Nearly a Third of Teens Use One or More Tobacco Products

Nearly one in three high school students has reported using a tobacco product recently, according to a new federal survey released on Thursday, evidence that concerns over nicotine addiction among teenagers are not limited to e-cigarettes. For the sixth year in a row, e-cigarettes dominated the students’ choice. Public health officials were concerned that...

Scientists Find Surprising Age-Related Protein Waves In Blood

Scientists know if they transfuse blood from a young mouse to an old one, that they can stave off, or even reverse, some signs of aging. But they don't know what in the blood is responsible for this remarkable effect. Researchers now report that they've identified hundreds of proteins in human blood that wax and...

Dealing With Grown-Up ‘Mean Girls’

I was packing up my things after a teacher training in a K-8 school when a woman stopped me. Her pained expression was as familiar as what she confessed; “I’m a pushover. I hate conflict. I avoid other teachers and parents. It happens in my other relationships. I feel like we don’t grow past...

Trauma Surgeon Battles Bullets In The Operating Room And The Community

Weary of losing neighbors and patients to gunfire, St. Louis trauma surgeon Laurie Punch has a message: Gun violence is contagious, but so is healing. Doctors who teach can be part of the solution.(Image credit: Whitney Curtis for KHN)

Working at Equinox: ‘It’s Very Hunger Games’

Equinox, the high-end gym chain, calls its five-story facility on Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan a “fitness mecca.” It features a juice bar and a boxing studio, a eucalyptus steam room and a saltwater lap pool. But until a recent renovation, a less glamorous side of Equinox emerged in the gym’s break room: a spindly,...

Diabetes in Mothers Raises Heart Risks in Children

The children of mothers with diabetes may be at increased risk for early heart disease.Researchers used Danish national health registries that included 2.4 million children who were born without heart disease. During 40 years of follow-up, 1,153 of the children whose mothers had diabetes — either Type 1 or Type 2 disease,...

Hair Dyes And Straighteners Linked To Higher Cancer Risk, Especially For Black Women

Enlarge this image Hair dyes and straighteners contain chemicals that are being studied for their health effects. SrdjanPav/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption SrdjanPav/Getty Images New research raises concern about the safety of permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners, especially among African American women. The study was published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer. Previous research in...

Carolyn Konheim, Foe of All That Befouled a City, Dies at 81

Carolyn Konheim, whose sons’ soot-specked white snow suits transformed her from a high school history teacher into a crusading New York environmentalist who targeted water and air pollutants, congested streets and other scourges of modern urban life, died on Nov. 25 at her home in Brooklyn. She was 81.The cause was complications...

HIV Prevention Drugs Are Available For Free: How Do You Get Them?

Enlarge this image Truvada is one of two HIV prevention drugs that will be available for free to qualified individuals. BSIP/Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption BSIP/Universal Images Group/Getty Images The Trump administration Tuesday unveiled a plan to distribute HIV prevention medication free to individuals who do not have prescription drug insurance coverage. Called Ready, Set, PrEP,...

Nearly 700,000 SNAP Recipients Could Lose Benefits Under New Trump Rule

Enlarge this image The Trump administration plans to stop food stamps after three months for able-bodied adults without dependents who do not work, volunteer, or get job training for at least 20 hours a week, and make it harder for states to waive this requirement. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption toggle caption Robert F. Bukaty/AP The Trump administration...