Sep

16

2019
A Daily Baby Aspirin Could Help Many Pregnancies And Save Lives

A Daily Baby Aspirin Could Help Many Pregnancies And Save Lives

Bridget Desmukes (center) and her husband, Jeffrey, love having a big, active family. “The kids are always climbing on things, flipping all the time — it’s not dull,” she laughs. Mila (far left) has a passion for gymnastics. Her siblings are (from left) twins MacKenzie and Jeremiah, Jonathan and Jeffrey. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption toggle caption Ryan Kellman/NPR Bridget Desmukes was surprised when her OB-GYN…

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Sep

13

2019
FDA Committee Recommends Approval For New Peanut Allergy Treatment

FDA Committee Recommends Approval For New Peanut Allergy Treatment

Enlarge this image LauriPatterson/Getty Images A closely watched but controversial treatment for peanut allergies took a big step closer to becoming widely available. On Friday, an advisory committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted 7-to-2 to approve, Palforzia, a standardized peanut powder product, to help reduce allergic reactions to peanuts for patients aged 4 to 17 as part of oral immunotherapy treatment. The…

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Sep

12

2019
'Time-outs' at home not associated with long-term negative effects in children

'Time-outs' at home not associated with long-term negative effects in children

Now, a new study suggests that despite sometimes getting a bad rap in the news, the common disciplinary strategy isn’t linked to harmful effects in children. Researchers compared emotional and behavioral health between kids whose parents reported using time-outs and those who didn’t over a roughly eight-year period. The result: no difference. “Some reports in the media and by select organizations have suggested that time-out…

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Sep

12

2019
Rape Emergency Declared In Sierra Leone, Then Lifted. Did Anything Change?

Rape Emergency Declared In Sierra Leone, Then Lifted. Did Anything Change?

Enlarge this image Nicole Xu for NPR The young girl walks so fast that the sleeves of her sparkly black dress and untucked portions of her blue headscarf billow behind her. As she makes her way to the front of the High Court of Kono, an eastern district of Sierra Leone, she passes the defendant’s stand but is careful not to look at the person…

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Sep

11

2019
FDA To Banish Flavored E-Cigarettes To Combat Youth Vaping

FDA To Banish Flavored E-Cigarettes To Combat Youth Vaping

Enlarge this image President Trump speaks to the press with first lady Melania Trump and Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Norman Sharpless (left) and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in the Oval Office at the White House on Wednesday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images President Trump announced Wednesday that the administration will move to force e-cigarette companies…

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Sep

11

2019
Scientists Create A Device That Can Mass-Produce 'Synthetic' Human Embryos

Scientists Create A Device That Can Mass-Produce 'Synthetic' Human Embryos

Enlarge this image These human embryo-like structures (top) were synthesized from human stem cells; they’ve been stained to illustrate different cell types. Below, images of the “embryoids” in the new device that was invented to make them. Yi Zheng/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor hide caption toggle caption Yi Zheng/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Scientists have invented a device that can quickly produce large numbers of…

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Sep

11

2019
Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help

Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help

Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher. An estimated 900 adolescents started to misuse opioid painkillers every day in 2017, and some of them turned to cheaper and more potent illegal opioids like heroin. Yet little is known about the effectiveness of opioid medications — the recommended treatment for…

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Sep

10

2019
Fewer Children Had Health Insurance In 2018, Census Data Shows

Fewer Children Had Health Insurance In 2018, Census Data Shows

Enlarge this image The rate of uninsured children has risen in the last two years, after declining since 2008. FS Productions/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption FS Productions/Getty Images Nearly half a million more children were uninsured in 2018 than in 2017, according to data out Tuesday from the U.S. Census Bureau. The drop stems primarily from a decline in the number of children covered…

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Sep

09

2019
Federal Watchdog Warns EPA Is Failing To Enforce Lead Paint Abatement Rules

Federal Watchdog Warns EPA Is Failing To Enforce Lead Paint Abatement Rules

Enlarge this image Millions of homes built before 1978 still contain lead-based paint. A report published Monday finds the Environmental Protection Agency is not adequately enforcing laws meant to protect children from lead-laden paint flakes and dust. Stew Milne/AP hide caption toggle caption Stew Milne/AP Lead-based paint was extremely popular in the early and mid-20th century — used in an estimated 38 million homes across…

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Sep

09

2019
Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

Positive Childhood Experiences May Buffer Against Health Effects Of Adverse Ones

Enlarge this image Researchers surveyed people about their happy childhood memories and found those who had more were much less likely to experience depression later in life. IvanJekic/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption IvanJekic/Getty Images There’s plenty of research showing that adverse childhood experiences can lead to depression and other health problems later in life. But researcher Christine Bethell wondered whether positive experiences in childhood…

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