Q&A: The ABCs of E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes are relatively recent products whose long-term effects are unknown, but they contain far fewer dangerous chemicals than those released in burning tobacco.CreditCreditJoshua Bright for The New York Times The term “electronic cigarette” refers to a battery-powered device that heats a tank or cartridge of liquid usually containing nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals, but not […]

When Hospitals Merge to Save Money, Patients Often Pay More

Jennifer Lamptey, a radiologic technologist, adjusting a CT scan at the Saint Raphael campus of Yale New Haven Hospital, part of a bigger system set to control a quarter of Connecticut’s hospital beds.CreditCreditChristopher Capozziello for The New York Times The nation’s hospitals have been merging at a rapid pace for a decade, forming powerful organizations […]

Juul Will Stop Selling Most E-Cigarette Flavors in Stores and Halt Social Media Promotions

More than three million middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in 2017, according to preliminary government data, with about one-third saying the flavors were a big factor in their choice.CreditCreditJoshua Bright for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Facing mounting government pressure and a public backlash over the epidemic of teenage vaping, Juul […]

Idaho, Nebraska and Utah Vote to Expand Medicaid

Volunteers supporting of Medicaid expansion from around Idaho gathered outside the capital building after gathering the signatures for a ballot referendum on the issue. Voters approved the expansion on Tuesday.CreditCreditDarin Oswald/Idaho Statesman, via Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite the uncertainty and partisan gridlock that Tuesday’s election results ensure, one policy change seems guaranteed: hundreds of […]

F.D.A. Plans to Seek a Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

As part of its campaign against flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction, the Food and Drug Administration plans to seek a ban on sales of menthol cigarettes. It’s a measure long sought by health advocates, who said the products were marketed heavily to African-Americans.CreditCreditJeff Chiu/Associated Press In a landmark move bound to further shake the tobacco […]

Three Deep Red States Vote to Expand Medicaid

Supporters of a Medicaid expansion in Utah.CreditCreditRick Bowmer/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Voters in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah on Tuesday were on track to approve what their Republican-led legislatures repeatedly would not: free or low-cost health coverage for most poor adults through an expansion of their Medicaid programs. The three deep-red states are now poised to […]

Study of Cellphone Risks Finds ‘Some Evidence’ of Link to Cancer, at Least in Male Rats

Rodents were exposed to radiation at 900 megahertz, a frequency typical of the second generation of cellphones that prevailed in the 1990s, when the study was first conceived.CreditCreditMichael Nagle/Bloomberg For decades, health experts have struggled to determine whether or not cellphones can cause cancer. On Thursday, a federal agency released the final results of what […]