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As Measles Outbreak Spreads, Some Babies Under Isolation

Monday, February 02, 2015

California is grappling with an outbreak of measles. In Alameda County, health officials have told parents whose babies have been exposed to the virus to keep their children at home for 21 days.

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Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The latest wave of measles cases and potential infections is in Arizona, where 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles from seven people confirmed to have been infected.

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Is It OK To Pay Pregnant Women To Stop Smoking?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's notoriously hard to get people to quit smoking. Pregnant women in Scotland were more apt to stop smoking if they got $600 in gift cards. But are those kinds of payments ethical?

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To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A 6-year-old can't be vaccinated against measles because he is recovering from leukemia. He faces a higher risk because parents at his California school have chosen not to vaccinate their kids.

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Morning Edition

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Almost 680,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse in 2013. And state and local governments aren't doing enough to report abuse and investigate it, an independent report finds.

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Pediatricians Say Don't Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana

Monday, January 26, 2015

Making pot legal for adults makes it more likely that teens will use it too, according to the nation's pediatricians. And that's a problem, because marijuana harms developing brains.

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Morning Edition

Rising Football Star: Prepare For The Worst, Pray For The Best

Monday, January 26, 2015

Football is the most watched sport in America — and increasingly, one of the most controversial. High school football star Nahshon Ellerbe shares what he loves about the game.

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Morning Edition

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

Monday, January 26, 2015

Returning immediately to demanding physical or mental activities after a concussion can be bad for the brain, neuroscientists agree. But what about after symptoms resolve? How much rest is best?

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All Things Considered

Measles Outbreak Linked To Disneyland Hits Over 70 Cases

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A measles outbreak linked to Disneyland in California has now infected over 70 people, many unvaccinated. NPR's Arun Rath talks with science writer Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus.

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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

Thursday, January 22, 2015

People from 7 months to 70 years old have fallen ill, and one quarter of the victims have been hospitalized. California officials say it's proof yet again of how easily measles spreads.

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Morning Edition

Measles Outbreak At Disneyland Spreads To Other States

Thursday, January 22, 2015

California health officials say more than 4 dozen cases of measles have been diagnosed in the state — a result of an outbreak that started at Disneyland. Most who got sick were not vaccinated.

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Morning Edition

Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hundreds of kids in Nairobi protested the loss of their playground to a developer Monday. In the end, the children did what ordinary Kenyans are rarely able to do: defend a public space.

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Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Many healthy school lunch options end up in the garbage. But two researchers say that students who eat lunch after recess are more likely to eat fruits and veggies than students who eat lunch first.

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Parents Who Shun Vaccines Tend To Cluster, Boosting Children's Risk

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Parents who refuse to have their children vaccinated live near others who do the same, a study finds. That increases the risk that children will become infected, even if they've had their shots.

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All Things Considered

The City Might Not Be To Blame For High Asthma Rates

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Children who live in cities in the Northeast are much more likely to have asthma. But a wider look finds that poor children in the suburbs are at high risk, too.

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Teens Who Skimp On Sleep Now Have More Drinking Problems Later

Friday, January 16, 2015

Missing out on sleep can lead to more than grumpiness. Teenagers who aren't getting enough sleep are also more apt to binge drink, a study finds, even years later.

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This Year's Flu Vaccine Is Pretty Wimpy, But Can Still Help

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The vaccine is only about 23 percent effective against the dominant flu strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's because the strain mutated slightly.

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What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

Monday, January 12, 2015

Since the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, more evidence has piled up showing the benefits of drinking water and the risks of sugary beverages. So scientists say it's time for a water symbol on MyPlate.

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Are Teenagers Capable Of Making Life-Or-Death Decisions?

Friday, January 09, 2015

The case of Cassandra, a 17-year-old who says she doesn't want chemotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma, has sparked fierce debate. A medical ethicist says teenagers should be able to determine their fates.

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After Leelah Alcorn's Suicide, Trans Youth Fight Broader Bias

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The media response to Leelah Alcorn's suicide has prompted young transgender people — especially people of color — to demand greater awareness about the discrimination they face every day.

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