July 21, 2004 Children with a genetic predisposition for high cholesterol can benefit from cholesterol-lowering drugs that have been successful with adults, says a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. NPR's Patricia Neighmond reports.
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July 15, 2004 Jennifer Wing reports from Seattle, Wash., where lead has been detected in the drinking water at dozens of city schools. Although officials have known about the problem for years, some parents complain that the city hasn't done enough to solve it.
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July 15, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley checks in with tech guru Omar Wasow of BlackPlanet.com about the latest technological developments in baby gear.
July 12, 2004 The Capitol Hill consensus is that the 1996 welfare reform act has succeeded in reducing welfare rolls by 60 percent. But a key component intended to give states more control over welfare policy is said to be ineffective.
July 9, 2004 NPR's Joanne Silberner reports on the continuing controversy over a vaccine to prevent one of the leading killers of children in the so-called developing world, the rotavirus. The vaccine is currently too expensive for poor nations to afford, and the pharmaceutical companies developing the vaccine are insisting on more testing.
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July 8, 2004 Commentator David Shenk is disappointed that Theresa Heinz Kerry decided to try and stop John Edwards' son Jack from sucking his thumb at the Democratic photo-op in Pittsburgh, Penn.
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July 8, 2004 The rise in arrests of methamphetamine users in rural America created 3,000 so-called "meth orphans" in 2003, according to law enforcement officials. As addiction to the drug, which is cheap and easy to make, has increased, so has the number of children found at the sites of meth lab busts. In Boone, N.C., 20 children were taken into custody last year. Leda Hartman reports.
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June 21, 2004 The federal government may be paying too much money for a nutrition program known as WIC that serves nearly half the nation's infants. Across the country, stores have opened that cater to low-income women and children on the program, but they charge higher-than-market prices for milk, eggs and other staples. NPR's Laura Sydell reports.
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June 21, 2004 In Florida, education officials have been successful in getting more children to participate in the summer food program. During the school year, millions of children nationwide in grades pre-K through 12 eat free or discounted meals through the National School Lunch Program. But statistics show that number drops off dramatically in the summer. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne.
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June 18, 2004 We wrap up our week-long series with a look at positive parenting. NPR's Tavis Smiley is joined by Phillip Jackson, executive director of the Black Star Project, an umbrella organization for several parenting and education focused groups. He also speaks with Africa Porter, president of the South Suburban Illinois Chapter of 100 Concerned Mothers.
June 17, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley talks to Judge Glenda Hatchett about non-traditional parenting. She is the presiding judge of the nationally syndicated television show Judge Hatchett and author of Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say!: Seven Simple Strategies to Help Our Children Along the Path to Purpose and Possibility.
June 16, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley discusses child discipline with Dr. Anderson Franklin, director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at The City College and Graduate School at the City University of New York. He also speaks with pediatrician Dr. Den A. Trumbull.
June 15, 2004 Long-steeped in a Southern tradition of fried delights, the people of Arkansas are saying no more. The state, from its schoolrooms to the governor's mansion, is taking an honest look at its weight problem and coming up with innovative ways to cut the fat.
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June 14, 2004 A bill championed by a skin cancer survivor that would ban teenagers from tanning at indoor salons will come to a vote in California's state Senate Monday. Gloria Hillard reports.
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June 14, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley talks to health commentator Dr. Ian Smith about whether genetic and environmental factors play key roles in why people suffer from asthma.
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