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September 2, 2014 3 Comments

The Girl With Three Biological Parents

Alana Saarinen is one of only 30 to 50 people in the world who have DNA from three different people.

September 2, 2014 45 Comments

Why It’s Time To Talk About Menopause

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer and a comic and one of the few women who actually wants to talk about menopause.

September 1, 2014 5 Comments

Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

The city’s major birthing hospitals have stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.

August 28, 2014 21 Comments

Universities Take Precautions Against Ebola

With the growing concern, many universities around the world have suspended their fall semester programs in West Africa.

August 28, 2014 2 Comments

Drug Addiction Treatment Is Controversial In Guatemala

The vast majority of people at treatment centers in Guatemala City were sent to rehab by their families – against their will.

August 27, 2014 Comment

‘Exoskeleton’ Lets Some Paraplegics Walk Again

ReWalk Robotics has built a motorized exoskeleton that gives some people with debilitating spinal injuries the ability to walk.

August 25, 2014 14 Comments

Pediatricians Group: Delay School Start Times So Teens Can Sleep

Many studies have shown that the average adolescent doesn’t get enough sleep, and that can cause physical and mental health issues.

August 22, 2014 Comment

Travel Restrictions Tightened Amid Ebola Fears

Countries continue to impose travel restrictions, even though the World Health Organization has not recommended them.

August 22, 2014 21 Comments

New Restrictions On Hydrocodone To Take Effect

Hundreds of medicines contain hydrocodone, the addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

August 21, 2014 Comment

CDC Director On Release Of American Ebola Patients

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses recovery and release of the American patients.

August 21, 2014 4 Comments

2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital

Emory University Hospital officials say Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are both free of the virus and pose no public health risk.

August 20, 2014 2 Comments

In Liberia, Ebola Quarantine Sparks Riots

NPR photographer David Gilkey is in Liberia’s capital Monrovia and discusses what he saw this morning as the riots began.

August 18, 2014 Comment

NH Governor Declares Emergency Over Drug Called ‘Spice’

The synthetic marijuana substance is sold in convenience stores and gas stations, and state authorities are looking at how to ban it.

August 18, 2014 13 Comments

As Pot Laws Relax, Restrictions On Research Still Tight

The firing of a University of Arizona doctor highlights the complexity and politics of marijuana research.

August 15, 2014 Comment

Sports In The Age Of HIV And Aids

While drug cocktails are helping to keep more athletes alive, strict safety precautions are in force on the courts and fields.

August 15, 2014 2 Comments

Retailers Face Rising Pressure Over Chemical Triclosan

The antibacterial agent is often used in products like soap and toothpaste, and has been linked to health problems in animals.

August 15, 2014 Comment

Ebola Outbreak Is Worse Than Previously Thought

NPR’s Jason Beaubien joins us from Liberia, which the United Nations says is now the epicenter of reported cases.

August 14, 2014 2 Comments

New Studies: Low-Salt Diet May Be Harmful

Three new studies challenge the low salt intake levels recommended by groups like the American Heart Association.

August 13, 2014 5 Comments

New Superbug Skyrockets In Southeast

The drug-resistant bacteria CRE kills about half of those who get it, and it’s on the rise in community hospitals, according to a new study by Duke University researchers.

August 12, 2014 50 Comments

After Robin Williams’ Death, A Look At Depression

Psychiatrist Hursh Trivedi says depression and bipolar disorder “are just as real as heart disease and cancer.”

Robin and Jeremy

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

September 1 5 Comments

Breastfeeding Gets A Boost From Philadelphia Hospitals

The city's major birthing hospitals have stopped sending new moms home with baby formula, to encourage breastfeeding.

August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 3 Comments

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.