Category Archives: NPR


Sep

20

2017
Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don’t Get It

Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don’t Get It

Enlarge this image Affordable Care Act navigators helped guide those looking for insurance during an enrollment event at San Antonio’s Southwest General Hospital last year. Beyond helping with initial enrollment, navigators often follow-up with help later, as an applicant’s income or job status changes. Eric Gay/AP hide caption toggle caption Eric Gay/AP The Trump administration says many of the organizations that help people enroll in…

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Sep

18

2017
Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here’s How To Do It Safely

Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here’s How To Do It Safely

Enlarge this image Body Electric tattoo and piercing studio on trendy Melrose Avenue in Hollywood has seen tattoos and piercings go mainstream. Courtesy of Body Electric Tattoo hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Body Electric Tattoo Ariana Marciano is adding to her collection of about 75 tattoos at the Body Electric Tattoo and Piercing Studio on trendy Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. “I think they’re so…

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Sep

18

2017
Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

Enlarge this image While benzodiazepines and SSRI antidepressants are not risk-free, says Yale psychiatrist Kimberly Yonkers, “it should be reassuring that we’re not seeing a huge magnitude of an effect here” on pregnancy. Hanna Barczyk for NPR hide caption toggle caption Hanna Barczyk for NPR Earlier this year, when Emily Chodos was about 25 weeks into her pregnancy, she woke up one night feeling horrible….

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Sep

15

2017
Photos: Children Caught In The Crossfire Of Rohingya Crisis

Photos: Children Caught In The Crossfire Of Rohingya Crisis

Enlarge this image Mohamed Ayas, 15, was shot in the back by Myanmarese soldiers as he attempted to flee his village in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. Tommy Trenchard/Caritas hide caption toggle caption Tommy Trenchard/Caritas Nearly 400,000 Rohingya people have fled government violence in Myanmar and crossed into neighboring Bangladesh. The majority of them are children — 60 percent, by U.N. estimates. And at least 1,100…

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Sep

13

2017
FDA Moves To Rein In Drugmakers’ Abuse Of Orphan Drug Law

FDA Moves To Rein In Drugmakers’ Abuse Of Orphan Drug Law

Enlarge this image FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency will close a loophole that lets drug manufacturers skip pediatric testing in some drugs intended for children. Zach Gibson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Zach Gibson/Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration is changing the way it approves medicines known as “orphan drugs” after revelations that drugmakers may be abusing a law intended to help…

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Sep

12

2017
Pet-Store Puppies Linked To Campylobacter Outbreak In People

Pet-Store Puppies Linked To Campylobacter Outbreak In People

Enlarge this image Campylobacter infections are common in dogs, cats and people. joshblake/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption joshblake/Getty Images We don’t usually think of adorable puppies as disease vectors, but they might actually be making people sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a Campylobacter outbreak in people and its link to puppies purchased from a chain of pet stores. According…

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Sep

12

2017
Is One Drink OK For Pregnant Women? Around The Globe, The Answer Is No

Is One Drink OK For Pregnant Women? Around The Globe, The Answer Is No

Enlarge this image Researchers set out to answer this question: Is there a safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy? Turns out, that’s a hard question to answer. The advice remains: Don’t risk it. Tim Clayton -Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tim Clayton -Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images When it comes to drinking alcohol during pregnancy, some women wonder: Is it OK to…

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Sep

11

2017
Is All That Wildfire Smoke Damaging My Lungs?

Is All That Wildfire Smoke Damaging My Lungs?

Enlarge this image Residents of the community of Tujunga, Calif., flee a fire near Burbank on Sept.2. Even people much farther from the flames are feeling health effects from acrid smoke. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption David McNew/Getty Images It’s an unusually bad wild fire season in the West, and for weeks people across the region have been breathing air thick with smoke….

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Sep

09

2017
Mother Of 9 Goes Door-To-Door As Part Of Yemen’s Anti-Cholera Brigade

Mother Of 9 Goes Door-To-Door As Part Of Yemen’s Anti-Cholera Brigade

Enlarge this image Faytha Ahmed Farj, a mother of nine, goes door-to-door in Sanaa, Yemen, to tell people how to avoid cholera — and what to do if they see symptoms. Moohialdin Fuad Alzekri /UNICEF hide caption toggle caption Moohialdin Fuad Alzekri /UNICEF How do you stop the world’s worst cholera epidemic? One way is to send volunteers door-to-door to tell people how they can…

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Sep

09

2017
For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

For Teens Knee-Deep In Negativity, Reframing Thoughts Can Help

Enlarge this image Jenn Liv for NPR “Why didn’t she text me back yet? She doesn’t like me anymore!” “There’s no way I’m trying out for the team. I suck at basketball” “It’s not fair that I have a curfew!” Sound familiar? Parents of tweens and teens often shrug off such anxious and gloomy thinking as normal irritability and moodiness — because it is. Still,…

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