Nicholas Bakalar, The New York Times

Nicholas Bakalar

The New York Times

Pryor, OK, United States

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Past articles by Nicholas:

Chimps Catch Insects to Put on Wounds. Is It Folk Medicine?

They don’t eat the bugs, and they’re definitely applying them to wounds, so some scientists think the primates may be treating one another’s injuries. → Read More

In Orangutan Parenting, the Kids Can Get Their Own Dinner

Orangutan mothers will teach their young to forage for food — then cut them off when they are old enough to know better, new research shows. → Read More

How Lifelong Cholesterol Levels Can Harm or Help Your Heart

The longer you have high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, the greater your risk of a heart attack. → Read More

Bruce Is a Parrot With a Broken Beak. So He Invented a Tool.

The bird is a kea from New Zealand, and his fabrication of an instrument to help him preen his feathers appears to be unique, researchers say. → Read More

Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?

Robot-assisted surgeries have only modest advantages over other approaches, a large analysis found. → Read More

Can Fruits and Vegetables Boost Brain Health?

Flavonoids, the chemicals that give plant foods their bright colors, may help curb the frustrating forgetfulness and mild confusion of advancing age. → Read More

Morning People May Be at Lower Risk of Depression Than Night Owls

Going to bed early and waking up early may help to provide some protection against depression, a new study suggests. → Read More

For Women in Their 40s, High Blood Pressure May Carry Special Risks

Women, but not men, with even mildly elevated blood pressure in their early 40s were at increased risk for later heart disease and early death. → Read More

‘Delayed Prescribing’ May Help Cut Down on Antibiotic Use

Most respiratory illnesses don’t require antibiotics, which can have harmful side effects. → Read More

Aspirin May Help Protect the Brain From Pollution's Toll, Study Suggests

Even short-term exposure to polluted air may impair mental ability in the elderly. Aspirin and other NSAIDs showed some protective effects. → Read More

Do Statins Really Cause Muscle Aches?

People taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs often report muscle pain, but the pain may be the same when they take a look-alike placebo pill. → Read More

Coffee Drinking Tied to Lower Risk of Heart Failure

An innovative study that examined hundreds of factors linked to heart failure found one dietary factor that may lower risk: drinking coffee. → Read More

Worried About Erectile Dysfunction? A Mediterranean-Style Diet May Help

Men who ate a diet high in vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and unsaturated fats, and low in meats and whole-fat dairy, had a lower risk of erectile dysfunction. → Read More

Vegetarian or Vegan? Watch Your Bone Health

Those who ate a meat-free diet were at increased risk for bone fractures. → Read More

Women Doctors Are Less Likely to Perform C-Sections

Female obstetricians are less likely than their male colleagues to perform cesarean sections, a review of studies has found. → Read More

Presidential Elections May Be Bad for Your Health

The incidence of heart attacks and strokes rise around election time, researchers report. → Read More

Where You Carry Body Fat May Affect How Long You Live

Extra weight in some places may lower your risk of dying prematurely. → Read More

Diabetes in Pregnancy Tied to Heart Risks in Young Adult Children

People whose mothers had diabetes were at higher risk of heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes before age 35. → Read More

Spontaneous Nosebleeds Tied to High Blood Pressure

People with hypertension were more likely to have nosebleeds, and they tended to be more severe. → Read More

Drinking Coffee Tied to Better Outcomes in Colon Cancer Patients

In people with advanced colorectal cancer, drinking coffee was associated with longer survival and less cancer progression. → Read More