Mara Gordon
Stories By

Mara Gordon

Mara Gordon

Story Archive

Maskot/Getty Images/Maskot
Sarinya Pinngam/Getty Images/EyeEm
Shannon Wright for NPR

Having a purpose in life, whether building guitars or swimming or volunteer work, affects your health, researchers found. It even appeared to be more important for decreasing risk of death than exercising regularly. Dean Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Dean Mitchell/Getty Images

Many people might not be aware of what types of vaccines they need as they get older. Here, an adult gets a flu shot in Jacksonville, Fla. Rick Wilson/AP images for Flu + You hide caption

toggle caption
Rick Wilson/AP images for Flu + You
Thomas Tolstrup/Getty Images

Lubrication And Lots Of Communication: Navigating A New Sexual Life After Menopause

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/721751600/721829043" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The habit of ordering unneeded tests and treatments drives up medical costs. It's a pattern doctors often learn in medical school and residency. Medioimages/Photodisc/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Medioimages/Photodisc/Getty Images

RaDonda Vaught appears at a court hearing with her attorney, Peter Strianse, in February. Vaught, a former nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was charged with reckless homicide after a medication error killed a patient. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Humphrey/AP

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology says suggestions that a medical abortion can be reversed after more than an hour has passed aren't supported by scientific evidence. Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Getty Images

Hesitancy about vaccination in a community has a lot to do with acculturation to its norms. Karl Tapales/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Karl Tapales/Getty Images

Medical Anthropologist Explores 'Vaccine Hesitancy'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/694449743/694463855" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Demonstrators hold signs and chant in Richmond, Va., on Feb. 2. They were calling for the resignation of Gov. Ralph Northam after a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page came to light. He denies that he is in the photo but admits to once dressing in blackface. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Steve Helber/AP

Racist Med School Yearbook Photos? Medicine's Racism Problems Go Even Deeper

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/693668201/693668202" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Dr. Lisa Hofler runs a University of New Mexico clinic that stocks mifepristone but doesn't routinely provide prenatal care. She and her colleagues can schedule same-day appointments for women diagnosed with miscarriages elsewhere. Adria Malcolm for NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Adria Malcolm for NPR