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Rarity of cancer in elephants may help explain cancer in humans

Elephants have 100 times as many cells as humans. But they seldom get cancer. This is surprising, because cancer is a result of cell division gone wrong, and the more cells an organism has, the higher the chances that some will mutate into tumors. Also, because elephants live so long — between 60 …

Biology

Sniffles? Cancer? Under Medicare Plan, Payments for Office Visits Would Be Same for Both

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is proposing huge changes in the way Medicare pays doctors for the most common of all medical services, the office visit, offering physicians basically the same amount, regardless of a patient’s condition or the complexity of the services …

Health Care

Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny

The urge to pull down statues extends well beyond the public squares of nations in turmoil. Lately it has been stirring the air in some corners of science, particularly psychology.<p>In recent months, researchers and some journalists have strung cables around the necks of at least three monuments of …

The Astonishingly High Administrative Costs of U.S. Health Care

It takes only a glance at a hospital bill or at the myriad choices you may have for health care coverage to get a sense of the bewildering complexity of health care financing in the United States. That complexity doesn’t just exact a cognitive cost. It also comes with administrative costs that are …

Health Care

I Led the F.B.I. Mueller Is Just Doing His Job.

In 1978, I was asked to head the F.B.I. at a perilous time. The bureau was mired in controversy, stung by criticism over Watergate and warrantless wiretaps, beleaguered by congressional investigations. I took on the job because, as I said back then, “this institution was too important to lose.”<p>We …

Donald Trump

Toronto medical official calls for decriminalizing drugs as opioid overdoses skyrocket in Canada

TORONTO — With opioid-related overdoses and deaths reaching record levels in Canada, the top medical official in Toronto is calling for the decriminalization of all drugs as part of a strategy to treat illicit drug use as a public health and social issue, not a criminal one.<p>In a report released …

Decriminalization

How to Have a Better Conversation About Mental Illness

SYDNEY, Australia — As public conversation about mental health has grown louder and busier in recent years, mental illness has become more than a category of disease with social and psychological dimensions. Especially in the case of depression and anxiety, mental illness has come to be seen as a …

Go Here Not There: Five Brilliant Alternatives To Expensive Destinations...

Goodbye, pushy tourists…<p>Social media has changed the world more than anyone could’ve ever fathomed. It’s not only turned tragically cat obsessed …

Immigrant Kids Separated From Parents to Receive Legal Representation Via LA Justice Fund Thanks to LA County Supes

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to extend a pot of money called the Los Angeles Justice Fund to kids and …

The Challenges for Doctors Treating Migrant Children Separated From Their Parents

Clinicians at public hospitals in New York City who have started seeing children separated from their families at the border are concerned about the psychological impact of the separation as well as the practical challenge of treating children whose medical history is unknown.<p>At a news conference …

What My 6-Year-Old Son and I Endured in Family Detention

<i>The author wrote on the condition of anonymity because of the gang-related threats she and her family face in the United States and in El Salvador.</i><p>I came to this country from El Salvador in 2014 seeking safety for myself and my son. Instead, I found myself locked in a family immigration detention …

Where Danes Butt Heads (Politely) With Their Leaders

ALLINGE, Denmark — For four days a year in June, Danes like to pretend there are no boundaries between them.<p>They gather for Folkemodet, a political festival where the prime minister, chief executives of top companies and other respected leaders remove their ties and heels and mingle with members of …

Massive Genetic Study Finds Many Links Between Various Psychiatric Illnesses

An excavation of a million people’s genes has provided some interesting clues to how several common psychiatric disorders might arise, including …

When Children Say They’re Trans

Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.<p>Claire is a 14-year-old girl with short auburn hair and a broad smile. She lives outside Philadelphia with her mother and father, both professional scientists. Claire can come across as an introvert, but she quickly opens up, …

Mental Health

When We Talk About Suicide, We Need to Talk About Addiction

No one can say definitively why Kate Spade or Anthony Bourdain died by suicide. But I can tell you why I tried to kill myself. Twice.<p><i>Trigger warning:</i> …

LAPD hasn't taken basic measures to prevent suicides in its jails, scathing report says

The Los Angeles Police Department has not taken basic measures to prevent suicides in its jails, even after more than 100 inmates tried to kill themselves in a five-year span, the department’s inspector general found in a scathing report released Friday.<p>Two inmates hanged themselves with telephone …

Sex and Drugs Decline Among Teens, but Depression and Suicidal Thoughts Grow

One in seven high school students reported misusing prescription opioids, one of several disturbing results in a nationwide survey of teenagers that revealed a growing sense of fear and despair among youth in the United States.<p>The numbers of teenagers reporting “feelings of sadness or …

How Cognitive Behavior Therapy May Help Suicidal People

After a week of devastating news about suicide, there has been much discussion of the need for people who may be thinking of ending their lives to reach out for help. But some people who are suffering may be skeptical that therapy could make a difference.<p>Research has demonstrated the effectiveness …

Early Stress Makes Brains Grow Up Too Fast, and That's Not a Good Thing

Kids and teens are especially vulnerable.<p>Since 1998, scientists in the Netherlands have been watching 129 people grow up. Over those 20 years, they …

Legislature approves $4 million to help curb arrests of foster children

For years, California foster care shelters have been places of punishment for abused and neglected children whose minor outbursts often landed them in the local juvenile hall.<p>Upended furniture. Tussles over a swing set. A thrown bag of hotdog buns. Such disruptions repeatedly ended in arrests and …

2018 Re-Wire Policy Conference

Good luck, graduates. As you enter college, dream big, have fun, and don't be afraid to talk about mental illness

Hakeem Howard, a senior at Quince Orchard High School in suburban Maryland, was in his first-period class one morning listening to announcements when he heard that the school was looking for graduation speakers and valedictorians.<p>Grade-wise, he told me, he definitely wasn’t a valedictorian. But, he …

Designer Kate Spade's death renews conversation about mental health awareness

The death of Kate Spade has renewed discussions of mental health awareness, with celebrities mourning the fashion designer’s death with missives about depression and suicide prevention.<p>Spade, whose colorful handbags, bold prints and cheerful sayings once dominated American fashion, was found dead …

Mental Health

Arizona counselor who survived rampage: 'I was his target.' And she was not surprised

Even though the Scottsdale, Ariz., office where they worked was small, the two mental health experts didn’t know each other well.<p>Karen Kolbe, a licensed professional counselor, ran her own practice, and she leased out space to Marshall Levine, a psychiatrist who specialized in hypnotherapy. Therapy …

Mental Health

The Sights and Smells of Sicily’s Second City

We stood on the deck of the hulking cargo ship, through the bluster and drizzle in the Strait of Messina, both of us feeling something like sailors docking at an unfamiliar port of call. My new acquaintance, a Genovese Ph.D. student in anthropology named Giacomo, explained to me that he’d rarely …

Italy

His College Knew of His Despair. His Parents Didn’t, Until It Was Too Late.

CLINTON, N.Y. — In the days after her son Graham hanged himself in his dormitory room at Hamilton College, Gina Burton went about settling his affairs in a blur of efficiency, her grief tinged with a nagging sense that something did not add up.<p>She fielded requests and sympathy notes from the …

To Combat Physician Burnout and Improve Care, Fix the Electronic Health Record

After a blizzard of hype surrounding the electronic health record (EHR), health professionals are now in full backlash mode against this complex new tool. They are rightly seen as a major cause of professional burnout among physicians and nurses: Clinicians are spending almost half their …

Digital Health

The Authenticity Paradox

Learn how leaders can develop an "adaptively authentic" style in this video slide deck. Download a customizable version here.

Paradoxes

To Handle Increased Stress, Build Your Resilience

Wherever you live or work, stress is on the rise. According to the International Labour Organization, workers in developed and developing countries …

To Change Someone’s Mind, Stop Talking and Listen

Samar Minallah Khan, the feminist Pakistani anthropologist and filmmaker, was enraged. Local tribal leaders were trading little girls as compensation …