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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.

Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease

Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease

Bentley, a golden retriever, with his owners Tracy and Chris Meyer of Phoenix, Md., had been eating a grain-free diet all his life. Last year he went into heart failure but has since recovered.

‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis

‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis

A military veteran who received a penis transplant also undergoes physical therapy to regain his strength.

After Doctors Cut Their Opioids, Patients Turn to a Risky Treatment for Back Pain

After Doctors Cut Their Opioids, Patients Turn to a Risky Treatment for Back Pain

Sherry Brandt said she was told she would be prescribed opioid painkillers for her chronic back pain only if she agreed to an epidural steroid injection.

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

Ronald Sanders, a community health worker with Transitions Clinic Network in San Francisco, checking on a client. Mr. Sanders, who himself was in and out of prison, helps the formerly incarcerated get care for medical, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.

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.

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.

New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results

New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results

The new drug slowed cognitive decline and reduced amyloid plaques, shown lower right in a colored light micrograph of an Alzheimer’s patient.

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.

Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.

Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.

A red panda named Hoppy examined during a routine check-up conducted by veterinarians and veterinary technicians and, second left, Harvard medical school student Wataru Ebina, at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston.

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.

Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism

Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism

Smallpox was eliminated in 1980, but experts have feared the virus, above, may return via laboratory accident or terrorist attack.

Fainting in Heat

Fainting in Heat

Earlier this month, a stifling heat wave has descended upon the New York City region for the week. Prolonged exposure to heat can place the body under excessive stress.

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.

F.D.A. Moves to Stop Rogue Clinics From Using Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies

F.D.A. Moves to Stop Rogue Clinics From Using Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies

Dr. Mark Berman, of the Cell Surgical Network, in 2014 at his practice in Beverly Hills. Dr. Berman is a founder of the California Stem Cell Treatment Centers, where patients received an unapproved stem cell treatment made with the help of a smallpox vaccine and other ingredients.

When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company

When a Health Insurer Also Wants to Be a Hospice Company

Humana’s decision to purchase two hospice outfits puts it squarely in the middle of the debate over whether for-profit companies can deliver quality hospice care.


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