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A Dead Baby Was Found in a Ditch in 1981. DNA Helped Charge the Mother With Murder.

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:25
A cold case in Sioux Falls, S.D., was given new impetus after detectives employed DNA technology and genealogy data.

National Cancer Chief Named as Acting Head of the F.D.A.

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 10:47
Dr. Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, will take over temporarily now that Dr. Scott Gottlieb is resigning.

UnitedHealthcare Will Expand a Drug Discount Program Aimed at Lowering Consumer Costs

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 09:46
Under the plan, all new employer-sponsored health plans that use the major insurer will have to pass drug discounts to consumers beginning next year.

Pillsbury Flour, Nearly 500,000 Pounds, Is Recalled Over Salmonella Trace

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 08:53
The cases of flour were mostly sold to supermarket chains in the Southeast.

Tiny Costa Rica Has a Green New Deal, Too. It Matters for the Whole Planet.

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 00:04
Costa Rica's first lady is leading a green new deal of sorts for her country. If it succeeds, it would provide a road map to others.

Your Environment Is Cleaner. Your Immune System Has Never Been So Unprepared.

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 23:00
A century ago, British scientists suggested a link between increased hygiene and allergic conditions — the first hint that our immune systems are becoming improperly “trained.”

Q&A: In Space, No One Can Hear Your Teeth Chatter

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 23:00
The void between galaxies is unfathomably cold.

NASA Prioritizes Moon Landings Under Trump Budget Proposal

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 15:03
The agency would get $600 million for infrastructure and research in support of lunar missions, but astronauts won’t return until 2028 at the earliest.

Jaguar Attacks Woman at Arizona Zoo, and the Woman Apologizes

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 12:14
The woman had crossed a barrier while trying to take a photo, and the animal left her with lacerations on an arm.

From Russia, With Thrusters

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:41
As another Soyuz space rocket prepares to send a new batch of astronauts to the International Space Station, a photographer takes us inside the world’s oldest and largest spaceport.

She Invented a Board Game With Scientific Integrity. It’s Taking Off.

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 06:00
How Elizabeth Hargrave turned a passion for ornithology and spreadsheets into a popular game about birds.

The New Health Care: A Diabetes Home Test Can Be a Waste of Time and Money

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 03:09
Routine glucose monitoring may be unnecessary for people with Type 2 diabetes who are not on insulin.

Cancer Patients Are Getting Robotic Surgery. There’s No Evidence It’s Better.

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 02:00
High-tech surgical robots aren’t an improvement over traditional operations, the F.D.A. warns. For some patients, the robots may be worse.

Out There: Cut the Science Budget? Not So Fast.

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 02:00
Contrary to first impressions, Congress has done a decent job standing up for scientific research.

Building a Blockbuster: Behind the Scenes With T. Rex

Sun, 03/10/2019 - 03:00
Fiberglass, resin, glue, feathers and new technology bring the dinosaur to life at the Museum of Natural History.

Doctor on Video Screen Told a Man He Was Near Death, Leaving Relatives Aghast

Sat, 03/09/2019 - 17:15
A 78-year-old man with lung disease was told by a doctor on a streaming video that he did not have long to live, a strategy that his family saw as insensitive.

An Unvaccinated Boy Got Tetanus. His Hospital Stay: 57 Days and $800,000.

Sat, 03/09/2019 - 12:03
The boy’s harrowing experience with the disease in 2017 was the first pediatric case of tetanus in Oregon in more than 30 years, according to a new C.D.C. report.

Trilobites: Sometimes Wiping Out Badgers Helped. Sometimes It Didn’t. Why?

Sat, 03/09/2019 - 02:00
Culling wildlife is one way to curb the spread of disease among domestic animals. A new study shows why its effects are often limited.

Global Health: Scientists Are Gaining Ground Against AIDS

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 16:41
The “London patient,” apparently cured of H.I.V. infection, has gotten all the attention. But other recently revealed advances are more likely to affect the immediate course of the AIDS epidemic.

Essay: We Broke the Same Bone. My Recovery Was a Breeze, Hers an Ordeal. Why?

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:18
Fractures of the fifth metatarsal, in the foot, are common. But doctors treat them in a variety of ways.