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After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

New York Times - 16/01/2018
Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.

The Parasite on the Playground

New York Times - 16/01/2018
Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing development.

Global Health: ‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

New York Times - 16/01/2018
Can 500,000 thermometers transmitting 25,000 readings a day forecast the spread of flu more accurately than the C.D.C.?

Dr. Ronald Fieve, 87, Dies; Pioneered Lithium to Treat Mood Swings

New York Times - 15/01/2018
Dr. Fieve and a colleague identified lithium as the first naturally occurring medication to prevent and control a specific psychiatric disorder.

The New Health Care: Still Not Convinced You Need a Flu Shot? First, It’s Not All About You

New York Times - 15/01/2018
Adults also need to get vaccinated to provide herd immunity for others, especially babies and older people.

The Healing Edge: After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope

New York Times - 15/01/2018
Baby Boy Royer, who underwent an operation for spina bifida as a fetus, had the biggest defect that the surgical team had attempted to repair.

Music Therapy Offers an End-of-Life Grace Note

New York Times - 15/01/2018
Music therapy is becoming more common in nursing homes and hospices, where it has been shown to improve a patient’s quality of life.

Personal Health: Understanding Grief

New York Times - 15/01/2018
Grief is not a problem to be solved or resolved. Rather, it’s a process to be lived through in whatever form and amount of time it may take.

He Helped Ex-Players Get Benefits. His Family Is Still Waiting.

New York Times - 13/01/2018
Mike Webster, who died in 2002, was the first N.F.L. player to receive a diagnosis of C.T.E., but his family has been left out of the $1 billion concussion settlement so far.

She Ran From the Cut, and Helped Thousands of Other Girls Escape, Too

New York Times - 13/01/2018
Nice Leng’ete started a program in Kenya to create new rites of passage to replace female genital cutting, and has saved 50,000 girls from the agonizing and controversial procedure.

C.D.C. Postpones Session Preparing U.S. for Nuclear War

New York Times - 13/01/2018
After the agency’s workshop attracted considerable media attention, especially given President Trump’s recent words with North Korea, the session has been postponed.

In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons

New York Times - 12/01/2018
Bring on the soup: Fluids will help diminish your headache and bolster your immune response.

To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

New York Times - 12/01/2018
Led by the state’s Republican governor, the plan calls for many Medicaid recipients ages 19-64 to work at least 20 hours a week, beginning in July.

Inside the Global Relay Race to Deliver Moly-99

New York Times - 12/01/2018
The isotope is a cancer-detecting necessity, but it decays within days and isn’t made in North America. A company is rushing to build a plant in Wisconsin to change that.

Ask Well: Is There a Downside to Going Gluten-Free if You’re Healthy?

New York Times - 12/01/2018
A gluten-free or grain-free diet can pose risks for someone who is not highly sensitive to gluten. Such a diet is also unlikely to provide benefits.

Trump Administration Says States May Impose Work Requirements for Medicaid

New York Times - 12/01/2018
Federal officials said they would support state efforts to require able-bodied adults to work as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.

Health Insurer Centene Is Sued Over Lack of Medical Coverage

New York Times - 11/01/2018
A star of the Affordable Care Act is accused of offering plans that make it hard to find a doctor who accepts its insurance.

Can Requiring People to Work Make Them Healthier?

New York Times - 11/01/2018
The Trump administration wants to make a major change to Medicaid, but there’s not a lot of evidence for one of its key assertions.

Cherokee Can’t Sue Opioid Distributors in Tribal Court, Judge Rules

New York Times - 11/01/2018
A federal judge halted the Cherokee Nation’s lawsuit in tribal court, but said they could pursue it elsewhere. The tribe will look to state court.

Baltimore Hospital Patient Discharged at Bus Stop, Stumbling and Cold

New York Times - 11/01/2018
A video of the woman, who appears to have trouble keeping her balance, shows her wearing nothing but socks and a hospital gown.