Nov

11

2016

Parents Navigate Tears and Cheers as Kids React to Election

By MITCH SMITH and RACHEL RABKIN PEACHMAN November 11, 2016 In the Roethle household in Leawood, Kan., the children woke up on Wednesday to a family celebration. Donald Trump was the new president. But the excitement came with an admonition “to be a good winner” and not to gloat about his win at school. “Kindness is the No. 1 thing in our house,” said Alana Roethle, 37, a mother of…

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Nov

11

2016
Hey, Baby, Meet Peanuts: How And When To Safely Introduce The Food

Hey, Baby, Meet Peanuts: How And When To Safely Introduce The Food

Enlarge this image Upcoming federal guidelines will discuss how and when to safely add peanuts to an infant’s diet. Peanuts and straight peanut butter are a choking hazard, doctors say, but a bit of watered-down puree of peanut butter at around 6-months-old can help prevent peanut allergies. Brian Hagiwara/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brian Hagiwara/Getty Images Peanut allergies can be among a parent’s biggest…

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Nov

11

2016

Family Travel in a Time of Fear

November 11, 2016 By LARA N. DOTSON-RENTA My 7-year-old daughter scampered over the cobblestones of a narrow Paris street, proudly holding a bag of fresh cherries. She had asked for them herself: “Des cerises, s’il vous plaît!” Meanwhile, a few steps away, my 4-year-old was offering her finest “Merci” to the carousel attendant collecting tokens for the next ride. She squealed every time she caught…

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Nov

10

2016

Should You Spy on Your Kids?

By NICK WINGFIELD November 9, 2016 SEATTLE — In the middle of a long bicycle ride several weeks ago, I pulled over for a rest and took out my iPhone to send a text message to my wife. I had a feeling she might be watching me. “If you’re checking my location, I’m not dead,” I wrote to her. “I’m getting coffee on Mercer Island.” As it…

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Nov

10

2016
Brain Scientists Trace Rat Ticklishness To Play Behavior

Brain Scientists Trace Rat Ticklishness To Play Behavior

Enlarge this image When in a playful mood, rats like a gentle tickle as much as the next guy, researchers find. Shimpei Ishiyama and Michael Brecht/Science hide caption toggle caption Shimpei Ishiyama and Michael Brecht/Science Scientists have pinpointed the ticklish bit of a rat’s brain. The results, published in the journal Science, are another step toward understanding the origins of ticklishness, and its purpose in…

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Nov

10

2016

The Spy Who Loved Me: The Slippery Slope of Digital Surveillance

By NICK WINGFIELD November 9, 2016 SEATTLE — In the middle of a long bicycle ride several weeks ago, I pulled over for a rest and took out my iPhone to send a text message to my wife. I had a feeling she might be watching me. “If you’re checking my location, I’m not dead,” I wrote to her. “I’m getting coffee on Mercer Island.” As it…

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Nov

08

2016
Haiti Launches Largest-Ever Cholera Vaccination Campaign

Haiti Launches Largest-Ever Cholera Vaccination Campaign

A child receives the second dose of the vaccine against cholera in Saut d’Eau, Haiti, in a 2014 campaign. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images Haiti today is launching the largest emergency cholera vaccination campaign ever attempted. The plan is to try to vaccinate 800,000 people in parts of the country devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Immediately after the Category 4 storm…

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Nov

08

2016
Should I Trust Wikipedia With My Health?

Should I Trust Wikipedia With My Health?

Enlarge this image Millions of people use Wikipedia for medical advice, but what they find there isn’t always accurate. Victoria Milko/NPR hide caption toggle caption Victoria Milko/NPR Dr. James Heilman isn’t an easy man to get hold of — he kept offering us odd, off-hour windows of availability to do a phone interview. When we finally connected, he explained: He works the night shift as…

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Nov

07

2016

What Really Makes Us Vote? It May Be Our Parents

November 7, 2016 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. When it comes to casting our votes, we tend to assume that showing up at the polling booth is driven by the issues at stake. But there’s some evidence to indicate that voting habits are just that, habits, shaped in part by the practices and routines of our parents when we’re still too young to vote….

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Nov

07

2016
Poverty Wages For U.S. Child Care Workers May Be Behind High Turnover

Poverty Wages For U.S. Child Care Workers May Be Behind High Turnover

Enlarge this image Lorenzo Gritti for NPR In Greensboro, N.C., Eyeisha Holt spends her days as a full-time child care worker at Head Start. But after a decade’s work in early education she still earns only $11.50 an hour — barely enough, she says, to cover the basics as a single mom of two. So every weekday evening she heads to her second job, as…

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