Category Archives: NPR


Jan

23

2017
How To Get Dads To A Parenting Class? Ask Them To Read To Their Kid

How To Get Dads To A Parenting Class? Ask Them To Read To Their Kid

Enlarge this image Giving dads a task — in this case, reading — seemed to suit them better than the kind of parenting classes favored by moms. Maskot/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Maskot/Getty Images Even though studies show kids whose fathers take an active part in their lives are less disruptive and better adjusted socially, most programs that aim to up parenting skills are…

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Jan

23

2017
Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

Kangaroo Care Helps Preemies And Full Term Babies, Too

Enlarge this image Salma Shabaik holds her newborn son, Ali. When he was born, she held him naked against her bare skin, a practice called kangaroo care. Ali is wearing an ear cap to correct a lop ear. Morgan Walker for NPR hide caption toggle caption Morgan Walker for NPR When Ali Andrew Li was born on Jan. 7, he was gently placed on his…

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Jan

20

2017
FDA Issues New Seafood Advice For Moms-To-Be. Not Everyone Is Thrilled

FDA Issues New Seafood Advice For Moms-To-Be. Not Everyone Is Thrilled

Enlarge this image Concerns about mercury contamination have led many pregnant women to under-consume seafood. So the FDA issued a new chart explaining what to eat and what to avoid. But critics say it muddles matters. stock_colors/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption stock_colors/Getty Images For many pregnant women, understanding what seafood is safe and healthy, and what should be avoided because of mercury concerns comes…

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Jan

18

2017
Should My Slightly Sick Child Stay Home? The Rules Often Conflict

Should My Slightly Sick Child Stay Home? The Rules Often Conflict

Enlarge this image The American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines on when children should stay home are more liberal than many day care centers. Thanasis Zovoilis/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Thanasis Zovoilis/Getty Images Cold and flu season means plenty of parents are trying to figure out whether their kid is too sick to go to child care or school. It’s not always an easy call….

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Jan

13

2017
Study: What Was The Impact Of The Iconic Photo Of The Syrian Boy?

Study: What Was The Impact Of The Iconic Photo Of The Syrian Boy?

Editor’s Note: The photos in this story may be distressing to some viewers. Enlarge this image A Turkish paramilitary police officer carries the body of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, found washed ashore near the Turkish resort of Bodrum in September 2015. DHA/AP hide caption toggle caption DHA/AP More than one year later, the photo that woke up the world to the Syrian refugee crisis…

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Jan

12

2017
Marijuana’s Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Marijuana’s Health Effects? Top Scientists Weigh In

Enlarge this image The highly-rated variety of medical marijuana ‘Blue Dream’ was displayed among other strains at a cannabis farmer’s market in Los Angeles in 2014. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images So far, more than half of all U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and eight (plus the District of Columbia) have legalized the drug for…

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Jan

12

2017
Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens

Obesity-Linked Diagnoses On The Rise Among Kids And Teens

Enlarge this image Whatever their size, kids and teens benefit from exercise, abundant research confirms. And exercising with friends is almost always more fun than on your own. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption John Moore/Getty Images It’s no secret that American children have gotten heavier in recent decades. Now an analysis released Thursday by the nonprofit Fair Health, a national clearinghouse for claims…

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Jan

11

2017
Doctors Without Borders Adds Food To Its Medical Bag

Doctors Without Borders Adds Food To Its Medical Bag

Enlarge this image A woman and a child suffering from severe malnutrition sleep on a bed at a therapeutic feeding center in northeastern Nigeria. Stefan Heunis /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Stefan Heunis /AFP/Getty Images Medecins Sans Frontier, the medical humanitarian organization, has added a basic item to its medical bag of drugs, stethoscopes and syringes: food. The group, also known as Doctors Without…

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Jan

10

2017
Folic Acid Supplements Still Needed To Prevent Birth Defects

Folic Acid Supplements Still Needed To Prevent Birth Defects

Folic acid in food might not be enough to prevent birth defects, a federal advisory panel says. Thus the recommendation for supplements. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption toggle caption Mary Altaffer/AP If you can get pregnant, you should be popping at least one pill a day: a folic acid supplement to lower the risk of a type of serious birth defect in any future offspring. So…

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Jan

07

2017
They Never Told Her That Girls Could Become Scientists

They Never Told Her That Girls Could Become Scientists

Enlarge this image Mireille Kamariza, a graduate student in Stanford, is trying to develop a faster test to diagnose TB. Fred Tomlin/Courtesy of Mireille Kamariza hide caption toggle caption Fred Tomlin/Courtesy of Mireille Kamariza By many standards, Mireille Kamariza is at the top of the world. She’s a graduate student at one of the world’s top universities, working on her Ph.D. with one of the…

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