Womb transplant marks birth of new legal and ethical dilemmas

This April 11 photo made available by the University of Gothenburg shows Dr. Mats Brannstrom and his team performing a womb transplant. A 36-year-old woman who received a uterus from a close family friend last year gave birth to a boy last month. He was born prematurely but healthy, and mother and child are now at home.

Johan Wingborg/University of Gothenburg via AP

The first birth as a result of a womb transplant marked a medical advance, but experts say they have concerns and don’t expect the procedure to become widespread.

A doctor’s view

Advising parents on youth football

Parents should know a child is three to four times as likely to be injured playing football than playing basketball, soccer, or being a cheerleader.

Health Answers

Which over-the-counter medications are best for osteoarthritis?

The benefits and side effects of each drug vary from person to person, so there is no one preferred drug.

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Obese children may show earliest signs of future heart problems

A new study suggests that experts may be able to detect signs of future heart trouble among obese children as young as age nine.

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Adults over age 45 should be screened for diabetes

Diagnosing elevated blood sugar levels before people develop full-blown diabetes can reduce their risk of getting the condition.

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Fast-food chains cut calories from their menu offerings

Some of the most popular fast-food restaurants introduced new menu items in 2013 that contain about 60 fewer calories than traditional offerings.

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Heavy coffee drinker? Blame your genes, study suggests

In a giant analysis, scientists identified six new gene variations linked to coffee and caffeine consumption.

Adolescence should be celebrated, not endured

Temple University psychology professor Laurence Steinberg says we’re missing an opportunity to take advantage of a crucial time in life.

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States with most gun owners have more ‘non-stranger’ homicides

A new study suggests tougher gun laws may not do much to deter mass murders by strangers, though they could reduce gun violence between friends, loved ones, and neighbors.

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New research shows how curiosity fosters learning

New research suggests people are more intrinsically motivated to learn when they are in a state of curiosity.

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Loss of smell linked to early death

A declining sense of smell may predict a shorter lifespan for some older adults, a new study found.

Health Answers

What’s the difference between BMI and body fat?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a ratio of weight to height, and it’s useful to getasense of whether you could be considered overweight or obese.

Ebola outbreak a wake-up call to the world

There is unprecedented recognition that global public health, long the redoubt of do-gooders, is now everyone’s concern.

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


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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.