Patti Neighmond Award-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.
Stories By

Patti Neighmond

Yvonne Condes helps her son Alec get ready for baseball practice. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
David Gilkey/NPR

In Many Families, Exercise Is By Appointment Only

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/172968900/173034852" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A new poll explores what happens in American households during the hours between school and bedtime. Image courtesy of The Bishop family (left), The Benavides family (top right), NPR (center) and The Jacobs family (bottom right) hide caption

toggle caption
Image courtesy of The Bishop family (left), The Benavides family (top right), NPR (center) and The Jacobs family (bottom right)

How 'Crunch Time' Between School And Sleep Shapes Kids' Health

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/172717996/172858125" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Brad McDonald and his 14-year-old daughter, Madalyn, are working to understand each other during her teenage years. Courtesy of Brad McDonald hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Brad McDonald

How Parents Can Learn To Tame A Testy Teenager

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/171466505/171679133" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Some parents have worried that kids get too many vaccinations too quickly. A review of all the available research suggests those concerns are misplaced. Dmitry Naumov/iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption
Dmitry Naumov/iStockphoto.com

A cigarette warning label image approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Food and Drug Administration hide caption

toggle caption
Food and Drug Administration

Members of the boys basketball team from Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, celebrate their 2012 state championship victory. Psychological research shows that sports camaraderie improves teenagers' mental health. Charles Pulliam/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Charles Pulliam/AP

Dr. Jame Abraham used positron emission tomography, or PET, scans to understand differences in brain metabolism before and after chemotherapy. Dr. Jame Abraham hide caption

toggle caption
Dr. Jame Abraham

According to a study published in Pediatrics, boys are entering puberty six months to two years earlier than they did in past studies. iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption
iStockphoto.com

Like Girls, Boys Are Entering Puberty Earlier

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/167735056/167953561" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Fraud victims are more likely to have opened official-looking sweepstakes notices and other mailings. A new study says the elderly are more susceptible than the young to being swindled. Allen Breed/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Allen Breed/AP

Why It's Easier To Scam The Elderly

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/166609270/166628401" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In the U.K.-based program called Txt2stop, researchers sent smokers encouraging text messages, like the one above, to help them quit. Karen Castillo Farfán/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Karen Castillo Farfán/NPR

Employees at at Salo, a Minneapolis-based financial consulting firm, walk while working on treadmill desks. The firm offers treadmill desks for employee use and encourages an active workplace environment. Salo LLC hide caption

toggle caption
Salo LLC

Can You Move It And Work It On A Treadmill Desk?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/165293511/165454186" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks like this one. A study finds that some people can be reinfected many times with the bacteria that cause the disease. Lauree Feldman/Getty Creative Images hide caption

toggle caption
Lauree Feldman/Getty Creative Images

Recurring Lyme Disease Rash Caused By Reinfection, Not Relapse

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/165115733/165162201" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A tiny bacteriophage virus can cripple the bacteria that cause troublesome acne on teens' skin. Charles Bowman/University of Pittsburgh hide caption

toggle caption
Charles Bowman/University of Pittsburgh

Doctors Strike Mutating Bacteria In Teen Acne Battle

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/162821580/162921965" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

More elderly drivers will hit the road in the next decade, but family members wonder: When is it time for elderly loved ones to move to the passenger seat? Martin Novak/iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption
Martin Novak/iStockphoto.com

When Should Seniors Hang Up The Car Keys?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/162392507/162493655" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Doctors may recommend that obese patients use weight-loss drugs to trick their hunger pangs. iStockphoto.com hide caption

toggle caption
iStockphoto.com