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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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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/18/BostonGlobe.com/HealthScience/Images/aspirin-big-245--90x90.jpg Taking daily aspirin fails to prevent heart deaths

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

Jill Osborn prepares a dose of Epidiolex, which contains CBD, for daughter Haley, who is taking part in a clinical study of the experimental drug at MGH.

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Hope that a prescription can mimic marijuana’s benefits

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

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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.

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Study: Try these two tips to swallow pills more easily

About one in three people have trouble swallowing pills, but these two new techniques were found in a new study to substantially improve the ease of swallowing.

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New fonts aim to help dyslexics read, but do they work?

Two fonts designed for those with dyslexia are based on similar concepts that potentially make it easier to discern letters.

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.

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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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Doctors, medical ethicists, and patient rights activists in the Boston area were divided over whether doctors should actively participate in patient deaths.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Lee_standingdesk1_hs.jpg Sitting at work is bad, but is standing actually better?

Health specialists worry that people have gotten the wrong message — it’s lack of movement that’s our biggest problem.

Daily Dose with Deborah Kotz


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

Continuing Globe 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.