Category Archives: NPR


Aug

25

2017
Nadine Burke Harris: How Does Trauma Affect A Child’s DNA?

Nadine Burke Harris: How Does Trauma Affect A Child’s DNA?

[embedded content] Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Hardwired. About Nadine Burke Harris’s TED Talk Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris found an unsettling trend when examining patients at her clinic: trauma. She found that adversity can change a child’s biology and result in severe health outcomes. About Nadine Burke Harris Nadine Burke Harris is a pediatrician and the founder and CEO of the Center…

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Aug

25

2017
After A Suicide, Sibling Survivors Are Often Overlooked

After A Suicide, Sibling Survivors Are Often Overlooked

Enlarge this image Taylor Porco was just 14 years old when her brother Jordan died by suicide during his freshman year of college. Courtesy of Taylor Porco hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Taylor Porco When Taylor Porco’s brother, Jordan, died by suicide during his freshman year at college in February 2011, people told her to be strong for her parents who were incapacitated by…

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Aug

23

2017
Abstinence Education Is Ineffective And Unethical, Report Argues

Abstinence Education Is Ineffective And Unethical, Report Argues

Enlarge this image In the U.S., the average age for initiating sexual activity has remained around 17 or 18 since the early 1990s, even as people have begun marrying later in life. PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Images Abstaining from sexual activity is a sure-fire way to prevent pregnancy and avoid sexually transmitted diseases. But programs advocating abstinence often fail to…

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Aug

21

2017
How To Tell If Watching The Eclipse Damaged Your Eyes

How To Tell If Watching The Eclipse Damaged Your Eyes

Enlarge this image Crowds gathered to watch the solar eclipse at Saluki Stadium on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images Less than an hour after the Great American Eclipse completed its coast-to-coast show today, people’s fascination with the sun and the moon quickly turned to concern about their eyes. Everyone’s googling “my…

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Aug

21

2017
Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children

Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children

Enlarge this image Rosendo Gil, a family support worker with the Imperial County, Calif., home visiting program, has visited Blas Lopez and his fiancée Lluvia Padilla dozens of times since their daughter was born three years ago. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption toggle caption Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News Seated at a kitchen table in a cramped apartment, Rosendo Gil asks the parents…

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Aug

18

2017
Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Enlarge this image Left: A partial solar eclipse, as viewed from the Cotswolds, United Kingdom, March 2015. Right: A total solar eclipse, as viewed from Longyearbyen, Norway, March 2015. Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tim Graham/Getty Images/Haakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images The day of the long-awaited coast-to-coast solar eclipse has all but arrived — and if history is any guide, it’s…

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Aug

18

2017
A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

A First Look: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Enlarge this image This sequence of images shows the development of embryos formed after eggs were injected with both CRISPR, a gene-editing tool, and sperm from a donor with a genetic mutation known to cause cardiomyopathy. OHSU hide caption toggle caption OHSU From the thirteenth floor of a glass tower at the Oregon Health & Science University, you get a panoramic view of downtown Portland…

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Aug

16

2017
Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Enlarge this image Matt Twombly for NPR If you’re in desperate need for some good news, look no further. Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year. And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other…

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Aug

14

2017
Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Enlarge this image In her book The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics And Feebleminded, poet Molly McCully Brown explores themes of disability, eugenics and faith. Kristin Teston/Persea hide caption toggle caption Kristin Teston/Persea Growing up in southwestern Virginia in recent decades, poet Molly McCully Brown often passed by a state institution in Amherst County that was once known as the “Virginia State Colony for Epileptics…

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Aug

11

2017
Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

[embedded content] Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Rethinking School. About Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s TED Talk As principal of a low-performing high school, Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s students faced huge challenges. She describes how she transformed her school while providing unwavering love and support for her students. About Linda Cliatt-Wayman Linda Cliatt-Wayman spent 20 years as a special education teacher, and served as principal to three…

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