Surgeons Transplant a Testicle From One Brother to His Twin

A 36-year-old man born without testicles received one transplanted from his identical twin brother in a six-hour operation performed on Tuesday in Belgrade, Serbia, by an international team of surgeons. The surgery was intended to give the recipient more stable levels of the male hormone testosterone than injections could provide, to make his genitals more natural and more comfortable, and …

Flesh-eating bacteria linked to heroin kills 7 in California

Authorities say a flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people in San Diego County December 6, 2019, 4:06 AM 3 min read A flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in the San Diego area, prompting health …

Health Spending Grew Modestly, New Analysis Finds

In the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, some candidates have been pushing far broader plans to tackle the issue. Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have proposed establishing a single-payer health care system, where the government would provide generous taxpayer-funded insurance coverage for every American. Others, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Mayor …

Vaccine group announces creation of Ebola vaccine stockpile

Vaccine alliance announces creation of Ebola vaccine stockpile of about 500,000 doses By MARIA CHENG Associated Press December 5, 2019, 2:22 PM 3 min read The vaccine alliance GAVI announced Thursday it would invest $178 million to create a global stockpile of about 500,000 Ebola vaccines, a decision that health officials say could help prevent future outbreaks from spiraling out …

They’re Smelly and Spiky, and They Need Bats to Pollinate Them

Known as the world’s smelliest fruit, durians are also essential to the farming economy of Indonesia. Although repulsive to many Western noses — some compare the smell to rotting trash — durians command the highest unit price of any fruit in Indonesia, with an export value of more than $250 million in 2013. Hoping to help improve the yield of …

Correction: RJ Reynolds-Electronic Cigarette story

Correction: RJ Reynolds-Electronic Cigarette story December 3, 2019, 10:31 PM 2 min read In a Dec. 2 story about R.J. Reynolds’s electronic cigarette, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the Food and Drug Administration will review whether the company can claim that its electronic cigarette is safer than tobacco. The FDA will review whether the electronic cigarette can stay on …

200,000 Uninsured Americans to Get Free H.I.V.-Prevention Drugs

With donated drugs and services provided by major pharmacy chains, 200,000 uninsured Americans will gain access to H.I.V.-preventive medicines at no cost, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday. The announcement, by Alex M. Azar II, the health and human services secretary, essentially explained how the government plans to distribute the drugs for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, that were promised in …

Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured

The government has launched a program to provide a daily HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer December 3, 2019, 2:39 PM 3 min read The government launched a new program on Tuesday to provide an HIV prevention drug for free to …

Perry Hoffman, 75, Dies; Saw Family Support as Key to Psychiatric Care

Perry Hoffman, a former elementary-school teacher and a mother of three with a degree in social work, was working part time in a psychiatric ward when she became fascinated by borderline personality disorder, a poorly understood condition characterized by extreme neediness and dark swarms of emotion. Her interest led her to perform research on the condition, which usually strikes in …

50 children killed by measles in Samoa as outbreak worsens

A measles outbreak in Samoa has killed 50 babies and young children as authorities race to vaccinate the entire population of the South Pacific nation By NICK PERRY Associated Press December 2, 2019, 4:58 AM 2 min read Samoa’s government said Monday that another five children had died within the past day from a measles outbreak, bringing the death toll …