Category Archives: NPR


Mar

20

2017
Studies Suggest Cautious Optimism About Declines in Teen Opioid Use

Studies Suggest Cautious Optimism About Declines in Teen Opioid Use

Enlarge this image A pair of studies show declines in opioid use by young people, including prescription use, intentional misuse and accidental poisonings. Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images In the midst of an opioid epidemic that continues to devastate families, a sliver of hope has arrived. Two long-term studies published Monday show that opioid use among…

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Mar

20

2017
Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of ‘Sesame Street’

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of ‘Sesame Street’

Enlarge this image Julia (center) first appeared online and in printed materials as a part of Sesame Street‘s See Amazing in all Children initiative. She’ll now appear on TV as well. From left, Elmo, Alan Muraoka, Julia, Abby Cadabby and Big Bird. Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop hide caption toggle caption Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop For the first time in a decade, the classic children’s television show Sesame…

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Mar

14

2017
Planned Parenthood Would Lose $178 Million In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

Planned Parenthood Would Lose $178 Million In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, says the health care provider takes in about $400 million per year in reimbursements under Medicaid and other federal programs. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mark Wilson/Getty Images The proposed American Health Insurance Act targets the health provider Planned Parenthood with a set of proposed limits on Medicaid payments to the organization. Yesterday, the non-partisan Congressional…

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Mar

13

2017
Nursery Products To Blame For Rise In Infant Injuries, Study Finds

Nursery Products To Blame For Rise In Infant Injuries, Study Finds

Enlarge this image Injuries to babies associated with products like strollers and cribs have increased, a study finds. Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Getty Images Baby injuries associated with nursery products like carriers, strollers and cribs are on the rise, a study shows. A study published Monday found a 23.7 percent increase in injuries to young children related to nursery products between 2003 and…

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Mar

12

2017
Save Hide And Seek For The Playground: Why Kids Should See Their Veggies

Save Hide And Seek For The Playground: Why Kids Should See Their Veggies

Enlarge this image Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge — say, by sneaking spinach into smoothies — sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all. Alex Reynolds/NPR hide caption toggle caption Alex Reynolds/NPR When my daughter turned 1, a routine toe prick revealed that her iron levels were low. Because our family doesn’t…

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Mar

11

2017
I’m Pregnant. What Would Happen If I Couldn’t Afford Health Care?

I’m Pregnant. What Would Happen If I Couldn’t Afford Health Care?

Enlarge this image Hanna Barczyk for NPR On Christmas Day, I found out that I was pregnant. It was the best present I could have hoped for. My husband and I have wanted to start a family for years, and we could not wait to share the news with our loved ones. But my initial exhilaration quickly turned to anxiety. As a physician, I knew…

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Mar

10

2017
States Wrestle With Legalizing Payments For Gestational Surrogates

States Wrestle With Legalizing Payments For Gestational Surrogates

Enlarge this image A gestational surrogate is a woman who carries a fetus but is not genetically related to it, in order to help other people become parents. Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Getty Images/iStockphoto The battle over womb rights is brewing in Minnesota. Last month, state legislators proposed a bill that would regulate gestational surrogacy — potentially adding legal oversight to fertility clinics…

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Mar

07

2017
Report: Environmental Hazards Kill 1.7 Million Kids Under 5 Each Year

Report: Environmental Hazards Kill 1.7 Million Kids Under 5 Each Year

Enlarge this image A family in Nepal prepares a meal. The use of organic fuels like wood or animal dung for cooking contributes to indoor air pollution. JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images According to two new World Health Organization reports, about 1.7 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of environmental hazards….

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Mar

02

2017
Embryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development, But Stir Ethical Debate

Embryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development, But Stir Ethical Debate

Notes This is a seven-day-old embryo that scientists kept alive in a laboratory dish. If it developed further, the clusters in green would become cells that shape the body and the red/purple cells would form the placenta. Credit: Rockefeller University Ali Brivanlou slides open a glass door at the Rockefeller University in New York to show off his latest experiments probing the mysteries of the…

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Mar

01

2017
Some See ‘Flat-Fee Primary Care’ As A GOP-Friendly Way To Provide Routine Care

Some See ‘Flat-Fee Primary Care’ As A GOP-Friendly Way To Provide Routine Care

Enlarge this image Advocates of paying a family doctor a flat monthly fee for office visits and some lab work, say it saves patients money when coupled with a high-deductible insurance plan. Ridofranz/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Ridofranz/Getty Images/iStockphoto Back in the day, people paid for routine, primary medical care on their own and only used insurance when something serious came up. Some primary…

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