Category Archives: NPR


Jan

05

2017
Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Busier And Better In Young Adults

Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Busier And Better In Young Adults

Enlarge this image A child takes a facial recognition test in which he is asked to match the face on the top to one of the faces on the bottom. Jesse Gomez and Kalanit Grill-Spector at the Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab/Science hide caption toggle caption Jesse Gomez and Kalanit Grill-Spector at the Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab/Science A comparison of kid brains and grownup…

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Jan

03

2017
Learning German In The Name Of Science And Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Learning German In The Name Of Science And Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Enlarge this image Having volunteers who are learning German answer questions about grammar and semantics of the language while inside an MRI machine might show particular patterns in brain changes, researchers say. They hope their study could offer clues to how the brain best learns a second language. selimaksan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption selimaksan/Getty Images Two researchers in Germany are trying to determine the…

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Jan

03

2017
Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

Enlarge this image Chelsea Beck/NPR One of the most stressful questions a new parent confronts is, “Who’s going to take care of my baby when I go back to work?” Figuring out the answer to that question is often not easy. When NPR, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, surveyed more than 1,000 parents nationwide…

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Jan

02

2017
Is the Warning That Creatine’s Not For Teens Getting Through?

Is the Warning That Creatine’s Not For Teens Getting Through?

Enlarge this image Creatine’s popularity among adult athletes as a way to build muscle has prompted many young people to want to try it, too. Tara Moore/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tara Moore/Getty Images Creatine, a chemical constituent of meat and fish that’s legally been sold online, in supermarkets, health food stores and vitamin shops for at least a couple of decades, may be…

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Jan

01

2017
Unexpected Risks Found In Editing Genes To Prevent Inherited Disorders

Unexpected Risks Found In Editing Genes To Prevent Inherited Disorders

Enlarge this image The genes in mitochondria, which are the powerhouses in human cells, can cause fatal inherited disease. But replacing the bad genes may cause other health problems. Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption toggle caption Getty Images/Science Photo Library In September, reproductive endocrinologist John Zhang and his team at the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City captured the world’s attention when…

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Dec

30

2016
In Puerto Rico, A Woman Infected With Zika Prays For A Healthy Baby

In Puerto Rico, A Woman Infected With Zika Prays For A Healthy Baby

Enlarge this image Keishla Mojica, 23, lives in Cuagas, Puerto Rico. She was infected with Zika virus while pregnant and expects to give birth in early January. Carmen Heredia Rodriguez/KHN hide caption toggle caption Carmen Heredia Rodriguez/KHN Before the virus overwhelmed Puerto Rico, Zika already lurked in Keishla Mojica’s home in Caguas. First her partner, John Rodríguez, 23, became infected. His face swelled and a…

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Dec

28

2016
Big Battles Over Farm And Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

Big Battles Over Farm And Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

Enlarge this image Many large-scale farms rely heavily on immigrant labor. And many farmers are opposed to Donald Trump’s strong stance against illegal immigrant. Ryan Anson/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ryan Anson/Bloomberg via Getty Images At first glance, food policy seems to be an afterthought in the Trump administration. The campaign saw few debates about food or farming. And the President-elect still…

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Dec

24

2016
PHOTOS: Young People Look You In The Eye And Open Up Their Souls

PHOTOS: Young People Look You In The Eye And Open Up Their Souls

Thembinkosi Fanwell Ngwenya from the series “Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare.” Claudio Rasano/Courtesy of Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 hide caption toggle caption Claudio Rasano/Courtesy of Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 His name is Katlehong Matsenen. He’s 18. And when you look at his portrait, he seems to be looking right back at you. The photograph of Matsenen (above) by Claudio Rasano…

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Dec

21

2016
For Kids’ Ear Infections, Longer Antibiotic Treatment Works Better

For Kids’ Ear Infections, Longer Antibiotic Treatment Works Better

Enlarge this image vgajic/Getty Images Researchers looking into whether a shorter course of antibiotics would treat young children’s ear infections as well as a longer course, found that not only was the shorter treatment less effective, it didn’t reduce antibiotic resistance or side effects. The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, comes as physicians and researchers are trying to come up…

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Dec

21

2016
In Texas, Students Help Provide Health Care For Refugees

In Texas, Students Help Provide Health Care For Refugees

Enlarge this image Third-year dental student Alex Dolbik checks the oral health of a patient at the Refugee Health Clinic in San Antonio. Wendy Rigby/Texas Public Radio hide caption toggle caption Wendy Rigby/Texas Public Radio Each Wednesday at St. Francis Episcopal Church on the north side of San Antonio, dozens of refugees from all over the world come for free care at the Refugee Health…

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