Category Archives: NPR


Sep

08

2017
Using A Robotic Hand, She Wants To Throw Out The First Pitch For All 30 MLB Teams

Using A Robotic Hand, She Wants To Throw Out The First Pitch For All 30 MLB Teams

Enlarge this image Hailey Dawson throws out the opening pitch with her 3D printed hand before the game between the Washington Nationals and the Texas Rangers at Nationals Park in June. Greg Fiume/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Greg Fiume/Getty Images Hailey Dawson’s favorite thing to do is throw out the first pitch at a baseball game, and thanks to a majority of all the…

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Sep

06

2017
Will Congress Continue Health Care For 9 Million Children?

Will Congress Continue Health Care For 9 Million Children?

Enlarge this image The Children’s Health Insurance program relies on money from state and federal governments to help subsidize the cost of medical care for some kids not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. Rebecca Nelson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Rebecca Nelson/Getty Images A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal…

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Sep

03

2017
Fall Weather Headed Your Way? Time For Flu Shots

Fall Weather Headed Your Way? Time For Flu Shots

Enlarge this image Doctors say don’t delay getting the flu shot this year. FatCamera/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption FatCamera/Getty Images The arrival of a new school year and cooler temperatures also means the arrival of flu vaccines in doctors’ offices, pharmacies, clinics, work places, and school campuses. With flu season on its way, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued updated recommendations Monday for the…

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Aug

31

2017
Fatherhood After 40? It’s Becoming A Lot More Common

Fatherhood After 40? It’s Becoming A Lot More Common

Enlarge this image College-educated new dads are more likely to be older, with an average age of 33. Brooke Fasani /Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brooke Fasani /Getty Images If you’ve put off starting a family, you’re not alone. In the U.S., the average age a woman gives birth to her first child has been rising. And, a study published Thursday in Human Reproduction…

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Aug

30

2017
Why The Toxin Trouble With Tiny Turtles Continues

Why The Toxin Trouble With Tiny Turtles Continues

Enlarge this image Tiny turtles are cute, but they can spread Salmonella and make children very sick. susan.k./Getty Images hide caption toggle caption susan.k./Getty Images The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has been around for decades and has raked in millions of dollars in merchandise. Why? Because turtles are cool. Warnings about real, live turtles giving salmonella to the people who handle them has also…

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Aug

30

2017
FDA Approves First Gene Therapy Treatment For Cancer

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy Treatment For Cancer

Enlarge this image T cells, shown in blue, can attack cancer cells, shown in red. Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday announced what the agency calls a “historic action” — the first approval of a gene therapy in the United States. The FDA approved Kymriah, which scientists refer to as a “living drug” because it…

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Aug

30

2017
5 Controversial Ideas For Shoring Up Health Insurance Markets

5 Controversial Ideas For Shoring Up Health Insurance Markets

Enlarge this image Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander (right), chairs the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee; Sen. Patty Murray (left), is the committee’s ranking Democrat. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty hide caption toggle caption Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty With Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act stalled, tentative bipartisan initiatives are in the works to stabilize the fragile individual insurance market that serves roughly 17 million…

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Aug

29

2017
The Loopholes That Allow Child Marriage In The U.S.

The Loopholes That Allow Child Marriage In The U.S.

Enlarge this image Maria Fabrizio for NPR Child marriage isn’t just a practice that victimizes girls in poor countries. As this blog has previously reported, it’s also long been an issue in the United States, involving girls from a wide range of backgrounds. Based on state marriage license data and other sources, advocacy groups and experts estimate that between 2000 and 2015 alone, well over…

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Aug

28

2017
Stay Safe And Get A Tetanus Shot, Texas Health Officials Urge

Stay Safe And Get A Tetanus Shot, Texas Health Officials Urge

Enlarge this image People walk down a flooded street as they evacuate their homes in Houston, Texas, on Monday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images As health departments in Texas try to assist people with immediate medical needs following Hurricane Harvey, they’re also looking to ensure those affected can get the prescription drugs they need and stay as safe as possible….

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Aug

26

2017
Having A Best Friend In Your Teenage Years Could Benefit You For Life

Having A Best Friend In Your Teenage Years Could Benefit You For Life

Enlarge this image Researchers aren’t sure why strong relationships in adolescence seem to pay dividends later in life, but one hypothesis is that those bonds act as a buffer against depression and insults. Maria Fabrizio for NPR hide caption toggle caption Maria Fabrizio for NPR David Thomas and I met when we were about five years old. We celebrated his 26th birthday last weekend, marking…

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