Category Archives: NPR


Nov

22

2017
Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Lessons In Love For Generation Snapchat

Enlarge this image Tatiana Curran, right, and her boyfriend Jake Cowen-Whitman say their three-year relationship is an anomaly amongst their peers. But they readily concede that even they have serious issues around intimacy. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption toggle caption Tovia Smith/NPR Along with explicit sexual education classes, some schools are beginning to offer more G-rated lessons on love. Experts say the so-called “iGen” is woefully…

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Nov

20

2017
Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

Many children require quickly from a concussion, but some have much more severe symptoms. Competitive sports are a major source of injury. Getty Images/Hero Images hide caption toggle caption Getty Images/Hero Images A little spit may help predict whether a child’s concussion symptoms will subside in days or persist for weeks. A test that measures fragments of genetic material in saliva was nearly 90 percent…

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Nov

17

2017
New Numbers On Child Labor Are Not Encouraging

New Numbers On Child Labor Are Not Encouraging

Enlarge this image A Bangladeshi child works in a brick-breaking yard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 3, 2017. The broken bricks are mixed in with concrete. Typically working barefoot and with rough utensils, a child worker earns less than $2 a day. Mehedi Hasan/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mehedi Hasan/NurPhoto via Getty Images The latest statistics on child labor are in —…

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Nov

17

2017
Sam Kass: Can Free Breakfast Improve Learning?

Sam Kass: Can Free Breakfast Improve Learning?

[embedded content] Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simple Solutions About Sam Kass’s TED Talk 16 million children face hunger in the U.S., which can prevent them from performing well in school. Chef Sam Kass describes a simple solution with a potentially huge impact: free breakfast. About Sam Kass Sam Kass is a former White House chef and food policy advisor for the…

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Nov

17

2017
Wendy Troxel: Does High School Start Too Early?

Wendy Troxel: Does High School Start Too Early?

[embedded content] Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simple Solutions About Wendy Troxel’s TED Talk Sleep expert Wendy Troxel says teens are sleep-deprived because of early school start times that cater to adults. She says high schools should start classes at least an hour later. About Wendy Troxel Dr. Wendy Troxel is a Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist at RAND and Adjunct Professor…

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Nov

17

2017
Myriam Sidibe: Would Fewer Children Die of Disease If They Just Washed Their Hands?

Myriam Sidibe: Would Fewer Children Die of Disease If They Just Washed Their Hands?

[embedded content] Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Simple Solutions About Myriam Sidibe’s TED Talk Washing your hands with soap stops the spread of many lethal diseases. Yet most people don’t wash their hands, even after using the bathroom. Dr. Myriam Sidibe wants to reverse this disturbing trend. About Myriam Sidibe Myriam Sidibe spent many years researching handwashing with soap while she got…

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Nov

15

2017
Getting Doctors To Stop Prescribing Codeine To Kids Has Taken Years

Getting Doctors To Stop Prescribing Codeine To Kids Has Taken Years

Enlarge this image The Food and Drug Administration says codeine painkillers shouldn’t be given to children under age 12. Timsa/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Timsa/Getty Images For years the Food and Drug Administration has been trying to get doctors to quit prescribing codeine, an opioid painkiller, to children after getting their tonsils or adenoids out. But it can be hard to get clinicians to…

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Nov

15

2017
A Baby Exposed To Zika Virus Is Doing Well, One Year Later

A Baby Exposed To Zika Virus Is Doing Well, One Year Later

Enlarge this image Yaritza Martinez holds her son, Yariel, during a visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington D.C. She was infected with the Zika virus while pregnant, but Yariel seems to be doing fine. Selena Simmons-Duffin/WAMU hide caption toggle caption Selena Simmons-Duffin/WAMU Two years ago, when the Zika virus was first identified as the cause of microcephaly in babies, women were scared. Expectant…

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Nov

14

2017
Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Enlarge this image The study drew on survey data from half a million U.S. teenagers from 2010 to 2015. martin-dm/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption martin-dm/Getty Images A study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Psychological Science finds that increased time spent with popular electronic devices — whether a computer, cell phone or tablet — might have contributed to an uptick in symptoms of depression…

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Nov

14

2017
Several States Roll Back ‘Retroactive Medicaid,’ A Buffer For The Poor

Several States Roll Back ‘Retroactive Medicaid,’ A Buffer For The Poor

Enlarge this image Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images If you’re poor, uninsured and have a bad car wreck or fall seriously ill, there’s a chance in most states to enroll for Medicaid after the fact. If you qualify for Medicaid, the program will pay your medical bills going back three months. This “retroactive eligibility” provides financial protection as patients await approval of their Medicaid applications. It…

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