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It's Suddenly Cold Out. Am I Going to Get Sick?
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A couple of weeks ago, the temperature in New York dropped something like 30 degrees in the span of a day. A month or so earlier, the city had seen the reverse— a 40-something-degree day was followed soon after by an unseasonable 70-degree one. Weather is my favorite boring thing to talk about, so whenever I saw someone after these rapid temperature changes I said something like, “Crazy weather, huh?” Usually they replied “Yep!” or “I know,” bringing our conversation to a welcome early clo...

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Blood Test May Help Predict Which Breast Cancers Will Recur

A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.

It was the largest experiment so far to use these tests, called liquid biopsies, for breast cancer. Results suggest they someday may help reveal whi...

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Should Women Be Paid for Donating Their Breast Milk?
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When Ariyah Georges was born 15 weeks early, she weighed only one pound, 12 ounces. Her mother, Jovan, knew how important breastfeeding was, especially for micro-preemies like Ariyah, so she began pumping milk to feed her through a tube. But two days later, Jovan felt dizzy and feverish—104 degrees, in fact. She had a blood infection and was close to full septic shock.

“I almost croaked,” Jovan says. She entered quarantine for nearly two weeks at the regional Northern Virginia hospit...

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Take a Number: Two Hidden Cancer Causes: Diabetes and Obesity
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The conditions played a role in nearly 800,000 cases of cancer worldwide in 2012, researchers reported. www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/...
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3 Reasons Why Coffee Is So Good for You
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Coffee is increasingly earning scientists’ approval. Studies continue to suggest that the beverage may have some beneficial effects on health.

In the latest analysis, published in the BMJ, researchers scanned nearly 220 studies on coffee and found that overall, coffee drinkers may enjoy more health benefits than people who don’t drink the brew.

The scientists, led by Robin Poole from the University of Southampton in the UK, learned that...

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No Family Is Safe From This Epidemic
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The last photograph of my son Jonathan was taken at the end of a new-student barbecue on the campus green at the University of Denver. It was one of those bittersweet transitional moments. We were feeling the combination of apprehension and optimism that every parent feels when dropping a kid off at college for the first time, amplified by the fact that we were coming off a rocky 16 months with our son.

We had moved him into his dormitory room only that morning. I remember how sharp ...

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Consistently Lower Cancer Survival Rates for Black Patients in U.S.
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Three new studies underscore these disparities-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com www.scientificamerican.com/...
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Thanks a Lot! New Reasons Not to Eat Cookie Dough
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A new study confirms that uncooked flour can make people dangerously ill. Turns out E. coli bacteria can thrive in the dry, powdery host. www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/...
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Here’s a New Reason You Should Worry About Antibiotics
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There’s a global push for doctors and patients to use antibiotics more judiciously, largely because overusing them is contributing to growing resistance—meaning that some infections that were previously treatable no longer respond well to medications. Now, a new study in mice suggests that antibiotics may come with another potential health consequence. They could be inter...

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As Walmart Buys Online Retailers, Their Health Benefits Suffer
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Employees at several e-commerce companies recently acquired by Walmart are finding that their coverage will come at a far higher price. www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/...