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Rates of non-hospital births rising among women of color

There is an increasing number of non-white birthing people who have sought hospital alternatives for their labor and delivery as health for the birthing population among people of color lags behind that of white people, according to a new report released by the National Partnership for Women and Families.

Pregnant people with COVID are unlikely to transmit to newborns, new research shows

Pregnant people who are positive with COVID-19 when they give birth rarely transmit the virus to their newborns, according to a spate of new research. The reason: COVID isn't often found in a patient's bloodstream.

Advice shifting on aspirin use for preventing heart attacks

Older adults without heart disease shouldn’t take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary updated advice released Tuesday.

Eating chocolate might be good for your health, depending on when you eat it, study says

A new study from researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests that eating a “concentrated amount” of chocolate every morning could actually help people burn fat.

Three Mass. communities were ranked among the healthiest in the nation by US News & World Report

In its third annual “healthiest communities” rankings, US News listed three Massachusetts counties in the top 100.

A healthy development at Boston Children’s Hospital

At the center of Boston Children’s $1.2 billion expansion is the Hale Family Building.

From breakthroughs that transformed the past to innovations that will shape the future

Even in a region teeming with world-class medical centers, Boston Children’s stands out. On the hospital’s anniversary, the Globe set out to chronicle its impact over generations.

Bubble parade

The happiest tradition at Boston Children’s Hospital

The heartwarming way the hospital says farewell to oncology patients after their treatment.