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A Guarded Thumbs Up For Sugar To Ease Tots' Pain From Shots

npr.org — 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.

Born First And Headed For Health Trouble?

npr.org — 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?

Want Your Daughter To Be A Science Whiz? Soccer Might Help

npr.org — 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.

Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

npr.org — 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: 4 Reads To Keep You Young This Weekend

npr.org — 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.

A Plan to Prevent Gun Suicides

scientificamerican.com — 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.

Fear Of Antidepressants Leads People To Shun Treatment

npr.org — 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' Latest Bad Idea: Drinking Hand Sanitizer

npr.org — 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.

Does Putting On A Few Pounds Help You Cheat Death?

kpbs.org — A body mass index under 25 is deemed normal and healthy, and a higher BMI that's "overweight" or "obese" is not. But that might be changing, at least when it comes to risk of death.

Does Putting On A Few Pounds Help You Cheat Death?

wypr.org — A body mass index under 25 is deemed normal and healthy, and a higher BMI that's "overweight" or "obese" is not. But that might be changing, at least when it comes to risk of death.
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Jul 01, 2016

RT @cjsotomatic: Thanks to all who spoke up about the episode, and @siminevazire @hardsci @BrentWRoberts @nancyshute for advice and feedback about the essay.

Jun 27, 2016

An eye-opening thread on the big problem Northern Ireland poses for BREXIT.  https://twitter.com/shockproofbeats/status/747363546791546880 

Jun 24, 2016

RT @jonathanchait: And then they didn't name it Boaty McBoatface! So no wonder some people didn't take the consequences seriously.  https://twitter.com/patroclus/status/746395004067786752 


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