Category Archives: NPR


Apr

26

2017
Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Enlarge this image Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal deaths around the world. Thomas Fredberg/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption toggle caption Thomas Fredberg/Getty Images/Science Photo Library Back in the 1960s, a woman doctor in Japan created a powerful drug to help mothers who hemorrhage after childbirth. The medicine is inexpensive to make. Safe to use. And stops bleeding quickly by helping keep…

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Apr

25

2017
Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Enlarge this image An illustration of a fetal lamb inside the “artificial womb” device, which mimics the conditions inside a pregnant animal. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hide caption toggle caption The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Scientists have created an “artificial womb” in the hopes of some day using the device to save babies born extremely prematurely. So far the device has only been tested…

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Apr

25

2017
Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Enlarge this image Roughly 2 million of the kids covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program have a chronic health condition, such as asthma. LSOphoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption LSOphoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto Kids with chronic conditions are especially vulnerable to health insurance changes, relying as they often do on specialists and medications that may not be covered if they switch plans. A recent study finds…

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Apr

25

2017
Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids’ Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids’ Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

Enlarge this image A new study suggests wrangling your kids to bed at the same time each night could help set them up for a healthier future. AleksandarNakic/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AleksandarNakic/Getty Images Nagging your kids to stick to a set bedtime each night may feel like a thankless task. But here’s some justification that your efforts are setting your kids up for…

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Apr

19

2017
FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

Enlarge this image In two recent clinical trials of Harvoni and Sovaldi in the treatment of young people between the ages of 12 and 17, the drugs eliminated all traces of the hepatitis C virus in 97 to 100 percent of patients, generally in 12 weeks. Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images With the approval…

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Apr

14

2017
Michigan Doctor Charged With Performing Female Genital Mutilation On Girls

Michigan Doctor Charged With Performing Female Genital Mutilation On Girls

A Michigan emergency room doctor has been charged with performing female genital mutilation on multiple girls of about the age of seven. The Department of Justice says it believes this is the first case brought under a federal law that criminalizes the practice, which is widely condemned as both harmful to the physical and mental health of women and girls and a violation of their…

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Apr

12

2017
On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That’s Doesn’t Stink

On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That’s Doesn’t Stink

Enlarge this image At Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education in St. Michaels, Ariz., the tap water sometimes runs yellow, brown and black. Sami Rapp/Courtesy of Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education hide caption toggle caption Sami Rapp/Courtesy of Saint Michael’s Association for Special Education On the Navajo Nation, kids with the most severe developmental disabilities attend a school called Saint Michael’s Association for Special…

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Apr

10

2017
Republicans Now Control Obamacare. Will Your Coverage Change?

Republicans Now Control Obamacare. Will Your Coverage Change?

Enlarge this image Though they failed to mobilize Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act last month, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (right), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and the White House could still undercut the insurance exchanges, reduce Medicaid benefits and let states limit coverage of birth control or prenatal visits. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Affordable Care Act’s worst enemies are…

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Apr

08

2017
A Baby With 3 Genetic Parents Seems Healthy, But Questions Remain

A Baby With 3 Genetic Parents Seems Healthy, But Questions Remain

Enlarge this image Mitochondrial diseases can be passed from mothers to their children in DNA. JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images/Blend Images hide caption toggle caption JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images/Blend Images Last fall, the New York-based reproductive endocrinologist John Zhang made headlines when he reported the birth of the world’s first “three-parent” baby — a healthy boy carrying the blended DNA of the birth mother, her husband and an…

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Apr

07

2017
As Measles Surges In Europe, Officials Brace For A Rough Year

As Measles Surges In Europe, Officials Brace For A Rough Year

Next week I’ll be hopping on a plane for an 11-hour ride to Europe with a strong-willed, 1 1/2-year-old toddler. A big concern is how to deal with the inevitable meltdowns. But my top priority before boarding is about my little girl’s health: Is she protected from the measles? The virus — which kills almost 400 kids each day worldwide — is hitting Europe hard…

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