Selena Simmons-Duffin

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Pregnant Women: Avoid Soft Cheeses, But Do Get These Shots

Monday, June 25, 2018

Doctors want to remind moms to get certain vaccines while pregnant. Whooping cough in particular can be deadly for newborns, but only about 50 percent of pregnant women get the vaccine.


'Where The Need Is': Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School

Monday, June 11, 2018

With teen pregnancy rates in some communities stubbornly high, one school district is trying something different: staff the schools with a midwife.


For Troubled Kids, Some Schools Take Time Out For Group Therapy

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A growing number of schools are offering training for emotional and social skills that can benefit kids in school and throughout their life.


Administration Rejects Proposal For Lifetime Medicaid Cap

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

The Trump administration laid out limits on how much flexibility it would allow states in running Medicaid. Work requirements are in and lifetime caps are out.


Can Triage Nurses Help Prevent 911 Overload?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

One in four calls to the Washington, D.C., 911 line isn't an emergency. The city now has triage nurses working with dispatchers to get callers with less urgent needs a same-day clinic visit instead.


PrEP Campaign Aims To Block HIV Infection And Save Lives In D.C.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

PrEP is shorthand for a pill that prevents HIV infection, if taken daily. As Washington, D.C. aims to cut new infections in half by 2020, it hopes to quadruple the number of residents on the medicine.


Yes, You Really Do Hear Each Crunch Of Popcorn While Watching 'A Quiet Place'

Monday, April 09, 2018

The horror movie is a hit at the box office, but poses a conundrum for those who like to take in their cinema with snacks.


Food, Housing Insecurity May Be Keeping College Students From Graduating

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

A new survey finds that many students at universities and community colleges are struggling to pay for basic needs — and that's hampering their ability to learn and complete their degrees.


When The Flu Hits Campus, The Gesundheit Machine Will Be Ready

Friday, February 02, 2018

It's a particularly harsh flu season. In the close quarters of dorm rooms and cafeterias and study groups, the flu will come to college campuses. And when it does, one scientist will be ready.


After Months In Limbo For Children's Health Insurance, Huge Relief Over Deal

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Children's Health Insurance Program drew bipartisan support for two decades. After brinkmanship over the federal budget, an agreement to end the shutdown has assured CHIP funding for six years.


Can Home Health Visits Help Keep People Out Of The ER?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Washington, D.C., is experimenting with providing home visits and telemedicine to people on Medicaid, with the goal of making it less likely they'll end up in the emergency room.


Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Shop around. That's the advice of health insurance navigators for people seeking health policies on the Affordable Care Act's state and federal exchanges. Premiums have climbed but so have subsidies.


States Sound Warning That Kids' Health Insurance Is At Risk

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program expired in September. Millions of children could lose coverage, unless Congress acts soon to restore the money to keep the program running.


A Baby Exposed To Zika Virus Is Doing Well, One Year Later

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Yaritza Martinez was infected with the Zika virus when she was 12 weeks pregnant. Doctors in Washington, D.C., are studying her son and other children to see if the virus has affected their health.


Renewed Calls For Patriotism Over Politics When Drawing District Lines

Friday, September 29, 2017

It's not against the law for politicians to consider politics when they're redrawing districts, but the situation in Wisconsin is particularly aggressive.


Same-Sex Spouses Turn To Adoption To Protect Parental Rights

Friday, September 22, 2017

If a man and a woman are married and a child is born, the man is automatically a parent. But if a woman who gives birth is married to another woman, parental rights are not guaranteed for her spouse.


'School For Good And Evil' Is A Kids' Fantasy Series For The Fake News Era

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Good and evil — they mix in the world," says author Soman Chainani. "Both sides claim to be good, both sides claim to be telling the truth." His latest in the series is called Quests for Glory.


Cars Are Starting To Remind Us Not To Leave Baby In The Back Seat

Thursday, August 24, 2017

An average of 37 children die in hot cars each year. A new bill in Congress aims to address the problem by requiring all new autos to remind drivers to check the back seat when they leave the car.


How Did We Get To 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants?

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The story of how that population grew so large is a long one that's mostly about Mexico, and full of unintended consequences.


#NPRreads: Four Great Reads Worth Going Out Of Your Way For

Saturday, July 23, 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.