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Immunotherapy Drugs Slow Skin Cancer That Has Spread to the Brain

Immunotherapy Drugs Slow Skin Cancer That Has Spread to the Brain

An MRI showing the brain tumor, in dark red, lower center, of a melanoma patient whose cancer had spread. Melanoma is more likely than most cancers to invade the brain.

Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’

Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’

A health worker administering a vaccine against the Ebola virus in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 3,200 people were vaccinated in the most recent outbreak.

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

A colored scanning electron micrograph of a bone marrow stem cell. Scientists have learned that an accumulation of mutated stem cells in bone marrow dramatically increases a person’s risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.

Bayer Will Stop Selling the Troubled Essure Birth Control Implants

Bayer Will Stop Selling the Troubled Essure Birth Control Implants

The device has been problematic for years, prompting lawsuits alleging the metal implant caused severe injuries, including perforation of the uterus and the fallopian tubes.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, C.D.C. Director, Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments

Brenda Fitzgerald in October 2014 with Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia.

Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

A two-year-old dog named Djalibe getting a Guinea worm pulled from her leg by Laures Dossou, second left, of the Carter Center, a philanthropy founded by former President Jimmy Carter. Scientists have worked for decades to eradicate the painful, parasitic worm, and have nearly succeeded — but a spate of infections in dogs worries health officials.

A Kennedy Baby’s Life and Death

A Kennedy Baby’s Life and Death

President John F. Kennedy at Boston Children’s Hospital where his son Patrick died on Aug. 9, 1963, just 39 hours after being born 5 1/2 weeks premature. At the time, medicine had little to offer premature babies with respiratory distress.

Readers Respond: ‘The Biggest Loser’

Readers Respond: ‘The Biggest Loser’

Sean Algaier, a pastor from Charlotte, N.C., was a contestant on “The Biggest Loser.” He went from 444 pounds to 289 but now his weight is up to 450 again, and he is burning 458 fewer calories a day than would be expected for a man his size.

F.D.A. Chief Goes Against the Administration Stereotype

F.D.A. Chief Goes Against the Administration Stereotype

Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner, has tried to win over critics while also paying attention to the concerns of the drug and health industries.

In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants

In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants

Children buying snacks and soft drinks at a stand just outside their school in Kota Bharu, Malaysia. Malaysia has become the fattest country in Asia.

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Does interstitial tissue deserve to be classified as a new organ? Researchers disagree.

Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo

Good News for Women With Breast Cancer: Many Don’t Need Chemo

Bari Brooks of White House, Tenn., received four chemotherapy treatments, six weeks of radiation and five years of hormone-blocking therapy for breast cancer. A new study suggests she might not have needed the chemotherapy.

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy

A colored magnetic resonance imaging scan of a cancerous tumor in the lung, in orange, upper right. A study suggests “that chemotherapy alone is no longer a standard of care,” its lead author said.

The Flu Outbreak Has Peaked but Still Has Weeks to Go

The Flu Outbreak Has Peaked but Still Has Weeks to Go

Dr. Andrew C. Miller attends to Eric Scott in the emergency room of the Lehigh Valley Hospital — Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa. on Jan. 30.

A Family in Transition

A Family in Transition

Marks left by the tape Tanner used to bind his chest after performing.

As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

Jennafer Norris, at home with her three children, had life-threatening pre-eclampsia in all her pregnancies. She asked for a tubal ligation after an emergency cesarean section to deliver her third child, but the doctor said she couldn’t perform the procedure because the hospital was Catholic.


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