Category Archives: NPR


May

18

2017
Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real?

Is ‘Internet Addiction’ Real?

Enlarge this image Mark Fiore for KQED When her youngest daughter, Naomi, was in middle school, Ellen watched the teen disappear behind a screen. Her once bubbly daughter went from hanging out with a few close friends after school to isolating herself in her room for hours at a time. (NPR has agreed to use only the pair’s middle names, to protect the teen’s medical…

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May

17

2017
Ethics Of Aid: Should Donated Health Dollars Go To ‘Children First’?

Ethics Of Aid: Should Donated Health Dollars Go To ‘Children First’?

Last week, it was your editors at Goats and Soda who were the curious goats. We published a story on the huge gap in health care dollars for young and old in the developing world. A study looked at the $36.4 billion allocated by development agencies and nonprofit donors and found that a major share goes to children under 5. The authors of the study…

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May

16

2017
How Many Teenagers Die Each Day … And Why

How Many Teenagers Die Each Day … And Why

The world loses about 3,000 adolescents each day. That adds up to 1.2 million deaths a year. And with a bit more investment, the majority of those deaths can be prevented, according to a global study released on Tuesday by the World Health Organization. That’s far fewer than the 16,000 babies and children under 5 who die each day. But the WHO report points out…

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May

16

2017
Why Are Americans Drinking Less Cow’s Milk? Its Appeal Has Curdled

Why Are Americans Drinking Less Cow’s Milk? Its Appeal Has Curdled

Enlarge this image glass of milk Andrew Unangst/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andrew Unangst/Getty Images When’s the last time you had a glass of cow’s milk? Americans are drinking a lot less milk than they used to. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the average person drinks 18 gallons a year. Back in the 1970s it was more like 30 gallons a…

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May

15

2017
Doctors Who Are Moms Say They Face Discrimination At Work

Doctors Who Are Moms Say They Face Discrimination At Work

Enlarge this image Medicine and maternity can make for an uneasy mix, female physicians report. Juanmonino/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Juanmonino/Getty Images/iStockphoto “If you become chief resident are just going to get pregnant and have a baby?” asked the silver-haired male attending physician as I sat interviewing for the prestigious academic position of chief internal medicine resident. “That’s what all the female chiefs do,…

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May

15

2017
Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised To Take A Nap Pod

Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised To Take A Nap Pod

Enlarge this image Hannah Vanderkooy demonstrates the napping pod she uses at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, N.M. Joe Suarez for NPR hide caption toggle caption Joe Suarez for NPR When 18-year-old Hannah Vanderkooy feels extremely tired or anxious, she heads to a space-like capsule for a nap — during school. Like many teens struggling to get good grades and maybe even a…

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May

15

2017
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Sudden Infant Deaths

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Sudden Infant Deaths

Andy Feltham / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm American Indian and Alaska Native families are much more likely to have an infant die suddenly and unexpectedly, and that risk has remained higher than in other ethnic groups since public health efforts were launched to prevent sudden infant death syndrome in the 1990s. African-American babies also face a higher risk, a study finds. American Indians and Alaska Natives had…

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May

14

2017
A Mother Finds Joy In Helping A Child Navigate Their Shared Traits

A Mother Finds Joy In Helping A Child Navigate Their Shared Traits

Enlarge this image Maria Fabrizio for NPR My 8-year-old daughter is a fourth-generation perfectionist. In my family, the trait is matrilineal, so I know from firsthand experience that it has a few advantages. My daughter is likely to pay her bills on time and use semicolons correctly. She will not be intimidated by details. She will have a certain baseline competence that will make her…

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May

13

2017
Here’s What Michelle Obama Thinks About Trump’s School Lunch Rules

Here’s What Michelle Obama Thinks About Trump’s School Lunch Rules

Enlarge this image Michelle Obama speaks at the Partnership for a Healthier America conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Allison Aubrey/NPR hide caption toggle caption Allison Aubrey/NPR When it comes to feeding kids a healthy diet, “it’s not politics, it’s parenting,” Michelle Obama said Friday. And then she got a little fired up. Without ever naming President Trump, the former first lady took aim at…

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May

12

2017
Inflatable Beds: Dangerous For Infants, Attractive To Cash-Strapped Parents

Inflatable Beds: Dangerous For Infants, Attractive To Cash-Strapped Parents

Enlarge this image The soft, impermeable and uneven sleep surface of an air mattress can pose a danger to infants. The Sleep Judge/Flickr hide caption toggle caption The Sleep Judge/Flickr Inflatable beds can be cheap, which is good news for consumers who want an alternative to pricey traditional mattresses. But their uneven, soft, impermeable surfaces are dangerous for babies, and can increase the risk of…

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