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‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time

A flu patient at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. New “smart thermometers” are tracking the spread of flu, which has struck California especially hard this year.

The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

The Man Who (Almost) Wiped Out the Guinea Worms

Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben, who has fought to eradicate Guinea worm disease for decades, surveys a field near a village in Chad. Just 30 Guinea worm infections were reported worldwide in 2017.

Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible

Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible

An X-ray of the lung of a suspected tuberculosis patient in Vietnam. Researchers say urine testing for tuberculosis, which kills 1.7 million people a year, may soon be possible.

A Vote Expanded Medicaid in Maine. The Governor Is Ignoring It.

A Vote Expanded Medicaid in Maine. The Governor Is Ignoring It.

Donna Wall, who has $60,000 in debt from an ankle injury, signed up for Medicaid a day after the expansion was to take effect, and is still waiting for some relief.

The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.

The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.

Bernadine Lewandowski, left, makes spaghetti sauce with her daughter, Dona Jones. Ms. Lewandowski lived independently until recent hospitalizations.

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.

In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

Dr. Barry Zevin, center, with Mark Farrell, the former mayor of San Francisco, left, and Chris Ruffino, a substance abuse counselor, when they announced the city’s street treatment program in May.

To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Say They Will Sue.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, on Friday, announcing new work requirements for many of the state’s Medicaid recipients.

When the Illness Is a Mystery, Patients Turn to These Detectives

When the Illness Is a Mystery, Patients Turn to These Detectives

Sara Mason-Silva suffers from a condition in which blood vessels become blocked and inflamed, causing intense, chronic burning pain in her hands and feet. Doctors have not been able to identify the underlying cause of the disease and there is no cure.

Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients

Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients

Sharon Fawcett, at home in Stamford, Conn., has end-stage liver disease. Like 14,100 other patients in the United States, Ms. Fawcett is waiting for a liver transplant.

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

Dr. Thomas Pollard, a cardiothoracic surgeon in Knoxville, Tenn., and his team working to replace heart valves that had been damaged from endocarditis, an infection the patient developed from injecting drugs.

That Huge Mediterranean Diet Study Was Flawed. But Was It Wrong?

That Huge Mediterranean Diet Study Was Flawed. But Was It Wrong?

An olive farm in Tuscany. Participants in a study of the Mediterranean diet were not always assigned at random to test various diets, the investigators conceded.

New Ebola Tactics Raise Hope but May Sow Confusion

New Ebola Tactics Raise Hope but May Sow Confusion

A worker at the entrance of the Wangata Reference Hospital in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo, where an outbreak of Ebola has claimed 58 confirmed or suspected victims.

A Drug Costs $272,000 a Year. Not So Fast, Says New York State.

A Drug Costs $272,000 a Year. Not So Fast, Says New York State.

Lora Moser, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 2, said she had to stop taking a drug for the disease, Orkambi, because she could not afford the first month’s payment of more than $3,000 required by her insurer.

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.

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

The headquarters of Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Conn. Federal prosecutors said the company knew of “significant” abuse of OxyContin soon after it came on the market, but hid that information.


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