Category Archives: NPR


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
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

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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Sep

08

2019
How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family

Enlarge this image Joe Bay (center), coach of a New York City “Bootcamp for New Dads,” instructs Adewale Oshodi (left) and George Pasco in how to cradle an infant for best soothing. Jason LeCras for NPR hide caption toggle caption Jason LeCras for NPR “Before I became a dad, the thought of struggling to soothe my crying baby terrified me,” says Yaka Oyo, 37, a…

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Sep

06

2019
How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?

How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?

Enlarge this image UK Biobank has granted 10,000 qualified scientists access to its large database of genetic sequences and other medical data, but other organizations with databases have been far more restrictive in giving access. KTSDESIGN/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption toggle caption KTSDESIGN/Getty Images/Science Photo Library More than a million Americans have donated genetic information and medical data for research projects. But how that…

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Sep

05

2019
Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis

Enlarge this image The New York State Department of Health said Thursday that it is looking at vitamin E acetate as a potential cause of severe pulmonary illness cases in the state that have been associated with vaping. Daniel Becerril/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Daniel Becerril/Reuters It’s still a mystery — what’s causing the cluster of severe respiratory illnesses among people who’ve used e-cigarettes? The…

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