• Matter: What’s Behind Many Mystery Ailments? Genetic Mutations, Study Finds

    The study, published Thursday in Science, represents the first large-scale search of electronic health records for hidden Mendelian diseases. But Dr. Joshua C. Denny, a biomedical informatics researcher at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and co-author of the new study, suspected that it only revealed the tip of a genetic iceberg. Much larger databases […]

  • Kremlin Credits the West for Big Turnout for Putin

    The Kremlin propaganda machine swung into action spreading that same message, that the results of the vote on Sunday were a rebuke to the West and a sign that Russia cannot be intimidated and should not be threatened. “Before he was simply our president and he could be changed. But now he is our vozhd,” […]

  • A ‘Sweet Spot’ for Heart Health

    Photo When it comes to our weight, is there a “sweet spot” for heart health? A large prospective study in the European Heart Journal collected data on almost 300,000 healthy men and women ages 40 to 69 and followed them for an average of five years. Researchers measured obesity in five ways: body mass index, […]

  • The New Old Age: A Quiet Drug Problem Among the Elderly

    For years, geriatricians and researchers have sounded the alarm about the use of benzodiazepines among older adults. Often called “benzos,” the problem drugs include Valium (diazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Xanax (alprazolam) and Ativan (lorazepam). The cautions have had scant effect: Use of the drugs has risen among older people, even though they are particularly vulnerable to […]

  • Ask Well: What Causes Canker Sores?

    Q. What causes canker sores? Why would I have a sudden outbreak of canker sores in the mouth? A. There are several theories about what leads to canker sores, those painful ulcers that form inside the mouth, on the tongue or inside the cheek or lips, though medical experts say they don’t know the precise […]

  • Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

    Photo A fleet of self-driving Uber cars in 2016. The company said it was was “fully cooperating” with the authorities in Arizona after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a driverless Uber vehicle. Credit Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A woman in Tempe, Ariz., died after being hit by a self-driving car […]

  • French Consulate Worker Is Accused of Smuggling Guns From Gaza

    The arrests came amid a flurry of speculation in the Israeli news media about a possible escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence after two lethal attacks over the weekend left three Israelis dead — two soldiers and a civilian. On Friday in Mevo Dotan, a Jewish settlement near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, a 26-year-old […]

  • Louise Slaughter, 16-Term Liberal Congresswoman, Dies at 88

    She was equally persistent as a leader of a yearslong drive for a law to curb the widespread use of antibiotics in healthy cattle, pigs and chickens, a practice used to speed their growth. She and other critics said the practice had contributed to the emergence of bacterial strains resistant to antibiotics and capable of […]

  • Brian Eno Wants to Take You ‘Inside the Music’

    “It’s the right time for the artists that have been using this technology,” said Nicholas Meehan, the founding chairman and artistic director of the Institute for Sound and Music in Berlin, which is building a six-screen, surround-sound projection structure called the ISM Hexadome. On March 29, Mr. Eno will unveil a different immersive work in […]

  • U.K., Land of ‘Brexit,’ Quietly Outsources Some Surgeries to France

    Given that the Brexit vote was largely won on highly emotive issues surrounding British sovereignty and a misleading promise by politicians that leaving the bloc would free up 350 million pounds, or about $490 million, a week to fund the N.H.S, the paradox of Britain seeking aid from France is not lost on the French […]

  • AIDS Researcher Top Candidate to Lead the C.D.C.

    He also has years of experience treating heroin addicts, who account for as many as half of the H.I.V. and AIDS patients the institute treats. And he has been a longtime proponent of medical assisted treatment for addiction. Photo Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resigned after […]

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