The New York Times: Health

Pakistan Has Just One New Polio Case, but Isn’t Declaring Victory Yet

Pakistan Has Just One New Polio Case, but Isn’t Declaring Victory Yet

Gul Saima helping her 3-year-old son, Sayyad Karam, outside their home in Dukki, Pakistan. The boy was diagnosed with polio in April, the country’s only new case this year.
REgional Australia, PArt 1 of 2: A Booming Economy With a Tragic Price

REgional Australia, PArt 1 of 2: A Booming Economy With a Tragic Price

The grave of James Guy at a cemetery in the Australian state of Victoria. Mr. Guy hanged himself on the dairy farm that he owned with his wife, Mary.
Trilobites: The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

Trilobites: The Thing Inside Your Cells That Might Determine How Long You Live

A colored transmission electron micrograph of a human serous cell’s nucleus, with its nucleolus in purple. The nucleolus functions as the sort of brain of the nucleus, making rRNA, a basic ingredient
As an Insurer Resists Paying for ‘Avoidable’ E.R. Visits, Patients and Doctors Push Back

As an Insurer Resists Paying for ‘Avoidable’ E.R. Visits, Patients and Doctors Push Back

“I thought I was dying and I needed to go to the E.R.,” said Jason Salyers, of Ashland, Ky. His insurer, Anthem, paid his bill only after an appeal.
Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders

Technique Used to Find Golden State Killer Leads to a Suspect in 1987 Murders

The DNA of second cousins helped lead detectives to William Earl Talbott II, who was arrested Thursday in in Washington State in connection with the 1987 murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.
W.H.O. Says New Ebola Outbreak Is Not Yet a Top Health Emergency

W.H.O. Says New Ebola Outbreak Is Not Yet a Top Health Emergency

Health workers preparing to enter an isolation ward on Saturday in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo. Between April 4 and Thursday, 45 suspected Ebola virus cases were reported, the World Health
A Guide to Gynecological Exams: What Should — and Shouldn’t — Happen

A Guide to Gynecological Exams: What Should — and Shouldn’t — Happen

In most cases, gynecologists use a speculum for pelvic exams, but in the instances when it’s necessary to use their fingers, “you’re going to tell her, ‘I’m going to be touching you,’ ” said one
F.D.A. Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines

F.D.A. Approves First Drug Designed to Prevent Migraines

Robin Overlock experienced frequent, debilitating migraines that would last days. After participating in a clinical trial for a new drug designed to prevent migraines, she says she now has only

Fears of Larger Contagion as Ebola Spreads to Major Congo City

The arrival of the disease in Mbandaka, a bustling port city, is “a game changer,” a World Health Organization official said.
N.I.H. Halts Enrollment in a Study of Drinking Now Under Scrutiny

N.I.H. Halts Enrollment in a Study of Drinking Now Under Scrutiny

Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the N.I.H., received a letter from Senator Charles E. Grassley outlining concerns about conflicts of interest in funding for a study of moderate drinking.
Hail Caesar Salad! Romaine Is Safe to Eat Again

Hail Caesar Salad! Romaine Is Safe to Eat Again

Harvesting season has ended in the Yuma, Ariz. region, leading food safety officials to assure the public that romaine in stores and in restaurants isn’t from the contaminated batches.
F.D.A. Names and Shames Drug Makers to Encourage Generic Competition

F.D.A. Names and Shames Drug Makers to Encourage Generic Competition

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the F.D.A. commissioner, has vowed to end drug companies’ practice of preventing generic manufacturers from getting samples as a means of lowering drug prices.
‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes On a Whole New Meaning

Did you know that your emergency contact’s data could be mined for medical research?