Category Archives: NPR


Jan

04

2018
Unlike Humans, Bonobos Shun Helpers And Befriend the Bullies

Unlike Humans, Bonobos Shun Helpers And Befriend the Bullies

Enlarge this image Two bonobos play fight at the Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary in Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012. Emilie Genty/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Emilie Genty/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Even very young babies can tell the difference between someone who’s helpful and someone who’s mean — and lab studies show that babies consistently prefer the helpers. But one…

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Jan

02

2018
Study Finds No Link Between Baby Formula Made From Cow’s Milk And Diabetes Risk

Study Finds No Link Between Baby Formula Made From Cow’s Milk And Diabetes Risk

Enlarge this image Has the protein in cow’s milk gotten a bad rap when it comes to risk of diabetes? Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Hulton Archive/Getty Images Could babies be at higher risk of developing Type 1 diabetes from drinking formula made from cow’s milk? That idea has been circulating for some time but the evidence has been scant and contradictory. A…

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Dec

29

2017
With $100 Million Grant, Sesame Workshop Reaches Out To Refugee Kids

With $100 Million Grant, Sesame Workshop Reaches Out To Refugee Kids

Enlarge this image ‘Sesame Street’ has many versions around the world. Above: its new Afghan characters, 6-year-old Zari (left) and her brother, Zeerak. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption toggle caption Rahmat Gul/AP In January, Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee will start work on what they’re calling “the largest childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response.” Funded by a $100 million grant from the…

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Dec

29

2017
9 Global Stories You May Have Missed In 2017

9 Global Stories You May Have Missed In 2017

By looking at the number of pageviews for our stories from 2017, we came up with our most popular stories of the year. But there are other ways to measure success. Some stories don’t get a lot of pageviews — maybe people missed out on them because there was too much news that day, or the topic didn’t appeal to them. But the people who…

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Dec

28

2017
Fear Of Needles May Chip Away At Vaccination Rates

Fear Of Needles May Chip Away At Vaccination Rates

Enlarge this image Amy Matsushita-Beal for NPR The reasons people may skip vaccines such as the flu shot are many. They can include apathy or being too busy. They can include people believing that they won’t get sick to fearing vaccines. But recent research suggests another reason some may skip shots: fear of needles. And it’s a fear that may be preventable. “People who are…

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Dec

27

2017
Why Some Teen Moms Can’t Get The Pain Relief They Choose In Childbirth

Why Some Teen Moms Can’t Get The Pain Relief They Choose In Childbirth

Enlarge this image Throughout the U.S., minors are generally required to have permission from a parent or legal guardian before they can receive most medical treatment. However, each state has established a number of exceptions. PhotoAttractive/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption PhotoAttractive/Getty Images In 2011, before she became a nurse practitioner, Maureen Sweeney was working as a registered nurse in labor and delivery at a…

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Dec

27

2017
How A Typical Teen Did Something Not So Typical To Help Street Kids

How A Typical Teen Did Something Not So Typical To Help Street Kids

Enlarge this image James Okina, founder of the nonprofit Street Priests, poses with street kids in Calabar, Nigeria. Linus Unah for NPR hide caption toggle caption Linus Unah for NPR James Okina was being a typical teenager. Three years ago, he was hanging out on the streets of his hometown of Calabar, a port city in southern Nigeria, on his way to watch a soccer…

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Dec

27

2017
Home For The Holidays? Get Off The Couch!

Home For The Holidays? Get Off The Couch!

Enlarge this image Young bodies may more easily rebound from long bouts of sitting, with just an hour at the gym. But research suggests physical recovery from binge TV-watching gets harder in our 50s and as we get older. Lily Padula for NPR hide caption toggle caption Lily Padula for NPR Editor’s Note: This encore story, originally published in September, seems especially relevant this week,…

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Dec

25

2017
For Children, A Good Booger Joke Helps The Medicine Go Down

For Children, A Good Booger Joke Helps The Medicine Go Down

Enlarge this image Where are we? In the sinuses, with some dancing green mucus. Rodale Kids hide caption toggle caption Rodale Kids Dr. Howard Bennett creates elaborate Lego sculptures, juggles squishy balls during office visits and transforms exam gloves into water balloons, but it’s his booger and fart jokes that crack up even his grumpiest pediatric patients. “Kids of any age are curious about their…

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Dec

24

2017
Could Brain Surgery Save A Father And Son?

Could Brain Surgery Save A Father And Son?

Enlarge this image Carl Luepker, his son Liam, 12, and daughter Lucia, 11, light the menorah during Hanukkah in their home in Minneapolis, Minn. Carl and Liam both have a degenerative nerve disorder called dystonia. Jenn Ackerman for NPR hide caption toggle caption Jenn Ackerman for NPR Carl Luepker was 10 years old when he first noticed his right hand twitching slightly when he played…

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