May

16

2017
How Many Teenagers Die Each Day … And Why

How Many Teenagers Die Each Day … And Why

The world loses about 3,000 adolescents each day. That adds up to 1.2 million deaths a year. And with a bit more investment, the majority of those deaths can be prevented, according to a global study released on Tuesday by the World Health Organization. That’s far fewer than the 16,000 babies and children under 5 who die each day. But the WHO report points out…

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May

16

2017
Why Are Americans Drinking Less Cow’s Milk? Its Appeal Has Curdled

Why Are Americans Drinking Less Cow’s Milk? Its Appeal Has Curdled

Enlarge this image glass of milk Andrew Unangst/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andrew Unangst/Getty Images When’s the last time you had a glass of cow’s milk? Americans are drinking a lot less milk than they used to. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the average person drinks 18 gallons a year. Back in the 1970s it was more like 30 gallons a…

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May

16

2017
Children in Head Start who miss more preschool show fewer academic gains

Children in Head Start who miss more preschool show fewer academic gains

A new study has found that children in Head Start who miss 10% or more of the school year have fewer gains in academics than their peers who attend preschool more regularly. Many researchers see high-quality preschool programs as a way to reduce long-term disparities in education. Placing an emphasis on attendance in preschool programs may be important to maximizing benefits. The study, from researchers…

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May

15

2017
Doctors Who Are Moms Say They Face Discrimination At Work

Doctors Who Are Moms Say They Face Discrimination At Work

Enlarge this image Medicine and maternity can make for an uneasy mix, female physicians report. Juanmonino/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Juanmonino/Getty Images/iStockphoto “If you become chief resident are just going to get pregnant and have a baby?” asked the silver-haired male attending physician as I sat interviewing for the prestigious academic position of chief internal medicine resident. “That’s what all the female chiefs do,…

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May

15

2017
More than 1/3 of parents would allow child to be in residential or hotel pool unsupervised

More than 1/3 of parents would allow child to be in residential or hotel pool unsupervised

As kids get ready to splash around in pools this summer, some parents may underestimate drowning risks, suggests a new national poll. While relatively few parents would allow their child to be unsupervised in a lake (16 percent) or the ocean (13 percent), more than a third (37 percent) would allow their child to be in a home, hotel or neighborhood pool without adult supervision,…

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May

15

2017
Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised To Take A Nap Pod

Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised To Take A Nap Pod

Enlarge this image Hannah Vanderkooy demonstrates the napping pod she uses at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, N.M. Joe Suarez for NPR hide caption toggle caption Joe Suarez for NPR When 18-year-old Hannah Vanderkooy feels extremely tired or anxious, she heads to a space-like capsule for a nap — during school. Like many teens struggling to get good grades and maybe even a…

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May

15

2017
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Sudden Infant Deaths

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Sudden Infant Deaths

Andy Feltham / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm American Indian and Alaska Native families are much more likely to have an infant die suddenly and unexpectedly, and that risk has remained higher than in other ethnic groups since public health efforts were launched to prevent sudden infant death syndrome in the 1990s. African-American babies also face a higher risk, a study finds. American Indians and Alaska Natives had…

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May

14

2017
A Mother Finds Joy In Helping A Child Navigate Their Shared Traits

A Mother Finds Joy In Helping A Child Navigate Their Shared Traits

Enlarge this image Maria Fabrizio for NPR My 8-year-old daughter is a fourth-generation perfectionist. In my family, the trait is matrilineal, so I know from firsthand experience that it has a few advantages. My daughter is likely to pay her bills on time and use semicolons correctly. She will not be intimidated by details. She will have a certain baseline competence that will make her…

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May

13

2017

Grandbabies: The Great Reward for Aging

By LESLEY STAHL May 13, 2017 Happy Mother’s Day to all us grandmothers, we band of lovesick indulgers whose ability to say no seems to be disabled the day our grandbabies are born. We sneak them candy when Mom says no, we let them play on iPads, read them “Fancy Nancy” over and over … and over. We get out our wallets whenever they point to something…

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May

13

2017

The Gender Pay Gap Is Largely Because of Motherhood

Mother’s Pay By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER May 13, 2017 When men and women finish school and start working, they’re paid pretty much equally. But a gender pay gap soon appears, and it grows significantly over the next two decades. So what changes? The answer can be found by looking at when the pay gap widens most sharply. It’s the late 20s to mid-30s, according to two new studies…

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