Category Archives: NPR


Aug

09

2017
‘Pay For Success’ Approach Used To Fund A Program That Supports New Moms

‘Pay For Success’ Approach Used To Fund A Program That Supports New Moms

Enlarge this image Deona Scott and her son Phoenix at her graduation from Charleston Southern University in South Carolina in 2015. Scott now works full time for Nurse-Family Partnership, a program she credits with helping to prepare her to be a good mother. Courtesy of Deona Scott hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Deona Scott Deona Scott was 24 and in her final semester at…

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Aug

07

2017
How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

Enlarge this image Author Jean Twenge says smartphones have brought about dramatic shifts in behavior among the generation of children who grew up with the devices. Image Source/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Image Source/Getty Images For the first time, a generation of children is going through adolescence with smartphones ever present. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has a…

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Aug

02

2017
One Million Malnourished Children At Risk Of Cholera In Yemen

One Million Malnourished Children At Risk Of Cholera In Yemen

Enlarge this image A girl is treated for a suspected cholera infection last month at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Hani Mohammed/AP hide caption toggle caption Hani Mohammed/AP More than a million malnourished children are living in areas of Yemen hit hardest by a cholera outbreak, according to a new analysis by Save the Children. The report notes, “Malnourished children have substantially reduced immune systems…

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Aug

02

2017
Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

Enlarge this image The first sign of successful in vitro fertilization, after co-injection of a gene-correcting enzyme and sperm from a donor with a genetic mutation known to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Courtesy of OHSU hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of OHSU Scientists have been tinkering with the DNA in humans and other living things for decades. But one thing has long been considered off-limits: Modifying…

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Jul

31

2017
‘Social Camouflage’ May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

‘Social Camouflage’ May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

Enlarge this image Girls are much less likely to be diagnosed with autism, but that may be because the signs of the disorder can be less obvious than in boys. And girls may be missing out on help as a result. Sara Wong for NPR hide caption toggle caption Sara Wong for NPR Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According…

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Jul

25

2017
Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds

Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds

Enlarge this image A growing number of pediatric sports medicine groups warn that when a child focuses on a single sport before age 15 or 16, they increase their risk of injury and burnout — and don’t boost their overall success in that sport. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Hero Images/Getty Images If you’re involved in high school athletics, you know the scene….

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Jul

25

2017
New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren’t Meeting Basic Vaccination Target

New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren’t Meeting Basic Vaccination Target

Vaccine progress is stalling. That’s the message from a new report issued by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The report focuses on the DTP vaccine — the essential vaccine that protects kids against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) and that was first licensed in 1949. Loading… The WHO goal is to vaccinate 90 percent of the world’s children against DTP, delivered in a…

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Jul

25

2017
What Are The Planet’s Real ‘Talking’ Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

What Are The Planet’s Real ‘Talking’ Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

[embedded content] NPR’s Skunk Bear YouTube The modern Planet of the Apes reboot begins with a research chimpanzee being raised in an American home. It’s a pretty plausible premise — that exact scenario has played out in the real world many times. On June 26, 1931, for example, Luella and Winthrop Kellogg pulled a baby female chimpanzee away from her mother and brought her to…

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Jul

24

2017
The Senate Health Care Vote, Simplified

The Senate Health Care Vote, Simplified

Enlarge this image John Holcroft/Getty Images/Ikon Images The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to advance health care legislation to the Senate floor. That would open up debate on an Obamacare repeal and/or replacement plan. At a White House event Monday, President Trump highlighted what he called the “failures” of the Affordable Care Act and called on senators to pass a bill that…

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