Category Archives: NPR


Nov

11

2017
Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Enlarge this image Kim Ryu for NPR The day Dr. Roberto Montenegro finished his Ph.D. was memorable. But not for the right reasons. “I still cringe when I think about it,” says Montenegro. It had started well. His colleagues at UCLA had taken him and his girlfriend (now wife) out to a fancy restaurant to celebrate. “I was dressed up in the fanciest suit I…

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Nov

10

2017
In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher

In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher

Enlarge this image Kids who saw an ad for legal marijuana were more likely to report smoking it one year later, according to a RAND report. Tomas Rodriguez/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tomas Rodriguez/Getty Images After Yarly Raygoza attended the drug prevention program at the Boys & Girls Club in Westminster, Calif., last year, she used what she learned to talk a few friends…

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Nov

08

2017
Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Enlarge this image Researchers grew sheets of genetically altered skin cells in the lab and used them to treat a boy with life-threatening epidermolysis bullosa. CMR Unimore/Nature hide caption toggle caption CMR Unimore/Nature A child who was on the verge of death from a rare inherited disease has been treated with genetically engineered skin cells that replaced most of the skin on his body. The…

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Nov

06

2017
A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

Enlarge this image Patients with Type-1 diabetes don’t have enough healthy islets of Langerhans cells — hormone-secreting cells of the pancreas. Granules (orange in this image) inside these cells release insulin and other substances into the blood. Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source Scientists in California think they may have found a way to transplant insulin-producing cells into diabetic patients who…

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Nov

06

2017
A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

Enlarge this image Patients with Type-1 diabetes don’t have enough healthy islets of Langerhans cells — hormone-secreting cells of the pancreas. Granules (orange in this image) inside these cells release insulin and other substances into the blood. Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source Scientists in California think they may have found a way to transplant insulin-producing cells into diabetic patients who…

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Nov

06

2017
Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Enlarge this image Darren Pryce/Getty Images/Imagezoo When people don’t get enough sleep, certain brain cells literally slow down. A study that recorded directly from neurons in the brains of 12 people found that sleep deprivation causes the bursts of electrical activity that brain cells use to communicate to become slower and weaker, a team reports online Monday in Nature Medicine. The finding could help explain…

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Nov

06

2017
Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Enlarge this image Darren Pryce/Getty Images/Imagezoo When people don’t get enough sleep, certain brain cells literally slow down. A study that recorded directly from neurons in the brains of 12 people found that sleep deprivation causes the bursts of electrical activity that brain cells use to communicate to become slower and weaker, a team reports online Monday in Nature Medicine. The finding could help explain…

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Nov

01

2017
UNICEF Report: 300 Million Cases Of Violence Against Children Ages 2 To 4

UNICEF Report: 300 Million Cases Of Violence Against Children Ages 2 To 4

Enlarge this image Hanna Barczyk for NPR A new report from UNICEF says that violence against children knows no boundaries. Among the statistics that back up that statement: Approximately 300 million children around the world between the ages two and four are subject to physical punishment or verbal abuse from their parents or caregivers. Every seven minutes, an adolescent is murdered. By the time they…

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Nov

01

2017
UNICEF Report: 300 Million Cases Of Violence Against Children Ages 2 to 4

UNICEF Report: 300 Million Cases Of Violence Against Children Ages 2 to 4

Enlarge this image Hanna Barczyk for NPR A new report from UNICEF says that violence against children knows no boundaries. Among the statistics that back up that statement: Approximately 300 million children around the world between the ages two and four are subject to physical punishment or verbal abuse from their parents or caregivers. Every seven minutes, an adolescent is murdered. By the time they…

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Oct

31

2017
Flint Residents Confront Long-Term Health Issues After Lead Exposure

Flint Residents Confront Long-Term Health Issues After Lead Exposure

Enlarge this image Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who helped expose the Flint water crisis, speaks during a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10, 2016. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harnik/AP Three years into the water crisis in Flint, Mich., many residents still rely on bottled water, and experts say the ramifications are likely to…

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