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May 21, 2015 4 Comments

Why Are More Black Children Taking Their Own Lives?

Donna Holland Barnes, president of the National Organization for People of Color against Suicide, discusses why, and what can be done.

May 21, 2015 4 Comments

Study: Suicide Rate Doubles For Black Children 5–11 Years Old

The suicide rate among young black children has nearly doubled over the last two decades, even as it declined for white children.

May 19, 2015 16 Comments

White House Unveils Plan To Save Honeybees

The White House’s Pollinator Health Task Force has released a strategy to help improve bee habitat and health.

May 15, 2015 Comment

States Push Back, As Insurers Push For Cheaper, Older Drugs

Rather than pay for a costly new drug, many insurance companies require patients to try cheaper alternatives first.

May 13, 2015 2 Comments

Anti-Abortion Advocates See Support In New Study On Premature Babies

The study found that a small percentage of premature babies born after just 22 weeks of gestation can survive with medical intervention.

May 13, 2015 25 Comments

Minnesota Considers Tough Ban On Flame Retardants

If approved, the ban would be the most restrictive in the nation. Flame retardants are found in couches, mattresses and some baby products.

May 11, 2015 2 Comments

N.Y. Gov. Issues New Measures To Protect Salon Workers

We hear about reactions to a New York Times report on unhealthy and unfair work conditions facing manicurists.

May 8, 2015 Comment

What You Should Know Before Stepping On A Treadmill

Treadmills are one of the most popular forms of mechanical exercise and they are also the most dangerous.

May 8, 2015 2 Comments

Does Removing Artificial Ingredients Mean Healthier Food?

Panera Bread is the latest chain to announce it will stop using certain ingredients.

May 7, 2015 2 Comments

How Private Is The Data Collected By Fitness Trackers?

As more people use health apps and wearable activity trackers, there are questions about what happens to that sensitive data.

May 7, 2015 6 Comments

What Does Lead Poisoning Have To Do With Criminal Behavior?

For three decades, Kim Dietrich of the University of Cincinnati has been following a group of individuals exposed to lead.

May 6, 2015 2 Comments

CDC Releases First National Study On Hispanic Health

The study also looked at differences in health between Hispanic groups in the U.S. and non-Hispanic whites.

May 6, 2015 3 Comments

NYC’s First Lady Explains Ambitious Plan To Improve Mental Health Services

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife is spearheading the effort to add $54.4 million in new funding for mental health programs.

April 30, 2015 5 Comments

Consumers Push Food Producers On Antibiotic Use

The country’s largest chicken producer says it will stop using antibiotics used in human medicine by September 2017.

April 30, 2015 4 Comments

This Is Your Brain On Taser

New research on the effects of being tased could have implications for arrestees who waive their Miranda rights or offer a confession.

April 29, 2015 Comment

Placebo Effect: It Might Not Be In Your Head After All

There’s new evidence that what’s going on with the placebo effect is more than psychological. The implications are numerous.

April 29, 2015 Comment

A Story Of Bipolar And A Daughter’s Search For Answers

In the 1920s and ’30s, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising star in the medical world, but his struggle with bipolar disorder hampered his life.

April 27, 2015 Comment

‘Tension Rising’ In Nepal, Says Aid Worker

An aid worker with Save the Children estimates that 1 million Nepalese children are in need of help following Saturday’s devastating earthquake.

April 27, 2015 Comment

Aid Arriving In Nepal, Search And Rescue Teams Struggle To Reach Remote Villages

Search and rescue teams are struggling to reach the more remote villages closer to the earthquake’s epicenter.

April 24, 2015 2 Comments

Amid Listeria Outbreak, FDA Calls For Better Prevention Policies

As a second ice cream maker recalls all of its products, we hear from a top FDA official on food safety and inspections.


Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.

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

May 20 Comment

‘Finding The Good’ Through Obituary Writing

Journalist Heather Lende has been writing obituaries in the small town of Haines, Alaska, for 20 years.

May 20 3 Comments

Pandas’ Bamboo Diet May Endanger Them

New research examining the genetics of panda waste shows they would be better suited to eat meat than plants.

May 19 16 Comments

White House Unveils Plan To Save Honeybees

The White House's Pollinator Health Task Force has released a strategy to help improve bee habitat and health.

May 19 2 Comments

Congressman Weighs Risk And Rewards In ISIS Raid

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff says he's concerned about balancing the risk to soldiers and the value of the captured intelligence.