Category Archives: NPR


Oct

14

2019
Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How's That Going?

Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How's That Going?

Enlarge this image President Trump talked to seniors about health care in central Florida in early October. “We eliminated Obamacare’s horrible, horrible, very expensive and very unfair, unpopular individual mandate,” Trump told the crowd. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images The very day President Trump was sworn in — Jan. 20, 2017 — he signed an executive…

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Oct

14

2019
High School Vape Culture Can Be Almost As Hard To Shake As Addiction, Teens Say

High School Vape Culture Can Be Almost As Hard To Shake As Addiction, Teens Say

Enlarge this image U.S. teens’ use of e-cigarettes has doubled since 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption toggle caption Tony Dejak/AP When Will tried his first vape during his sophomore year, he didn’t know what to expect. It was just something he had vaguely heard about at school. “I just sort of remember using it a bunch of…

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Oct

14

2019
Researchers Try A Genetic Diabetes Test To Prevent Emergency Hospitalizations

Researchers Try A Genetic Diabetes Test To Prevent Emergency Hospitalizations

Enlarge this image “I have a lot of friends who have kids with Type 1” diabetes, says Jeri Seidman, whose daughter Hannah is taking part in a study of genetic risk for the disease at University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “My friends’ children have been hospitalized for many days, and the initial diagnosis was incredibly scary.” Carlos Bernate for NPR hide caption toggle caption Carlos…

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Oct

11

2019
6 Young Women Went To The U.N. With A Bill Of Rights For Girls

6 Young Women Went To The U.N. With A Bill Of Rights For Girls

Enlarge this image A lighter moment on a serious day: the presentation of a Global Girls’ Bill of Rights at the U.N. Left to right: Six of the young women who helped draft the document: Faith Nwando, 17; Djellza Pulatani, 17; Olivia Lombardo, 16; Angelica Morales, 21; Kanchan Amatya, 22; and Vishakha Agrawal, 20. Yana Paskova for NPR hide caption toggle caption Yana Paskova for…

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Oct

11

2019
EPA Proposes New Regulations For Lead In Drinking Water

EPA Proposes New Regulations For Lead In Drinking Water

Enlarge this image The Flint Water Plant tower in 2016. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption toggle caption Paul Sancya/AP The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a new proposal that would change how communities test for lead in drinking water. It’s the first major update to the Lead and Copper Rule in nearly 30 years, but it does not go as far as many health advocates had…

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Oct

10

2019
After A Life Of Painful Sickle Cell Disease, A Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help

After A Life Of Painful Sickle Cell Disease, A Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help

Enlarge this image Victoria Gray packs her bags in preparation for leaving Nashville, Tenn., where she has been the first patient involved in a trial using CRISPR to try to treat sickle cell disease. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption toggle caption Meredith Rizzo/NPR Victoria Gray slides open a closet door, pulls out a suitcase and starts packing piles of clothes. “My goodness,” says Gray. “Did I…

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Oct

10

2019
How Vaping Nicotine Can Affect A Teenage Brain

How Vaping Nicotine Can Affect A Teenage Brain

Enlarge this image How does nicotine in e-cigarettes affect young brains? Researchers are teasing out answers. Research on young mice and rats shows how nicotine hijacks brain systems involved in learning, memory, impulse control and addiction. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images The link between vaping and severe lung problems is getting a lot of attention. But scientists say…

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Oct

09

2019
Zika: Researchers Are Learning More About The Long-Term Consequences For Children

Zika: Researchers Are Learning More About The Long-Term Consequences For Children

Enlarge this image AREIA, BRAZIL – APRIL 16: Grandmother Maria Jose holds her twin granddaughters Heloisa (R) and Heloa Barbosa, both born with microcephaly, in front of their house as they pose for photos at their one-year birthday party on April 16, 2017 in Areia, Paraiba state, Brazil. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mario Tama/Getty Images In 2015, Zika virus swept through Brazil…

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Oct

09

2019
She Survived The ICU. Now, She Has A Message: Quit Vaping!

She Survived The ICU. Now, She Has A Message: Quit Vaping!

Enlarge this image Piper Johnson used to vape regularly in high school. After surviving vaping-related lung illness, she’s now working to raise awareness of the risks of the habit. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption toggle caption Catie Dull/NPR Piper Johnson was all packed and ready to drive across country with her mom to start college when the 18-year-old noticed a pain in her chest. She took…

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Oct

07

2019
An App That Can Catch Early Signs Of Eye Disease In A Flash

An App That Can Catch Early Signs Of Eye Disease In A Flash

Enlarge this image An app uses a smart phone camera to detect leukocoria, a pale reflection from the back of the eye. It can be an early sign of disease. Here it appears light brown compared the healthy eye. Munson et al., Sci. Adv. 2019; 5 eaax 6363 hide caption toggle caption Munson et al., Sci. Adv. 2019; 5 eaax 6363 It’s hard for doctors…

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