May

26

2017
This 3-Year-Old’s Murder Is Part Of South Africa’s Alarming ‘Epidemic’

This 3-Year-Old’s Murder Is Part Of South Africa’s Alarming ‘Epidemic’

Enlarge this image A photo of Courtney Pieters. The 3-year-old was missing for 9 days, then found in a shallow grave about two-thirds of a mile from her home. She had been raped twice. Apple/Screenshot by NPR hide caption toggle caption Apple/Screenshot by NPR It may not be possible to imagine a more terrible crime. Courtney Pieters, a 3-year-old girl from a suburb of Cape…

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May

26

2017

A Mother’s Help

May 26, 2017 Picture Prompts By KATHERINE SCHULTEN The mother in this photo has been by her paralyzed son’s side, literally, throughout every one of his classes at Chapman University. This week, as Marty O’Connor graduated with an M.B.A. degree, the school surprised his mother, Judy O’Connor, by awarding her an honorary M.B.A. for her dedication. Though this mother’s role in her son’s life may…

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May

25

2017
IVF babies do not have lower cognitive skills than naturally conceived children

IVF babies do not have lower cognitive skills than naturally conceived children

Researchers analysed data of hundreds of UK children who had been born through IVF or ICSI (when the man has a low sperm count), testing the same groups of children every few years up to the age of 11. They found a positive association between artificial conception and cognitive development when a child was between the ages of three and five. The study published in…

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May

25

2017
Do You Know What Red Nose Day Is?

Do You Know What Red Nose Day Is?

Enlarge this image Mindy Kaling is one of many celebrities who have put on a red nose for Red Nose Day, raising the question: Huh, what? NBC Universal hide caption toggle caption NBC Universal May 25 is Red Nose Day in the United States. And millions of people are probably going, “huh, what?” The short explanation: It’s a campaign to raise money to fight child…

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May

25

2017
Many Adults Don’t Think Exposure To Vaping Is Bad For Kids

Many Adults Don’t Think Exposure To Vaping Is Bad For Kids

Enlarge this image Secondhand exposure to vaping poses health risks, according to the Surgeon General. Mauro Grigollo/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Mauro Grigollo/Getty Images/iStockphoto Despite the toxic ingredients commonly found in e-cigarettes and other vaping products, many adults don’t think secondhand e-cigarette aerosol poses a risk to children, according to a report published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one-third…

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May

25

2017
Marmoset monkeys learn to call the same way human infants learn to babble

Marmoset monkeys learn to call the same way human infants learn to babble

A baby’s babbles start to sound like speech more quickly if they get frequent vocal feedback from adults. Princeton University researchers have found the same type of feedback speeds the vocal development of infant marmoset monkeys, in the first evidence of such learning in nonhuman primates, researchers report in Current Biology on May 25. “We wanted to find out whether the idea that monkeys don’t…

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May

25

2017
Fathers’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Fathers’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Fathers with toddler daughters are more attentive and responsive to those daughters’ needs than fathers with toddler sons are to the needs of those sons, according to brain scans and recordings of the parents’ daily interactions with their kids. Fathers of toddlers also sang more often to their daughters and spoke more openly about emotions, including sadness, possibly because they are more accepting of girls’…

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May

25

2017
Patient, Doctor Groups Say New CBO Score Reveals Health Bill’s Flaws

Patient, Doctor Groups Say New CBO Score Reveals Health Bill’s Flaws

Enlarge this image Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, walks with Vice President Mike Pence and and Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., on Capitol Hill on Monday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption toggle caption Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Health care groups that represent doctors and patients are warning members of Congress that the House Republicans’ plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act would hurt people who need insurance…

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