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Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs

A two-year-old dog named Djalibe getting a Guinea worm pulled from her leg by Laures Dossou, second left, of the Carter Center, a philanthropy founded by former President Jimmy Carter. Scientists have worked for decades to eradicate the painful, parasitic worm, and have nearly succeeded — but a spate of infections in dogs worries health officials.

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.

A Family in Transition

A Family in Transition

Marks left by the tape Tanner used to bind his chest after performing.

Brain Surgery in 3-D: Coming Soon to the Operating Theater

Brain Surgery in 3-D: Coming Soon to the Operating Theater

A surgical team led by Dr. David Langer at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan operated on arteries in the brain of Anita Roy of the Bronx. The surgeons used a videomicroscope, a novel device that puts a magnified, high-resolution 3-D image on a screen so that an entire team may see the progress of the operation.

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Name C.E.O. for Health Initiative

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Name C.E.O. for Health Initiative

Dr. Atul Gawande is a professor and practicing surgeon who has written extensively on health care.

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.

Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder

Seeking Clues to Obesity in Rare Hunger Disorder

Kristin Tremblay helps make dinner at home in Gainesville, Fla. She has a disorder that makes her uncontrollably hungry.

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.

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

More Americans are living in wooded suburbs near deer, which carry the ticks that spread Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, rabbit fever and Powassan virus.

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.

Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases

Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases

A colored scanning electron micrograph of a white blood cell amid red blood cells. Researchers hope a new method to boost immune systems could make a treatment available to patients with almost any type of cancer.

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.

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Does interstitial tissue deserve to be classified as a new organ? Researchers disagree.

Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says

Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says

Pakistani vendors selling fried sweets made with oil containing trans fatty acids. The World Health Organization has announced a plan to eliminate the use of trans fats around the world.

Women With Breast Cancer Delay Care When Faced With High Deductibles

Women With Breast Cancer Delay Care When Faced With High Deductibles

Pam Leonard, a teacher in Wisconsin, is also working nights to help pay for her cancer treatments.

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses

A kit containing naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote that the surgeon general is advising more Americans to keep nearby.


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