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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.

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.

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.

Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?

Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?

President Trump with Dr. Ronny Jackson after Mr. Trump’s physical exam at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

The Secret to Keeping Black Men Healthy? Maybe Black Doctors

The Secret to Keeping Black Men Healthy? Maybe Black Doctors

Dr. ChaRandle Jordan was one of the doctors who participated in the study. “It’s something they don’t teach you in medical school -- taking that extra step because you appreciate there have been barriers in the past," he said.

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules

Julie Eldred argued that requiring defendants to be drug-free as a condition for probation was cruel and unusual given her severe addiction. A Massachusetts court disagreed, but declined to rule on whether addiction is a brain disease that affects a person’s ability to comply with the requirement.

‘Desperation Oncology’: When Patients Are Dying, Some Cancer Doctors Turn to Immunotherapy

‘Desperation Oncology’: When Patients Are Dying, Some Cancer Doctors Turn to Immunotherapy

Dr. Oliver Sartor in his office at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. He and other cancer experts offer dying patients the chance to try experimental immunotherapy drugs.

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.

In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria

In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria

A malaria specialist in Las Claritas, Venezuela, analyzing blood samples of patients who showed symptoms of infection. While Paraguay has recently eliminated the disease, other countries in the Americas, particularly Venezuela, are seeing increases.

F.D.A. Approves Generic EpiPen That May Be Cheaper

F.D.A. Approves Generic EpiPen That May Be Cheaper

Teva Pharmaceuticals won approval to market a generic version of Mylan’s EpiPen auto-injector, a step that consumers hope will drive down prices for the products.

F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Juuling’ Among Teenagers

F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Juuling’ Among Teenagers

The agency said it had sent warnings to about 40 retailers of Juuls and other e-cigarettes, accusing them of selling the products to minors.

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A Brooklyn mother unable to nurse fed her child donated breast milk. The $70 billion infant formula industry has seen sales flatten in wealthy countries in recent years.

She Went to Jail for a Drug Relapse. Tough Love or Too Harsh?

She Went to Jail for a Drug Relapse. Tough Love or Too Harsh?

Julie Eldred relapsed while on probation, and was sent to jail. Justices are weighing whether the probation requirement to stay clean constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

A Common Virus May Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

New research suggests that certain viral infections could accelerate an immune response increasing the accumulation of amyloid, the protein in human brains which forms the plaques of Alzheimer’s.

Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It

Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It

Edwin Alsina, in the bed, arrived at Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago with a racing heart.The staff normally would have administered a drug used to steady an abnormal heart rate, but it wasn't in stock, and when its replacements didn't work, he was admitted overnight.

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.


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