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After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope

After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope

After undergoing experimental surgery for spina bifida in September while still in the womb, a baby boy was born in Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston on Friday.

Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine

Cod and ‘Immune Broth’: California Tests Food as Medicine

Emma Esquivel, a volunteer at the Ceres Community Project in Sebastopol, Calif., making mushroom burgers for cancer patients. The nonprofit group is participating in a state-funded study to test whether meals delivered to the chronically ill affect prognosis or the costs of care.

F.D.A. Chief Goes Against the Administration Stereotype

F.D.A. Chief Goes Against the Administration Stereotype

Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner, has tried to win over critics while also paying attention to the concerns of the drug and health industries.

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

A colored electron micrograph showing colon tissue with cancer in yellow, blood cells in red, mucus in blue and bacteria in light green. A study links colon cancer with two types of bacteria, which may fuel the growth of tumors.

A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

John Sueme of St. Louis was the first patient to receive an experimental treatment that exposes scarred heart tissue to radiation, eliminating damaged cells that cause rapid, sometimes fatal heartbeats.

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

Dr. Nicole Gastala, with a young patient in Marshalltown, Iowa, regularly prescribes Suboxone, a medication that suppresses cravings and withdrawal symptoms in people with opioid addiction.

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes

Medicare downgraded its rating of many nursing homes for failing to be staffed every day with a registered nurse.

Romaine Riddle: Why the E. Coli Outbreak Eludes Food Investigators

Romaine Riddle: Why the E. Coli Outbreak Eludes Food Investigators

The source of an E. coli outbreak in romaine is eluding investigators, who are examining fields, water, harvesting equipment and processing sites.

F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

Altria’s deal to purchase 35 percent of Juul Labs gives the fast-growing e-cigarette start-up access to the tobacco giant’s shelf space in 230,000 retailers.

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

More Americans are living in wooded suburbs near deer, which carry the ticks that spread Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, rabbit fever and Powassan virus.

F.D.A. Panel Rejects Philip Morris’ Claim That Tobacco Stick Is Safer Than Cigarettes

F.D.A. Panel Rejects Philip Morris’ Claim That Tobacco Stick Is Safer Than Cigarettes

An iQOS electronic cigarette, which heats tobacco sticks but does not burn them.

Maine Voted to Expand Medicaid. Judge Orders the State to Get Moving.

Maine Voted to Expand Medicaid. Judge Orders the State to Get Moving.

Demonstrators favoring the Medicaid expansion rallied outside Maine’s State Capitol before Gov. Paul LePage’s state of the state address in February.

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses

A kit containing naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote that the surgeon general is advising more Americans to keep nearby.

Fecal Transplants Made (Somewhat) More Palatable

Fecal Transplants Made (Somewhat) More Palatable

A capsule containing fecal microbes is intended to make fecal transplants much easier.

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

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

An air raid drill in a school in Baltimore in 1951. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a session on nuclear attack preparedness that was planned for next week.

Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease

Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease

Bentley, a golden retriever, with his owners Tracy and Chris Meyer of Phoenix, Md., had been eating a grain-free diet all his life. Last year he went into heart failure but has since recovered.


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