B.C. ethicist: Don’t cover infertility treatments for fertile gay or single women

The paper was published in a well-respected medical journal and proposed by a doctoral student in theological ethics.

Daily Dose

Doctors still hesitant to urge HPV vaccine for teenagers

The percentage of teens receiving the vaccine remains “unacceptably low,” CDC officials said.

Tests suggest limits to Vertex’s cystic fibrosis treatment

Two teams of scientists showed that the medications in the two-drug regimen interfere with each other.

Mass. unlikely to be affected by health care rulings

The state’s exchange wouldn’t be affected by the ruling, and it appears unlikely Mass. would join a federal exchange for long.

Should you take probiotics to lower high blood pressure?

Here are some caveats to a new review of nine clinical trials published in the journal Hypertension.

Fresh fruit recall at Costco, Trader Joe’s, other retailers

The fruits were potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, though no illnesses have been reported, the FDA said.

Daily Dose

Students eventually adapt to more nutritious school lunches, survey finds

As politicians debate whether to keep or scrap the new federal school lunch standards, a new study suggests that over time, kids adapt and tolerate school lunches.

“If I didn’t have this medicine I’d probably be on oxygen all the time,” Cora Higson (with husband Bob at their Framingham home) says of Tracleer, a drug that lowers blood pressure in the lungs, easing Higson’s pulmonary hypertension.

Michele McDonald for the Globe

Specialty drugs transform lives — but at a cost

Expensive new specialty drugs offer hope to patients with rare and chronic illnesses — but also leave many worrying about paying for them.

Providing free nanny care to young mothers with cancer

Audrey Guth started a foundation, called the Nanny Angel Network, to provide free nanny care to young mothers with cancer in Toronto.

Dr. Alison Zimon (left) and Dr. Rita Sneeringer of Boston IVF focused their message about egg freezing on the potential for “lifetime insurance” for having a child.

Discussing egg freezing at Frost Ice Bar

About 70 women were having drinks and learning about freezing their eggs as an option to prolong their child-bearing years.

Daily dose

Kids can get nickel allergy rash from iPad, study shows

Recent research suggests that about 5 to 10 percent of kids have skin allergies to nickel.

Health Answers

Why am I losing my ability to taste, and can I prevent it?

What people perceive as a loss in their ability to taste is often really a loss of smell.

AIDS scientists mourn colleague killed on jet

Dr. Joep Lange, who died on the downed Malaysian jet, often visited Boston to recruit for his campaign against AIDS.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/10/BostonGlobe.com/HealthScience/Images/ryan_Codman1_hs.jpg Honoring a once-scorned voice for medical openness

A group of doctors plans to make sure Dr. Ernest Amory Codman gets the wider appreciation he deserves this week.

TV personality Stuart Scott accepted the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award during the 2014 ESPYS at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on July 16.

Daily Dose

Stuart Scott’s ESPY speech omits mention of dying the good death

Deb Kotz questions whether society would have respected the ESPN anchor the same had he chosen not to try an experimental cancer treatment as a life-saving measure.

Daily Dose with Deborah Kotz


Kotz reports on the latest consumer health news and advice including fitness, new treatments, nutrition, and more.

Continuing Globe coverage


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/2012-10-14T183357Z_01_TOR145_RTRMDNP_3_USA-HEALTH-MENINGITIS-PHARMACY-3134--90x90.jpg The meningitis outbreak

Globe coverage of the national outbreak linked to a Framingham compounding pharmacy.

Special section: Mass. health care law

Massachusetts health care law

Here you will find coverage of the law’s provisions, the debate that led to its enactment, Romney’s role in its passage, and what’s happened in Massachusetts since the law passed.