Nobody likes to see a baby in pain. But it's been surprisingly hard for doctors to figure out how to make shots and other medical procedures hurt less. The solution might be as simple as giving a baby a bit of sugar water before the shot.
Firstborn children end up a little taller, smarter and richer than their younger siblings, on average. But are the eldest kids more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease when they grow up, too?
Physical activity has a range of benefits for children, yet many schools have cut back on gym and recess. Now a British study finds that children who were most active at age 11 did better academically through the teenage years. Active girls did particularly well in science, while both boys and girls had better scores in English.
The hunt to find genes that cause autism has been a long slog, one hampered by a lack of technology and families willing to be tested. But the effort is starting to pay off. On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children with autism, dozens more than were known before.
NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: 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.
Ralph Demicco feels as though he has watched the 53-minute surveillance video 100 times, searching it for clues to preventing tragedy. He sees a young man walk into his gun shop in Hooksett, N.H. The man asks about buying a handgun. "He engaged the clerk in small talk, totally disarmed the clerk," Demicco says.
Antidepressants are the second-most-prescribed drug in the U.S., making them seem about as common as Pez candy. Yet many people won't tell their primary care doctor that they're suffering symptoms of depression because they're afraid they'll be prescribed antidepressants, according to some new research.
Teenagers can be pretty creative in their pursuit of a cheap buzz. Last month we reported on the " cinnamon challenge," which involves snarfing down a spoonful of the powdered spice. Now we've got teens quaffing hand sanitizer, and ending up sick in the ER.
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Selecting a term
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