Category Archives: NPR


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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Sep

05

2019
Why The Measles Surge Could Open The Door To A Host Of Other Diseases

Why The Measles Surge Could Open The Door To A Host Of Other Diseases

Enlarge this image A child is immunized against measles, mumps and rubella in Lyon, France. BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty hide caption toggle caption BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty With measles making a comeback in many upper-income countries including the United States and still rampant in some poorer nations such as Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar, a leading measles expert is warning of a…

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Sep

04

2019
Ban On Heavy School Backpacks Weighs On An Indian Mom — And Her Portable Scale

Ban On Heavy School Backpacks Weighs On An Indian Mom — And Her Portable Scale

Enlarge this image A child leaves for school in a village in India. Punit Paranjpe /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Punit Paranjpe /AFP/Getty Images Imagine this — you’re going to school, and you hear that the government has banned homework. Wouldn’t that be the best day ever? Well, it actually happened in India. The government said there would be no homework for students in…

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Sep

03

2019
Blind From A Bad Diet? Teen Who Ate Mostly Potato Chips And Fries Lost His Sight

Blind From A Bad Diet? Teen Who Ate Mostly Potato Chips And Fries Lost His Sight

Enlarge this image Researchers in the U.K. say a teen has suffered vision loss after years of eating a highly limited diet consisting of snacking on Pringles potato chips, as well as French fries, white bread and some processed pork products. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images A 14-year-old boy goes to the doctor with complaints of tiredness. He’s…

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Sep

03

2019
Whatever Happened To … The Campaign To Ban Spanking?

Whatever Happened To … The Campaign To Ban Spanking?

Loading… Don’t see the graphic above? Click here. In a story published in October, we looked at a new study on spanking that found a “fairly robust” association between corporal punishment and youth violence. We also wrote about bans on spanking — Sweden was the first country to prohibit corporal punishment of children, in 1979. Since then, the number of nations that had banned the…

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Sep

03

2019
What Would Trumpcare Look Like? Follow GOP's 'Choice And Competition' Clues

What Would Trumpcare Look Like? Follow GOP's 'Choice And Competition' Clues

Enlarge this image President Donald Trump talked about expanding health coverage options for small businesses in in a Rose Garden gathering at the White House in June. Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Al Drago/Bloomberg/Getty Images While many Capitol Hill Republicans would like to avoid another public debate about whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump and his appointees keep bringing…

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Sep

01

2019
'Just Ask!' Says Sonia Sotomayor. She Knows What It's Like To Feel Different

'Just Ask!' Says Sonia Sotomayor. She Knows What It's Like To Feel Different

Enlarge this image Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has written a children’s book called Just Ask! inspired by her desire to help kids embrace diversity. “If you don’t know why someone’s doing something, just ask them,” she says. “Don’t assume the worst in people.” Rafael López/Philomel Books hide caption toggle caption Rafael López/Philomel Books Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes…

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