Doctors: How One Woman Changed What Doctors Know About Heart Attacks

Katherine Leon was 38 and living in Alexandria, Va., when she gave birth to her second son in 2003. She was discharged from the hospital, but instead of getting better, she recalls, she kept feeling “worse and worse and worse.” Five weeks after she had her child, Ms. Leon’s husband came back early from work…

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Vows: Case of Mistaken Identity (He Wasn’t a Con Man)

Dr. Valerie Mechanik, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Tampa, Fla., delivered bad news to Richard Westenberger in December 2015, just 10 days after enjoying a first date with him at a restaurant there. “She dumped me,” said Mr. Westenberger, 60, the co-founder and president of First National ATM, a financial services firm in Tampa. “I was hurt…

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After Covering More than 7,000 Weddings, Something New: A Canine Groom

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. As a Society News reporter at The New York Times, I’ve covered more than 7,000 weddings across three decades, from the current president’s son to the son of a gun who refused to submit a…

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C.O. Bigelow Is a Treasure Trove of Artifacts

Image By Alix Strauss Photographs by Vincent Tullo Ian Ginsberg stood in his West Village office above C.O. Bigelow, considered by some to be the oldest pharmacy in the United States. He was unwrapping vintage items from the early 1900s: An amber bottle filled with German Salts; a glass container of Violet Witch Hazel with…

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Shortage of Anxiety Drug Leaves Patients Scrambling

A sudden shortage of one of the safest anti-anxiety drugs on the market has spread alarm among people who rely on the medication, buspirone, to get through the day without debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. Physicians are also expressing concern, because there is no information about when the supply will resume, making it difficult to…

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Check in: Hotel Review: The Peninsula, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Rates $595 and up The Basics Just as you see women of a certain age who look so good that you are not sure whether it was Botox, Restylane or the plain old knife — but you deeply suspect they have had, as they say, “work done” — the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.,…

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Ask Well: Are ‘Natural Flavors’ Really Natural?

Q. I heard that “natural flavors” added to flavored seltzer water are not natural, because of a loophole in the regulations covering additives. Is that true? A. Government regulations define natural flavors as those that derive their aroma or flavor chemicals from plant or animal sources, including fruit, meat, fish, spices, herbs, roots, leaves, buds…

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Microbes hitched to insects provide a rich source of new antibiotics

IMAGE: This is the Streptomyces bacteria that produced the new antibiotic cyphomycin shows off a purple hue. view more  Credit: Marc Chevrette MADISON — Medicine was transformed in the 20th century by the discovery and development of antibiotics, the vast majority of which came from one source: soil bacteria. But we seem to have tapped out…

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OU researcher developing new approach for early intervention of lupus

IMAGE: Wu, an assistant professor in the OU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is providing the first snapshot of autoantibody development in Lupus patients by developing a novel detection method. view more  Credit: University of Oklahoma A University of Oklahoma researcher, Si Wu, and collaborators from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Indiana University, are developing…

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A new toolkit for studying how ‘PARP’ activity boosts cancers

A new method developed by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is likely to speed the study of an important biological process called ADP-ribosylation. ADP-ribosylation occurs at high levels in some cancers, and drugs called PARP inhibitors, which block ADP-ribosylation, comprise one of the most promising new classes of cancer therapy. Yet…

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