Category Archives: NPR


May

12

2017
Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

Enlarge this image Lauren Bloomstein holds her newborn daughter. Courtesy of the Bloomstein Family hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the Bloomstein Family As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people’s babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. The prospect of becoming a mother made her giddy, her husband Larry recalled recently—…

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May

10

2017
Why Do Children Love Those Fad Toys So?

Why Do Children Love Those Fad Toys So?

Enlarge this image Furbies were a thing in the late 1990s. But does anybody crave one now? Robert Gourley/Flickr hide caption toggle caption Robert Gourley/Flickr First, it was Pokémon. Then came a special trick yo-yo, Magic: The Gathering cards, and some kind of “thinking putty.” Over time, my 9-year-old’s obsessions have changed. But one thing has remained consistent: When he wants something, he really, really…

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May

09

2017
Outcry Over Photo Showing The Face Of A Girl Allegedly Being Raped

Outcry Over Photo Showing The Face Of A Girl Allegedly Being Raped

Enlarge this image This is a screenshot of an online promotion by LensCulture for the Magnum 2017 photo competition, using photographs by Souvid Datta taken of girls in the red light district of Kolkata. The photo that was used has been blacked out. NPR hide caption toggle caption NPR On April 28, the magazine LensCulture posted a photo of what appeared to be a man…

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May

09

2017
The Global Gap In Health Care Dollars For Young And Old Is Huge

The Global Gap In Health Care Dollars For Young And Old Is Huge

The United States spends a lot of money taking care of the health needs of old people. In 2010, for example, each person 65 and older received $18,424 in health care services. That’s five times more than the $3,628 in spending per child under 18, and three times more than the $6,125 per working-age adult, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. “In…

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May

08

2017
GOP Health Bill Leaves Many ‘Pre-Existing Condition’ Protections Up To States

GOP Health Bill Leaves Many ‘Pre-Existing Condition’ Protections Up To States

Enlarge this image Two-year-old Ryan Lennon Fines was born with a condition, called esophageal atresia, that requires expensive medical treatment. His family worries the new GOP health bill would make it harder for Ryan to get insurance in the future because of his “pre-existing medical condition.” Bram Sable-Smith/KBIA/Side Effects Public Media hide caption toggle caption Bram Sable-Smith/KBIA/Side Effects Public Media Ryan Lennon Fines seems like…

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May

04

2017
Spit Test May Reveal The Severity Of A Child’s Concussion

Spit Test May Reveal The Severity Of A Child’s Concussion

Enlarge this image A saliva test allowed scientists to accurately predict how long concussion symptoms would last in children. technotr/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption technotr/Getty Images A little spit may help predict whether a child’s concussion symptoms will subside in days or persist for weeks. A test that measures fragments of genetic material in saliva was nearly 90 percent accurate in identifying children and…

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May

03

2017
Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota’s Measles Outbreak

Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota’s Measles Outbreak

Enlarge this image Khadra Abdulle, a resident of St. Paul, stops to shop at the Riverside Market in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. It’s the inaccurate information about a link between vaccines and autism, she says, that’s keeping some well-meaning parents from getting their kids vaccinated against measles. Mark Zdechlik/MPR hide caption toggle caption Mark Zdechlik/MPR Health officials in Minnesota have been scrambling to contain…

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May

03

2017
Understanding The History Behind Communities’ Vaccine Fears

Understanding The History Behind Communities’ Vaccine Fears

Enlarge this image Vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy in 2015 in Mill Valley, California. Photo illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Photo illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images All four of Anab Gulaid’s children have received their vaccinations on the recommended schedule. As Somali-American residents of Minneapolis, that puts them in the…

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May

03

2017
As House GOP Struggles With A Health Care Bill, Republican Options Narrow

As House GOP Struggles With A Health Care Bill, Republican Options Narrow

Enlarge this image Rep. Peter King, a Republican representing Long Island, has been heavily lobbied by groups on both sides of the GOP health care bill who are intent on getting him to vote their way. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Spencer Platt/Getty Images The House may yet pass its bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans’…

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May

02

2017
Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Rules On Calorie Counts, School Lunch

Trump Administration Rolls Back Obama-Era Rules On Calorie Counts, School Lunch

Enlarge this image Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue eats lunch with students at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., on Monday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption toggle caption Carolyn Kaster/AP The Trump administration has said it wants to remove burdensome regulation, and on Monday it served up a taste of what that looks like when it comes to two aspects of food policy: school lunch and…

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