Target

    Blood Pressure? 120 May Be a Good Target


    Lowering blood pressure to 120 — instead of the current guideline of 140 — could prevent more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States alone, researchers...

    Lowering blood pressure to 120 — instead of the current guideline of 140 — could prevent more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States alone, researchers report.
    Mammogram Results Can Be Misleading

    Mammogram Results Can Be Misleading


    A false positive mammogram has a dangerous downside: It may reduce the likelihood that a woman returns for later...

    A false positive mammogram has a dangerous downside: It may reduce the likelihood that a woman returns for later screenings
    Phys Ed: Why Exercise Is Good for the Heart

    Phys Ed: Why Exercise Is Good for the Heart


    Even a single workout may start to change how the heart’s cells work, a study of mice on treadmills...

    Even a single workout may start to change how the heart’s cells work, a study of mice on treadmills found.
    Rare Rat-Related Disease Kills a Bronx Victim, the City Says

    Rare Rat-Related Disease Kills a Bronx Victim, the City Says


    Three cases of a rare disease trasmitted through rat urine have been reported in the Bronx, officials...

    Three people in the Grand Concourse area were infected with leptospirosis, making it the first reported cluster of the disease in New York, health officials said.
    Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support

    Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support


    Embryos being removed from cryogenic storage. An advisory group has endorsed the engineering of human eggs, sperm and embryos only to prevent babies from being born with genes known to cause serious diseases and...

    Pressed by controversial, advancing technology, an influential committee laid out the conditions under which human embryos might be engineered with heritable traits.