Category Archives: NPR


Nov

30

2016
Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don’t Know

Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don’t Know

Despite assumptions that peanut, egg and other allergies are becoming more common in the U.S., experts say they just don’t know. One challenge: Symptoms can be misinterpreted and diagnosis isn’t easy. Roy Scott/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Roy Scott/Getty Images A new report from the National Academy of Sciences says it’s hard to know how many people in the U.S. actually have food allergies…

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Nov

28

2016
Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy Not Linked To Autism

Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy Not Linked To Autism

Enlarge this image Flu shots are recommended for all pregnant women. PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images Getting the flu while pregnant doesn’t appear to increase the child’s risk of being diagnosed with autism later on, a study finds, and neither does getting a flu shot while pregnant. The study, published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics, tries to tease apart subtle questions…

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Nov

26

2016
Should Child Marriage Be Talked About In The Classroom?

Should Child Marriage Be Talked About In The Classroom?

Child marriage is not always mentioned in textbooks of countries where it remains a fact of life, like Kenya (above). Hugh Sitton/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Hugh Sitton/Getty Images In 11th grade, some students in India read a story that’s not your typical textbook fare. It’s about a girl whose marriage was arranged when she was just one year old. When she turned 18,…

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Nov

23

2016
‘Hyena Man’ Had Sex With 100 Girls And Women, Gets 2-Year Sentence

‘Hyena Man’ Had Sex With 100 Girls And Women, Gets 2-Year Sentence

Enlarge this image Eric Aniva told the BBC that he was hired by families to have sex with more than 100 young women and children as part of a practice known as “ritual cleansing.” Eldson Chagara/AP hide caption toggle caption Eldson Chagara/AP A man who was paid to have sex with more than 100 young girls and women in Malawi is receiving two years of…

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Nov

23

2016
Contest: Seeking Nominations For Untold Stories In Global Health

Contest: Seeking Nominations For Untold Stories In Global Health

Enlarge this image A patient is pictured at a camp for diarrhea patients in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Among the past nominations for untold story: the need for vaccines to prevent “severe, deadly diarrhea” in this part of the world. Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Do you know any global health stories that should…

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Nov

22

2016
Turkey Withdraws Controversial Bill That Eased Penalties On Child Sexual Abuse

Turkey Withdraws Controversial Bill That Eased Penalties On Child Sexual Abuse

Enlarge this image Turkish women protest against a government proposal on Tuesday in Istanbul, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. The sign in the middle reads: “We will not allow legalized rape with marriage!” Emrah Gurel/AP hide caption toggle caption Emrah Gurel/AP Turkey has tabled a controversial measure by the ruling party that would have allowed some sexual abusers of children to escape prison time if they…

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Nov

22

2016
The New Debate Over Bed Nets

The New Debate Over Bed Nets

Enlarge this image A mother and her 7-month-old daughter sit beneath a mosquito net at a hospital in Mogadishu. Roberto Schmidt /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Roberto Schmidt /AFP/Getty Images Have bed nets lost their power to protect people from malaria-carrying mosquitoes? That’s the subject of debate among researchers looking for ways to cut down on malaria cases and deaths. Over the last two…

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Nov

19

2016
Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better And Worse

Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better And Worse

Enlarge this image Ippei Naoi/Getty Images There’s new evidence that excessive screen time early in life can change the circuits in a growing brain. Scientists disagree, though, about whether those changes are helpful, or just cause problems. Both views emerged during the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego this week. The debate centered on a study of young mice exposed to six hours daily…

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Nov

18

2016
Will Legal Marijuana Lead To More People Smoking Tobacco?

Will Legal Marijuana Lead To More People Smoking Tobacco?

Enlarge this image Is marijuana a gateway drug to smoking cigarettes? PhotoAlto/Katarina Sundelin/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption PhotoAlto/Katarina Sundelin/Getty Images California’s decision to legalize marijuana was touted as a victory for those who had argued that the state needed a system to decriminalize, regulate and tax it. But the new law, approved by voters on Nov. 8, also could be a boon to the…

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Nov

18

2016
Texas Parents Have Unanswered Questions About School Vaccination Rates

Texas Parents Have Unanswered Questions About School Vaccination Rates

Enlarge this image When Georgia Moore (second from left) was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, her parents, Trevor and Courtney Moore, worried about the germs her younger sister, Ivy, would bring home from school. Courtesy of the Moore family/Kaiser Health News hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the Moore family/Kaiser Health News Georgia Moore was diagnosed with leukemia the day after her 10th birthday. The…

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