Health

Goats and Soda
6:03 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Is Peanut Butter The Best Present For Malnourished Teen Moms-To-Be?

Three women in Malawi hold buckets of a fortified corn soy blend. Is this the right food for pregnant teens? Or is nutrition-rich peanut butter better?
Courtesy of Project Peanut Butter

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:08 am

Pregnant mothers are often reminded that they're eating for two. But 17-year-old Gladys barely has enough food for one.

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Goats and Soda
4:40 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Block By Block, Health Workers Lead Liberia To Victory Over Ebola

Caroline Williams is a community organizer in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia. Here's how she got her message through to Liberians about preventing Ebola: "We talk to them, talk to them, talk to them. At last they started listening to us. All the methods that we been giving them, by God's will, they accepted."
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 5:29 am

They were the ones who went door to door to stop the spread of Ebola. They were accused of passing on the virus and had water hurled at them. They were the community health workers — the unsung heroes of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

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Goats and Soda
3:34 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

As Ebola Leaves Liberia, Measles Makes A Forceful Comeback

A nurse holds a young girl who was vaccinated at the kickoff of a national measles prevention campaign in Liberia.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 9:38 pm

On the northern side of Monrovia, a team of nurses is vaccinating children on the veranda of the AfroMed clinic. Tables with boxes of rubber gloves and vaccine coolers are arranged in the shade out of the intense, tropical sun.

A mother rocks her crying baby, who has just been jabbed with a measles shot. Martina Seyah, who brought her 2-year-old daughter, Irena, to get the shot, says parents in the neighborhood are very worried their children could get measles or other diseases.

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Health
3:19 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

What You Should Know Before Stepping On A Treadmill

Treadmills are the one of the most popular forms of mechanical exercise and they are also the most dangerous. (eccampbellphotography/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 3:20 pm

The sudden death of Dave Goldberg, the husband of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, is still being investigated. Goldberg, who was 47, died after falling off a treadmill he was using while on vacation at a resort in Mexico. He is said to have died from head injuries, but there are reports he may have had a heart attack while using the exercise machine.

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Health
3:18 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Does Removing Artificial Ingredients Mean Healthier Food?

Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich is pictured in 2013. Panera is the latest company to tout the removal of artificial ingredients, adding more fuel to the debate over whether such moves improve the quality of food or are little more than a marketing tool. (Panera Bread via AP)

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:47 pm

Panera Bread announced this week that it will stop using a number of artificial ingredients in its foods. John Coupland, a professor of food science at Penn State University, talks with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about what these additives are, and why more and more companies have been making moves to eliminate them in foods.

Interview Highlights: John Coupland

On whether these changes will make Panera’s food healthier

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The Two-Way
2:40 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

We're In The Age Of Noah And Emma: Most Popular Baby Names Of 2014

The top names for newborns in the U.S. last year were Noah and Emma, followed by Liam and Olivia. Third on the list were Mason and Sophia.
Sally Anscombe Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 4:17 pm

Sophia's time as the most popular name for little girls born in the U.S. is reportedly over; it was replaced by Emma in the government's 2014 data that were released Friday. Repeating as the top boy's name is Noah, followed by Liam.

That's the news from the Social Security Administration, which says, "There are a few new names in the top 10 this year — James (a former No. 1 from the '40s and '50s) on the blue side and Charlotte on the pink side, her first time ever in the top 10."

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The Salt
12:58 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Promises, Promises: Is Big Food Marketing Less Junk To Kids On TV?

TV marketing that pushes foods high in salt, sugar and fat to children can put their long-term health at risk, according to past research. So has Big Food changed its ways?
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:21 pm

It's not hard to connect the dots between what kids see on TV and what they eat. Advertising works.

And researchers have documented that marketing practices that push items like sugary cereals, salted snacks and fast food put children's long-term health at risk, by promoting unhealthy eating habits.

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Goats and Soda
11:10 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Rescued From Boko Haram, How Can They Reclaim Their Lives?

Lami Musa, 27, cradles her 5-day-old baby girl at a refugee camp clinic. One of the women rescued from Boko Haram, she says her husband was killed before she was abducted by Islamist extremists.
Sunday Alamba AP

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 12:22 pm

How do you help a former captive reclaim her life?

That's the question mental health professionals face as they treat more than 200 women and children freed from the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram last Saturday in Nigeria.

According to reports, the majority of those rescued are children and a number of the teens and women are pregnant.

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Shots - Health News
10:54 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Despite Recent Measles Outbreak, Resistance To Vaccinations Persists

Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:08 pm

A measles outbreak linked to Disneyland has exposed gaps in immunization against the highly infectious disease.

All told this year, 169 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia were reported sick with measles through May 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Childhood vaccination remains a potent public health weapon against the spread of many illnesses, including measles. But objections and worries about vaccination remain, too.

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Shots - Health News
8:05 am
Fri May 8, 2015

People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Can Hurt

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 7:28 am

Most people think a miscarriage is rare, and many believe that if a woman loses a pregnancy that she brought it upon herself. Neither of those things is true, but the enduring beliefs cause great pain to women and their partners.

In fact, almost half of people who have experienced a miscarriage or whose partner has had one feel guilty, according to a survey to be published Monday in Obstetrics & Gynecology. More than a quarter of them felt shame. Many felt they'd lost a child.

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