Category Archives: NPR


Oct

24

2017
Limited Outreach, Shorter Sign-Up Time May Cause Insurance Headaches In 2018

Limited Outreach, Shorter Sign-Up Time May Cause Insurance Headaches In 2018

Enlarge this image Lines like this one at a health insurance enrollment fair at the Ambrose Community Center in Bay Point, Calif., in 2014 may be longer this winter. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images For people who buy health insurance through the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, the 2018 open enrollment period begins in one week. But many…

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Oct

22

2017
Learning To Care For My Newborn Was A Humbling Experience

Learning To Care For My Newborn Was A Humbling Experience

Enlarge this image Maria Fabrizio for NPR Wen is an emergency physician and the health commissioner of Baltimore City. Two months ago, my husband and I welcomed our baby son, Eli, into the world. Hearing his first cry and getting to hold him were the happiest moments of our lives. When he was placed on my chest and I could see and touch him, I…

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Oct

20

2017
Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio?

Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio?

The world is incredibly close to wiping out polio. This year the number of polio cases has shrunk to fewer than a dozen. And those cases are in just two countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan. “We are definitely encouraged by the decline in number of cases,” says Dr. Rana Safdar, the national coordinator for polio eradication in Pakistan. His country has seen the number of reported…

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Oct

19

2017
Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Enlarge this image A woman wears a mask and filter as she walks to work during heavy pollution in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet. The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease….

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Oct

19

2017
For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind

Enlarge this image The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death. Jennifer Kerrigan hide caption toggle caption Jennifer Kerrigan As someone who lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder, novelist John Green sometimes feels like his mind is spiraling uncontrollably. “It starts out with one…

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Oct

17

2017
Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

Enlarge this image Firecrackers are set off on the eve of last year’s Diwali festival. AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP via Getty Images India is set to celebrate Diwali this week. But the holiday has morphed from a festival of lights, illuminated with clay lamps, to a festival of sound and fury. It’s estimated some 50,000 tons of fireworks are exploded…

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Oct

16

2017
Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School

Educators Employ Strategies To Help Kids With Anxiety Return To School

Enlarge this image Anxiety-based school refusal affects 2 to 5 percent of school-age children. Some schools are employing new strategies to help these students overcome their symptoms. Anna_Isaeva/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Anna_Isaeva/Getty Images/iStockphoto Your child doesn’t want to go to school. It’s a daily struggle that many parents are familiar with. But what if your child refuses to go to school? Mental health…

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Oct

16

2017
Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life ‘In An Underslept State’

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life ‘In An Underslept State’

Enlarge this image Some people claim a late cup of coffee won’t keep them up and that alcohol helps them sleep. But research shows both drugs mess with sleep’s depth and restorative quality, says scientist and Why We Sleep author Matthew Walker. MCKIBILLO/Getty Images/Imagezoo hide caption toggle caption MCKIBILLO/Getty Images/Imagezoo The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for…

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Oct

16

2017
Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

Enlarge this image Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Getty Images Brain imaging studies have a diversity problem. That’s what researchers concluded after they re-analyzed data from a large study that used MRI to measure brain development in children from 3 to 18. Like most brain imaging studies of children, this one included a disproportionate number of kids who have highly educated parents with relatively high household incomes, the…

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Oct

14

2017
A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire’s Physical And Emotional Damage

A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire’s Physical And Emotional Damage

Enlarge this image Andrew Bailey, CEO of Anova school, holds a cellphone with a photo of the facility, which was destroyed by the Tubbs Fire this week in Santa Rosa, Calif. Devin Katayama/KQED hide caption toggle caption Devin Katayama/KQED Among the many buildings destroyed in Northern California wildfires this week, was a nonprofit private school that serves 125 students with who have autism. Anova school…

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