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Feb 14, 2019
African-Americans still have the highest death rate and the lowest survival rate of any U.S. racial or ethnic group for most cancers. But the "cancer gap" between blacks and whites is shrinking.
Feb 14, 2019
President Trump has pledged to eliminate HIV in America by 2030. But in the South, rates of HIV/AIDS among black gay and bisexual men remain stubbornly high.
Feb 14, 2019
The chemicals, which are linked to health problems, have contaminated drinking water and soil in many parts of the United States. Critics say the EPA is not acting fast enough to limit them.
Feb 14, 2019
WHO acted in reaction to a Chinese scientist's announcement in 2018 that he had created the world's first gene-edited babies, a step that highlighted the need for uniform gene-editing guidelines.
Feb 14, 2019
Inflation in Zimbabwe is sky-high — marked by ill-equipped hospitals and long lines for fuel. NPR talks with two doctors who say they don't have the supplies to keep patients, and themselves, safe.
Feb 13, 2019
The Military Family Advisory Network gathered responses from families in 46 states. It concluded that residents' complaints were ignored and fear of retaliation on service members' careers persisted.
Feb 13, 2019
After years of being beaten up, this teen decided to take justice into his own hands. A school district in Oregon showed him a better way to solve his problems.
Feb 13, 2019
Families learn to be skeptical about vaccines in communities where incomplete vaccination is the norm. A researcher into the phenomenon found that people are ready to listen, if they're heard, too.
Feb 13, 2019
With the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, scientists are exploring nature to find new disease-fighting compounds. They're finding them in surprising new places: the microbiomes of insects.
Feb 12, 2019
Growing up, Judith Grisel struggled with alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. Now as a neuroscientist, she's working to understand the biological basis of addiction. Her new book is Never Enough.
Feb 12, 2019
An influential expert panel recommends pregnant women at risk of depression get referred to counseling to prevent the illness. But for many women and their doctors, it may be easier said than done.
Feb 12, 2019
In the wake of the Great Recession, the U.S. fertility rate has dipped to a record low. Why hasn't it recovered with the broader economy?
Feb 12, 2019
The group says it has 18 chapters in eight states, all of them funded by private, anonymous donations. Members distribute free and clean drug-use supplies even at the risk of being arrested.
Feb 11, 2019
"Both sides are talking and I always think that is always the essential thing to reaching an agreement," Cook tells NPR. The U.S. has set a March 1 deadline for the talks, which resume this week.
Feb 11, 2019
The media attention around a racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page sheds light on the larger problem of how racism affects medical care for African-Americans.