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#NPRreads: 4 Reads To Keep You Young This Weekend

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.

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Does Putting On A Few Pounds Help You Cheat Death?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

We're told that it's important to keep body mass index below 25. But a study finds that for the lowest risk of death, the magic number has inched up to 27 — in the "overweight" category.

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Immunotherapy Tablets For Dust Mite Allergy Reduce Asthma Risk

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dust mite allergies are a common trigger for asthma. A new form of immunotherapy that relies on oral tablets rather than shots reduces the risk of a moderate or severe asthma attack, a study finds.

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Secrets Of The Very Old And Healthy — Start When You're Young

Monday, April 18, 2016

What you do in your 20s and 30s and 40s can make it more likely that you'll be mobile and healthy in old age, scientists say. That's true even if your ancestors didn't fare so well.

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Easter Egg Art: Hatched From An Ancient Tradition To Celebrate Rebirth

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cultures around the world decorate eggs to celebrate spring. Modern artists continue those traditions, reflecting the fragility and beauty of life.

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For Chronic Low Back Pain, Mindfulness Can Beat Painkillers

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Meditation can help relieve chronic back pain, and so can cognitive behavioral therapy, a study finds. But good luck getting insurance to pay for it.

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If You Set High Expectations For Your Marriage, Is It Doomed?

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

People often expect a great many things out of a marriage. That can work if spouses are pragmatic about what they're really able to deliver on, a study finds.

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He Rescued A Dog. Then The Dog Rescued Him

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Eric O'Grey was 51, obese and suffering from diabetes and high cholesterol when he took home an overweight shelter dog. Now the duo are headlining a campaign on how pets improve humans' lives.

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This Gene Could Turn Your Hair Gray

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

We all know ancestors give us our hair color, but the roots of gray hair have been less clear. Is it genetics, or stress?

Marie Antoinette supposedly went completely white the night before they lopped off her head. And our presidents seem to go gray much faster than those of ...

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Evidence Is Lacking On Universal Screening For Autism, Panel Says

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The earlier a child with autism can be identified and get treatment the better, child development specialists say. So there's been a push to have pediatricians give all toddlers screening tests for autism during well child visits.

But the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said Tuesday that there's not ...

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Can Dementia Be Prevented? Education May Bolster Brain Against Risk

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The odds of getting Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia are declining for people who are more educated and avoiding heart disease, a study finds. The results suggest that people may have some control over their risk of dementia as they age.

This isn't the first study to find ...

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People With Minor Injuries Are Increasingly Getting CT Scans

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

If you fall off a curb, bop your head and go to the ER to make sure you're OK, there's a good chance you'll be trundled off for a CT scan.

That might sound comforting, but people with injuries minor enough that they get sent home are increasingly being given ...

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Medicaid Programs Fall Short When It Comes To Helping Smokers Quit

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Smoking is the #1 cause of premature death and preventable illness in the United States. And since one-third of Medicaid participants smoke, compared to 17 percent of the general population, you'd think the states would be all about helping people in their Medicaid programs to quit.

But just 10 percent ...

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Is Prescription Opioid Abuse A Crime Problem Or A Health Problem?

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Although many people know someone who has abused prescription opioids, people still think of opioid abuse as a criminal justice issue more than a health problem, a study finds.

Illegal drug dealing is mentioned most frequently in news stories as the cause of prescription painkiller abuse, and two-thirds of abusers ...

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Fewer People Are Getting Diabetes, But The Epidemic Isn't Over

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The number of people being diagnosed with diabetes has been on the decline since 2009, after soaring for decades. Doctors say people may be changing their eating and exercise habits for the better.

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After The Cranberries And Pie, Take Time To Talk About Death

Friday, November 27, 2015

Two years ago my mom fell at home and ended up being admitted to the ICU with four broken ribs and internal injuries. She was lucky. After two weeks in the hospital and a few more in a rehab unit she was back home, using her new blue walker to ...

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Is Sex Once A Week Enough For A Happy Relationship?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We live in a society where sex is often touted as the secret sauce that keeps a relationship tasty. So more sex must be better for you and your romantic partner, right?

Well, for established couples, having sex once a week hits the sweet spot for happiness and well-being, a ...

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Preventable Colon Cancer Deaths Cost The Economy $6.4 Billion

Friday, November 13, 2015

Almost 20 percent of the people in low-income communities who die of colon cancer could have been saved with early screening. And those premature deaths take a toll on communities that can least bear it.

Lower-income communities in the United States face $6.4 billion in lost wages and productivity because ...

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Authors Retract Study That Says Sadness Affects Color Perception

Thursday, November 05, 2015

In September, we reported on a charming little study that found people who feel blue after watching sad videos have a harder time perceiving colors on the blue-yellow axis.

Now the researchers may be feeling blue themselves. On Thursday they retracted their study, saying that errors in how ...

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Black Women's Breast Cancer Risk Rises To Equal White Women's

Thursday, October 29, 2015

For decades, African-American women have been less likely to get breast cancer than white women, but that health advantage has now all but disappeared.

"For a while we've seen the increase in black women and stable rates in white women," says Carol DeSantis, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society ...

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