Shots - Featured Posts Featured posts, as selected by Shots.

Placebos are commonly thought of as fake treatments that people think are real. But they may be helpful even if you know they're fake. Tim Robberts/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Tim Robberts/Getty Images

California rules would require site-specific assessments to identify violence risks for health care workers and plans to mitigate them. Dana Neely/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Dana Neely/Getty Images
Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Poll: Cost Of Child Care Causes Financial Stress For Many Families

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/499166418/499409144" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

An ambulance pulls out of the emergency entrance at Temple University Hospital in North Philadelphia. Brad Larrison for NewsWorks hide caption

toggle caption
Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

Will A Study Save Victims Of Violence, Or Gamble With Their Lives?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/496828573/498736859" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Once-a-day HIV pills that combine multiple medicines, such as Truvada, are easier to take, but they can be more expensive than pills that contain only one active ingredient. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Too often, pediatricians say, the teen depression that went undiagnosed in the community shows up in the ER as a suicide attempt. Studio 642/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Studio 642/Blend Images/Getty Images

WFYI's Jake Harper reports health stories for Side Effects Public Media in Indianapolis. His newest health anxiety stems from the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Brian Paul/Side Effects Public Media hide caption

toggle caption
Brian Paul/Side Effects Public Media

Is 20-Something Too Late For A Guy To Get The HPV Vaccine?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/497677367/498219569" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Debbie Deagle holds a photo of her son Stephen and herself. Martha Bebinger/WBUR hide caption

toggle caption
Martha Bebinger/WBUR

Organ Donations Spike In The Wake Of The Opioid Epidemic

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/497799446/497991322" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Lack of access to quality medical care remains a major factor in higher breast cancer death rates among African-Americans. Deborah Jaffe/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Deborah Jaffe/Getty Images

Kratom, seen in capsule form here, has been under review by the Drug Enforcement Administration for possible restriction. Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images