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‘Nobody Thought It Would Come to This’: Drug Maker Teva Faces a Crisis
‘Nobody Thought It Would Come to This’: Drug Maker Teva Faces a Crisis

LONDON — To the rest of the world, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is simply one of the world’s biggest makers of generic drugs. In Israel, it is the corporate version of a national celebrity.

The first homegrown, global success story and one of Israel’s largest employers, Teva is both a source of pride and a symbol of the country’s financial ambitions. Its place in the Israeli public’s imagination is similar to the one General Motors, in...

December 29, 2017

The New Health Care: What We Mean When We Say Evidence-Based Medicine
The New Health Care: What We Mean When We Say Evidence-Based Medicine

People understand different things by this term, and the arguments don’t divide along predictable partisan lines, either.

In medicine, the term “evidence-based” causes more arguments than you might expect.

The arguments don’t divide along predictable partisan lines, either.

Everyone is a bit right here, and everyone is a bit wrong. This battle isn’t new; it has been going on for some time. It’s the old guard versus the new. I...

December 29, 2017

Jerold F. Lucey, Innovator in Premature Births, Dies at 91
Jerold F. Lucey, Innovator in Premature Births, Dies at 91

Dr. Jerold F. Lucey, a pioneer in pediatrics who championed innovations that improved the survival and health of premature babies, died on Dec. 10 at his home in Osprey, Fla. He was 91.

His wife, Ingela Lucey, said the cause was a stroke. He had spent most of his career at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington.

Dr. Lucey spearheaded the introduction of new treatments for fragile newborns. He also energized the...

December 29, 2017

F.D.A. Leaves Tainted Foods on Shelves Too Long, Report Finds
F.D.A. Leaves Tainted Foods on Shelves Too Long, Report Finds

The Food and Drug Administration is not moving quickly enough to ensure that contaminated food is removed from store shelves, despite being given the necessary authority, federal investigators have concluded.

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services examined 30 of 1,557 food recalls between 2012 and 2015. The investigators found that the F.D.A. did not always evaluate food-borne hazards in a timely manner or e...

December 29, 2017

E.P.A. Wanted Years to Study Lead Paint Rule. It Got 90 Days.
E.P.A. Wanted Years to Study Lead Paint Rule. It Got 90 Days.

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revise its nearly 17-year-old standard for dangerous levels of lead in paint and dust within one year, a rare legal move that amounts to a sharp rebuff of President Trump and Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator.

The decision also called attention to the persistent threat of lead paint to children in millions of American homes, four decades...

December 29, 2017

It’s Cold Outside. Cue the Trump Global Warming Tweet.
It’s Cold Outside. Cue the Trump Global Warming Tweet.

With unusually frigid weather gripping much of the Eastern United States this week, President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to cast doubt on the reality of climate change, but he appeared unaware of the distinction between weather and climate.

In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was goin...

December 29, 2017

U.S. to Roll Back Safety Rules Created After Deepwater Horizon Spill
U.S. to Roll Back Safety Rules Created After Deepwater Horizon Spill

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to roll back offshore drilling safety regulations that were put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people and caused the worst oil spill in American history.

Doing so, the agency asserted, will reduce “unnecessary burdens” on the energy industry and save the industry $228 million over 10 years.

“This proposed rule would fort...

December 29, 2017

Trilobites: In Winter, You Might Wish You Had This Rodent Superpower
Trilobites: In Winter, You Might Wish You Had This Rodent Superpower

Scientists discovered a quirk in the proteins of some squirrels and hamsters that helps them behave a bit like a coldblooded animal.

But here in the real world of flesh, bones, brains and nerves that we mammals use each second to survive, some woodland rodents really do have a superpower that helps them tolerate cold and endure harsh winters.

The new research brings scientists closer to understanding enigmas of hibernation and solv...

December 29, 2017

Does this croc found in Australian suburb belong to you?
Does this croc found in Australian suburb belong to you?

Australian police found a crocodile strolling on the streets of a Melbourne suburb on Christmas Day.

December 29, 2017

Here are the top science and tech stories of 2017
Here are the top science and tech stories of 2017

Keeping up with new developments in science, tech, and innovation during 2017 was a bit like trying to tread water during a tsunami.

From a dramatic solar eclipse and breathtaking advances in gene-editing technology to the detection of ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein more than a century ago, the stories just kept coming. Here’s a recap of seven we deem especially noteworthy.

The ability to detect gravitational waves cou...

December 29, 2017

NASA may send 'Dragonfly' to an alien world
NASA may send 'Dragonfly' to an alien world

The other contender is a mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where a lander would snag a piece of the comet’s nucleus and return it to Earth for further study.

The plutonium-powered drone would alternate between taking measurements on the moon’s surface and flying from one site to another, traveling tens to hundreds of kilometers with each flight.

December 29, 2017

New contest aims to help humans navigate the subterranean world
New contest aims to help humans navigate the subterranean world

From the seas to mountain peaks, humans have colonized almost every inch of Earth's surface.

Now, humans may soon be able to routinely venture below the planet's surface, at least if the military has any say in the matter.

Groups all around the world will compete to solve problems that help people navigate in unknown, treacherous subterranean conditions, where time is of the essence, according to the statement.

Teams can comp...

December 29, 2017

Should You Shower in the Morning, or at Night? Yes.
Should You Shower in the Morning, or at Night? Yes.

There were few greater sins in my childhood home than going to bed dirty, though I could sometimes appease my mother by just washing my feet before slipping between the clean sheets. Now, as an adult, I cannot bear to get in bed with the grime of the day clinging to my skin. And I’m not alone.

We are the takers of night showers, and we stand in opposition to the takers of morning showers, a vocal many I’ve bickered with time and again.December 27, 2017

Bruce McCandless, First to Fly Untethered in Space, Dies at 80
Bruce McCandless, First to Fly Untethered in Space, Dies at 80

Bruce McCandless, the first person to fly untethered in space, whose journey into the dark void above Earth was preserved in a famous photograph, died on Thursday. He was 80.

Equipped with a bulky backpack, two dozen tiny jet thrusters and two bottles of nitrogen gas to fuel them, Mr. McCandless took his maiden voyage in February 1984. It was captured in an image of a man in a white space suit floating against a backdrop of the great bla...

December 27, 2017

In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants
In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants

When the food industry funds nutritionists, critics say it subverts science to preserve its market.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Over the past three decades this increasingly prosperous nation has become the fattest country in Asia, with nearly half the adult population now overweight or obese. Several years ago, Dr. Tee E Siong, Malaysia’s leading nutrition expert, decided to act, organizing a far-reaching study of local diets and lifestyle...

December 27, 2017

How Do You Keep an Elephant Warm? Knit a Giant Blanket
How Do You Keep an Elephant Warm? Knit a Giant Blanket

When an unexpectedly cold front from China descended on parts of Southeast Asia this past week, people in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia bundled up in coats to stave off the region’s unusual weather.

“We haven’t had weather this cold in 40 years,” she said by phone on Sunday while traveling through northern Thailand.

Temperatures fell to 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country. But the camp, in...

December 27, 2017

Trump Administration Eases Nursing Home Fines in Victory for Industry
Trump Administration Eases Nursing Home Fines in Victory for Industry

The Trump administration is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury, part of a broader relaxation of regulations under the president.

The shift in the Medicare program’s penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the industry’s main trade group, has complained that under President Barack Obama, federal inspectors...

December 27, 2017

One Man’s Stand Against Junk Food as Diabetes Climbs Across India
One Man’s Stand Against Junk Food as Diabetes Climbs Across India

India is “sitting on a volcano” of diabetes. A father’s effort to ban junk food sales in and near schools aims to change what children eat.

NEW DELHI — Rahul Verma’s son was born gravely ill with digestive problems, but over years of visits to the boy’s endocrinologist, Mr. Verma saw the doctor grow increasingly alarmed about a different problem, one threatening healthy children. Junk food, the doctor warned, was especially dangerous to ...

December 27, 2017

How Largemouth Bass Suck In Their Prey
How Largemouth Bass Suck In Their Prey

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December 27, 2017