Category Archives: NPR


Jan

23

2018
After Months In Limbo For Children’s Health Insurance, Huge Relief Over Deal

After Months In Limbo For Children’s Health Insurance, Huge Relief Over Deal

Enlarge this image Marbell Castillo held her granddaughter, Maia Powell, as she was being examined by nurse practitioner Molly Lalonde at Burke Pediatrics in Burke, Va., in October 2017. Maia is insured through Virginia’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Matt McClain/The Washington Post/Getty Images When parts of the federal government ground to halt this past weekend, Linda…

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Jan

23

2018
E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids To Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit

E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids To Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit

Enlarge this image Vapor from e-cigarettes contains toxins, although fewer than conventional cigarettes. mauro_grigollo/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption mauro_grigollo/Getty Images/iStockphoto Kids who vape and use other forms of e-cigarettes are likely to try more harmful tobacco products like regular cigarettes, but e-cigarettes do hold some promise for helping adults quit. That’s according to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which published a…

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Jan

23

2018
Part Of Oregon’s Funding Plan For Medicaid Goes Before Voters

Part Of Oregon’s Funding Plan For Medicaid Goes Before Voters

Enlarge this image A sign in support of Oregon’s Measure 101 is displayed by a homeowner along a roadside in Lake Oswego, Ore. Tuesday’s special election puts decisions over how the state funds Medicaid in voters’ hands. Gillian Flaccus/AP hide caption toggle caption Gillian Flaccus/AP Oregon is in a battle royal over how to pay for expanded Medicaid. The fight revolves around Measure 101, a…

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Jan

23

2018
Tax Credit Aims To Boost Availability Of Paid Family Leave, But Will It Work?

Tax Credit Aims To Boost Availability Of Paid Family Leave, But Will It Work?

Enlarge this image The new tax credit sidesteps a common pitfall in the eyes of many Republicans by avoiding a mandate — it doesn’t require employers to provide paid family leave. Instead, the law offers firms a financial incentive to provide the coverage. FatCamera/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption FatCamera/Getty Images Tucked into the new tax law is a provision that offers companies a tax…

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Jan

20

2018
What Happens When CHIP Funds Run Out

What Happens When CHIP Funds Run Out

One of the central issues of the shutdown battle is the Children’s Health Insurance Program. NPR’s Michel Martin talks with Alabama CHIP Director Cathy Caldwell about the program, which covers 9 million low-income kids across the U.S.


Jan

19

2018
What Today’s Headlines About Famine Get Wrong

What Today’s Headlines About Famine Get Wrong

Enlarge this image Russian children clamor for food, circa 1941. During World War II, the Nazis sought to implement a “hunger plan” to starve millions from Russia and Eastern Europe. The Montifraulo Collection/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption The Montifraulo Collection/Getty Images A new book offers a surprising perspective about the hunger crises dominating the news. The author, Alex de Waal, a professor at The…

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Jan

18

2018
Repeated Head Hits, Not Concussions, May Be Behind A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Repeated Head Hits, Not Concussions, May Be Behind A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Enlarge this image The late Aaron Hernandez, #81 of the New England Patriots, lost his helmet during this play against the New York Jets in 2011. Hernandez killed himself in 2017, and after death his brain was studied; based on the pathology report, researchers said he’d had one of the most severe cases of CTE ever seen in someone his age. Elsa/Getty Images hide caption…

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Jan

16

2018
Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable

Enlarge this image Rebeca Gonzalez says she can now afford to buy pomegranates for her family in Garden Grove, Calif., because of the extra money she receives through Más Fresco, a food stamp incentive program for purchasing produce. Courtney Perkes/Kaiser Health News hide caption toggle caption Courtney Perkes/Kaiser Health News Rebeca Gonzalez grew up eating artichokes from her grandmother’s farm in the central Mexican state…

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Jan

14

2018
A Mom Fights To Get An Education For Her Deaf Daughters

A Mom Fights To Get An Education For Her Deaf Daughters

Enlarge this image Rima Prajapati with daughters (from left) Jhoti, Aarti and Sangeeta. Jhoti and Aarti were both born deaf. Rima moved her daughters from their village to Mumbai so they could attend a school for the deaf. Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni for NPR hide caption toggle caption Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni for NPR In a country with over 28 national languages, Jhoti Prajapati did not speak at all….

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Jan

13

2018
Illinois Judge Allows 11-Year-Old Girl To Use Medical Marijuana At School

Illinois Judge Allows 11-Year-Old Girl To Use Medical Marijuana At School

Enlarge this image A medical marijuana patch on a patient’s arm. Medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, but an 11-year-old girl who uses it to combat seizures had to get court approval to use it in school. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption toggle caption David Zalubowski/AP In a decision that may have sweeping effects, a judge has allowed an 11-year-old Illinois girl to use medical marijuana…

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