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Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit

Victoria Toline needed nine months to taper off Zoloft. “I had to drop out of school,” she said. “My life’s been on hold.”

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.

Flu Patients Arrive in Droves, and a Hospital Rolls Out the ‘Surge Tent’

Flu Patients Arrive in Droves, and a Hospital Rolls Out the ‘Surge Tent’

At the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Mark Moyer, left, waited for medicine from an emergency nurse, Mollie Rohrbach, inside a surge tent. Mr. Moyer was ordered to visit the hospital by his boss because of a hacking cough.

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

At a suicide prevention event at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Wash., last month, participants choose necklaces of different colors representing how suicide had affected their lives.

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill

Signs advertising Affordable Care Act enrollment at an insurance company in Miami.

This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.

This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.

Dr. Andrew Herring of Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif., left, gave a dose of buprenorphine, a drug that eases the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, to a homeless man who collected cans to pay for bus fare to get to the hospital.

Lower Drug Prices: New Proposals Carry Lots of Promises

Lower Drug Prices: New Proposals Carry Lots of Promises

Antoinette Lopez, who has rheumatoid arthritis, complained about paying more and more for drugs to treat her illness.

F.D.A. Panel Rejects Philip Morris’ Claim That Tobacco Stick Is Safer Than Cigarettes

F.D.A. Panel Rejects Philip Morris’ Claim That Tobacco Stick Is Safer Than Cigarettes

An iQOS electronic cigarette, which heats tobacco sticks but does not burn them.

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger

Kiosks in Santiago’s city center feature products with black nutritional warnings on the labels of items high in sugar, salt, calories or saturated fat.

Skinny and 119 Pounds, but With the Health Hallmarks of Obesity

Skinny and 119 Pounds, but With the Health Hallmarks of Obesity

Claire Walker Johnson, 55, of Queens, developed Type 2 diabetes and a fatty liver, among other problems related to obesity, despite weighing only 119 pounds. She eventually found she had lipodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder.

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.

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds

Shiva Lal Rana, left, getting a checkup at the Geta Eye Hospital in Nepal. More than a decade ago, he received an operation and antibiotics to treat a trachoma infection, a leading cause of blindness in poor countries.

Book Review: ‘Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants’

Book Review: ‘Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants’

Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants. By Peter D. Kramer. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 336 pages. $26.

Cancer Risk From Cellphone Radiation Is Small, Studies Show

Cancer Risk From Cellphone Radiation Is Small, Studies Show

Two new studies exposed rats and mice to high levels of radio-frequency radiation — the type emitted by your cellphone. But researchers said there was little cancer risk for humans.

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.


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