Category Archives: NPR


Oct

27

2017
An Ethical Dilemma In A Case Of Conjoined Twins From East Africa

An Ethical Dilemma In A Case Of Conjoined Twins From East Africa

Enlarge this image The CT scan (left) shows the twins before the surgical separation. At right; a three-dimensional reconstruction of the CT scan was used to help doctors prepare for the procedure. The New England Journal of Medicine ©2017 hide caption toggle caption The New England Journal of Medicine ©2017 In the East African country where they were born, the conjoined twin girls would likely…

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Oct

25

2017
When A Boy Sticks Magnets Up His Nose, Doctors Have To Get Ingenious

When A Boy Sticks Magnets Up His Nose, Doctors Have To Get Ingenious

Enlarge this image An 11-year-old boy put small magnets up both nostrils, then couldn’t figure out how to get them out. These X-rays tell the tale. The New England Journal of Medicine hide caption toggle caption The New England Journal of Medicine Kids stick things in their nose, ears, and mouth all the time; it may be another way for them to explore and learn….

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Oct

25

2017
‘They Can’t Just Be Average,’ Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar

‘They Can’t Just Be Average,’ Lifting Students Up Without Lowering The Bar

Enlarge this image LA Johnson/NPR “They can’t just be average.” Charles Curtis is talking about the roughly 100 young, black men in the inaugural freshman class at Ron Brown College Prep, a radical new high school in Washington, D.C. Curtis, the school psychologist, puts it simply: “There is no place in the world for an average black person.” Raising Kings is a three-part series from…

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Oct

24

2017
VIDEOS: Look Who’s Talking About Polio Over A Cup Of Coffee

VIDEOS: Look Who’s Talking About Polio Over A Cup Of Coffee

[embedded content] YouTube October 24 is World Polio Day. And now we’re getting closer to a world without polio — there have been fewer than a dozen cases this year. One way people are learning more about the disease and eradication efforts is through a video series, “Coffee with Polio Experts,” produced by The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, an organization that has partnered with the…

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Oct

24

2017
Limited Outreach, Shorter Sign-Up Time May Cause Insurance Headaches In 2018

Limited Outreach, Shorter Sign-Up Time May Cause Insurance Headaches In 2018

Enlarge this image Lines like this one at a health insurance enrollment fair at the Ambrose Community Center in Bay Point, Calif., in 2014 may be longer this winter. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images For people who buy health insurance through the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, the 2018 open enrollment period begins in one week. But many…

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Oct

22

2017
Learning To Care For My Newborn Was A Humbling Experience

Learning To Care For My Newborn Was A Humbling Experience

Enlarge this image Maria Fabrizio for NPR Wen is an emergency physician and the health commissioner of Baltimore City. Two months ago, my husband and I welcomed our baby son, Eli, into the world. Hearing his first cry and getting to hold him were the happiest moments of our lives. When he was placed on my chest and I could see and touch him, I…

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Oct

20

2017
Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio?

Webcast: Can The World Finally Wipe Out Polio?

The world is incredibly close to wiping out polio. This year the number of polio cases has shrunk to fewer than a dozen. And those cases are in just two countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan. “We are definitely encouraged by the decline in number of cases,” says Dr. Rana Safdar, the national coordinator for polio eradication in Pakistan. His country has seen the number of reported…

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Oct

19

2017
Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Enlarge this image A woman wears a mask and filter as she walks to work during heavy pollution in Beijing, China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet. The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease….

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Oct

19

2017
For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind

Enlarge this image The teen protagonist in John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down, has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful “thought spirals” of bacterial infection and death. Jennifer Kerrigan hide caption toggle caption Jennifer Kerrigan As someone who lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder, novelist John Green sometimes feels like his mind is spiraling uncontrollably. “It starts out with one…

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Oct

17

2017
Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

Fear Of Toxic Smog Leads India To Limit Diwali Fireworks

Enlarge this image Firecrackers are set off on the eve of last year’s Diwali festival. AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption AFP via Getty Images India is set to celebrate Diwali this week. But the holiday has morphed from a festival of lights, illuminated with clay lamps, to a festival of sound and fury. It’s estimated some 50,000 tons of fireworks are exploded…

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