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How ‘Shock Therapy’ Is Saving Some Children With Autism

Electroconvulsive therapy is far more beneficial—and banal—than its torturous reputation suggests.<p>For a boy who needs routine, this day is off to a bad start. It’s early, just before 8 a.m., and unseasonably warm for June. Kyle, 17, has been up since 6:20 a.m., which isn’t all that unusual. But …

The VSED Exit: A Way to Speed Up Dying, Without Asking Permission

Del Greenfield had endured repeated bouts of cancer over four decades, yet kept working as a peace activist in Portland, Ore., into her 80s. “She was a powerful force,” said her daughter, Bonnie Reagan.<p>But in 2007, Ms. Greenfield was struggling. She had been her husband’s caregiver until he died …

Alzheimer's Disease

Gender stereotypes have made us horrible at recognizing autism in women and girls

In August, the National Autistic Society called on medical professionals to change the way they diagnose women and girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Ever since the term autism was first coined by Hans Asperger in 1944, it has remained predominantly, if anecdotally, associated with men and …

Autism

The Age Of The Superbug Is Already Here

The U.N. is convening a landmark meeting this week on antibiotic resistance, but scientists are concerned the action may be too late.<p>When the United Nations General Assembly convenes a high-level meeting about a health issue, it’s clear there’s a crisis that requires our immediate attention. And …

Microbiology

A searing new report claims opioid drugmakers spent 8 times as much as the NRA on lobbying

The report looked at the period from 2006 to 2015, when deaths from the drugs began to skyrocket. Here are some of its most striking findings:<p>Opioid drugmakers including Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, spent more than <b>$880 million</b>, or roughly $98 million per year, on lobbying and campaign …

Medicine

Possible air pollution link to Alzheimer's

A possible causal link between air pollution and Alzheimer's disease has been suggested by scientists after they conducted detailed studies of brain tissue, in a joint British-Mexican project.<p>Study co-author Professor Barbara Maher, of Lancaster University, and her research team examined the brain …

Particles

Czech hockey referee dies after getting hit in the head by puck

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — An ice hockey referee in the Czech Republic has died after he was injured in a game.<p>The Czech Ice Hockey Federation says …

Ice Hockey

Rio’s Paralympics — seemingly imperiled before they began — have shown dazzling signs of life instead

RIO DE JANEIRO — A city doesn’t stop being what it is for anything momentous — an election, a sporting event, even a disaster.<p>So Rio was still Rio as …

Brazil

Lawsuit challenging B.C. medicare threatens to destroy system, Crown says

VANCOUVER—The British Columbia government says a lawsuit challenging the public health-care system risks propelling the country toward a two-tier …