The Hidden Costs of Medical Testing A patient bursts into the hospital, upset, convinced she has ovarian cancer. She says she has proof: a blood test, ordered by her family doctor, shows elevated amounts of CA125, a protein sometimes found on cancerous cells. But the emergency doctors learn that neither the patient nor her immediate family members have histories of ovarian cancer, which means she should never have undergone the test in the first place: it is not designed for the general population. The patient had heard about the test and asked her own physician to perform it, just in case, setting off a chain of events that led her to the hospital. Raj Waghmare, an emergency-room doctor in Newmarket, Ontario, says he has repeatedly seen situations like this one—patients rushing to the ER after receiving unnecessary lab results. CA125 testing is most often recommended for women who have or are suspected to have ovarian cancer: it can help determine whether a treatment is working or the cancer has reappeared.
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration The Times is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here. [Update: Our answers to some of those questions are published here.]
How Do You Maintain Dignity for the Dead in a Pandemic? To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. Nick Farenga stood amid the body bags in a refrigerated 18-wheel trailer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan. “This is him,” a hospital worker said, pointing to a white body bag among the roughly 40 others lying on wooden platforms that resembled hastily constructed bunk beds.
'He got away with it': how the founder of Bikram yoga built an empire on abuse In recent years, there’s been a growing discourse on intense fitness classes – Crossfit, SoulCycle – as the new secular religion. But if there was one branch that pushed the envelope from religion to near-fanatic cultishness, it’s Bikram yoga, the 90-minute routine of 26 postures performed in a room heated to 120 degrees founded by Bikram Choudhury. Clad in his signature tiny black Speedo and tight ponytail, Choudhury lorded over an empire built on sweat, devotion and $10k a pop teacher trainings – and, as explained in a new Netflix documentary, sexual harassment, rape and maniacal control. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator is not the first to catalog Choudhury’s abuse and speak to victims on the record; in the ESPN 30 for 30 podcast BIKRAM, reporter Julia Lowrie Henderson, herself a Bikram yoga devotee, delves into much of the same material as Orner. The long overdue comeuppance of Choudhury is another wave in the #MeToo movement, said Orner.
Nation of Immigrants Every country has its mythology. America’s is that we are a “nation of immigrants.” The Statue of Liberty, the country’s most iconic monument, stands tall in New York Harbor, welcoming “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” If the United States had been true to these ideals, its history would have been a simple tale of openness and acceptance. The real story is far more complex. For the first half of its existence, America had virtually open borders. Why taking antioxidants during chemotherapy for breast cancer could be counterproductive Canadians spend an estimated $3 billion a year on over-the-counter vitamin supplements. And while the medical community has long questioned their usefulness in otherwise healthy people, a new study adds to the small body of research that suggests taking supplements during cancer treatment could be counterproductive. Researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, N.Y., followed 1,134 breast cancer patients.
Trump’s Empire: A Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties As president, Mr. Trump would have substantial sway over monetary and tax policy, as well as the power to make appointments that would directly affect his own financial empire. He would also wield influence over legislative issues that could have a significant impact on his net worth, and would have official dealings with countries in which he has business interests. Yet The Times’s examination underscored how much of Mr.
Censored Stories on Covid-19: A Worldwide Media Blackout Threat Even in the heart of Europe, some leaders are using similar rhetoric to tighten their grip on power. In Hungary, for example, President Viktor Orban pushed an emergency law through Congress on March 30. The law grants the government the power to imprison any person who “claim[s] or spread[s] a falsehood or claim[s] or spread[s] a distorted truth in relation to the emergency.” Many saw this as a way to target independent journalists in a country where the freedom of the press is already threatened.
Tessa Majors, Barnard Student Who Came to New York City Full of Hope, Loses Her Life at Knifepoint In the last minutes of her 18 years of life, Tessa Majors started through the gathering darkness toward the winding steps that ascend the 100-foot cliff at the eastern edge of the Columbia University campus. Her school, Barnard College, lay just beyond. The 450 million-year-old geological formation she approached through Morningside Park is composed of schist, the remarkably strong and suitable bedrock that support the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan, the skyline that for many people is synonymous with New York. But what really makes the city are the hopeful people who come to it. They included this young woman with a green tint to her blond hair and a gleam of the genuine in her eyes.
U.S. Immigration Since 1965 - Facts & Summary In reality (and with the benefit of hindsight), the bill signed in 1965 marked a dramatic break with past immigration policy, and would have an immediate and lasting impact. In place of the national-origins quota system, the act provided for preferences to be made according to categories, such as relatives of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, those with skills deemed useful to the United States or refugees of violence or unrest. Though it abolished quotas per se, the system did place caps on per-country and total immigration, as well as caps on each category.
Rx for Doctors: Stop With the Urine Tests Antibiotics affect the human microbiome, wiping out the protective microbes in the gastrointestinal tract and increasing people’s vulnerability to C. difficile, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called an “urgent threat.” In the Michigan hospital study, patients treated for asymptomatic bacteriuria fared no better on a variety of measures than those who weren’t treated. “But they stayed in the hospital a day longer,” said Dr. Lindsay Petty, the study’s lead author and an infectious disease specialist at the University of Michigan. She theorized that their doctors were awaiting urine culture results.
Melania Trump like you’ve never seen her before Donald Trump thinks his wife will be a model first lady — and here’s the proof. Decades before she was sporting designer dresses on the stage of the Republican National Convention as Mrs. Trump, Melania Knauss posed nude in a photo spread for a now-defunct French men’s magazine, The Post has learned. The leggy, Slovenian-born model — then 25 years old and known by her professional moniker Melania K. — did the steamy photo session in Manhattan in 1995, according to Alé de Basseville, the French photographer who shot the sexy snaps.
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