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It's Not Easy Running A Hospital Without Running Water

A third of hospitals surveyed in low- and middle-income countries report they do not have running water all the time. And sometimes not at all.

Can You Psych Yourself Into Running A 4-Minute Mile?

NPR's Lulu Miller tells the story of one runner who always believed he could break the four-minute mile. Then a terrible accident made him question if he would ever be the same runner.

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

In mice, monkeys and people, exercise releases a protein called cathepsin B. And as blood and brain levels of this protein rise, memory gets better. But the protein has a dark side, too.

Bad News For Kids Who Don't Like Flu Shots

A panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against using a needle-free flu vaccine that's popular with pediatricians, parents and children.
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The Growing Popularity Of Retail Health Clinics And What Patients Need To Know

An estimated six million people now go to health clinics each year in retail stores like CVS and Wal-Mart. But some doctors say relying too heavily on these convenient medical facilities can be risky. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of guests discuss the pros and cons of retail health clinics.


The Challenge Of Taking Health Apps Beyond The Well-Heeled

A nutrition app may not be the top priority for someone who struggles to pay for groceries. But cellphones have the potential to improve the health of people with low incomes, if they can get them.

Has Zika Pushed More Women Toward Illegal Abortions?

A new study offers some intriguing clues.

Using A Smartphone In Bed Made Women Momentarily Blind

Two women woke up to find they were blind in one eye. Then their eyesight quickly returned to normal. The likely cause? They had been gazing at their smartphone screens in the dark.

When Parents Face Deportation, Their Children's Mental Health Suffers

Hundreds of thousands of U.S.-born children have had a parent detained or deported by immigration authorities. One family provides a glimpse into the mental health challenges these kids may face as a consequence.

House Speaker Paul Ryan Reveals GOP Health Care Plan

House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the health care component of congressional Republicans' policy agenda Wednesday, a long-awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act.