Category Archives: NPR


Feb

24

2017
Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

[embedded content] Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Spirit Of Inquiry. About Kevin Jones’ TED Talk Sometimes, doctors just don’t have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine. About Kevin Jones Kevin Jones a professor at the University of Utah and surgeon at Primary Children’s Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, where he…

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Feb

23

2017
Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

Enlarge this image Lucia Adeng Wek holds her 3-year-old son, Wek Wol Wek, who suffers from malnutrition. They’re at a clinic in South Sudan run by Doctors without Borders and were photographed on October 11, 2016. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images This week United Nations officials declared that a famine in South Sudan is growing — fueled by…

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Feb

22

2017
Heart Screening For Teens May Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Heart Screening For Teens May Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Enlarge this image Robert Hanson/Ikon Images/Getty Images Dozens of not-for-profit organizations have formed in the past decade to promote free or low-cost heart screenings for teens. The groups often claim such tests save lives by finding abnormalities that might pose a risk of sudden cardiac death. But the efforts are raising concerns. There’s no evidence that screening adolescents with electrocardiograms prevents deaths. Sudden cardiac death…

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Feb

22

2017
GOP Seeks Reduction In Health Law’s 10 Essential Benefits

GOP Seeks Reduction In Health Law’s 10 Essential Benefits

Enlarge this image Seema Verma, who is Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has said that maternity benefits should be optional rather than required. Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, many suggest that shrinking the list of services…

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Feb

21

2017
As They Dig Deeper Into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

As They Dig Deeper Into Parenting, Fathers Seek Community, Support

Enlarge this image Resources to help parents are typically aimed at moms, not dads. DGLimages/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption DGLimages/Getty Images/iStockphoto As a Seattle-based fiction writer and a part-time stay-at-home dad, Josh Mohr, 40, spends his days in the world of make-believe. His routine begins at approximately 5:30 a.m. when his 3-year-old daughter, Ava, waves a magic wand to turn him into a children’s…

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Feb

19

2017
Top Items On This 12-Year-Old’s Wish List: ‘A Leg, A Bicycle’

Top Items On This 12-Year-Old’s Wish List: ‘A Leg, A Bicycle’

Enlarge this image Sundaygar Moses, now 12, was suffered a gunshot wound as an infant. Due to an infection, his right leg had to be amputated beneath the knee. His new prosthetic is a close match to his skin tone. Carielle Doe for NPR hide caption toggle caption Carielle Doe for NPR The Children’s Relief Ministry orphanage sits at the end of a dirt road…

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Feb

16

2017
A Bit More Vitamin D Might Reduce Winter Colds And Flu

A Bit More Vitamin D Might Reduce Winter Colds And Flu

Enlarge this image The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recommends that most adults get about 600 International Units of of Vitamin D per day, increasing that dose to 800 IUs per day if you’re 70 or older. essgee51/Flickr hide caption toggle caption essgee51/Flickr It’s long been known that Vitamin D helps protect our bones, but the question of whether taking Vitamin D supplements…

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Feb

15

2017
Scientists May Have Solved The Mystery Of Nodding Syndrome

Scientists May Have Solved The Mystery Of Nodding Syndrome

Enlarge this image A child with nodding syndrome waits for treatment at an outreach site in Uganda’s Pader district. Matthew Kielty for NPR hide caption toggle caption Matthew Kielty for NPR Scientists may have solved the mystery of nodding syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that has disabled thousands of children in East Africa. The syndrome seems to be caused by the immune system’s response…

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Feb

14

2017
Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Enlarge this image Editing human genes that would be passed on for generations could make sense if the diseases are serious and the right safeguards are in places, a scientific panel says. Claude Edelmann/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Claude Edelmann/Science Source Scientists could be allowed to make modifications in human DNA that can be passed down through subsequent generations, the National Academy of Sciences…

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Feb

13

2017
Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

Enlarge this image Nicole Xu for NPR It’s tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, research has long shown. But a recent…

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