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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 โ€” especially people of color โ€” to demand greater awareness about the discrimination they face every day.

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Measles Makes An Unwelcome Visit To Disneyland

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An outbreak among visitors to two California theme parks shows once again that this supercontagious virus doesn't respect borders. Most of the afflicted people had not been vaccinated.

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All Things Considered

Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Brain imaging can help researchers tell if people are more likely to be able to quit smoking or have trouble with reading. But those tests aren't yet ready for the doctor's office or classroom.

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All Things Considered

India's Philanthropist-Surgeon Delivers Cardiac Care Henry Ford-Style

Monday, January 05, 2015

With an assembly line of operating theaters in India, Dr. Devi Shetty is determined to deliver affordable health care to anyone in need.

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Sleeping Near A Smartphone Can Disturb A Child's Rest

Monday, January 05, 2015

Lots of children have smartphones tucked under the pillow or on the nightstand. That may be enough to compromise sleep and make children feel less rested, a study finds.

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Texted Reminders Help Parents Get Kids In For Flu Shots

Monday, December 29, 2014

It's hard enough to get kids in for one flu shot, let alone two. But when parents got texts that explained why the child needed a second dose, they were much more likely to get the job done.

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An Update On Screen Time

Friday, December 26, 2014

New research may be changing the debate over how we think about screen time for young children.

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Morning Edition

Baby Thrives Once 3-D-Printed Windpipe Helps Him Breathe

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Michigan doctors used 3-D printing to custom-make a splint to prop open Garrett Peterson's defective windpipe last January. He's home with his parents this Christmas, as "normal life" begins.

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Some Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life, But Which?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Nature and nurture both matter, and having love and support from parents early on makes make academic and social success as an adult more likely, a study finds. But a child's temperament matters too.

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And The Award For Most Offensive Fundraising Video Goes To ...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

If you're a charity that wants to help the developing world, you really, really, really don't want to win a "Rusty Radiator."

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California Whooping Cough Infections Run High Among Latino Babies

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Public health officials in California are trying to understand why Latino babies are contracting whooping cough at much higher rates than other babies.

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Pakistan Keeps On Vaccinating Despite Tough Terrain And Terror Threat

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Just getting a measles vaccine to a child in Pakistan was once an impossible dream. Despite many obstacles, health workers have made great progress in stopping infectious diseases.

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All Things Considered

Teens Now Reach For E-Cigarettes Over Regular Ones

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nearly 9 percent of 8th graders, more than 16 percent of 10th graders and more than 17 percent of high school seniors have used the devices in the past month, the survey found.

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Morning Edition

To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Monday, December 15, 2014

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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All Things Considered

Football Players Drill Without Helmets To Curb Concussions

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The idea, according to a scientist at New Hampshire University, is to teach each player "rugby awareness," so he'll be more likely to keep his head out of harm's way. Helmets off, eyes up.

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Does Snoring Leave Tots More Vulnerable To Childhood Obesity?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Young kids who don't get enough shut-eye, or who are noisy breathers when they doze, are more likely to have weight issues as adolescents, a British study suggests.

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From Potatoes To Salty Fries In School: Congress Tweaks Food Rules

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The giant federal spending bill that's expected to go to a vote Thursday will give schools some flexibility in implementing nutrition standards. Also a winner: the potato lobby.

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Despite Decline, Elective Early Births Remain A Medicaid Problem

Monday, December 08, 2014

The rate for early elective delivery for women covered by Medicaid has fallen since 2007. Still, the early births remain common and are a potential source of health trouble for mothers and babies.

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Morning Edition

When It Comes To Day Care, Parents Want All Children Vaccinated

Monday, December 08, 2014

Parents have strong opinions about vaccination, a poll of parents done by the University of Michigan finds. Most want day care centers to require that children are up to date on their shots.

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