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Starting Families Later In Life Could Cause 'Grandparent Deficit'

In a recent piece for Time magazine, Susanna Schrobsdorff presents an unexpected challenge for people starting families later in life.

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Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.

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At Aging Conference, Old Is The New Black

For the first in a series of regular discussions about aging, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Ina Jaffe from the Aging in America Conference in Chicago.

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Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.

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Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

A woman's family is stuck with medical charges for care she received after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Negotiating relief from the bills has become a part-time job for her daughter.

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in San Francisco and some other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

Indiana Suspends Ban On Needle Exchanges To Combat HIV Outbreak

The state's governor says he would temporarily OK a program in one county after dozens of new infections were reported stemming from the injection of the prescription drug Opana.

Is There Any Way To Screen The World's Pilots For Suicidal Tendencies?

There are questionnaires that aim to identify people at risk of killing themselves. But the tests are flawed — and it's not at all clear they'd be effective in assessing the mental state of pilots.

Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.

Pilot Psychology And Flight Safety

March 30, 2015
A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. (AP)

The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots’ psychological health.

Are We Winning The ‘War On Cancer’?

March 27, 2015
Doctor with a stethoscope (proimos/Flickr)

The number of Americans who will die from cancer each year is growing, but there is evidence we’re moving in the right direction.

How To Get Fit, For Less

March 27, 2015
Members of  a November Project 'tribe' pause during a November 2014 workout. (Brogan Graham / Instagram)

Spring training. From easy-access yoga to outdoor exercise meet-ups, exercise plans you’ll want to do.

Report: Glitch Cuts Off Food Stamp Benefits For Thousands Of Eligible Residents

March 27, 2015

Advocates for the poor say efforts to modernize the state’s food stamp program and weed out fraud have left thousands of eligible residents without benefits.

Addiction Expert: We Know Too Little About Marijuana

March 26, 2015
Although medicinal marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, no dispensaries have been approved yet. (Melanie Tata/Flickr)

Beacon Hill is buzzing with a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use — we talk to Dr. Kevin Hill about the real facts behind the drug.

5 Years In, How's It Going With The Affordable Care Act?

March 26, 2015
Jose Ramirez (left) and Mariana Silva speak with Yosmay Valdivia, an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as they discuss plans available from the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of the Americas on December 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News shares the numbers and whether she thinks Obamacare will still be around in another five years.

Southern Indiana County Experiencing HIV Outbreak

March 26, 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence makes a comment as Scott County Sheriff Don McClain listens during a meeting that Pence held with local officials in Scott County to discuss an HIV outbreak in the area, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Scottsburg, Ind. Pence is preparing to declare a public health emergency in the southern Indiana county where 72 cases of HIV have been confirmed. (Darron Cummings/AP)

Health officials say the outbreak stems from the use of shared needles to inject the narcotic pain reliever Opana.

Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already

March 26, 2015
A child walks through a forest landscape. (Rudolf Vlček / Flickr)

American kids today spend only four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors. We hear a new call to raise the “wild child.”

Mass. State Police Head: Go After Heroin Dealers For Overdose Deaths

March 24, 2015

With heroin overdose deaths skyrocketing in Massachusetts, the head of the state police is calling for authorities to take a relatively new step to help stem the crisis.

Retired Detroit Firefighters Battle Cancer And Medicals Bills

March 24, 2015
Duane Kelley, left, on the job as a Detroit firefighter. Now he's retired and has stage IV stomach and liver cancer. (Courtesy Duane Kelley)

Retired firefighters who made it through decades of running into burning buildings and the city’s bankruptcy are now facing the burden of medical bills.

Angelina Jolie Goes Public With Second Preventive Cancer Surgery

March 24, 2015
In her second Op Ed in the New York Times, Jolie discusses her choice to to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes in a cancer preventative surgery. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

Angelina Jolie publicly announced she has elected surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. We discuss the risks and benefits of such surgeries with an expert.

In 2015, NFL Players Shouldn't Be Hearing About Concussions And Their Repercussions For The First Time

March 24, 2015
Bill Littlefield says despite mounting research, statistics and growing scientific concern about the link between football and brain disease, it appears the attitude of the NFL is the same as it ever was. This photo, provided by the Southern Impact Research Center in Tennessee, taken June 18, 2014, shows equipment that can test how football helmets perform against certain concussion-causing forces. There is no concussion-proof football helmet, but an organization that sets safety standards for athletic equipment was preparing new testing criteria. (AP)

Despite mounting research, statistics and growing scientific concern about the link between football and brain disease, it appears the attitude of the NFL is the same as it ever was.

New ADHD Treatment Calls for Parenting, Not Pills

March 23, 2015
Most of Boston Medical Center's patients come from the inner city, according to Dr. Michael Silverstein. (Wikimedia Commons)

A new study from Boston University Medical School tested a novel approach to treating ADHD in low-income children and it has nothing to do with giving medication to kids instead, it’s about talking with parents.

Students Speak Out On Recent College Student Suicides

March 23, 2015
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has seen four student suicides in the last year. (Justin Jensen/Flickr)

Three students from MIT discuss how they feel about campus culture and what should be done to combat student suicide.

Interweaving Family History With Healthy Soul Food

March 23, 2015
Alice (left) and her daughter Caroline (right) wove their new healthy soul food recipe and family histories into the book 'Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family.' (Penny De Los Santos)

The mother-daughter team of Alice and Caroline Randall write a memoir-cookbook that dives into the often fraught relationship black women have with the kitchen.

Two Stories, One Reason: Why An Actor And An Athlete Refuse To Support Football

March 23, 2015
NFL rookie Chris Borland quits after one season, and an actor declines an offer to be the voice of the sport.  Pictured: Borland, playing for the San Francisco 49ers, runs an interception back for a touchdown past Houston Texans' Uzoma Nwachukwu during the third quarter of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Houston. (Patric Schneider/AP)

NFL rookie Chris Borland quits after one season, and an actor declines an offer to be the voice of the sport.

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