Category Archives: NPR


Oct

23

2019
Teen Vapers Who Want To Quit Look For Help Via Text

Teen Vapers Who Want To Quit Look For Help Via Text

Enlarge this image Though there are websites, hotlines, therapists and coaches to help teens manage nicotine cravings, there’s been little research to show what works best. Recently, some programs have turned to texting to help kids find resources specific to vaping cessation. Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images It all started at the mall when a friend offered her a puff…

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Oct

23

2019
As Vaping Devices Have Evolved, So Have Potential Hazards, Researchers Say

As Vaping Devices Have Evolved, So Have Potential Hazards, Researchers Say

Enlarge this image Vaping devices now come in many shapes and sizes; these were confiscated from students by a high school principal in Massachusetts in 2018. Steven Senne/AP hide caption toggle caption Steven Senne/AP Some consumers credit vaping and electronic cigarette products with helping them kick their cigarette habit. But the technology behind the devices, as well as the e-liquids they use, has changed over…

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Oct

22

2019
More LOLs, Fewer Zzzs: Teens May Be Losing Sleep Over Social Media

More LOLs, Fewer Zzzs: Teens May Be Losing Sleep Over Social Media

Enlarge this image Girl texting on smartphone at home martin-dm/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption martin-dm/Getty Images Today’s teens have a lot on their plate. They strive for perfect grades, college-essay worthy volunteer gigs, trophies in multiple sports — and many of them still find hours a day to spend on social media. “This is an incredibly stressful time to be a teenager,” says pediatrician…

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Oct

21

2019
Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant

Enlarge this image Though complications from the flu can be deadly for people who are especially vulnerable, including pregnant women and their newborns, typically only about half of pregnant women get the needed vaccination, U.S. statistics show. BSIP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption BSIP/Getty Images October marks the start of a new flu season, with a rise in likely cases already showing up in Louisiana…

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Oct

17

2019
Juul Suspends Sales of Flavored Vapes And Signs Settlement To Stop Marketing To Youth

Juul Suspends Sales of Flavored Vapes And Signs Settlement To Stop Marketing To Youth

Enlarge this image Juul announced it will suspend sales of all non-tobacco, non menthol-based flavors of its e-cigarette products. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption toggle caption Seth Wenig/AP E-cigarette maker Juul Labs announced Thursday it will suspend sales of most of its flavored products, including mango, fruit and cucumber. These types of flavors are considered an on-ramp to vaping for teenagers. The move comes as the…

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Oct

17

2019
Childhood Obesity Is Rising “Shockingly Fast” — Even In Poor Countries

Childhood Obesity Is Rising “Shockingly Fast” — Even In Poor Countries

High rates of childhood obesity are a problem in a rising number of low- and middle-income countries, according to a new global assessment of child malnutrition by UNICEF. It’s the agency’s most comprehensive nutrition report in two decades. The report paints a complex, dire picture of the state of children’s health. Overall, it found that around 200 million children under age 5, or 1 in…

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Oct

16

2019
Gifted Students With Autism Find An Intellectual Oasis In Iowa

Gifted Students With Autism Find An Intellectual Oasis In Iowa

Enlarge this image The University of Iowa is working to include teens on the autism spectrum in its programs for gifted students. Jeremy Leung for NPR hide caption toggle caption Jeremy Leung for NPR Educators refer to teens like Alex as “twice exceptional.” “I have a large degree of skill in almost every subject of learning,” says Alex, who is 16. “But I also have…

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Oct

16

2019
Poor People Are Still Sicker Than The Rich In Germany, Despite Universal Health Care

Poor People Are Still Sicker Than The Rich In Germany, Despite Universal Health Care

Enlarge this image In Hamburg, Germany, estimated life expectancy in the city’s poorer neighborhoods still trails wealthier neighborhoods by 13 years. Juergen Sack/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Juergen Sack/Getty Images Researchers around the world hail Germany for its robust health care system: universal coverage, plentiful primary care, low drug prices and minimal out-of-pocket costs for residents. Unlike in the U.S., the prospect of a…

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