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NPR reports on children's health and medical news including health insurance, new treatments for diseases, and child product safety recalls. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

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How To Tell If Watching The Eclipse Damaged Your Eyes

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:02:00 -0400

If you heeded all the warnings, you're likely fine. But spots or blurred vision that shows up 12 hours later or the next day might be a sign the sun's direct rays permanently hurt the retina.

Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:21 -0400

A program that provides $400 million in federal funds for the visits expires next month. Advocates and providers hope it will be reauthorized and even expanded, saying it's money well spent.

Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:11:00 -0400

And telescopes and binoculars only amplify the risk to your eyes from looking at the sun, doctors say. So even if you're not in the "path of totality," take precautions if you plan to watch.

Exclusive: Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

NPR gets exclusive access to a lab in Portland, Ore., where scientists have begun editing the DNA in human embryos to try to prevent genetic diseases.

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:09:00 -0400

Each year more than 600,000 babies die of sepsis. Researchers have found a simple way to prevent it: Feed babies probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:25:00 -0400

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:32:51 -0400

As principal of a low-performing school, Linda Cliatt-Wayman's students faced huge challenges. She shares how she transformed her school while providing unwavering love and support for her students.

'Pay For Success' Approach Used To Fund A Program That Supports New Moms

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

South Carolina says it will contribute up to $7.5 million to help fund the expansion of the "Nurse-Family Partnership" in the state if the program can show it is improving pregnancy outcomes.

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:35:00 -0400

Psychologist Jean Twenge has observed dramatic shifts in behavior among children who go through adolescence with smartphones. They're spending less time with friends and reporting greater anxiety.

1 Million Malnourished Children At Risk Of Cholera In Yemen

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

That's according to a new analysis from Save the Children. Yemen's outbreak is the world's worst in a single year since records have been kept, according to Oxfam.

Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:09:00 -0400

In experimental embryos, scientists were able to repair the gene that causes a serious heart disorder. More research is needed to confirm the method would produce healthy babies, they say.

'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 04:54:00 -0400

Girls are much less likely to be diagnosed with autism, but that may be because the signs of the disorder are different than in boys. And girls may be missing out on help as a result.

Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0400

High school athletes who tended to focus on one sport were 50 percent more likely to get hurt than those who hadn't specialized. Injuries included ankle sprains, knee tendonitis, and stress fractures.

New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren't Meeting A Basic Vaccination Target

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:21:00 -0400

The goal is to reach 90 percent of children with the DTP vaccination — a child's first scheduled immunization. Some countries are barely at 50 percent.

What Are The Planet's Real 'Talking' Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Movies are full of loquacious chimps, but could nonhuman apes really use language? NPR's Skunk Bear sorts through the disturbing history of research on ape language to sort fact from wishful thinking.