Weekend Edition Sunday

The Call-In: Childhood Obesity Rates Are At Their Highest Since 1999

On this week's Weekend Edition Call-In, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro hears from listeners about childhood obesity and speaks with Dr. David Ludwig of Boston Children's Hospital.

For Compulsive Hair Pullers And Skin Pickers, There Is Need For More Help

This writer has struggled with compulsive hair pulling and skin picking since she was young. For her and others who suffer, there are only mildly effective treatments, though new efforts are underway.

All Things Considered

Landmark Report Concludes Abortion In U.S. Is Safe

The report says many state laws that make it harder for women to get abortions don't have a medical purpose and can make outcomes worse.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Financial Side Effects From A Prescription For Toenail Fungus

A prescription for a drug called Kerydin depleted one woman's health reimbursement account without her even knowing it. When should health care providers broach costs with patients?

All Things Considered

A New Documentary About Adults On Adderall — And Not Just For ADHD

Alison Klayman's new film Take Your Pills looks at the pervasiveness of prescription stimulants — Adderall, Ritalin, and others — in college classrooms and workplaces in the U.S.

All Things Considered

NASA Study Finds Astronaut's Genes Changed While In Space

A study shows that not only do astronaut's genes change in space, but they have the potential to remained changed even months after the astronaut is back on Earth.

All Things Considered

Revolutionary Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton Dies At 99

Pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton revolutionized the way parents interacted with their babies and young children. His career spanned more than half a century and included dozens of books, hundreds of publications and a TV show. He died Tuesday, just shy of his 100th birthday.

Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids' Playgrounds?

Are playgrounds in the U.S. too sterile and risk-averse to help our kids thrive? Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers play and child development in evolutionary perspective.

Biologists Trace Genetic Roots Of Evolution, One Cell At A Time

E.coli bacteria, each cell trapped in a tiny tube, are giving researchers the chance to study the pace and effects of single genetic mutations. Most mutations, the scientists find, aren't harmful.

FDA Advances Plan To Slash Nicotine In Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration wants to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to levels so low that millions of smokers will be able to quit and millions more people will never take up the habit.

Vermont Program Hailed As Model For Elder Healthcare

June 9, 2016
Karyn Crossman, a SASH coordinator pays a visit to 88-year-old Lloyd Piggrem, of Rutland. Piggrem is one of 100 clients Crossman works with through a statewide nonprofit that provides a variety of home-based support services. (Nina Keck/VPR)

The country’s medical costs are skyrocketing, with a nursing home stay running about $7,000 a month.

Teaching Young Men A Culture Of Consent

June 8, 2016
Students hold up a sign about rape at White Plaza during New Student Orientation on the Stanford University campus in 2015. (Tessa Ormenyi via AP)

In light of the Stanford rape case, we ask, what are we teaching young men about privilege and consent?

How Hispanics Fare Under The Affordable Care Act

June 8, 2016
Dr. Elisa Melendez-Eisman, the medical director of Clinica Tepeyac, with a patient. (Courtesy Clinica Tepeyac)

Hispanics have seen some of the biggest gains in health coverage under the ACA, but some disparities remain.

Treating Diabetes With Light

June 8, 2016

For many people with diabetes, needles are a blessing and a curse. But a Missouri researcher may have found a way to ease their plight with light.

Vermont Governor On FDA’s Role In Opioid Epidemic

June 7, 2016
The six New England governors met to discuss strategies to deal with the opioid addiction problem in all their states. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Six governors from around New England gathered at Harvard Medical School to discuss the opioid epidemic.

Brock Turner, And What We Talk About When We Talk To Our Kids About Rape

June 7, 2016

We need to teach our daughters and our sons that consent is sacrosanct. That there are consequences to violating it.

A Personal Perspective On Knee Replacement Surgery, As Demand For Procedure Surges

June 6, 2016
Total knee replacement surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the U.S. For aging baby boomers, it's number one. WBUR's Bruce Gellerman was extremely bow-legged, and arthritis made it worse. He decided to get both of his knees replaced when he could no longer ride his bike. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

Total knee replacement surgery is one of the most common operations performed in the U.S. WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman takes us into the operating room as he gets a new right knee.

Federal, Local Officials Gather In Boston To Discuss Fentanyl Crisis

June 3, 2016
Senator-elect Ed Markey gives a thumbs-up while speaking at the Massachusetts state Democratic Convention in Lowell, Mass., Saturday, July 13, 2013. (AP)

A medical examiner confirmed that pop music icon Prince died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

Massachusetts Town Reflects On Year Of Treating, Not Arresting, Opioid Addicts

June 3, 2016
Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello is pictured in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on July 10, 2015. Gloucester is taking a novel approach to the war on drugs, making the police station a first stop for addicts on the road to recovery. Addicts can turn in their drugs to police, no questions asked, and officers, volunteers and trained clinicians help connect them with detox and treatment services. (Elise Amendola/AP)

More than 100 police departments around the country have started similar programs.

In Texas, Women’s Access To Health Care Could Hurt Efforts To Deal With Zika

June 3, 2016
With all of the diseases that mosquitoes carry, why not eradicate them? British researcher Dr. Philip McCall explains why it's not that simple. (turkletom/Flickr)

State health officials have been charged with creating “a clear and concise plan” for dealing with a possible outbreak.

Too Many Dead: The Need To Reframe Gun Violence As A Public Health Issue

June 3, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not been allowed to collect data on gun violence in America. The dean of the Boston University School of Public Health hopes that’s about to change.

‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ Marches On, Into The 21st Century

June 2, 2016
Our Bodies Ourselves executive director Julie Childers (left) and co-founder Judy Norsigian (middle) stand with Here & Now co-host Robin Young in the Here & Now stuidos. (Eileen Bolinsky/Here & Now)

The book “Our Bodies, Ourselves” has become an invaluable source of information about women’s sexual and reproductive health.

CommonHealth: Guideline Changes And Controversy Over Aspirin-A-Day Regimens

June 2, 2016

Many doctors are questioning whether taking a daily aspirin is really worth the risks.

Gloucester Police Mark 1 Year Since Launch Of ‘Angel Program’ To Combat Opioid Crisis

June 2, 2016
Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello last year as the program started. (Elise Amendola/AP)

It’s been one year since the launch of the Gloucester Police Department’s “Angel program,” which grants amnesty to those struggling with opioid addiction who seek police help getting into treatment. Here’s how things went.

A Syllabus For Empathy — Or Why Health Care Workers Should Read Poetry

June 2, 2016

A doctor reflects on the power of poetry to help better understand a patient’s struggles.

Searching For An Alternative Brain Cancer Cure While Fighting The FDA

June 1, 2016
A scientist examining cells in a 96-well plate. These plates allow scientists to look at lots of cells at the same time and directly compare cells that have or have not been treated with a drug. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images/Cancer Research UK)

Neil Fachon found an experimental brain cancer therapy being offered in Texas. But just one day into treatment, the FDA ordered it to stop.

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