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    F.D.A. Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression

    F.D.A. Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression


    Stephanie Hathaway with her daughters Brenley, left, and Hadley, in South Windsor,...

    The medication works quickly, within 48 hours. But it’s an expensive infusion and requires a stay in a medical center.
    No Babies in Parliament, Danish Lawmaker Is Told

    No Babies in Parliament, Danish Lawmaker Is Told


    A lawmaker said she had taken her 5-month-old into the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen because she was unable to arrange child care for a...

    A century of Danish advances for women met a barrier when a legislator was told by another female lawmaker that her baby had no place in Parliament, setting off a debate about gender politics.
    Phys Ed: Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well

    Phys Ed: Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well


    People who discovered that they enjoyed and felt capable of completing a weight-training session subsequently joined a new gym and showed up for...

    People who discovered that they enjoyed and felt capable of completing a weight-training session subsequently joined a new gym and showed up for workouts.
    States Seek Financial Relief for Family Caregivers

    States Seek Financial Relief for Family Caregivers


    Gloria Brown is the primary caregiver for her husband, Arthur, who was given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease four years...

    Lawmakers in California and at least seven other states want to provide state income tax credits for families that need help with home caregiving.
    W.H.O. Panel Demands a Registry for Human Gene Editing

    W.H.O. Panel Demands a Registry for Human Gene Editing


    A human embryo modified in China. The W.H.O., with many leading scientists, has declared that similar procedures should be registered and...

    The panel, established after a Chinese experiment produced embryo-edited babies, said all human genome editing research should be listed in a registry.
    Psychic Mediums Are the New Wellness Coaches

    Psychic Mediums Are the New Wellness Coaches


    A woo-woo profession is getting a boost from the wellness industrial complex. Seems …...

    A woo-woo profession is getting a boost from the wellness industrial complex. Seems … intuitive.
    Personal Health: When the Benefits of Statins Outweigh the Risks

    Personal Health: When the Benefits of Statins Outweigh the Risks


    Knowing the odds of side effects and making sure to get periodic checkups that would pick up an adverse reaction, I chose to focus on the drugs’ potential...

    Knowing the odds of side effects and making sure to get periodic checkups that would pick up an adverse reaction, I chose to focus on the drugs’ potential benefits.

    British Gallery Turns Down $1.3 Million Sackler Donation


    “I congratulate them on their courage,” said the photographer Nan Goldin, after the National Portrait Gallery said it would not accept a gift from the family, which has links to the opioid...

    “I congratulate them on their courage,” said the photographer Nan Goldin, after the National Portrait Gallery said it would not accept a gift from the family, which has links to the opioid crisis.
    The New Old Age: Older Americans Are Awash in Antibiotics

    The New Old Age: Older Americans Are Awash in Antibiotics


    The drugs are not just overprescribed. They often pose special risks to older patients, including tendon problems, nerve damage and mental health...

    The drugs are not just overprescribed. They often pose special risks to older patients, including tendon problems, nerve damage and mental health issues.
    Knowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet

    Knowing the Right Time to Say Goodbye to a Pet


    End-of-life decisions for animals are difficult. A veterinarian has developed a scale to help clear up the...

    End-of-life decisions for animals are difficult. A veterinarian has developed a scale to help clear up the confusion.
    Professional Hair Removal Catches On With the Preteen Set

    Professional Hair Removal Catches On With the Preteen Set


    Lily Levin, 16, started noticing hairs on her chin when she was 14. Although she hadn’t been teased about the hair, she fretted that she would become a target at school and had them...

    Dermatologists and salons that offer waxing and laser treatments report seeing an increasing number of girls as young as 8.

    Mushrooms May Reduce the Risk of Memory Problems


    Older men and women who ate mushrooms several times a week were at reduced risk of developing mild cognitive...

    Older men and women who ate mushrooms several times a week were at reduced risk of developing mild cognitive impairment.
    Trump Plans to End the AIDS Epidemic. In Places Like Mississippi, Obstacles Are Everywhere.

    Trump Plans to End the AIDS Epidemic. In Places Like Mississippi, Obstacles Are Everywhere.


    Regi Stevenson, who works at the Open Arms clinic in Jackson, Miss., created specifically to reach gay black men. Many distrust the public health system, he said: "People have heard of the Tuskegee...

    The administration will focus on more than 50 “hot spots” in the U.S. that annually account for half of new H.I.V. infections. A clinic in the Deep South sees the challenges every day.
    The Checkup: Talking to Children About Terminal Illness

    The Checkup: Talking to Children About Terminal Illness


    New guidelines call for speaking openly with children when they or their parents face life-threatening...

    New guidelines call for speaking openly with children when they or their parents face life-threatening diseases.
    Tens of Thousands of Heart Patients May Not Need Open-Heart Surgery

    Tens of Thousands of Heart Patients May Not Need Open-Heart Surgery


    With TAVR, the only incision is a small hole in the groin where a catheter is inserted. Traditional surgery involves cracking open the ribs and stopping the heart to insert the new...

    Replacement of the aortic valve with a minimally invasive procedure called TAVR proved effective in younger, healthier patients.

    Rites of Passage: Call Me Cozy


    As I struggle with chronic pain, cozy for me is less hygge and more my ex-boyfriend’s mother, nurses with juice and weird, sandy...

    As I struggle with chronic pain, cozy for me is less hygge and more my ex-boyfriend’s mother, nurses with juice and weird, sandy doughnuts.

    Can TV Dumb You Down?


    Older adults who watched more than three and half hours of television a day had lower scores on tests of verbal...

    Older adults who watched more than three and half hours of television a day had lower scores on tests of verbal memory,
    Are Eggs Bad for Your Heart Health? Maybe

    Are Eggs Bad for Your Heart Health? Maybe


    A new analysis found that for each additional 300 milligrams a day of cholesterol in the diet — and the more eggs you ate — the greater the risk for cardiovascular...

    A new analysis found that for each additional 300 milligrams a day of cholesterol in the diet — and the more eggs you ate — the greater the risk for cardiovascular disease.
    How Big Tobacco Hooked Children on Sugary Drinks

    How Big Tobacco Hooked Children on Sugary Drinks


    Hawaiian Punch, as in this ad from the 1950s, was originally marketed to adults. Punchy is nowhere to be...

    Researchers combing through archives discovered that cigarette makers had applied their marketing wizardry to sweetened beverages and turned generations of children into loyal customers.
    Tobacco and E-Cigarette Lobbyists Circle as F.D.A. Chief Exits

    Tobacco and E-Cigarette Lobbyists Circle as F.D.A. Chief Exits


    Dr. Scott Gottlieb addressing the rank and file of the Food and Drug Administration during his first week as commissioner in May...

    Juul and Big Tobacco have lobbied for months to protect themselves from aspects of the F.D.A.’s crackdown. As Scott Gottlieb leaves, they see an opening.
    Ties: A Second Chance at Sisterhood

    Ties: A Second Chance at Sisterhood


    I had never been close to my youngest sister. But after our other sister’s death, grief became the bridge we met...

    I had never been close to my youngest sister. But after our other sister’s death, grief became the bridge we met on.
    Johnson & Johnson Hit With $29 Million Verdict in Case Over Talc and Asbestos

    Johnson & Johnson Hit With $29 Million Verdict in Case Over Talc and Asbestos


    A jury in California ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $29 million to a woman who alleged that asbestos in its talc-based powder products had caused her...

    The company’s stock dipped on Thursday after a California jury found in favor of a woman who claimed that asbestos in the company’s talc-based powders caused her cancer.

    Yoga for Incontinence? Evidence Is Lacking


    Yoga exercises are often recommended to help control urinary incontinence in women, but there is no solid scientific evidence that they...

    Yoga exercises are often recommended to help control urinary incontinence in women, but there is no solid scientific evidence that they work.
    Coping With a Dieting Relative When You’re a Recovering Anorexic

    Coping With a Dieting Relative When You’re a Recovering Anorexic


    I don’t give my sister the advice my eating disorder would have given me. Talking to her, I’m also talking to myself, dismantling my old ideas about...

    I don’t give my sister the advice my eating disorder would have given me. Talking to her, I’m also talking to myself, dismantling my old ideas about food.
    Building Grit in Girls Through Mountain Biking

    Building Grit in Girls Through Mountain Biking


    Annika Peacock of Jackson, Wyo., now competes against other teens in a program that brings mountain biking to high schools throughout the United...

    Experts say the sport encourages strength, confidence and a chance to splash in mud puddles.