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Student Athletes Who Specialize Early Are Injured More Often, Study Finds

Tue, 2017-07-25 16:30

High school athletes who tended to focus on one sport were 50 percent more likely to get hurt than those who hadn't specialized. Injuries included ankle sprains, knee tendonitis, and stress fractures.

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New Report Shows 64 Of 195 Countries Aren't Meeting A Basic Vaccination Target

Tue, 2017-07-25 16:21

The goal is to reach 90 percent of children with the DTP vaccination — a child's first scheduled immunization. Some countries are barely at 50 percent.

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What Are The Planet's Real 'Talking' Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

Tue, 2017-07-25 05:00

Movies are full of loquacious chimps, but could nonhuman apes really use language? NPR's Skunk Bear sorts through the disturbing history of research on ape language to sort fact from wishful thinking.

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The Senate Health Care Vote, Simplified

Mon, 2017-07-24 16:23

President Trump is pushing the Senate to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. But with multiple bills in play, it's far from clear what the Senate would vote on. Here's a recap of the options.

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The Case Of Charlie Gard Divides Doctors And Parents

Thu, 2017-07-20 05:03

Should parents or doctors have the final say when treating critically ill children? It's a question that's being hotly debated in Britain with the case of Charlie Gard.

Her Own Medical Future At Stake, A Child Storms Capitol Hill

Wed, 2017-07-19 14:47

The Republican health care bill failed in part because of opposition to shrinking Medicaid. An 11-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia went to Washington, D.C., to make sure that wouldn't happen.

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Health Care: Were The Risks Of Repeal Without Replace Too High?

Tue, 2017-07-18 11:34

The Republicans' last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act now and replace it later would have caused insurance rates to soar, and millions could have lost coverage within a year.

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In Massachusetts, Proposed Medicaid Cuts Put Kids' Health Care At Risk

Mon, 2017-07-17 16:16

Doctors, consumers and politicians say big federal cuts to Medicaid funding would jeopardize the treatment a lot of kids rely on. The state would either have to make up lost funding or cut benefits.

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'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

Sun, 2017-07-16 05:00

Should I use antibacterial soaps? How often should I bathe my child? Those are just some of the questions Jack Gilbert, a microbiome scientist, answers in his new book.

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What Moms Need To Breast-Feed: Chicken Soup, Grandma's Help, Facebook

Fri, 2017-07-14 09:54

We invited readers to tell us how their culture helps moms become breast-feeding pros. The stories we received are so wonderful, we couldn't wait to share them. We even heard from a few dads!

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Who's In, Who's Left Out With The Latest Senate Health Care Bill

Thu, 2017-07-13 16:42

Tax breaks for the wealthy would be trimmed, and people would get the option to buy bare-bones plans. But big cuts in Medicaid and changes to coverage for pre-existing conditions remain.

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'Living Drug' That Fights Cancer By Harnessing The Immune System Clears Key Hurdle

Wed, 2017-07-12 18:08

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency, for the first time, approve a new kind of treatment that uses genetically modified immune cells to attack cancer cells.

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Michigan Laws Will Increase Penalties For Performing Female Genital Mutilation

Wed, 2017-07-12 15:26

The laws were spurred by the criminal case of an emergency room doctor charged with performing the procedure on multiple girls in suburban Detroit. The United States banned the practice in 1996.

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Took The Wrong Medicine By Mistake? Study Finds Such Errors Are On The Rise

Wed, 2017-07-12 12:52

A study analyzing data from poison control centers finds that the rate of serious medication errors outside health care settings doubled between 2000 and 2012.

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What This Teen Mom Wishes She'd Known Before She Got Pregnant

Tue, 2017-07-11 11:18

She was ashamed to be seen buying condoms. She didn't dare ask her mother for advice. So how can Uganda bring down its high rate of teen pregnancy?

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FAQ: How Would The Republican Health Care Bills Affect You?

Mon, 2017-07-10 06:00

The bills under consideration in Congress would make big changes in health care coverage and costs for millions of people. Our searchable FAQ provides answers to key questions on where, how and why.

Women With High-Risk Pregnancies Are More Likely To Develop Heart Disease

Mon, 2017-07-10 05:08

Women who develop diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy, or whose babies are born prematurely, often are unaware of their own increased risk of heart disease later. So are their doctors.

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Georgia OB-GYN Will Lead Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Fri, 2017-07-07 10:53

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who leads the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been appointed CDC director. She'll take over as the Trump administration seeks big cuts to the CDC's budget.

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They Quit Their Office Jobs To Teach Kids In A Camp For Displaced People

Fri, 2017-07-07 10:10

It started when a 20-something government worker in Nigeria visited a camp. And met the kids. And saw that they weren't getting much of an education.

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Tell Us: What's Taboo In Global Health And Development?

Thu, 2017-07-06 16:31

For an upcoming series of stories, we'd like to explore the world of taboos. And we welcome your suggestions.

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