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A Breast Cancer Surgeon Who Keeps Challenging the Status Quo

A Breast Cancer Surgeon Who Keeps Challenging the Status Quo

­Dr. Esserman before performing a surgery in July, holding a sheet of song lyrics. Her preparation often includes singing to her patients as they go under anesthesia. She takes requests.

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.

The Flu Outbreak Has Peaked but Still Has Weeks to Go

The Flu Outbreak Has Peaked but Still Has Weeks to Go

Dr. Andrew C. Miller attends to Eric Scott in the emergency room of the Lehigh Valley Hospital — Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa. on Jan. 30.

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

He Took a Drug to Prevent AIDS. Then He Couldn’t Get Disability Insurance.

When Dr. Philip Cheng, a urologist in Boston, applied for disability insurance, he was given only short-term coverage. His broker said it was because Dr. Cheng took Truvada to prevent H.I.V. infection.

The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.

The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.

Bernadine Lewandowski, left, makes spaghetti sauce with her daughter, Dona Jones. Ms. Lewandowski lived independently until recent hospitalizations.

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.

Measles Cases in Europe Quadrupled in 2017

Measles Cases in Europe Quadrupled in 2017

A boy receiving a measles vaccine in a clinic in Kiev, Ukraine, in January. The country had 4,767 cases of measles last year, trailing only Romania and Italy.

Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

Generic drugs at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Intermountain Healthcare is spearheading an effort by a group of hospitals to create a nonprofit generic drug company.

Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

A two-year-old dog named Djalibe getting a Guinea worm pulled from her leg by Laures Dossou, second left, of the Carter Center, a philanthropy founded by former President Jimmy Carter. Scientists have worked for decades to eradicate the painful, parasitic worm, and have nearly succeeded — but a spate of infections in dogs worries health officials.

With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks

With Short, Intense Sessions, Some Patients Finish Therapy in Just Weeks

Dr. Avital Falk treats youngsters in an intensive therapy program for O.C.D. at Weill Cornell Medicine in Manhattan. Short, intense courses work as well as therapy that lasts months, research suggests.

Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny

Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny

An image taken from the Stanford Prison Experiment in 1971, which was conducted by the psychologist Philip Zimbardo.

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.

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill

Signs advertising Affordable Care Act enrollment at an insurance company in Miami.

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

Diplomats in Cuba Suffered Brain Injuries. Experts Still Don’t Know Why.

The United States Embassy in Havana. Several American diplomats in Cuba reported mysterious ailments in 2016 after hearing unusual noises. Medical experts now say the officials have injuries resembling concussions.

Blood Test Might Predict Pregnancy Due Date and Preterm Birth

Blood Test Might Predict Pregnancy Due Date and Preterm Birth

A human fetus at eight weeks. A new blood test could one day help predict pregnancy due dates and help prevent deaths from premature births.

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

Ronald Sanders, a community health worker with Transitions Clinic Network in San Francisco, checking on a client. Mr. Sanders, who himself was in and out of prison, helps the formerly incarcerated get care for medical, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.


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