Category Archives: NPR


Feb

15

2018
Trump Administration Sued for Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

Trump Administration Sued for Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

Enlarge this image Several Planned Parenthood chapters and other groups involved in prevention of teen pregnancy are suing the administration for halting funding for their programs. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images It was Julie Liles’ 17-year-old daughter, Emily, who suggested they they attend a sex education program together. Julie was eager to go. She was just 14 when she gave…

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Feb

15

2018
McDonald’s Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals by 2022

McDonald’s Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals by 2022

Enlarge this image A Happy Meal and McFlurry are arranged for a photograph at a McDonald’s Corp. fast food restaurant in Phoenix, Ariz. The company says in the next four years, 50 percent or more of its kids meals will meet new nutrition criteria, with 600 or fewer calories per meal and caps on calories from sugar and saturated fat. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide…

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Feb

12

2018
Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Enlarge this image Ryan Johnson for NPR If the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov were alive today, what would he say about smartphones? He might not think of them as phones at all, but instead as remarkable tools for understanding how technology can manipulate our brains. Pavlov’s own findings — from experiments he did more than a century ago, involving food, buzzers and slobbering dogs —…

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Feb

08

2018
Senate Budget Deal Would Give A Boost To Health Programs

Senate Budget Deal Would Give A Boost To Health Programs

Enlarge this image “This bill represents a significant bipartisan step forward,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images In a rare show of congressional cooperation, Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate announced a two-year budget deal Wednesday that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs….

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Feb

07

2018
Nurse Calls Cops After Woman Seeks Help For Postpartum Depression. Right Call?

Nurse Calls Cops After Woman Seeks Help For Postpartum Depression. Right Call?

Enlarge this image Jessica Porten went to a doctor’s appointment with her daughter, Kira, to get help with postpartum depression. Instead, she soon found herself in the company of police who escorted her to a hospital’s emergency department. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption toggle caption April Dembosky/KQED Four months after having her second baby, Jessica Porten started feeling really irritable. Little things would annoy her, like…

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Feb

06

2018
Former Google Executive Warns Smartphones Keep Us Hooked

Former Google Executive Warns Smartphones Keep Us Hooked

Steve Inskeep talks to Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology about how to protect children and ourselves from what some call the “crisis of online addiction.” STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: And I’m Steve Inskeep with a man who changed his mind about the Internet. His name is Tristan Harris. He once ran an Internet firm, and then Google bought him out. Suddenly, he was…

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Feb

06

2018
How Trump’s Funding Cuts Threaten ‘Basic Health Program’ Plans

How Trump’s Funding Cuts Threaten ‘Basic Health Program’ Plans

Enlarge this image When President Donald Trump, shown speaking at the White House last week, decided to stop making the “cost-sharing reduction” payments to health insurers, there were side effects. New York and Minnesota, for example, lost significant funding to a health program that covers more than 800,000 low-income residents. Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Pool/Getty Images Comprehensive health care coverage for more than…

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Feb

02

2018
Budget Delays Bring Uncertainty To Health Programs For The Needy

Budget Delays Bring Uncertainty To Health Programs For The Needy

Enlarge this image Matilde Gonzalez (left) and Cesar Calles, hold their son, Cesar Julian Calles, 10-months old, as he was immunized against flu shot in January at Sea Mar Community Health Center in Seattle. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption toggle caption Ted S. Warren/AP With the clock ticking on the current stopgap bill that funds the federal government through Feb. 8, Congress is steeling itself…

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Feb

01

2018
A 13th Child Is Raped And Murdered — And A Pakistani City Is Up In Arms

A 13th Child Is Raped And Murdered — And A Pakistani City Is Up In Arms

Enlarge this image Images of Zainab are strung outside her home in Kasur. The message on the poster: “Protest. Protest. Protest. Daughter Zainab, we are ashamed. But if not now, then never. Zainab, in light of your martyrdom, we will seek accountability for all similar events in the past. We will not rest without that.” Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption toggle caption Diaa Hadid/NPR In January,…

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Feb

01

2018
Indiana’s Brand Of Medicaid Drops 25,000 People For Failure To Pay Premiums

Indiana’s Brand Of Medicaid Drops 25,000 People For Failure To Pay Premiums

Enlarge this image Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced in 2015 that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had approved the state’s waiver to experiment with Medicaid requirements. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption toggle caption Michael Conroy/AP As the Trump administration moves to give states more flexibility in running Medicaid, advocates for the poor are keeping a close eye on Indiana to see whether such conservative…

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