Maria Godoy

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This week in science: Nipah virus, Australian pink diamonds and how cockatoos mate

Thursday, September 21, 2023

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Maria Godoy and Regina Barber of the Short Wave podcast about a new Nipah virus outbreak, Australian pink diamonds and the mating life of cockatoos.


What to know about the new COVID-19 booster

Thursday, September 14, 2023

As COVID-19 cases rise in U.S., new boosters have started to arrive at pharmacies this week. Here's how protective the latest booster is, who should get it and how to schedule it with other vaccines.


The new COVID boosters are coming: Here's what you need to know

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Updated versions of the mRNA vaccines roll out this week. Experts say they offer good protection against current COVID variants. Who should get them, and when's the best time to roll up your sleeve?


CDC advisers will meet to consider who should get the new COVID booster

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The CDC is likely to recommend the shots for anyone who's at high risk for serious complications from COVID, such as older people and those with weaker immune systems or other health problems.


The U.S. is experiencing a late summer wave of COVID cases

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

While most people aren't getting really sick, hospitalizations are up more than 21% across the country. Elderly people are most at risk.


Prebiotic sodas promise to boost your gut health. Here's what to eat instead

Tuesday, August 08, 2023

You don't have to shell out for fancy sodas. It's easy to fill your plate with fiber, a dietary hero that feeds your gut microbes and prevents disease.


Do pre-biotic drinks work? Our special series Living Better investigates

Monday, August 07, 2023

Most American's don't eat enough fiber and there are a lot of products out there promising to help boost fiber intake. Why is fiber so important, and how can we eat more?


Spending time with a dog can be good for your health

Friday, August 04, 2023

As part of our series Weekly Dose of Wonder, here's how even brief interactions with dogs can be good for your health. (Story aired on All Things Considered on Aug. 2, 2023.)


Petting other people's dogs, even briefly, can boost your health

Thursday, August 03, 2023

You don't even have to own one. Research shows just 5 to 20 minutes interacting with other people's pooches can reduce stress hormones and increase well-being.


Weekly Dose of Wonder: Spending time with a dog can be good for your health

Wednesday, August 02, 2023

What's four-legged, furry and often serves up a mood boost? That's right: dogs. As part of our series Weekly Dose of Wonder, here's how even brief interactions with pups can be good for health.


Here's how you can help kids stay healthy if they play outside in a heat wave

Friday, July 28, 2023

Little kids are like a "small potato" whose core can heat up faster than an adult's, an expert tells NPR. Here are tips for helping children stay safe in extreme temperatures.


Here's what happens to the body in extreme temperatures — and how heat becomes deadly

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Multiple organ failure, heart attack and kidney failure are the primary ways people die in extreme heat. Read on to find out how to stay safe in the heat wave.


Danger signs to look out for: What happens to the body in extreme heat

Friday, July 21, 2023

The extreme summer heat impacting millions in the U.S. will likely continue through August. Of all extreme weather conditions - heat is the most deadly.


These kids revamped their schoolyard. It could be a model to make cities healthier

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Living near parks can boost health and well being. But low-income communities and those of color often have less access than wealthier, white ones. Revamping schoolyards could be a game changer.


Why transforming concrete schoolyards into parks could make for healthier cities

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Living near parks can boost health. But low-income communities of color often have less access than their wealthier, white counterparts. One project aims to change that by revamping schoolyards.


Wildfire smoke can be especially dangerous for kids. Here's how to protect them

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Children in particular face health risks from wildfire smoke. Short-term exposure can trigger coughing and asthma attacks, while repeated encounters may reduce lung function.


Staying safe in smoky air is particularly important for some people. Here's how

Friday, June 09, 2023

Much of the Northeast U.S. is blanketed in a murky haze of wildfire smoke. For most people breathing this air is unpleasant, for others it can be life-threatening. There are ways to reduce the risk.


How to cut back on junk food in your child's diet – and when not to worry

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Kids today live in an ultra-processed world: Nearly 70% of what they eat is packaged, processed and probably not great for them. Here are ways to cut back, without cooking every meal from scratch.


What we know about the health risks of ultra-processed foods

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Sure, they're tasty, but packaged snacks and meals can be packed with sugar, salt and a list of unpronounceable ingredients. So what are they doing to your health? Scientists are trying to find out.


Diversity in medicine can save lives. Here's why there aren't more doctors of color

Thursday, April 20, 2023

The U.S. desperately needs more Black and Hispanic doctors, research shows. But financial pressures and discrimination can keep young people from even applying to med school.