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Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A Brooklyn mother unable to nurse fed her child donated breast milk. The $70 billion infant formula industry has seen sales flatten in wealthy countries in recent years.

Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?

Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?

President Trump with Dr. Ronny Jackson after Mr. Trump’s physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Good News on Early Breast Cancer: Herceptin Treatment Can Be Shortened

Good News on Early Breast Cancer: Herceptin Treatment Can Be Shortened

Herceptin, a drug used to treat breast cancer, is just as effective for women with early-stage disease when taken for six months as it is when taken for a year, researchers report.

Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients

Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients

Sharon Fawcett, at home in Stamford, Conn., has end-stage liver disease. Like 14,100 other patients in the United States, Ms. Fawcett is waiting for a liver transplant.

Ebola Erupts Again in Africa, Only Now There’s a Vaccine

Ebola Erupts Again in Africa, Only Now There’s a Vaccine

An Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, Democratic Republic of Congo, last year. The country’s ninth outbreak is believed to have begun in early April but was confirmed as Ebola only on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, who has fought to eradicate Guinea worm disease for decades, surveys a field near a village in Chad. Just 30 Guinea worm infections were reported worldwide in 2017.

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules

Julie Eldred argued that requiring defendants to be drug-free as a condition for probation was cruel and unusual given her severe addiction. A Massachusetts court disagreed, but declined to rule on whether addiction is a brain disease that affects a person’s ability to comply with the requirement.

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.

F.D.A. Approves Generic EpiPen That May Be Cheaper

F.D.A. Approves Generic EpiPen That May Be Cheaper

Teva Pharmaceuticals won approval to market a generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen auto-injector, a step that consumers hope will drive down prices for the products.

One Man’s Stand Against Junk Food as Diabetes Climbs Across India

One Man’s Stand Against Junk Food as Diabetes Climbs Across India

Rahul Verma distributing the Indian dish khichdi, a mixture of rice, lentils and vegetables, to patients outside a hospital in New Delhi. Mr. Verma has taken a stand against junk food in India, where people are more likely to develop diabetes from weight gain than people in other regions.

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Dr. Thomas Pollard, a cardiothoracic surgeon in Knoxville, Tenn., and his team working to replace heart valves that had been damaged from endocarditis, an infection the patient developed from injecting drugs.

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.


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