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Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:45:00 -0400

Many American women want to breast-feed. And try to. But only about half keep it up. It's like they've lost the instinct. One researcher thinks she's figured out why. And how to get the instinct back.

What Women Should Keep In Mind When They're Thinking Of Breast-Feeding

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:13:00 -0400

A majority of women say they want to breast-feed their babies. But only a small fraction reach that goal. Why is it so hard? Maybe the secrets of breast-feeding are in the past.

When Children Are Exposed To Police Violence

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:41:47 -0400

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Carl Bell, a psychiatrist and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, about children who are exposed to police violence. This follows the release of a video that shows the reaction of a four-year old girl just after the shooting of Philando Castile, an African-American man in Minnesota whose death was livestreamed on Facebook. (LANGUAGE WARNING: This segment contains the bleeped word "bitches" in a clip.)

Nobel Peace Prize Winner's Message To America: 'All Children Are Our Children'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:00:24 -0400

Kaiilash Satyarthi came to Washington to encourage the U.S. government to fight for the freedom of child laborers.

Republicans' Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Hundreds of rural hospitals are on the brink of closing. The House Republican health plan drastically reduces one of their key sources of funding and the Senate bill is expected to do the same.

Survivors Of Childhood Diseases Struggle To Find Care As Adults

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A few decades ago, babies born with conditions such as congenital heart disease or cystic fibrosis often didn't survive past childhood. Now many live longer, but adult medicine has not kept pace.

A Good News Story About Diarrhea — With One Surprising Exception

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:47:00 -0400

A new report points to great progress in reducing deaths from diarrheal diseases. But as the low-income world sees progress, rates are inching up in wealthy countries, including the U.S.

A Couple's Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:35:00 -0400

Twenty years. That's how long two grad students, Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel, think they have before a deadly disease envelops Sonia's brain. The Massachusetts couple is now racing to find a cure.

Amid Measles Outbreak, Italy Makes Childhood Vaccinations Mandatory

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A tough new law means parents who don't vaccinate their children against a dozen diseases will face steep fines — and even risk losing custody. Italy has recorded 2,500-plus measles cases this year.

This Father's Day, Remembering A Time When Dads Weren't Welcome In Delivery Rooms

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

For many fathers, the birth of a child is a hugely emotional moment. But not that long ago, few fathers were allowed to participate in the process.

Lead Detected In Baby Food Samples. Pediatricians Say There's No Safe Level

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:23:00 -0400

Twenty percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Pediatricians say there's no safe lead level. FDA is reviewing its policy.

Teens' Use Of E-Cigarettes Drops For The First Time, CDC Says

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:17:00 -0400

Public education campaigns and restrictions on sales to minors have helped discourage teenagers from vaping, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Texas, People With Fluctuating Incomes Risk Being Cut Off From Medicaid

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:00:28 -0400

Families with income that varies from month to month can find it hard to maintain enrollment in Texas' Medicaid program. The question is whether the program trims waste or creates more red tape.

Is Zika Still A Problem In Florida And The Caribbean?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The Zika outbreak in Florida is officially over. And cases are dropping across the Caribbean. But doctors say the risk to pregnant women there — whether residents or travelers — isn't gone.

As Popularity Of Baby Boxes Grows, Skeptics Say More Testing Is Needed

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:41:00 -0400

New mom Maisha Watson uses one of the 20,000 cardboard boxes given out so far in New Jersey. She's glad to have a safe spot for her son to sleep. But some question the boxes' safety and effectiveness.