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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.

The Senate Health Care Vote, Simplified

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:23:00 -0400

President Trump is pushing the Senate to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. But with multiple bills in play, it's far from clear what the Senate would vote on. Here's a recap of the options.

The Case Of Charlie Gard Divides Doctors And Parents

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Should parents or doctors have the final say when treating critically ill children? It's a question that's being hotly debated in Britain with the case of Charlie Gard.

Her Own Medical Future At Stake, A Child Storms Capitol Hill

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:47:00 -0400

The Republican health care bill failed in part because of opposition to shrinking Medicaid. An 11-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia went to Washington, D.C., to make sure that wouldn't happen.

Health Care: Were The Risks Of Repeal Without Replace Too High?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:34:00 -0400

The Republicans' last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act now and replace it later would have caused insurance rates to soar, and millions could have lost coverage within a year.

In Massachusetts, Proposed Medicaid Cuts Put Kids' Health Care At Risk

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:16:00 -0400

Doctors, consumers and politicians say big federal cuts to Medicaid funding would jeopardize the treatment a lot of kids rely on. The state would either have to make up lost funding or cut benefits.

'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Should I use antibacterial soaps? How often should I bathe my child? Those are just some of the questions Jack Gilbert, a microbiome scientist, answers in his new book.

What Moms Need To Breast-Feed: Chicken Soup, Grandma's Help, Facebook

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:54:00 -0400

We invited readers to tell us how their culture helps moms become breast-feeding pros. The stories we received are so wonderful, we couldn't wait to share them. We even heard from a few dads!

Who's In, Who's Left Out With The Latest Senate Health Care Bill

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 16:42:00 -0400

Tax breaks for the wealthy would be trimmed, and people would get the option to buy bare-bones plans. But big cuts in Medicaid and changes to coverage for pre-existing conditions remain.

'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:08:00 -0400

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency, for the first time, approve a new kind of treatment that uses genetically modified immune cells to attack cancer cells.

Michigan Laws Will Increase Penalties For Performing Female Genital Mutilation

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:26:00 -0400

The laws were spurred by the criminal case of an emergency room doctor charged with performing the procedure on multiple girls in suburban Detroit. The United States banned the practice in 1996.

More People Are Making Mistakes With Medicines At Home

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:52:00 -0400

A study analyzing data from poison control centers finds that the rate of serious medication errors outside health care settings doubled between 2000 and 2012.

What This Teen Mom Wishes She'd Known Before She Got Pregnant

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:18:00 -0400

She was ashamed to be seen buying condoms. She didn't dare ask her mother for advice. So how can Uganda bring down its high rate of teen pregnancy?