Health


Is Social Media Bad for Kids’ Mental Health?: A Debate 50 min.

Social media platforms have become integral to modern life in the 21st century, shaping how young people connect and communicate with the world around them. Their impact on children’s mental has raised many concerns. Some argue that excessive social media usage can undermine adolescents’ self-esteem and body image. It also provides a venue for cyberbullying and online harassment, which can cause s...

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Parkinson’s Disease 6 min.

One million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive condition that causes problems with body movement. New research has identified a genetic variant that increases the risk of Parkinson’s in people of African descent, and is not seen in those with European ancestry. Ekemini Riley, managing director of Aligning Science Across Parkinson's, joins John Yang to discuss the findings.

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Sunscreen 5 min.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, everyone older than six months should use sunscreen every day to decrease the risk of skin cancer. But today’s sunblock is full of ingredients that are decades old and increasingly obsolete. Dr. Rita Linkner, a board-certified dermatologist, joins Ali Rogin to discuss the state of American sunscreen.

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Trans in America 10 min.

Texas is the largest state in the country to ban transition-related medical care for minors, joining 19 other states that have restricted access. Laura Barrón-López recently spent time in Texas to learn more about the law and spoke with one family grappling with what’s next. A warning: this story includes discussions about suicide and depression.

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Wegovy Weight Loss 7 min.

The nation’s obesity epidemic is growing. Nearly 42 percent of all American adults are considered obese. Now, new findings about the FDA-approved weight-loss drug Wegovy may lead to even more demand for a medication that can be both life-changing and expensive. William Brangham reports.

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Direct Primary Care 7 min.

The U.S. faces a growing shortage of physicians, especially those in primary care fields like internal medicine, mental health, and pediatrics. The shortfall is driven by population and demographic trends and burnout. In this NewsHour program, Fred de Sam Lazaro looks at a doctor-patient model at a clinic in Wisconsin that may help the problem. The program is part of the series Agents for Change.

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Disappearing Pharmacies 8 min.

The supply chain that brings pharmaceutical drugs from the factory to the pharmacy is long, complex and unclear. Congress and several state legislatures have proposed or enacted laws to bring more transparency and curb soaring drug prices. In this NewsHour production, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on many small or independent pharmacies that complain that this system also hurts...

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Alabama Rural Health 9 min.

Using Alabama as a case study in rural health, this NewsHour program discusses a CDC report that shows that maternal deaths nearly doubled over three years, with over 1,200 deaths in 2021. In rural communities, where maternal mortality is almost double urban rates, there is a constant struggle to access lifesaving maternal healthcare. With support from the Pulitzer Center and in collaboration with...

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Myths About Fatness 7 min.

Stigma around weight is pervasive in the United States. But as author and podcaster Aubrey Gordon outlines in her New York Times bestseller book, anti-fat bias is also counterproductive, exacerbating health disparities and interfering with effective obesity intervention treatments. In this NewsHour program, Stephanie Sy speaks with Gordon to learn more.

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Translating Medicine 8 min.

For many immigrants, a mastery of everyday English doesn’t mean they feel comfortable in all settings, like doctors’ offices. That’s where medical interpreters play a crucial role — but access to these highly skilled professionals isn’t guaranteed for many Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Ali Rogin reports on the issues in this NewsHour program.

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