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

13

2019
How Far Would You Go to Avoid Vaccinating Your Child?

How Far Would You Go to Avoid Vaccinating Your Child?

When Jenni Mahnaz started a business consulting parents who wanted to remove their children from the traditional school system seven years ago, there seemed to be little obvious need for what she would deliver. Unlike groovy precincts of the West Coast or Evangelical communities in the South, New York — cynical, status-obsessed, frantically scheduled — is not an obvious place for the expansion of at-home…

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Sep

13

2019
My Father’s Musical Legacy

My Father’s Musical Legacy

For my 16th birthday in 1985, when all 12 of my older siblings had left home, my father made me a tape of himself performing two songs. The first was an old standard which he sang and played on the piano he and my mother had purchased 40 years earlier, even before buying a bed. He’d made a career of playing piano and singing in…

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Sep

12

2019
The Meritocracy Is Ripping America Apart

The Meritocracy Is Ripping America Apart

There are at least two kinds of meritocracy in America right now. Exclusive meritocracy exists at the super-elite universities and at the industries that draw the bulk of their employees from them — Wall Street, Big Law, medicine and tech. And then there is the more open meritocracy that exists almost everywhere else. In the exclusive meritocracy, prestige is defined by how many people you…

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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

12

2019
We Know It Harms Kids to See Smoking on TV. What About Rape?

We Know It Harms Kids to See Smoking on TV. What About Rape?

Recently, Netflix announced that it would not include depictions of smoking in any new programming aimed at younger viewers. In a similar vein, on the advice of medical experts, it has removed the suicide scene from the first season of its teen drama “13 Reasons Why.” These efforts to protect the physical and mental health of young people are commendable. But if we are reconsidering…

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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
Growing With Grief in the Shadow of Sept. 11

Growing With Grief in the Shadow of Sept. 11

ImageAn image of Jake Campbell above his mother’s name on the south fountain of the 9/11 Memorial in New York.CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times When I was growing up, the only time I noticed that I was different from other kids at school was when their parents were around. One of my earliest memories is my first day of kindergarten: Among a sea of young…

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Sep

11

2019

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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