Category Archives: NPR


Mar

29

2017
HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

HPV Vaccine Could Protect More People With Fewer Doses, Doctors Insist

Enlarge this image Vials of the HPV vaccination drug Gardasil. Doctors and public health experts say the new version of the vaccine could protect more people against cancer. Matthew Busch for The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Matthew Busch for The Washington Post/Getty Images You’d think that a vaccine that protects people against more than a half dozen types of cancer would have…

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Mar

28

2017
Study Suggests Childhood Exposure To Lead Can Blunt IQ For Decades

Study Suggests Childhood Exposure To Lead Can Blunt IQ For Decades

Enlarge this image State and federal policies now limit the use of lead in gasoline, paint and plumbing, but children can still ingest the metal through contaminated soil. The effects of even fairly small amounts can be long-lasting, the evidence suggests. Christin Lola/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Christin Lola/Getty Images/iStockphoto Exposure to lead as a child can affect an adult decades later, according to…

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Mar

27

2017
For Gideon, Infection With a Common Virus Caused Rare Birth Defects

For Gideon, Infection With a Common Virus Caused Rare Birth Defects

Enlarge this image Gideon, 3, communicates with his parents Kathleen Muldoon and Seth Dobson, his sister Genevieve and brother Cormac, using an electronic device they call, “Gideon’s talker.” Caitlin O’Hara for NPR hide caption toggle caption Caitlin O’Hara for NPR When Kathleen Muldoon had her second child everything was going smoothly. The delivery was short, the baby’s APGAR score was good and he was a…

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Mar

27

2017
Breast-Fed Kids May Be Less Hyper, But Not Necessarily Smarter, Study Finds

Breast-Fed Kids May Be Less Hyper, But Not Necessarily Smarter, Study Finds

Enlarge this image There’s overwhelming consensus that breast-feeding is the optimal way to feed an infant. But the topic of how breast-feeding may influence cognitive ability is controversial. Guerilla/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Guerilla/Getty Images Breast-feeding has many known health benefits, but there’s still debate about how it may influence kids’ behavior and intelligence. Now, a new study published in Pediatrics finds that children…

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Mar

26

2017
Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren’t Cheaper Overall

Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren’t Cheaper Overall

Enlarge this image Luciano Lozano/Getty Images Telehealth takes a lot of forms these days. Virtual visits with a health care provider can take place by video, phone or text, or via the Web or a mobile app. The one commonality: You get to consult a doctor from your home, the office, Starbucks or anywhere with a wifi or mobile connection. These appointments can be quick,…

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Mar

26

2017
States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourge Safe Sleep Habits

States Give New Parents Baby Boxes To Encourge Safe Sleep Habits

Enlarge this image Twins Ryan and Nell Stimpert lie in their baby boxes at home in Cleveland. The cardboard boxes are safe and portable places for the babies to sleep. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption toggle caption Maddie McGarvey for NPR For Jernica Quiñones, the reality of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, hit close to home this year when a friend woke up…

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Mar

24

2017
Nobody Wants To Drop Food From A Plane. But It’s Happening

Nobody Wants To Drop Food From A Plane. But It’s Happening

Food Drop in South Sudan Source: CBS News 60 Minutes A plane flies over a field in South Sudan. Out of the sky drops a cascade of pallets, sacks or boxes filled with emergency food supplies that, once they reach the ground, can make the difference between sustenance and starvation. It can make for quite a show: Unlike ordinary truck or barge deliveries, an airdrop…

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Mar

23

2017
Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Enlarge this image A new study shows that when infants and young children grow up in households without enough to eat, they are more likely to perform poorly at school years later. Daniel Fishel for NPR hide caption toggle caption Daniel Fishel for NPR Growing up in a hungry household in the first couple of years of life can hurt how well a child performs…

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Mar

22

2017
Social Media Star Has A ‘Crazy Idea’ To Help Somalia

Social Media Star Has A ‘Crazy Idea’ To Help Somalia

Enlarge this image Fatun Mohamed Sareye, 30, sits with her family at a camp for internally displaced people in Garowe, Somalia. Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images A viral social media campaign to fight the looming famine in Somalia has already raised more than $2 million. The goal is to send 60 tons of food to the country. But as the…

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Mar

21

2017
Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea

Exercising While Pregnant Is Almost Always A Good Idea

Enlarge this image Women worry that bad things will happen if they exercise while pregnant, but doctors say in almost all cases it’s not just safe, but can improve health. Alija/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Alija/Getty Images/iStockphoto Being pregnant can sometimes feel like traversing a minefield of advice: You want to do the right thing for your baby and yourself, but conflicting input from…

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