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Forum: How Discrimination Damages Health In LGBTQ Communities

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:41:00 -0400

How do LGBTQ adults experience discrimination and how does it impact their health? Join us for a discussion with experts in a webcast from Harvard's Chan School of Public Health at noon ET Wednesday.

How Happy Is The Country With The Biggest Gains In Happiness?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:41:00 -0400

Togo ranked last in 2015's World Happiness Report. This year, it moved up 17 spots — the most improved country in the world. What's the perspective from the ground?

Black And Latino Children Are Often Overlooked When It Comes To Autism

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:24:00 -0400

Research suggests that African-American and Latino children with autism are diagnosed later in life because of healthcare provider bias and families' lack of access to care, among other reasons.

Lawmakers Weigh Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Screening For Postpartum Depression

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:01:00 -0400

California's legislature will soon take up a bill requiring doctors to screen new mothers. Many doctors oppose the idea, and similar laws elsewhere haven't increased the number of moms treated.

Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:00:00 -0400

Now that marijuana is legal in more than 20 states, we all may be exposed to more marijuana on the street. Researchers warn that secondhand smoke from pot poses risks to the heart, lungs and arteries.

The Call-In: Childhood Obesity Rates Are At Their Highest Since 1999

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:03:26 -0400

On this week's Weekend Edition Call-In, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro hears from listeners about childhood obesity and speaks with Dr. David Ludwig of Boston Children's Hospital.

Revolutionary Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton Dies At 99

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0400

Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton revolutionized the way parents interacted with their babies and young children. His career spanned more than half a century and included dozens of books, hundreds of publications and a TV show. He died Tuesday, just shy of his 100th birthday.

Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids' Playgrounds?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:19:00 -0400

Are playgrounds in the U.S. too sterile and risk-averse to help our kids thrive? Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers play and child development in evolutionary perspective.

UNICEF's Good News About Child Marriage Isn't Quite As Good As It Sounds

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 13:29:00 -0400

A new report cites tremendous progress in bringing down rates of child marriage, especially in India. But critics raise concerns about some of the data points.

No Go For Idaho: State Will Have To Rethink Its 'Freedom' Health Policies

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 20:52:00 -0500

The Trump administration has advised Idaho that its plan to allow insurance policies that fall short of Obamacare standards could result in penalties for insurers. But another strategy might yet fly.

Statehouses Have A Ways To Go To Accommodate New Moms

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:58:00 -0500

In Virginia, a new class of state lawmakers includes mothers of young children. The delegates are finding a workplace not as accommodating as they would like.

What You Might Not Realize About The Benefits Of Hand-Washing

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:03:00 -0500

Norovirus is that awful ailment that can make you barf and suffer from diarrhea. A new study tries to figure out the best way to stop it.

Mental Health Funding Tied To Florida's Controversial Gun Legislation

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:00:00 -0500

Florida has had three mass shootings in 20 months. Twice before, there have been calls for more mental health funding from the state — to no avail. Will this time be any different?

Miracle Of Hemophilia Drugs Comes At A Steep Price

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:26:00 -0500

The market is flooded with 28 different medications for just 20,000 patients with the hereditary bleeding disorder. Yet intense competition hasn't worked to bring costs down.

To Fight Pollution, He's Reinventing The Mongolian Tent

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0500

A new UNICEF report warns that Mongolia's pollution is a very real danger to children's health. One man has a plan to create a green community.