Category Archives: NPR


Feb

27

2018
Your 2018 Health Plan Must Comply With ACA Rules Or You Risk Tax Penalties

Your 2018 Health Plan Must Comply With ACA Rules Or You Risk Tax Penalties

Enlarge this image Confused about whether your health plan is ACA-compliant? To be sure you’re using your state’s official marketplace, start with HealthCare.gov, and click on “see if I can change.” Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Hero Images/Getty Images Health plans that don’t meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. Work requirements for Medicaid coverage. Changes to Medicare’s approved drug lists. As…

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Feb

25

2018
Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens

Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens

Enlarge this image It’s easy to mistake adolescent depression for something else, child psychiatrists say; the signs can include misbehavior, eating problems or sleep trouble. Johner Bildbyra/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Johner Bildbyra/Getty Images Only about 50 percent of adolescents with depression get diagnosed before reaching adulthood. And as many as 2 in 3 depressed teens don’t get the care that could help them….

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Feb

25

2018
No Downturn In Obesity Among U.S. Kids, Report Finds

No Downturn In Obesity Among U.S. Kids, Report Finds

Enlarge this image Despite a push in recent years for healthier snacks and more exercise for U.S. kids, the prevalence of obesity is still too high, pediatricians say. Lawrence K. Ho/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Lawrence K. Ho/LA Times via Getty Images Hopes were dashed this week that the United States was finally making progress in the fight against childhood obesity….

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Feb

25

2018
When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

Enlarge this image When wildfire smoke choked their community last summer, Amy Cilimburg (left), the director of Climate Smart Missoula, helped Joy and Don Dunagan, of Seeley Lake, Mont., get a HEPA air filter through a partnership with the Missoula City-County Health Department. Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio hide caption toggle caption Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio As dense smoke from regional wildfires…

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Feb

25

2018
How One Country Drastically Cut Its Newborn Death Rate

How One Country Drastically Cut Its Newborn Death Rate

Enlarge this image A newborn child in Bangladesh. Karen Kasmauski/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Karen Kasmauski/Getty Images There were some glimmers of good news in an otherwise grim report released by UNICEF this week documenting the alarmingly high death rate of newborns worldwide: Bangladesh has managed to cut its newborn mortality rate from 64.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 20.1 per…

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Feb

24

2018
Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure

Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure

Enlarge this image Wildfire smoke filled the sky in Seeley Lake, Mont. on Aug. 7, 2017. Weather effects concentrated the accumulating smoke, chronically exposing residents to harmful substances in the air. InciWeb hide caption toggle caption InciWeb Jean Loesch and her family live in Seeley Lake, Mont., which saw the longest and most intense smoke from Montana’s wildfires this summer. Loesch has 10 children, adopted…

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Feb

20

2018
Toddler Milks: Filling A Nutritional Need Or A Marketing Niche?

Toddler Milks: Filling A Nutritional Need Or A Marketing Niche?

Enlarge this image Toddler milks are more expensive and generally less nutritious than milk, says a researcher. Arian Melchor Manzanero Pool /Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption toggle caption Arian Melchor Manzanero Pool /Getty Images/EyeEm A grocery store’s baby formula aisle often stocks an overwhelming number of options. Aside from different brands of pastel-hued tins and tubs, there are specialized formulas — some for spit-up reduction, gas…

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Feb

19

2018
This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don’t Get It

This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don’t Get It

Enlarge this image Abraham Vidaurre, 12, checks his arm after receiving an HPV vaccination at Amistad Community Health Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2016. Though gender differences in vaccine rates have narrowed, more girls than boys tend to get immunized against HPV. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images Each year, about 31,000 men and…

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Feb

16

2018
U.K. Supermarkets To Ban Energy Drinks For Shoppers Under 16

U.K. Supermarkets To Ban Energy Drinks For Shoppers Under 16

Enlarge this image Next month in the U.K., anyone at a major grocery store looking to buy a soft drink with more than 150 mg of caffeine per liter will need to present an ID. Stephane Grangier/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Stephane Grangier/Getty Images Next month, several chain supermarkets in the U.K. will stop selling energy drinks to customers under 16. Anyone looking to…

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Feb

15

2018
Young Kids Are Getting The Best Protection From Current Flu Vaccine

Young Kids Are Getting The Best Protection From Current Flu Vaccine

Enlarge this image Simone Groper got her flu shot in January at a Walgreens pharmacy in San Francisco. Flu season will likely last a few more weeks, health officials say, and immunization can still minimize your chances of getting seriously sick. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Federal health officials say that, as they anticipated, the flu vaccine isn’t very effective…

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