Is Dying at Home Overrated?

“If time were short, where would you want to be?” As a palliative care physician, I regularly ask my patients, or their family members, where they want to die. The specific language I use depends on what they know, what they want to know and how they process information, but the basic premise is the…

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Getting Your Medical Records Through an App? There’s a Catch. And a Fight.

Americans may soon be able to get their medical records through smartphone apps as easily as they order takeout food from Seamless or catch a ride from Lyft. But prominent medical organizations are warning that patient data-sharing with apps could facilitate invasions of privacy — and they are fighting the change. The battle stems from…

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Breast cancer: Hormone therapy may only put some cells to ‘sleep’

Why does breast cancer sometimes recur after treatment? A new study suggests that in part, the answer may lie in the effect of adjuvant hormone therapy on some cancer cells. Scientists delve deeper into the effects of hormone therapy on cancer cells, hoping to find out more about what drives recurrence. «For a long time…

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The Hospital Treated These Patients. Then It Sued Them.

CARLSBAD, N.M. — The first time Carlsbad Medical Center sued Misti Price, she was newly divorced and working two jobs to support her three young children. The hospital demanded payment in 2012 for what Ms. Price recalled as an emergency room visit for one of her children who has asthma. She could not afford a…

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Mocking Slave Owners and Celebrating Freedom

A queen with devil horns, dressed in a rainbow of satin and shimmering gold tulle, sat on a throne along Brooklyn’s Empire Boulevard. Soon, Karen Herbert, 50, would return to being a retired company supervisor. But on J’ouvert, the daybreak celebration of Caribbean culture traditionally held in Brooklyn before the West Indian American Day Parade,…

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Medical News Today: What to know about post-concussion syndrome

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Medical News Today: What are the early symptoms of a brain tumor?

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Reduce Heart Risks in People With Type 2 Diabetes

Every year, hundreds of thousands of obese Americans undergo weight-loss surgery in a last-ditch effort to shed pounds and control their Type 2 diabetes. Now a new study suggests that bariatric surgery may also have other significant health benefits, cutting the overall risk of serious cardiovascular events and premature death by almost half. The study,…

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On the Job, 24 Hours a Day, 27 Days a Month

STAMFORD, Conn. — Tuesday night was rough. A sharp scent drifted into Marjorie Salmon’s dream world at 4 a.m. She was still trying to rouse herself when its source, her 77-year-old client, pounded on her bedroom door, yelling that he wanted to go home. “You’re home, Bob. This is your home,” Marjorie told him. She…

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Barbecue Ready

Happy Labor Day! It’s still me, Melissa Clark in for the vacationing Sam Sifton, who should be back at the helm at the end of next week, belly full of Maine oysters if he’s lucky. (If you want to read more about why most summer oysters are now as crisp and fat as their winter…

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