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Measles Cases in Europe Quadrupled in 2017

Measles Cases in Europe Quadrupled in 2017

A boy receiving a measles vaccine in a clinic in Kiev, Ukraine, in January. The country had 4,767 cases of measles last year, trailing only Romania and Italy.

F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

F.D.A. Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

Altria’s deal to purchase 35 percent of Juul Labs gives the fast-growing e-cigarette start-up access to the tobacco giant’s shelf space in 230,000 retailers.

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.

For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly

For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly

Vicki Staehr, who lives in Orlando, Fla., has enrolled in a clinical trial for an experimental Alzheimer’s treatment intended to slow memory loss.

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.

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

A colored electron micrograph showing colon tissue with cancer in yellow, blood cells in red, mucus in blue and bacteria in light green. A study links colon cancer with two types of bacteria, which may fuel the growth of tumors.

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.

The Golden State Killer Is Tracked Through a Thicket of DNA, and Experts Shudder

The Golden State Killer Is Tracked Through a Thicket of DNA, and Experts Shudder

A photomicrograph of a male karyotype. Privacy and ethical concerns are rising after a genealogy website was used to identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer cases.

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.

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.

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.

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

Oriana Sousa, 28, who lives in Marinha Grande, Portugal, had a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Traditional treatments failed, but with immunotherapy her tumors shrank so much that there is no evidence of disease.

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.

‘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.

San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

The vaping industry has come under scrutiny for using candy flavors and colorful packaging to market its products to children.

They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

They Thought Hemophilia Was a ‘Lifelong Thing.’ They May Be Wrong.

A colored scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot. Hemophilia is defined by an inability to form blood clots, leading to uncontrolled bleeds and chronic pain.


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