Category Archives: NPR


May

02

2017
A Child’s Suffering Drives A Mother To Seek Untested Treatments

A Child’s Suffering Drives A Mother To Seek Untested Treatments

Enlarge this image Alberto Ruggieri/Illustration Works/Getty Images Your child is diagnosed with a serious autoimmune disease and conventional treatments aren’t proving to be effective. Doctors prescribe powerful medications that don’t seem to work. Not only is your child not responding as hoped, he’s withering from the side effects. What do you do? Journalist Susannah Meadows found herself having to answer this question when her son,…

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May

02

2017
A New Generation Overthrows Gender

A New Generation Overthrows Gender

Enlarge this image Max, 13 years old, identifies as agender — neither male nor female. Bert Johnson/KQED hide caption toggle caption Bert Johnson/KQED Max, age 13, is agender — neither male nor female. When referring to Max, you don’t use “he” or “she;” you use “they.” Once strictly a pronoun of the plural variety, “they” is now doing double duty as singular, too — referring…

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May

01

2017
Trump Administration Rolls Back 2 Of Michelle Obama’s Signature Initiatives

Trump Administration Rolls Back 2 Of Michelle Obama’s Signature Initiatives

Enlarge this image Former first lady Michelle Obama attended the presentation of “Let Girls Learn” at Matadero cultural center last June in Madrid, Spain. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images Former first lady Michelle Obama might find some of the latest actions by the Trump administration pretty difficult to stomach. On Monday newly minted Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a rollback…

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May

01

2017
Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio: ‘We Can End Hunger In This Country’

Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio: ‘We Can End Hunger In This Country’

Enlarge this image House of Representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio discuss the farm bill as part of the Plate of the Union campaign, April 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Food Policy Act hide caption toggle caption Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Food Policy Act Hunger in America can often seem invisible, but recent studies have shown that…

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Apr

27

2017
Because I Was Harmed

Because I Was Harmed

Enlarge this image Female genital mutilation isn’t simply a practice brought by people from immigrant communities; it has occurred in the United States for centuries. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption toggle caption Nicole Xu for NPR Unlike my fellow Americans, the news of a Detroit doctor being arrested for performing female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) did not shock me. I grew up in the same…

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Apr

26

2017
Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Enlarge this image Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal deaths around the world. Thomas Fredberg/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption toggle caption Thomas Fredberg/Getty Images/Science Photo Library Back in the 1960s, a woman doctor in Japan created a powerful drug to help mothers who hemorrhage after childbirth. The medicine is inexpensive to make. Safe to use. And stops bleeding quickly by helping keep…

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Apr

25

2017
Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies

Enlarge this image An illustration of a fetal lamb inside the “artificial womb” device, which mimics the conditions inside a pregnant animal. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hide caption toggle caption The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Scientists have created an “artificial womb” in the hopes of some day using the device to save babies born extremely prematurely. So far the device has only been tested…

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Apr

25

2017
Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Changes To Federal Insurance Plans Could Hurt Families Of Chronically Ill Kids

Enlarge this image Roughly 2 million of the kids covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program have a chronic health condition, such as asthma. LSOphoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption LSOphoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto Kids with chronic conditions are especially vulnerable to health insurance changes, relying as they often do on specialists and medications that may not be covered if they switch plans. A recent study finds…

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Apr

25

2017
Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids’ Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids’ Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity

Enlarge this image A new study suggests wrangling your kids to bed at the same time each night could help set them up for a healthier future. AleksandarNakic/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AleksandarNakic/Getty Images Nagging your kids to stick to a set bedtime each night may feel like a thankless task. But here’s some justification that your efforts are setting your kids up for…

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Apr

19

2017
FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

Enlarge this image In two recent clinical trials of Harvoni and Sovaldi in the treatment of young people between the ages of 12 and 17, the drugs eliminated all traces of the hepatitis C virus in 97 to 100 percent of patients, generally in 12 weeks. Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images With the approval…

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