Category Archives: NPR


Dec

20

2016
Mumps Bump: Cases Rise In Iowa, Illinois And Arkansas

Mumps Bump: Cases Rise In Iowa, Illinois And Arkansas

Enlarge this image The mumps virus is on the loose. Cases are popping up in Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois. Alissa Eckert/CDC hide caption toggle caption Alissa Eckert/CDC There’s a bump in the number of cases of the mumps this year in the United States. This highly infectious disease is much less hazardous than it was decades ago, but health officials are still reacting strongly to…

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Dec

19

2016
Doctors Say Parenting And Pot Smoking Don’t Mix

Doctors Say Parenting And Pot Smoking Don’t Mix

Enlarge this image Researchers have found marijuana metabolites in the urine of babies who were exposed to adult marijuana use. deux/Corbis/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption deux/Corbis/Getty Images With more states legalizing recreational marijuana, parents are facing the question of whether they should smoke pot around their children. “I have never smoked and would never smoke around my child,” says one mother who lives in…

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Dec

18

2016
Dolls With Disabilities Escape The Toy Hospital, Go Mainstream

Dolls With Disabilities Escape The Toy Hospital, Go Mainstream

Enlarge this image Dominika Tamley and her doll “Isebelle” ride the train together near Washington, D.C. Like Dominika, Isebelle has a hearing aid. “She’s like a mini-me,” Dominika says. Kevin Irvine hide caption toggle caption Kevin Irvine When Dominika Tamley chose “Isebelle,” her American Girl doll, she picked a toy whose hair and eye color matched her own. But the 10-year-old is quick to point…

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Dec

14

2016
VIDEO: ‘We Want To Live Like Everyone Else,’ Say Orphans From Aleppo

VIDEO: ‘We Want To Live Like Everyone Else,’ Say Orphans From Aleppo

Orphans from besieged #Aleppo send a cry for help to the world. #SaveAleppo #Stand_With_Aleppo @CNN @NBCNews @HalaGorani @BBCWorld @Reuters pic.twitter.com/HryajysybL — Aleppo Today TV (@AleppoTodayTV) December 14, 2016 Aleppo is under attack. And civilians — including children from an orphanage — trapped in the siege are turning to social media with a message to the world: End the violence. In the video, a group of…

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Dec

14

2016
Study Offers Clues To Risk Of Zika Birth Defects In The U.S.

Study Offers Clues To Risk Of Zika Birth Defects In The U.S.

Enlarge this image Florida Department of Health workers package a urine test, part of the state’s effort to provide free Zika tests to pregnant women. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images One big question about the Zika virus has been how big a risk the virus might pose in the United States. Studies earlier this year suggested that birth defects and…

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Dec

12

2016
Rise In Drug-Dependent Newborns Tied To Rural Areas, Study Finds

Rise In Drug-Dependent Newborns Tied To Rural Areas, Study Finds

An increase of drug dependency among newborns is largely being driven by use of opioids among women in rural areas, a new study finds. Research out Monday documents instances of neonatal abstinence syndrome — when a newborn is dependent on drugs — increasing at higher rates in rural than in urban areas. Newborns suffering from chemical dependency accounted for 7.5 per 1,000 hospital births in…

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Dec

07

2016
Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

Babu, 8, works at a brick factory in Narayanganj, Bangladesh. KM Asad/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption KM Asad/LightRocket via Getty Images In Bangladesh, a new report finds, impoverished children are working long hours in violation of that country’s labor laws. Children under the age of 14 who’ve given up school for jobs are toiling an average 64 hours a week, according to…

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Dec

05

2016
When Doctors Talk To Parents About HPV Vaccine: Make It Brief

When Doctors Talk To Parents About HPV Vaccine: Make It Brief

Enlarge this image The HPV vaccine has reduced the prevalence of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus by as much as 65 percent among those who are vaccinated. Matthew Busch for The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Matthew Busch for The Washington Post/Getty Images A full decade after the Food and Drug Administration approved a vaccine to fight the sexually transmitted, cancer-causing human papillomavirus, almost…

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Dec

01

2016
A Million Dollar Prize For A Doctor Who Goes The Extra Mile

A Million Dollar Prize For A Doctor Who Goes The Extra Mile

Dr. Raj Panjabi has his blood pressure checked by a Liberian community health worker. Courtesy of Last Mile Health hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Last Mile Health It started with a poster he made at Kinko’s and displayed at his wedding in May 2007: Would guests donate to help start a new kind of health care program in Liberia? He got $6,000. Now he’s…

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