Jul

07

2017
Georgia OB-GYN Will Lead Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Georgia OB-GYN Will Lead Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Enlarge this image Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald spoke in 2014 at a news conference on Georgia’s preparations to deal with potential outbreaks of Ebola virus. Branden Camp/AP hide caption toggle caption Branden Camp/AP Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, an obstetrician-gynecologist who’s served as the top health official in Georgia for the last six years, has been appointed director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department…

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Jul

07

2017

U.S. Doctor Fueled Hopes of Ailing British Infant’s Parents

By DAN BILEFSKY and SEWELL CHAN July 7, 2017 LONDON — A neurologist in the United States has played a curious role in the high-profile case of Charlie Gard, the brain-damaged and terminally ill infant whose plight has drawn attention from Pope Francis and President Trump. Defying the consensus of numerous British doctors, the neurologist has kept alive the hopes of the child’s parents by touting an experimental therapy…

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Jul

07

2017
They Quit Their Office Jobs To Teach Kids In A Camp For Displaced People

They Quit Their Office Jobs To Teach Kids In A Camp For Displaced People

Enlarge this image Aweofeso Adebola (in white shirt) and Ifeoluwa Ayomide (in cap) pose with some of their students. Zachariah Ibrahim, who dreams of being a pilot, stands behind the girl in the green hijab. Fatima Alidarunge, who wants to be a soldier to fight Boko Haram, is in the blue headgear. Linus Unah for NPR hide caption toggle caption Linus Unah for NPR Zachariah…

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Jul

07

2017

Do College Students Need the Campus Health Plan?

By RONI CARYN RABIN July 7, 2017 If you’re packing a child off to college this summer, the extra-long sheets and shower caddies can wait. Health insurance should be at the top of your to-do list. Many private colleges and public universities require full-time residential students to have health insurance, and some aggressively market their own plans, automatically enrolling incoming students in their insurance plan and adding the…

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Jul

07

2017

How I Became That Weird Theme Park Mom

July 7, 2017 By ELIZABETH ALTERMAN I can hear the screams before I’ve even found a parking spot. A heady mix of terror and exhilaration courses through my body and I know I’m not the only one in the minivan who feels it. I tell my teenage son: “Open the app and check the wait time for Superman!” It’s a sentence I never thought I’d…

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Jul

07

2017
The Art at the End of the World

The Art at the End of the World

The Art at the End of the World By HEIDI JULAVITS July 7, 2017 By HEIDI JULAVITS July 7, 2017 We were taking an airplane, I told our children, to see what I dramatically billed as ‘‘the end of the world.’’ ‘‘Can’t we go to a beach?’’ they asked. It was February. They were sick of the cold. I promised them sand and plenty of water, but unless things…

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Jul

06

2017
Tell Us: What’s Taboo In Global Health And Development?

Tell Us: What’s Taboo In Global Health And Development?

Enlarge this image tk Ryan McVay/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ryan McVay/Getty Images Shhh, we just can’t talk about that. Omigosh: We. Just. Don’t. Do. That. If you haven’t guessed, we’re talking about taboos. Taboos are part of every culture, every family, every circle of friends. We’re planning to explore taboos in an upcoming series of stories. We’d like to hear from our audience…

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Jul

06

2017
Preschoolers learn from math games, to a point

Preschoolers learn from math games, to a point

What is the best way to help poor schoolchildren succeed at math? A study now sheds light on the ways preschool activities may — or may not — help children develop cognitive skills.


Jul

06

2017
States Move To Tighten Medicaid Enrollment, Even Without A New Health Law

States Move To Tighten Medicaid Enrollment, Even Without A New Health Law

Enlarge this image Philby Illustration/Ikon Images/Getty Images No corner of the health care system would be harder hit than Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor, if Republican leaders in Congress round up the votes to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. GOP lawmakers have proposed winding down the Medicaid expansion that added 17 million people in 31 states and the…

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Jul

06

2017

Let Charlie Gard’s Parents Decide His Fate

Op-Ed Contributor By ELISHA WALDMAN July 6, 2017 For almost a year, Connie Yates and Chris Gard have experienced every parent’s worst nightmare: They have watched their infant son move inexorably toward death. Charlie was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. It’s a complicated-sounding name, but the symptoms are straightforward and brutal. They include generalized weakness, the inability to eat and…

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