Hungary Says It Will Offer Free Fertility Treatments To Counter Population Decline

Enlarge this image Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addresses the media during a wide-ranging international press conference on Thursday in Budapest, Hungary. Zsolt Szigetvary/AP hide caption toggle caption Zsolt Szigetvary/AP Hungary has announced that it will offer free in-vitro fertilization treatments, the latest major initiative to try to boost the country's population numbers, which have been declining for...

A Teenager’s Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease

Episode 24: ‘My Blood’Producer/Director Samantha StarkReporter Gina KolataMeet Helen Obando, a shy 16-year-old who likes to dance when her body isn’t ravaged by the debilitating symptoms of sickle cell disease. The genetic blood disorder can cause strokes, organ damage and intense pain that can feel like glass running through her veins.After a lifetime of...

Sweeps Of Homeless Camps In California Aggravate Key Health Issues

Enlarge this image Norm Ciha says he lost his bedding, clothes and the medicine he'd been prescribed to treat hepatitis C during a sweep of his camp outside an Ikea in Emeryville, Calif., in November 2018. Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health News hide caption toggle caption Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health News It's 5 a.m., and the thermostat reads 44...

I Hate Football. I Let My Daughter Play It Anyway.

Sophia sprinted out of left field and slammed into the running back before he could make it across the 40-yard line. She threw her all into it. He went down. She went with him. It was a spectacular tackle for middle school football. I cheered. Then in the melee following the tackle, another player...

Second U.S. Baby to Be Born From a Dead Donor’s Uterus Is Delivered

When Jennifer Gobrecht was 17, doctors told her that she would never carry her own child. But on Thursday, researchers at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia announced that Ms. Gobrecht had delivered a son by cesarean section in November, the second baby in the United States to be born using a transplanted...

Vaping Kills a 15-Year-Old in Texas

Cases of lung illness and deaths from vaping have tapered off since peaking in September, health officials said on Thursday, but the outbreak also reached a grim new milestone: The youngest death, of a 15-year-old, was reported by Dallas County Health and Human Services.The teenager had “a chronic underlying medical condition,” Texas officials said...

Vaping Illness Tracker: 2,602 Cases and 57 Deaths

Recent news • Massachusetts announced its fourth vaping-related death, bringing the total to 57 deaths in 27 states. • A Trump administration decision on an e-cigarette flavor ban could come this week. Cases and Deaths The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state agencies have reported 2,602 lung...

Body Temperature 2.0: Do We Need to Rethink What’s Normal?

We seem to be getting cooler. Since 1851, when the standard was set at 37 degrees centigrade, or 98.6 Fahrenheit, the average human body temperature has steadily declined.Researchers studied three databases: 23,710 readings obtained between 1862 and 1930 in veterans of the Civil War; 15,301 records in a national health survey from 1971 to...

Teen Girls Don't Need Routine Pelvic Exams. Why Are Doctors Doing So Many?

Enlarge this image Doctors are performing pelvic exams and Pap smears on girls and young women that may be unnecessary. Vladimir Nenov / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption toggle caption Vladimir Nenov / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm An estimated 1.4 million adolescent girls and young women women in the U.S. might have received an unnecessary pelvic exam between 2011 and 2017,...

Is There Hope For The American Dream? What Americans Think About Income Inequality

Income inequality in the U.S. is at an all-time high, according to the Census Bureau. But do Americans care? A new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that less than half of Americans, regardless of income, view it as very serious problem. They hold...