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    What Does It Really Mean to Be 6 Weeks Pregnant?


    So-called ‘heartbeat’ legislation restricting abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy has started a conversation about when most women actually learn that they’re...

    So-called ‘heartbeat’ legislation restricting abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy has started a conversation about when most women actually learn that they’re pregnant.
    Maternity Leave for Sponsored Runners

    Maternity Leave for Sponsored Runners


    Alysia Montaño preparing to run in the first round of the Women’s 800 Meters during the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on July 1,...

    A video about female runners losing their pay and health insurance if they are pregnant sends ripples through the running world.
    In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing

    In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing


    William Glen Miller Sr. has been using heroin since he was 13 years old. He lost one leg to a heroin-related infection and now lives in a nursing home in...

    The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose.
    Dax Cowart, Who Suffered for Patients’ Rights, Dies at 71

    Dax Cowart, Who Suffered for Patients’ Rights, Dies at 71


    Mr. Cowart with his wife at the time, Randy. Mr. Cowart lost both eyes, most of his nose, lips, eyelids and ears and all of his fingers, except for a portion of his left thumb. After multiple surgeries and skin grafts, his face was reconstructed, along...

    Doctors forced Mr. Cowart to undergo treatment after he was severely burned in an explosion. He spent the rest of his life arguing for patient autonomy.
    A Rare Genetic Mutation Leads to Cancer. The Fix May Already Be in the Drugstore.

    A Rare Genetic Mutation Leads to Cancer. The Fix May Already Be in the Drugstore.


    Kelley Oliver Douglass, left, with her daughter Maryn. Ms. Oliver-Douglass has a genetic mutation that can cause a range of cancers. A new study suggests that indole-3-carbinol, commonly sold as a supplement, may help restore the gene’s...

    A common dietary supplement may help overcome mutations in the Pten gene. Should patients take it?
    U.S. Birthrate Drops 4th Year in a Row, Possibly Echoing the Great Recession

    U.S. Birthrate Drops 4th Year in a Row, Possibly Echoing the Great Recession


    The 2018 fertility rate remained below the level at which a given generation can replace itself, according to a government report published on...

    The birthrate hit a 32-year low and the fertility rate reached a record low in 2018, bringing the United States more in line with other wealthy countries.
    House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs

    House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs


    “There’s been a relentless campaign of sabotage by the Trump administration to deny people health care, and thankfully, the new Democratic majority in the House has taken action,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a Wednesday news conference to push the...

    Democrats tied several bills together, trying to hold Republicans to promises to protect coverage of pre-existing conditions and rein in drug costs, but the minority party did not bite.
    Barbara Marx Hubbard, 89, Futurist Who Saw ‘Conscious Evolution,’ Dies

    Barbara Marx Hubbard, 89, Futurist Who Saw ‘Conscious Evolution,’ Dies


    Barbara Marx Hubbard in 1978. Her book “Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential” is a core text among those who think the human race is on the brink of an enhanced way of...

    In her writings and lectures, she postulated that the human race was on the brink of an enhanced way of existing and could bring about great things.

    you asked: Of Age and Pleasure


    What can be done to help a woman who is having less-satisfying sexual experiences as she...

    What can be done to help a woman who is having less-satisfying sexual experiences as she ages?
    A Daunting Operation Offers Relief to Obese Teenagers

    A Daunting Operation Offers Relief to Obese Teenagers


    Surgeons performing a laparoscopic gastric bypass at Rose Medical Center in Denver. A new study found that teenagers fare just as well as adults who receive weight-loss...

    Gastric bypass surgery works as well in adolescents as it does in adults, researchers report. But the procedure requires a major commitment.
    Why Eating Processed Foods Might Make You Fat

    Why Eating Processed Foods Might Make You Fat


    Baked potato chips (Lay’s); dry roasted peanuts (Planters); cheese & peanut butter sandwich crackers (Keebler); Goldfish crackers (Pepperidge Farm); applesauce (Lucky...

    People who followed a diet of ultra-processed foods ate about 500 more calories a day compared to when they ate a whole foods diet.

    Studies Show: How Much Alcohol Can You Drink Safely?


    That depends on how you do the research — and then on how you read the results. Here’s what studies...

    That depends on how you do the research — and then on how you read the results. Here’s what studies show.
    Fitness for Bodies That Don’t Fit the Mainstream

    Fitness for Bodies That Don’t Fit the Mainstream


    The Nonnormative Body Club, a fitness class for queer and transgender people, rents space at Bodyrock Bootcamp in West...

    Workouts tailored to the needs of transgender people who want to build strength after surgery.

    Living With Cancer: Sleeping With Cancer


    Ten years after diagnosis, could I finally dispense with chemical sleeping...

    Ten years after diagnosis, could I finally dispense with chemical sleeping aids?
    The Met Will Turn Down Sackler Money Amid Fury Over the Opioid Crisis

    The Met Will Turn Down Sackler Money Amid Fury Over the Opioid Crisis


    The Metropolitan Museum of Art will not rename its Sackler Wing, but it will turn down future gifts from family members tied to the company that makes...

    The decision by one of the world’s leading museums could spur other institutions to turn down philanthropy from the family behind OxyContin.
    The Intersection of Race and Blood

    The Intersection of Race and Blood


    Blood can be racially or ethnically specific, so having more blood donors in certain groups can be crucial for saving the lives of patients who share their...

    Blood can be racially or ethnically specific, so having more blood donors in certain groups can be crucial for saving the lives of patients who share their backgrounds.

    Glucosamine Tied to Heart Benefits


    A dietary supplement widely used for arthritic pain may reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, researchers...

    A dietary supplement widely used for arthritic pain may reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, researchers report.
    As Swine Fever Roils Asia, Hogs Are Culled and Dinner Plans Change

    As Swine Fever Roils Asia, Hogs Are Culled and Dinner Plans Change


    Dead pigs were transported to a landfill as part of a government culling operation in Hong Kong on Monday. An outbreak of African swine fever is pushing governments in Asia to take drastic...

    An African swine fever outbreak that had been centered in China is rapidly spreading to neighboring countries, pushing up prices of pork, a staple in many Asian nations.
    Mind: Firing Up the Neural Symphony

    Mind: Firing Up the Neural Symphony


    Colored x-rays of a 61-year-old with Parkinson’s disease, showing the electrodes of a deep-brain stimulator. The science of brain stimulation is moving fast, but many puzzles...

    Scientists are racing to treat brain disabilities with electrical stimulation. Here’s a metaphor to help make sense of the progress.
    Girls Enter the Boys’ World of Flipping

    Girls Enter the Boys’ World of Flipping


    Sophie Tillis practices on her backyard trampoline in Montgomery, Ala., in...

    Teen girls are claiming their place inside an emerging online community of extreme athletes who flip, freerun and defy expectations.
    New Tax Will Help Washington Residents Pay for Long-Term Care

    New Tax Will Help Washington Residents Pay for Long-Term Care


    Norm Johnson, a retired lawmaker in Washington State, and Laurie Jinkins, a representative in the state Legislature, wrote a bill to create a payroll tax to cover long-term care costs that was signed by the governor on...

    Starting in 2025, eligible state residents in Washington State will get $100 per day for 365 days of long-term care costs. A payroll tax will pay for it.
    $2 Billion Verdict Against Monsanto Is Third to Find Roundup Caused Cancer

    $2 Billion Verdict Against Monsanto Is Third to Find Roundup Caused Cancer


    Alva Pilliod, left, and Alberta Pilliod, third from left, with their lawyers after a jury ordered Monsanto to pay the Pilliods $2 billion in...

    A state jury’s award for a Northern California couple followed awards in separate cases in March and August, and was the largest by far.
    Stem Cell Treatments Flourish With Little Evidence That They Work

    Stem Cell Treatments Flourish With Little Evidence That They Work


    A doctor retrieving bone marrow from a patient at the Nura Precision Pain Management clinic in Edina, Minn., for a stem cell procedure. The clinic is affiliated with Regenexx, which claims that many patients benefit from its treatments. Most researchers...

    The F.D.A. has taken an industry-friendly approach toward companies using unproven cell cocktails to treat people desperate for relief from aging or damaged joints.
    Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise.

    Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise.


    A Russia Today anchor in Moscow preparing to go on air. The network's American version, RT America, has been exaggerating the health hazards posed by 5G networks, the next, most powerful generation of cell phone...

    RT America, a network known for sowing disinformation, has a new alarm: the coming ‘5G Apocalypse.’