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May 13, 2016 Comment

Building A Better Bionic Leg, Nature’s Way

Scientists are working on a way to make a computerized bionic ankle act like a real leg by getting muscles to behave like springs.

May 13, 2016 Comment

While U.S. Leads In Genome Research, Competition Abounds

The country has made strides in fighting disease through genome research, but there are concerns with funding.

May 11, 2016 5 Comments

STAT-Harvard Poll: Most Americans Oppose Speedier Drug Approval, Support Getting Prescription Drug Ads Off TV

We examine the poll results from David Nather, Washington Editor for STAT.

May 10, 2016 5 Comments

New FDA Anti-Smoking Campaign Encourages LGBT Teens To ‘Keep Your Flawless’

The FDA has been warning teens about the dangers of smoking for years, but this new ad campaign is geared towards LGBT youth.

May 6, 2016 Comment

Job Retraining Programs Come With Financial, Other Hurdles

Even though their tuition is covered, trainees face many challenges.

May 5, 2016 19 Comments

One Breast Cancer Advocate On Why She Hates Fundraising Walks

Karuna Jaggar, who runs a breast cancer organization, expresses her concerns about the impact of large-scale fundraising walks.

May 5, 2016 6 Comments

FDA Clamps Down On E-Cigarettes

It’s the first federal law regulating e-cigarettes and other “vaping” products.

May 4, 2016 24 Comments

Mother Refuses To Gloss Over Addiction And Overdose In Daughter's Obituary

Kathleen Errico’s daughter, Kelsey Endicott, lost her battle with opioid addiction in April, 2016.

May 4, 2016 4 Comments

For Insomniacs, Behavioral Therapy Is Better Than Sleeping Pills

If you have chronic insomnia, the American College of Physicians this week said that it’s better treated with therapy than sleeping pills.

May 3, 2016 3 Comments

Letter From ‘Little Miss Flint’ Inspires Obama To Visit

Obama will visit Flint, Michigan on Wednesday to meet with residents who’ve lived with contaminated water.

May 2, 2016 22 Comments

A Candid Conversation With Public Radio’s Diane Rehm

The radio show host discusses her husband’s illness and their often fraught marriage.

April 29, 2016 3 Comments

UK Doctors’ Group Comes Out In Support Of E-Cigarettes

An influential doctors group in the UK has come out in support of e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking.

April 28, 2016 Comment

Using Video Games To Help Stroke Victims Recover

There’s growing scientific evidence suggesting that these types of games may improve physical therapy outcomes.

April 27, 2016 13 Comments

Measles In Memphis, Mumps In Massachusetts. What’s Going On?

Six people in Memphis have been diagnosed with the measles and there have been numerous outbreaks of mumps.

April 25, 2016 4 Comments

Philanthropist Aims To Fill Gaps In Mental Health Care For Vets

Steven Cohen is putting $275 million towards clinics that will offer treatment for veterans with PTSD and other mental health issues.

April 22, 2016 7 Comments

Proposal To Raise Tobacco Buying Age To 21 Sparks Debate

The Tobacco 21 campaign has persuaded a number of cities to raise the legal buying age, but Gardner, Kansas, rejected the proposal.

April 20, 2016 Comment

The World Is About To Switch To A New Polio Vaccine

Over the next two weeks, public health officials are working to get the entire world to switch from one polio vaccine to another.

April 20, 2016 4 Comments

Researchers Working To Speed Development Of A Zika Vaccine

An expert at Sanofi Pasteur discusses the process of vaccine development and when a Zika vaccine might be ready.

April 20, 2016 13 Comments

California Preschools Are In The Path Of Pollution

KPCC investigated the effect of air pollution on early childhood development by taking air quality readings outside child care centers.

April 19, 2016 Comment

What’s Next In The NFL’s Legal Battle Over Concussions

A settlement upheld on Monday means retired players can receive up to $5 million, depending on the extent of their injuries.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

June 6 Comment

Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.