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July 31, 2014 4 Comments

Widow Of American Ebola Victim Speaks Out

We hear from Decontee Sawyer of Minnesota, whose husband, a Liberian government official, became the first American to die in this outbreak.

July 30, 2014 3 Comments

Mississippi’s Only Clinic Where Abortions Are Performed Stays Open, For Now

A federal appeals court blocked implementation of a state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.

July 29, 2014 3 Comments

Google Asks, What Makes Us Healthy? Skeptics Ask, Should Google Be The One To Know?

Google has announced a massive science project, Baseline Study, to provide the most complete possible picture of a healthy human body.

July 28, 2014 4 Comments

Are House Calls Making A Comeback?

Avir Mitra of WHYY reports that due to a growing older population and rising medical costs, the doctor home visit is getting a second look.

July 28, 2014 4 Comments

New HBO Documentary ‘Love Child’ Looks At Gaming Addiction

“Love Child” tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they cared for a virtual child.

July 25, 2014 Comment

Ebola Epidemic Strikes Top Health Worker

NPR’s Jason Beaubien just returned from Sierra Leone, which along with Guinea and Liberia is suffering from the worst ever Ebola outbreak.

July 24, 2014 3 Comments

Federal Health Insurance Exchange Activity Remains High

New federal data obtained by ProPublica shows nearly 1 million insurance transactions since mid-April – an unexpectedly high number.

July 23, 2014 2 Comments

New California Football Law Aims To Tackle Brain Injuries Head-On

Amid concerns about concussions and brain injuries, the law will limit full-contact drills for teams in both public and private schools.

July 23, 2014 3 Comments

Effects Of Child Abuse And Neglect On The Brain

This is the final piece in a series of reports from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

July 23, 2014 Comment

Cleveland Kiosk Delivers Virtual Health Care

The future of health care might be sitting in one of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s an enclosed kiosk where patients see a doctor.

July 22, 2014 2 Comments

‘I'm Not Stupid, Just Dyslexic’

This is the second of a series of reports this week from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

July 21, 2014 2 Comments

Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Neuroscience?

This is the first of a series of reports this week from WBUR called “Brain Matters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Neuroscience.”

July 21, 2014 Comment

Why Hot Cars Are So Deadly

An average of 38 kids die in a hot car every year in the U.S. We look at the science of why cars get so hot so fast, and why children are more vulnerable.

July 17, 2014 10 Comments

Why It’s Good To Talk About Miscarriages

Karen Gibbons felt very much alone after her first miscarriage. Now, she wants to counsel couples and help them through pregnancy.

July 16, 2014 18 Comments

The Truth About Miscarriages

The chief of obstetrics at Massachusetts General Hospital discusses the common yet widely misunderstood health topic.

July 15, 2014 Comment

Colleges Struggle To Stop And Respond To Sexual Violence On Campus

A congressional survey has found that 40 percent of the nation’s schools have not investigated claims over the past five years.

July 14, 2014 6 Comments

100-Year-Old Woman Shares Her Secret To Longevity

Host Jeremy Hobson traveled to his hometown of Urbana, Illinois, for the 100th birthday of a family friend, Betty Esser.

July 11, 2014 Comment

A Summer Reminder: Drowning Is Quieter And Quicker Than You Might Think

An expert on lifeguard training discusses common myths about drowning, including the myth that those who are drowning call for help.

July 10, 2014 6 Comments

As Quadruple Amputee Awaits Arm Transplant, Identical Twin Waits As Well

Will Lautzenheiser lost all four limbs to an infection. Now, he could regain two limbs in an experimental surgery.

July 9, 2014 Comment

YA Novel ‘Say What You Will’ Draws Inspiration From Teens With Disabilities

When author Cammie McGovern’s oldest son was diagnosed with autism, she formed a program for children with disabilities.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

July 30 Comment

As War And Conflicts Proliferate, Children Become Unwary Victims And Targets

Kids have always suffered during war and crisis, but there's a sense the burden of instability is being increasingly borne by children.

July 30 3 Comments

California Drought: A Central Valley Farmer’s Experience

Last month was the hottest June on Earth since records began in 1880, making the West Coast drought even harder for farmers.

July 29 13 Comments

U.S. ‘Border Crisis’ In A Global Context

Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch says what the U.S. is seeing is dwarfed by the massive flow of refugees into other countries, such as Italy.

July 29 4 Comments

Iraq War Vet Returns To A Broken Country

Roy Scranton says what he found in Baghdad "shows the evidence of the truth of what we'd actually done."