The Emperor of All Maladies’ New Clothes

The conventional pants had been replaced by pull-up leggings long ago, but now the blouses wouldn’t close. Except for a few treasured tops that might fit my friend Julia, I popped the rest into a bag for Goodwill. A physical and psychological trial, living with cancer also poses the ongoing challenge of finding apparel for…

Puppy helps Ellie May, 8, to cope with diabetes

A family is hoping a seven-month-old golden retriever will help their daughter manage her type 1 diabetes. Ellie May Hodges, eight, from Holywell, Flintshire, was diagnosed when she was just two. The condition can have a big impact emotionally, as well as physically, but the puppy – named Lilly – has made a huge difference…

Vitamin D: Add ‘sunshine vitamin’ to flour, study says

Image copyright Getty Images Putting vitamin D into the flour we buy could help stop tiredness, muscle aches and even heart failure, according to a study. The UK weather means not all of us get enough of the “sunshine vitamin” between October and April. Vitamin D’s important for growing and strengthening our bones. Researchers say…

Fish oil pills ‘no benefit’ for type 2 diabetes

Image copyright Getty Images People with type 2 diabetes “should not be encouraged” to take omega-3 fish oil supplements, researchers from the University of East Anglia say. There had been some concerns omega-3 could be harmful for people with the condition. But while a BMJ review of more than 80 studies found no evidence of…

Initial evidence shows microplastics pose ‘minimal health risk’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Microplastics have been found in rivers, lakes, drinking water supplies and bottled water Microplastics in drinking water do not appear to pose a health risk at current levels, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In its first report on the issue, the WHO found that larger particles, and most…

Cases of Vaping-Related Illnesses Rise to 153 in 16 States

WASHINGTON — Sixteen states have now reported 153 cases of serious, vaping-related respiratory illnesses in the past two months, and many of the patients are teenagers or young adults. In a statement on Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that all of the cases occurred in people who acknowledged vaping either nicotine…

Opioid Treatment Is Used Vastly More in States That Expanded Medicaid

Between 2011 and 2018, Medicaid-covered prescriptions for buprenorphine increased from 40 to 138 per 1,000 enrollees in states that expanded the program, the study estimated using data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In comparison, such prescriptions increased from 16 to 41 per 1,000 enrollees in states that did not expand Medicaid….

How Many Steps Should You Take a Day?

Humans, once in constant motion as hunters and gatherers, are moving less than ever. At first, this trend seemed like progress: Transferring our heavy and dangerous work to animals, then machines, enabled more people to live longer. As recently as the 1950s, doctors considered exercise dangerous for people over age 40; for heart disease, which…

Exercise May Boost Mood for Women With Depression. Having a Coach May Help.

To learn more, Dr. Meyer turned to stored blood samples and other records from a relevant earlier experiment. That research, which he had conducted as a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin, had involved women with major depression completing a number of workouts on stationary bicycles. Each of the workouts lasted for 20 minutes,…

How Medicine Became the Stealth Family-Friendly Profession

The cost of flexibility Female doctors face the same challenges that other female workers do — including sexual harassment, discrimination and inadequate parental leave — and some specific to medicine. Even doctors with predictable schedules may work nights and weekends, can’t easily leave midday and often feel a drive to be available anytime their patients…