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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 Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

A colored scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. Hemophilia is defined by an inability to form blood clots, leading to uncontrolled bleeds and chronic pain.

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.

Cancer Risk From Cellphone Radiation Is Small, Studies Show

Cancer Risk From Cellphone Radiation Is Small, Studies Show

Two new studies exposed rats and mice to high levels of radio-frequency radiation — the type emitted by your cellphone. But researchers said there was little cancer risk for humans.

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.

F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

Altria’s deal to purchase 35 percent of Juul Labs gives the fast-growing e-cigarette start-up access to the tobacco giant’s shelf space in 230,000 retailers.

In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants

In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants

Children buying snacks and soft drinks at a stand just outside their school in Kota Bharu, Malaysia. Malaysia has become the fattest country in Asia.

New Findings Could Save Lives of More Stroke Patients

New Findings Could Save Lives of More Stroke Patients

A doctor performing a thrombectomy on a patient with stroke symptoms. A new study found that doctors have more time than previously thought to rescue brain cells whose blood flow is cut off by clots.

To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, on Friday, announcing new work requirements for many of the state’s Medicaid recipients.

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.

Fecal Transplants Made (Somewhat) More Palatable

Fecal Transplants Made (Somewhat) More Palatable

A capsule containing fecal microbes is intended to make fecal transplants much easier.

‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

A flu patient at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. New “smart thermometers” are tracking the spread of flu, which has struck California especially hard this year.

Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism

Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism

Smallpox was eliminated in 1980, but experts have feared the virus, above, may return via laboratory accident or terrorist attack.

Skinny and 119 Pounds, but With the Health Hallmarks of Obesity

Skinny and 119 Pounds, but With the Health Hallmarks of Obesity

Claire Walker Johnson, 55, of Queens, developed Type 2 diabetes and a fatty liver, among other problems related to obesity, despite weighing only 119 pounds. She eventually found she had lipodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Brenda Fitzgerald in October 2014 with Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia.


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