Women not aware enough of breast cancer link to alcohol

Image copyright Getty Images Women know too little about alcohol’s role in increasing breast cancer risk, a study suggests. Only one in five women attending a breast cancer clinic knew it was a risk factor. But alcohol consumption is estimated to be responsible for 5-11% of cases. Cancer Research UK said cutting down on alcohol…

Americans’ Shifting Attitude on Gay Rights

You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now O.K. to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly…

Opinion | Should I Call My Father?

This Father’s Day, I’m not sure if I should call my dad. I had the same misgivings a few days ago when it was his birthday. He turned 87. It’s not what you think. I have a wonderful father and we’ve had no falling out. But I anticipate that the phone calls will be more…

Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Scrutinizer of Aging, Dies at 84

“She was a seminal thinker in epidemiology,” Dr. Laughlin said. Trained as an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Barrett-Connor won several major awards in epidemiology, although she never studied the subject. She was also an entertaining speaker who could pack a room with scientists, Dr. Laughlin said, and a committed mentor. One former student, Kay-Tee Khaw,…

Hyponatraemia whistleblower and health service ‘failed’

Image caption The 14-year inquiry into hyponatraemia-related deaths was set up to examine the deaths of the children – Adam Strain, Raychel Ferguson, Claire Roberts and Conor Mitchell. Lucy Crawford’s family chose not to release a photograph An investigation into how a whistleblower’s hyponatraemia concerns were handled by officials has found the wrong conclusions were…

The ‘brutal reality’ for alcohol-damaged children

Image copyright Judith Knox Image caption Judith Knox said it took years for her son to be diagnosed A mother has laid bare the “brutal reality” of bringing up her adoptive son after he was left damaged by exposure to alcohol in the womb. Judith Knox says her 12-year-old son has a range of behavioural…

When You’re Told You’re Too Fat to Get Pregnant

“I wouldn’t go so far as to say we understand why maternal weight is associated with” negative outcomes, says Dr. Chloe Zera, a maternal fetal medicine specialist who cares for patients during high-risk pregnancies at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “Obesity can require special care, but a majority of women with B.M.I. over…

What’s So Funny About Autism?

Dr. May said, “Just because you or I might find things funny, it doesn’t mean we have more or less of a sense of humor.” Despite our different tastes, laughter is a powerful tool that can bring us together. In the world of autism, where people struggle with personal connections, humor unites. I see it…

I Went for a Run. Then My Heart Stopped.

This past New Year’s Eve, I expressed thanks for getting through another year. I was 50, with a wife and two kids. I ran most days, and my freelance career was going well. Two days later, I was nearly dead. The cause was a cardiac arrest. Blood flow to my heart wasn’t the issue. Instead,…

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