Should nursing home residents nearing the end of life continue taking statins?

Cardiovascular disease (also called heart disease) is one of the most common medical conditions older adults face. In nursing homes, almost half of all older adult residents have been diagnosed with problems affecting the heart and/or blood vessels. In spite of this, we know very little about how effective a class of popular heart disease…

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Hospitals Sued to Keep Prices Secret. They Lost.

ImagePresident Trump last November, announcing the executive order on health care pricing transparency.Credit…Zach Gibson/Getty Images A federal judge has upheld a Trump administration policy that requires hospitals and health insurers to publish their negotiated prices for health services, numbers that are typically kept secret. The policy is part of a major push by the administration…

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How to Help Kids Embrace Mask-Wearing

What a beautiful thing is a face mask if it gives us back our world. With states in various stages of reopening, the challenge we face right now is to hold on to the hard-won gains from staying home and shutting down, and to avoid increased transmission. Masks are a big part of the solution.…

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Paul Fortune, L.A. Designer to the Stars, Dies at 69

While the terms that tended to attach themselves to Paul Fortune — style guru, epitome of taste, acme of chic, arbiter elegantiarum — had about them a whiff of P.T. Barnum, his tax returns said “interior designer,” a job description that failed to capture his larger calling as a self-appointed ringmaster in the social circus…

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

As the coronavirus pandemic hits more impoverished countries with fragile health care systems, global health authorities are scrambling for supplies of a simple treatment that saves lives: oxygen. Many patients severely ill with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, require help with breathing at some point. But now the epidemic is spreading rapidly in…

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Women With Cancer Awarded Billions in Baby Powder Suit

A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday ordered Johnson & Johnson and a subsidiary to pay $2.1 billion in damages to women who blamed their ovarian cancers on the company’s talcum products, including its iconic baby powder. The decision slashed by more than half a record award of $4.69 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to…

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Ahead of Trump Visit, Church Makes Unproven Claim of Virus-Killing Technology

PHOENIX — President Trump is visiting one of the nation’s biggest megachurches on Tuesday to speak to thousands of Arizona college students gathering to support his re-election. With coronavirus cases sharply increasing in the state, some public health experts say the gathering is a potential disaster. But the church hosting the event offered a possible…

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Sanofi Accelerates Its Timeline for Coronavirus Vaccine Development

After lagging behind its competitors in starting clinical trials, the French drugmaker Sanofi has announced plans to speed a vaccine development timeline that could yield approval from regulatory authorities sometime next year, perhaps in the first half of 2021, the company announced on Tuesday. The company and its partner in the endeavor, GlaxoSmithKline, originally projected…

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Restaurant Dining Is Back, if You Can Find a Table

On Monday, I had lunch at Veselka in the East Village. Normally I wouldn’t bother you with this fact. I’ve done the same thing at least a hundred times before. But this lunch, I’m pretty sure, I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It was the first restaurant food I’ve had since March that…

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Rick Owens Stitches a Souvenir

DESIGNER D.I.Y. SERIES Image In the latest installment of our Designer D.I.Y. series, the designer embroiders a lover’s hankie. At a time when everyone is isolated at home, nervous about spending money and without an occasion to dress up, what can we do to help you pass the time? Styles has started a series of…

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