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The New Health Care: When Email Comes to the Doctor’s Office, Wait Times Decrease

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The Upshot|When Email Comes to the Doctor’s Office, Wait Times DecreaseThe New Health CareThe growing use of electronic consultations can save time, expense and headaches. ImageElectronic consultations can help some patients avoid additional visits to specialists.CreditCreditThomas Peter/ReutersThe kind of thing we have done instinctively in our workplaces for two decades — sending a quick email… Read More

W.H.O. Panel Demands a Registry for Human Gene Editing

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Health|W.H.O. Panel Demands a Registry for Human Gene EditingThe panel, established after a Chinese experiment produced embryo-edited babies, said all human genome editing research should be listed in a registry.ImageA human embryo modified in China. The W.H.O., with many leading scientists, has declared that similar procedures should be registered and tracked.CreditMark Schiefelbein/Associated PressAn influential committee… Read More

F.D.A. Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression

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The medication works quickly, within 48 hours. But it’s an expensive infusion and requires a stay in a medical center. ImageStephanie Hathaway with her daughters Brenley, left, and Hadley, in South Windsor, Conn.CreditCreditMonica Jorge for The New York TimesThe first drug for women suffering postpartum depression received federal approval on Tuesday, a move likely to… Read More

Reports of Breast Implant Illnesses Prompt Federal Review

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The Food and Drug Administration is taking another look at breast implants because of renewed safety concerns. ImageA breast implant made by Mentor, one of two implant manufacturers that the F.D.A. is warning about.CreditCreditDaniel Reinhardt/DPA, via AlamyReports from thousands of women that breast implants are causing problems like debilitating joint pain and fatigue, claims long… Read More

British Gallery Turns Down $1.3 Million Sackler Donation

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Art & Design|British Gallery Turns Down $1.3 Million Sackler DonationImageThe National Portrait Gallery, which reached a decision by mutual agreement with the Britain-based Sackler Trust to turn down a gift.CreditCreditNational Portrait GalleryLONDON — Britain’s National Portrait Gallery said Tuesday that it was not accepting a long-discussed $1.3 million donation from a charitable arm of the… Read More

Unvaccinated Student in Kentucky Sues After Being Barred From Playing Basketball

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U.S.|Unvaccinated Student in Kentucky Sues After Being Barred From Playing BasketballImageJerome Kunkel, a senior at a Catholic school in Walton, Ky., refused to be vaccinated against chickenpox.CreditCreditFox19 NowA student at a Catholic school in Kentucky has sued the Northern Kentucky Health Department, claiming it violated his First Amendment rights by barring him from playing basketball… Read More

Daily Low-Dose Aspirin No Longer Recommended by Doctors, if You’re Healthy

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Health|Daily Low-Dose Aspirin No Longer Recommended by Doctors, if You’re HealthyImageNew guidelines suggest low-dose aspirin should not be recommended to prevent heart attacks in healthy older adults.CreditCreditPatrick Sison/Associated PressFor years, low-dose aspirin has been described as a panacea to ward off heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular disease. New guidelines, though, suggest that aspirin should… Read More

Trump Plans to End the AIDS Epidemic. In Places Like Mississippi, Obstacles Are Everywhere.

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The administration will focus on more than 50 “hot spots” in the U.S. that annually account for half of new H.I.V. infections. A clinic in the Deep South sees the challenges every day. ImageRegi Stevenson, who works at the Open Arms clinic in Jackson, Miss., created specifically to reach gay black men. Many distrust the… Read More

Personal Health: When the Benefits of Statins Outweigh the Risks

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Personal HealthKnowing the odds of side effects and making sure to get periodic checkups that would pick up an adverse reaction, I chose to focus on the drugs’ potential benefits.ImageCreditCreditGracia LamMy column last April, “Weighing the Pros and Cons of Statins,” has so far elicited nearly 700 online comments, many of them from people who… Read More