Category Archives: NPR


Jul

12

2017
Took The Wrong Medicine By Mistake? Study Finds Such Errors Are On The Rise

Took The Wrong Medicine By Mistake? Study Finds Such Errors Are On The Rise

Enlarge this image The rate of serious medication errors that occur outside of health care facilities doubled from 2000 to 2012, a new study finds. Gillian Blease/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Gillian Blease/Getty Images When people take medicine at home, mistakes happen. Some people end up taking the wrong dose of a medication or the wrong pill. Sometimes, they don’t wait long enough before…

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Jul

11

2017
What This Teen Mom Wishes She’d Known Before She Got Pregnant

What This Teen Mom Wishes She’d Known Before She Got Pregnant

Enlarge this image Maria Nalubega holds her three-week-old baby daughter. Andrew Ojala, Jhpiego Uganda hide caption toggle caption Andrew Ojala, Jhpiego Uganda Not that long ago, Maria Nalubega, 16, suspected she was pregnant. The teen from Mbuya-Kinawataka, a slum in Uganda, had not been using contraception with her boyfriend of two years. She feared what her neighbors might think if they saw her buying condoms…

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Jul

10

2017
FAQ: How Would The Republican Health Care Bills Affect You?

FAQ: How Would The Republican Health Care Bills Affect You?

When covering the GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, we tend to focus on the big picture: billions of cuts in Medicaid spending, say, or millions of fewer people with health coverage. But the real impacts would be felt in states, cities and towns, and they would vary a lot depending on where you live, how old you are and your…

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Jul

10

2017
Women With High-Risk Pregnancies Are More Likely To Develop Heart Disease

Women With High-Risk Pregnancies Are More Likely To Develop Heart Disease

Enlarge this image Laura Hogan developed preeclampsia when she was pregnant with her son Zion in 2016. Both are fine now, but she’s taking extra precautions to stay healthy. Anna Gorman/California Healthline hide caption toggle caption Anna Gorman/California Healthline Women who have high-risk pregnancies or complications in childbirth are up to eight times more likely to have heart disease later in life, statistics suggest. But…

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Jul

07

2017
Georgia OB-GYN Will Lead Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Georgia OB-GYN Will Lead Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Enlarge this image Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald spoke in 2014 at a news conference on Georgia’s preparations to deal with potential outbreaks of Ebola virus. Branden Camp/AP hide caption toggle caption Branden Camp/AP Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who’s served as the top health official in Georgia for the last six years, has been appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department…

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Jul

07

2017
They Quit Their Office Jobs To Teach Kids In A Camp For Displaced People

They Quit Their Office Jobs To Teach Kids In A Camp For Displaced People

Enlarge this image Aweofeso Adebola (in white shirt) and Ifeoluwa Ayomide (in cap) pose with some of their students. Zachariah Ibrahim, who dreams of being a pilot, stands behind the girl in the green hijab. Fatima Alidarunge, who wants to be a soldier to fight Boko Haram, is in the blue headgear. Linus Unah for NPR hide caption toggle caption Linus Unah for NPR Zachariah…

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Jul

06

2017
Tell Us: What’s Taboo In Global Health And Development?

Tell Us: What’s Taboo In Global Health And Development?

Enlarge this image tk Ryan McVay/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ryan McVay/Getty Images Shhh, we just can’t talk about that. Omigosh: We. Just. Don’t. Do. That. If you haven’t guessed, we’re talking about taboos. Taboos are part of every culture, every family, every circle of friends. We’re planning to explore taboos in an upcoming series of stories. We’d like to hear from our audience…

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Jul

06

2017
States Move To Tighten Medicaid Enrollment, Even Without A New Health Law

States Move To Tighten Medicaid Enrollment, Even Without A New Health Law

Enlarge this image Philby Illustration/Ikon Images/Getty Images No corner of the health care system would be harder hit than Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor, if Republican leaders in Congress round up the votes to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. GOP lawmakers have proposed winding down the Medicaid expansion that added 17 million people in 31 states and the…

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Jul

03

2017
Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Ask A Cameroonian Farmer

Want To Teach Your Kids Self-Control? Ask A Cameroonian Farmer

In the the 1960s, a Stanford psychologist ran an experiment to study children’s self-control. It’s called the marshmallow test. And it’s super simple. Kids ages 3 to 5 choose a treat — an Oreo cookie, a pretzel stick or a marshmallow. Then researchers give the child brief instructions: You can eat the treat now … but if you can wait for me to return, you’ll…

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