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School's Out, But Lunch Is Still On

Across this region there's a push to make sure kids who receive free or reduced-priced lunches don't go hungry when school's out over the summer months.


Asthma-Free With No Hay Fever? Thank Your Older Sibling

Older siblings can be annoying know-it-alls, but research suggests they may also help younger siblings build up stronger immune systems. And that may help reduce the risk of asthma and allergies.

British Columbia Declares Public Health Emergency Over Fentanyl Overdoses

Overdose deaths have been driven lately by a synthetic opioid called Fentanyl, which is cheaper than heroin and more potent. Officials are expanding the alert to include a newer opioid called W-18.

In Syria, Underground Efforts To Train Doctors Amid Regime Attacks

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to reporter Ben Taub of The New Yorker about efforts to spread medical knowledge in Syria. Taub chronicles underground efforts to train doctors in Syria amid ongoing attacks by regime forces against medical personnel and facilities.

Can Doctors Learn To Perform Abortions Without Doing One?

Accredited medical residency programs have to teach doctors how to perform abortions. But interpretation of the requirement varies, especially in a state like Texas where training options are scarce.

Sobering Up, And Facing The Reality Of Sex Without 'Liquid Courage'

Author Sarah Hepola had to rethink her sex life after she quit drinking when she was 35. "Nothing frightened me as much as sex without alcohol," she says.

Bright, Bluish-White LED Streetlamps Disrupt Sleep Cycles, AMA Says

The American Medical Association says some energy-efficient streetlamps interfere with circadian rhythms and also cause glare. It recommends that towns choose less intense, warmer-colored lights.

Even A Small Meal For A Doctor Can Tip The Balance For A Brand-Name Drug

Researchers say the time doctors spend with drug company representatives when they are dropping off meals is probably more important than the food in influencing prescription choices.

Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger Smells, Tastes And Sizzles Like Meat

Impossible Foods took a high-tech approach to creating a meat-free burger that replicates the real thing. It's all designed to tempt carnivores to eat less meat. And it's set to hit restaurants soon.

Politics Makes Abortion Training In Texas Difficult

The hostile climate surrounding abortion in Texas has made it hard for doctors in training to learn to do abortions. Professors feel intimidated, and there are fewer clinics where residents can train.