Category Archives: NPR


Mar

15

2018
Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids’ Playgrounds?

Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids’ Playgrounds?

Enlarge this image Noah Clayton/Getty Images/Tetra images RF I think it’s fair to say that many parents focus a lot of energy — and worry! — on protecting their small kids from risky situations. But it turns out that integrating limited risk into our kids’ playtime may be taking a step toward healthier child development. This past weekend, reporter Ellen Barry published a piece in…

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Mar

14

2018
UNICEF’s Good News About Child Marriage Isn’t Quite As Good As It Sounds

UNICEF’s Good News About Child Marriage Isn’t Quite As Good As It Sounds

Enlarge this image Durga, now 21, was married in her northern Indian village at the age of 15. Her father, who forced her into the marriage, has since had a change of heart and is striving to dissolve the union. Swati Vashishtha for NPR hide caption toggle caption Swati Vashishtha for NPR A report released this month by UNICEF has been cause for celebration in…

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Mar

08

2018
Statehouses Have A Ways To Go To Accommodate New Moms

Statehouses Have A Ways To Go To Accommodate New Moms

Enlarge this image Virginia Del. Kathy Tran often brings her baby to work and has breastfed on the House floor in Richmond. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption toggle caption Sarah McCammon/NPR For Kathy Tran, the decision to breastfeed her daughter on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates was simple. “I had a baby that was hungry and I needed to feed her,” Tran says….

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Mar

06

2018
What You Might Not Realize About The Benefits Of Hand-Washing

What You Might Not Realize About The Benefits Of Hand-Washing

Credit: Jay Reed/NPR OK, so maybe you’re one of those people who don’t wash their hands even after going to the bathroom because your dad never did and he never got sick. Or you think a three-second hand scrub is more than enough. Or you squirt on some hand-sanitizer and figure you’ve done your duty. I have some news for you. There’s a new study…

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Mar

06

2018
Mental Health Funding Tied To Florida’s Controversial Gun Legislation

Mental Health Funding Tied To Florida’s Controversial Gun Legislation

Enlarge this image A student stops to look at a memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 28. Last month’s shooting in Parkland raised questions about whether states are doing enough to fund mental health services in schools. Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images A piece of legislation under consideration in Florida this week has received…

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Mar

05

2018
Miracle Of Hemophilia Drugs Comes At A Steep Price

Miracle Of Hemophilia Drugs Comes At A Steep Price

Enlarge this image Jessica Morris prepares to inject a blood-clotting protein into son Landon’s arm at their home in Yuba City, Calif. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption toggle caption Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News When Landon Morris was diagnosed with hemophilia shortly after birth, his mother, Jessica Morris, was devastated. “It was like having your dreams — all the dreams you imagined for…

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Mar

04

2018
To Fight Pollution, He’s Reinventing The Mongolian Tent

To Fight Pollution, He’s Reinventing The Mongolian Tent

Enlarge this image Odgerel Gamsukh has a started a company to create a green community in the unplanned and polluted sprawl outside of Ulaanbaatar. Katya Cengel for NPR hide caption toggle caption Katya Cengel for NPR It takes the taxi driver three tries to find the neighborhood and at least another three wrong turns on narrow unpaved roads before he locates the company’s front gate….

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Mar

01

2018
New Guidelines Establish The Rights Of Women When Giving Birth

New Guidelines Establish The Rights Of Women When Giving Birth

Enlarge this image Midwife trainees deliver a baby at the Juba Teaching Hospital in South Sudan. Stefanie Glinski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Stefanie Glinski/AFP/Getty Images For more than 60 years, it has been the standard of care to try to speed up childbirth with drugs, or to perform a cesarean section if labor was seen as progressing too slowly. Now a new set of…

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Feb

28

2018
Rethinking Rural Health Solutions To Save Patients And Communities

Rethinking Rural Health Solutions To Save Patients And Communities

Enlarge this image Getting health care to rural areas may involve tough decisions about the role of hospitals. hmproudlove/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption hmproudlove/Getty Images Heidi Schultz grew up traveling from one end of South Dakota to the other, tagging along as her sister saw doctors and specialists in the “big cities” to treat her diabetes. Schultz thought she knew rural America well when…

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