Category: Health Fitness

  • Scientists Calculated the Energy Needed to Carry a Baby. Shocker: It’s a Lot.

    Scientists Calculated the Energy Needed to Carry a Baby. Shocker: It’s a Lot.

    It takes a lot of energy to grow a baby — just ask anyone who has been pregnant. But scientists are only now discovering just how much. In a study published on Thursday in the journal Science, Australian researchers estimated that a human pregnancy demands almost 50,000 dietary calories over the course of nine months.…

  • Study Suggests Waiting Longer Before Withdrawing Life Support

    Study Suggests Waiting Longer Before Withdrawing Life Support

    When a patient with a severe traumatic brain injury is comatose, in intensive care, unresponsive and hooked up to a ventilator, but not brain-dead, when is the time to withdraw life support? A small study on the fates of people in such situations suggests that doctors and patients’ families may make better decisions if they…

  • How to Talk About Sex With Your Partner

    How to Talk About Sex With Your Partner

    As a reporter who covers sex and intimacy, I spend a lot of time listening to experts extol the virtues of open, honest communication. To have good sex — and to keep having good sex over time — couples must be willing to talk about it, they say. But some people would rather leave their…

  • FDA Approves Amgen Drug for Persistently Deadly Form of Lung Cancer

    FDA Approves Amgen Drug for Persistently Deadly Form of Lung Cancer

    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved an innovative new treatment for patients with a form of lung cancer. It is to be used only by patients who have exhausted all other options to treat small cell lung cancer, and have a life expectancy of four to five months. The drug tarlatamab, or Imdelltra,…

  • C.D.C. Warns of a Resurgence of Mpox

    C.D.C. Warns of a Resurgence of Mpox

    With Pride events scheduled worldwide over the coming weeks, U.S. officials are bracing for a return of mpox, the infectious disease formerly called monkeypox that struck tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men worldwide in 2022. A combination of behavioral changes and vaccination quelled that outbreak, but a majority of those at risk have…

  • Did You Have Syphilis When You Were Pregnant? We Want to Hear From You.

    Did You Have Syphilis When You Were Pregnant? We Want to Hear From You.

    Sexually transmitted diseases are resurging across the United States. More than 3,700 cases of congenital syphilis were reported in 2022, roughly 11 times the number recorded a decade ago. Syphilis during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage and stillbirth, and infants who survive may become blind or deaf or have severe developmental delays. But timely testing…

  • U.S. Suspends Funding for Group at Center of Covid Origins Fight

    U.S. Suspends Funding for Group at Center of Covid Origins Fight

    The Biden administration, under acute pressure from House lawmakers, moved on Wednesday to ban funding for a prominent virus-hunting nonprofit group whose work with Chinese scientists had put it at the heart of theories that Covid leaked from a lab. The decision, announced in a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services, came…

  • Google Unveils AI for Predicting Behavior of Human Molecules

    Google Unveils AI for Predicting Behavior of Human Molecules

    Artificial intelligence is giving machines the power to generate videos, write computer code and even carry on a conversation. It is also accelerating efforts to understand the human body and fight disease. On Wednesday, Google DeepMind, the tech giant’s central artificial intelligence lab, and Isomorphic Labs, a sister company, unveiled a more powerful version of…

  • ‘Failure to Thrive,’ or a Failure to Look?

    ‘Failure to Thrive,’ or a Failure to Look?

    Geriatrics is a field of sleuthing. To solve medical enigmas, doctors must become detectives, teasing out the effects of overlapping causes that include chronic conditions, acute injuries, social factors and the normal process of aging. It is a challenge that tests the patience of many doctors; the number of certified geriatricians in the United States,…

  • Hilary Cass Says U.S. Doctors Are ‘Out of Date’ on Youth Gender Medicine

    Hilary Cass Says U.S. Doctors Are ‘Out of Date’ on Youth Gender Medicine

    After 30 years as one of England’s top pediatricians, Dr. Hilary Cass was hoping to begin her retirement by learning to play the saxophone. Instead, she took on a project that would throw her into an international fire: reviewing England’s treatment guidelines for the rapidly rising number of children with gender distress, known as dysphoria.…