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The New Old Age: Dialysis Is a Way of Life for Many Older Patients. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

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the new old ageSo-called conservative management can ease symptoms without dialysis in some people with kidney disease. But many of them are never given the option. ImageCreditCreditStephen SavageJohn Everdell had lived most of his life with kidney disease. As a young man awaiting a transplant, he had briefly undergone dialysis. That’s how he knew, when… Read More

in her words: Could the U.S. Get Paid Family Leave? It’s Looking Better Than Ever

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U.S.|Could the U.S. Get Paid Family Leave? It’s Looking Better Than Everin her wordsThe United States is the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee its citizens paid family leave. A proposed bill could change that. ImageCreditAna GalvañWelcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your… Read More

Do You Want to Be Pregnant? It’s Not Always a Yes-or-No Answer

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New data on women’s uncertainty over motherhood may reshape how doctors and policymakers think about family planning.ImageCarly Tuggle, 19, at home in Missoula, Mont., with her 6-month-old daughter, Emerson. “I didn’t not want to have her,” she said. “I just didn’t want to not be able to give her everything that she needed.”CreditCreditLouise Johns for… Read More

They’ve Taken America’s Temperature — and It’s Running High

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Health|They’ve Taken America’s Temperature — and It’s Running HighData from Kinsa, which makes internet-connected smart thermometers, indicates it’s a bad year for colds, but not the flu. ImageCreditCreditKinsa HealthAmericans are suffering through a very bad cold season — but not a terrible flu season, which would be far more threatening, according to the makers of… Read More

Transgender Man Awarded $120,000 in Discrimination Case at Iowa Prison

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ImageJesse Vroegh with his wife, Jackie Vroegh, and their dog.CreditCreditAmerican Civil Liberties Union of IowaIn 2015, Jesse Vroegh, a registered nurse working in an Iowa prison, asked his employers at the state Department of Corrections to allow him to use the men’s restrooms and locker rooms at work because he was transitioning from female to… Read More

The Instant, Custom, Connected Future of Medical Devices

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ImageJeff Dachis created the diabetes-management system One Drop, one of a surging number of companies that use so-called “internet of things” technology to create new treatments in the health care sector.CreditCreditNathan Bajar for The New York TimesWhen Jeff Dachis suddenly and unexpectedly learned he had Type 1 diabetes at the age of 46 in September… Read More