Statins Provide Heart Benefits Past Age 75

Statins are proven effective in reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease, but some studies suggests that after age 75, the risks outweigh the benefits. Now new research has found that stopping the drugs may be a bad idea. The retrospective study, published in the European Heart Journal, included 120,173 people who turned 75 while taking…

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States Clash with Cities Over Potential Opioids Settlement Payouts

Over the last 18 months, progress toward a settlement in the massive federal opioid litigation has stalled, even as the costs of the crisis continue to mount. Now, an inventive plan to jump-start negotiations, recently put forth by lawyers for the nearly 2,000 cities and counties that have brought cases, is facing attacks from an…

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In Search of the Real Bouillabaisse, Marseille’s Gift to the Fish Lover

MARSEILLE, France — In this ancient port city on the Mediterranean, there is no escaping the dark, hot, earthy fish concoction known as bouillabaisse. All around the Vieux Port, restaurants with multilingual menus lure tourists with the promise of an authentic taste of the city’s signature dish. One advertises in bright white lights a “bouillabaisse…

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The Best Dessert of the Summer (So Far)

Good morning. I’d like to be writing today from the bridge of a tuna boat, crouched over the keyboard in shorts and deck boots, the cuffs of my shirt absorbing the sweat on my wrists. It’d be a quiet time, waiting on the tide, far out to sea, high sun rising and maybe fish with…

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Sickle Cell Disease Still Tends to Be Overlooked

Image Some researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., have been using gene therapy to try to treat sickle cell anemia. CreditErin Scott/Reuters Sickle cell disease affects about 100,000 Americans, most of them African-Americans. There are few treatments for it, and experts say not enough is being done to prevent complications. Just recently,…

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When Vacation Means Coming Back for More

We took our children on vacation, oh yes, of course we did. We took them to the beach. We never got it together to own a second home; no country weekend cottage, no beach house. We never even got it together to achieve a recurring rental, or to return to a particularly beloved motel or…

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Cancer Treatment at the End of Life

As the elderly man with an incurable cancer lay dying, he told his son he had only one regret. Rather than enjoying his last weeks of life with the people and places he loved, he had squandered them on drug treatments that consumed his days and made him miserable. Perhaps others can benefit from this…

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Tainted Pork, Ill Consumers and an Investigation Thwarted

It was 7 a.m. on Independence Day when a doctor told Rose and Roger Porter Jr. that their daughter could die within hours. For nearly a week, Mikayla, 10, had suffered intensifying bouts of fever, diarrhea and stabbing stomach pains. That morning, the Porters rushed her to a clinic where a doctor called for a…

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My Favorite Summer Squash Recipe

Good morning. One of my favorite recipes in our collection comes from Julia Reed, the elegant New Orleans writer and cook. It’s for a simple supermarket-and-farmstand summer-squash casserole (above), Mr. Roast Chicken’s friendliest table companion. Yes, there are Ritz crackers in there, and white toast crumbs as well. You’ll be into it or you’ll get…

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Testosterone may improve women’s sex lives after menopause

A wide-ranging review of 36 trials found that testosterone may have profound positive effects on sexual function and well-being in postmenopausal women. New research extols the benefits of testosterone for the sexual well-being of older women. This review, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, included blinded randomized controlled trials of testosterone treatment that had…

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