Category Archives: NPR


Jul

01

2017
‘Healing Children’: A Surgeon’s Take On What Kids Need

‘Healing Children’: A Surgeon’s Take On What Kids Need

Enlarge this image Dr. Kurt Newman visits with 14-year-old Jack Pessaud, who’s undergoing treatment for a cancerous tumor in his knee at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption toggle caption Meredith Rizzo/NPR For parents, the thought of a child being sick or hurt can be a heart-stopper. Fortunately, for those who do confront such realities, there are doctors like Kurt…

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Jun

30

2017
For Newborns Exposed To Opioids, Health Issues May Be The Least Of Their Problems

For Newborns Exposed To Opioids, Health Issues May Be The Least Of Their Problems

Enlarge this image Babies exposed to opioids in utero may experience withdrawal symptoms at birth, but these symptoms are treatable. Typically, the babies can go home after a few days or a couple weeks. Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Getty Images Among the troubling developments of the nation’s opioid crisis: a large number of babies born prenatally exposed to opioids. On a recent reporting…

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Jun

28

2017
Mutant Strains Of Polio Vaccine Now Cause More Paralysis Than Wild Polio

Mutant Strains Of Polio Vaccine Now Cause More Paralysis Than Wild Polio

Enlarge this image Nurses give the oral polio vaccine to a Syrian child in a refugee camp in Turkey. Carsten Koall/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Carsten Koall/Getty Images For the first time, the number of children paralyzed by mutant strains of the polio vaccine are greater than the number of kids paralyzed by polio itself. So far in 2017, there have been only six…

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Jun

27

2017
Q&A: What Does The Senate Health Bill Mean For Me?

Q&A: What Does The Senate Health Bill Mean For Me?

Enlarge this image The ongoing debate over health care has many people wondering how changes will affect their coverage. Fanatic Studio/Collection Mix: Sub/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Fanatic Studio/Collection Mix: Sub/Getty Images Since Senate Republicans released the draft of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week, many people have been wondering how the proposed changes will affect their own…

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Jun

27

2017
Considering Breast-Feeding? This Guide Can Help

Considering Breast-Feeding? This Guide Can Help

Enlarge this image San Francisco lactation counselor Caroline Kerhervé — with kids of her clients — during a weekly session of a new mothers’ group she coached in May. Courtesy of Caroline Kerherve hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Caroline Kerherve There’s a big push in the U.S. from pediatricians to have mothers of newborns breast-feed exclusively for at least six months. And many new…

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Jun

27

2017
CHART: CBO Weighs Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

CHART: CBO Weighs Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office weighed in on the Senate health care bill on Monday, saying that 22 million people would lose health coverage in the next 10 years under the Senate’s plan. Of those, 15 million would lose Medicaid coverage. It’s projected to lower the deficit by billions over 10 years, and also cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Medicaid covers low-income people…

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Jun

27

2017
From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

Care for old people in nursing homes accounts for 21 percent of Medicaid’s budget, even though they are just 9 percent of people covered by Medicaid. Tomas Rodriguez/Getty Images/Picture Press RM hide caption toggle caption Tomas Rodriguez/Getty Images/Picture Press RM Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor. That’s the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is…

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Jun

26

2017
Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know

Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know

Enlarge this image Left to right: mothers from Namibia’s Himba tribe; from Amber, India; and from Washington state. Jose Luis Trisan/Getty; Hadynyah/Getty; Sarah Wolfe Photography/Getty hide caption toggle caption Jose Luis Trisan/Getty; Hadynyah/Getty; Sarah Wolfe Photography/Getty In many ways, parenting newborns seems instinctual. We see a little baby, and we want to hold her. Snuggle and kiss her. Even just her smell seems magical. Many…

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Jun

25

2017
When Children Are Exposed To Police Violence

When Children Are Exposed To Police Violence

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Carl Bell, a psychiatrist and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, about children who are exposed to police violence. This follows the release of a video that shows the reaction of a four-year old girl just after the shooting of Philando Castile, an African-American man in Minnesota whose death was livestreamed on Facebook. (LANGUAGE WARNING: This segment…

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