Beware of the bite that causes chikungunya

The mosquito-borne illness has quickly spread through the Caribbean and Latin America, and is likely headed north.

New tech helping heart patients

Erica Shea, with 3-year-old son Ryder, suffers from advanced heart failure. She has an implanted ventricular assist device, which is powered by belted batteries she wears around her waist. She is a top priority for a heart transplant.

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A new generation of implanted devices give heart patients longer and more active lives.

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Mediterranean diet could slow aging, study suggests

Boston researchers reported that a diet rich in olive oil, fish, and plant foods, and a glass of wine with meals, could lead to a moderately longer life span.

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Why have more men chosen to freeze their sperm?

Some men are freezing their youthful sperm after hearing about research that sperm from older men could have DNA defects.

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7 changes to expect with the new calorie label law

The FDA issued its long-awaited rules requiring chain restaurants and vending machines to post calorie counts on menus and menu boards.

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‘Crowd Control’ gives incentives for good behavior

On the National Geographic series, host Daniel Pink promises to change our annoying and unhealthy behaviors with innovative techniques.

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Girls get a ‘normal’ Barbie with acne and fuller hips

Barbie has some new competition: a “normal Barbie” with shorter, fuller legs, wider hips, and darker hair.

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Why are more women choosing mastectomies?

A new study found that a greater percentage of women who were eligible for breast-conserving surgery have decided to opt for a full mastectomy.

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Will eating trans fats damage your memory?

Trans fats, blamed for excess heart attacks and strokes, may be associated with another health ill: impaired memory.

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Taking a daily aspirin won’t prevent heart deaths in those without established heart disease, according to new research.

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Researchers are hunting for ways to mine marijuana’s potential medicinal properties to create consistent, reliable prescription drugs.

Within the next year, consumers will know just how many calories are in many prepared food items, including movie popcorn and vending machine fare. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

Within the next year, consumers will know just how many calories are in many prepared food items, including movie popcorn and vending machine fare.

Dennis Heaphy, a quadriplegic, is pleased with his coverage under One Care. He says it helped him get a hospital bed in his apartment and a machine that helps him cough.

Program for needy patients struggles

An experiment to improve care for the state’s sickest residents is proving more complex and expensive than originally envisioned.

Increasingly, providers are building more sophisticated electronic medical record systems that allow researchers to study when patients receive too many, rather than too few, medical procedures and tests.

Some patients are getting colonoscopies too often

A recently-published study revealed that some patients get colonoscopies too often, exposing them to unneeded risks and raising costs.

Actress Keira Knightley at the European premiere of the film

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Keira Knightley’s topless photo a boost to women’s body image

The actress chose to flaunt her underendowed, uneven breasts to make a point against using Photoshop to edit celebrity bodies.

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Flu season may bring rise in ER visits over Ebola fears

Those experiencing fever, aches, and fatigue from the flu may be more likely to head to the emergency room this year.

In Practice

Preparing for Ebola, remembering AIDS

As Ebola spreads beyond West Africa, I find myself thinking about the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

Myles Sargent of the Seacoast United Navy pitched during a game against the Seacoast United Carolina in Stratham, N.H.

Concerns bubble up as more young athletes specialize earlier

The proliferation of athletic programs has heightened an emphasis on individual excellence — at the expense, some critics say, of the well-being of the nation’s youth.

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Since the 1970s, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine has partnered with the state to fill a gap in care.

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Harvard study gives reassurance for pregnant woman with HIV

The study found that most combinations of HIV medications don’t increase the risk of structural abnormalities in the fetus.

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New tool measures heart risk based on diet and exercise

Harvard School of Public Health researchers introduced a new heart risk tool that’s aimed at consumers.

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Eye infections linked to sloppy use of contact lenses

One million eye infections occur each year in 38 million Americans who wear contact lenses due to lax practices, according to new data.

Daily Dose with Deborah Kotz

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Kotz reports on the latest consumer health news and advice including fitness, new treatments, nutrition, and more.

Continuing Globe coverage

Coverage

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Globe coverage of the national outbreak linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy.

Special section: Mass. health care law

Massachusetts health care law

Here you will find coverage of the law’s provisions, the debate that led to its enactment, Romney’s role in its passage, and what’s happened in Massachusetts since the law passed.