Think Like a Doctor: Drowning on Dry Land Solved

On Thursday we challenged Well readers to unravel the case of a 67-year-old healthy retiree who suddenly developed knife-like chest pain and a worsening cough. Maybe this case was too easy because more than a quarter of you figured it out. The correct diagnosis is: Eosinophilic pneumonia, caused by the antibiotic daptomycin (brand name Cubicin) …

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Whooping Cough Booster Shot May Offer Only Short-Term Protection

Photo The rapidly fading effectiveness of the pertussis booster vaccine may help explain recent widespread outbreaks of whooping cough. The United States stopped using a whole-cell pertussis vaccine in the 1990s and began using an acellular version called DTaP. Five vaccinations are given during childhood, and a booster vaccine, called the Tdap, is given to …

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Think Like a Doctor: Drowning on Dry Land

The Challenge: A healthy 67-year-old man develops an annoying little cough that, over the course of a week, worsens and nearly takes his breath away. Can you figure out why? Every month, the Diagnosis column of The New York Times Magazine challenges Well readers with a real-life diagnostic question. In this case, a retired Air …

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Living With Cancer: A Woman Like Me

Video A Woman like Me A clip from “A Woman Like Me.” By FILM PRESENCE on Publish Date February 3, 2016. embed We commonly assume that cancer afflicts the aging or aged, but approximately 16 percent of breast cancer deaths involve women under the age of 50. How can or should an alarming death sentence …

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Post-Cesarean Bacteria Transfer Could Change Health for Life, Study Shows

Photo Credit iStock The first germs to colonize a newborn delivered vaginally come almost exclusively from its mother. But the first to reach an infant born by cesarean section come mostly from the environment — particularly bacteria from inaccessible or less-scrubbed areas like lamps and walls, and skin cells from everyone else in the delivery …

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Are You at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections?

Photo Credit Getty Images What Is Your S.T.I. Risk? Take this quiz to find out. If you’re having sex, you’re at risk for sexually transmitted infections. But what are the chances you’ll actually get one? A quick sex quiz from researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will give you a better idea. It …

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