New World Health Organization Data Confirms Around 80% Of Cases Are Mild

The virus behind COVID-19 continues to spread, but there are small signs of good news — the death rate is still lower than other coronaviruses and new research confirms most cases are mild.

U.S. Epidemiologist Who Traveled To China To Investigate Coronavirus Relays Findings

NPR's Audie Cornish discusses coronavirus theories with Dr. Ian Lipkin, an epidemiologist on his last day of containment after returning from China.

Video Game Makers Want to Get Players Off the Couch

Tiffany Ruiz had tried various gyms, apps, workout routines and diets, all in an effort to get fit and lose some weight. “None of them worked because none of them kept my interest,” she said.Now, Ms. Ruiz is working out at least four times a week, thanks to a video game.In her bedroom, she...

14 Americans Taken Off Cruise Ship And Flown To U.S. Test Positive For Coronavirus

Enlarge this image American evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship arrive at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on Monday in San Antonio, Texas. Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images Fourteen U.S. passengers evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan and flown to military bases in California and Texas have tested positive for...

She Didn’t Want a Pelvic Exam. She Received One Anyway.

Janine, a nurse in Arizona, checked into the hospital for stomach surgery in 2017. Before the procedure, she told her physician that she did not want medical students to be directly involved. But after the operation, Janine said, as the anesthesia wore off, a resident came by to inform her that she had gotten...

The WHO Knows Insulin Is Too Expensive. How It Plans To Drive Down The Price

Enlarge this image A man gets tested for diabetes at an event in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for World Diabetes Day in 2019. Mehedi Hasan/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mehedi Hasan/NurPhoto via Getty Images Johnpeter Mwolo was 15 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. His body, unable to produce the hormone critical for regulating blood sugar,...

Lax Regulations And Vulnerable Residents 'A Recipe For Problems' In Eldercare Homes

Enlarge this image June (left) and Mary Kelly with a photo of their mother, Marilyn Kelly. Marilyn was living at Our House Too, in Rutland, Vt., before she died. James Buck/VPR/Seven Days hide caption toggle caption James Buck/VPR/Seven Days Some states call them assisted living facilities; others, residential or personal care homes. These state-licensed facilities promise peace of...

Why Sitting For Long Periods Can Effect Teens' Mental Health

A new study finds that sitting still is linked to a higher risk of depression among teens, but even an hour of light physical activity every day reduces the risk of depression by 10 percent.

Teens Are Still Vaping Flavors, Thanks To New Disposable Vape Pens

Enlarge this image Disposable vapes may be hotter than Juul among kids, according to researcher Bonnie Halpern-Felsher. She received a bag of vape pens recently confiscated by a high school principal in northern California, with flavors like Banana Ice and Cool Mint. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher hide caption toggle caption Bonnie Halpern-Felsher Efforts to stem the tide of teen vaping...

Ink Rx? Welcome to the World of Paramedical Tattoos

HECKER, Ill. — The first fingernail tattoo started off as a joke.The client, a man who had lost part of two fingers in a construction accident, wandered into Eternal Ink Tattoo Studio and asked for a fingernail design at the tips of his fingers. It was his way of making light of a bad...