India Just Passed A Trans Rights Bill. Why Are Trans Activists Protesting It?

Enlarge this image Supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community hold placards during a protest against passing of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Members of the LGBT community alleged that the bill violated their rights instead of empowering them. The bill was passed in upper...

Raising The Minimum Wage By $1 May Prevent Thousands Of Suicides, Study Shows

Enlarge this image Raising the minimum wage by $1 or more appears to have a protective effect against suicide, especially in times when unemployment is high and it's hard to find a job. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt Rourke/AP A new study suggests that raising the minimum wage might lower the suicide rate — especially when...

The Global Stories of 2019 That You Probably Missed

Enlarge this image Patients line up for remote health consultation sessions on a remote island near Rangpur, Bangladesh. Allison Joyce for NPR hide caption toggle caption Allison Joyce for NPR Sure, everybody thinks it's great when a story is read by many hundreds of thousands of folks. That's definitely a success. But what about stories that don't get a...

Losing Sleep Over The Quest For A Perfect Night's Rest

Enlarge this image Sleep trackers have become increasingly popular, but for some people, perfecting their sleep score becomes an end unto itself. Yiu Yu Hoi/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Yiu Yu Hoi/Getty Images If you're having a hard time falling asleep, that sleep tracker on your wrist might be to blame. And there's a name for this new...

IMAGES: What New Coronavirus Looks Like Under The Microscope

Enlarge this image COVID-19 coronavirus is seen in yellow, emerging from cells (in blue and pink) cultured in the lab. This image is from a scanning electron microscope. NIAID-RML hide caption toggle caption NIAID-RML The images of the current outbreak of the new coronavirus have so far been very human: air travelers wearing masks, tourists stranded on cruise...

Examining Trump Administration Aims To Change Disability Benefits

A fact check of Monday's comments made on Morning Edition by Russell Vought, acting director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, about proposed changes to disability benefits.

Congress Considers Bipartisan Compromise Legislation On Surprise Medical Bills

Enlarge this image Consumers often get hit with large surprise medical bills after an emergency and in other situations when they're seen by out-of-network providers. A bipartisan push to curtail the practice is making its way through Congress. Paul Burns/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Paul Burns/Getty Images After months of hearings and negotiations, millions of dollars in...

When the Surgeon Is a Mom

As a health care professional, Dr. Erika Rangel is trained to know when things are going wrong. That alarm went off one day in her fourth year of surgical residency. Her son, just 3 months old, had developed a fever. She couldn’t be late for her operating shift, but his day care wouldn’t accept...

A New Safety Program Takes On Silica Dust Amid A Possible Crisis

Water applied to cutting equipment, like this computer-operated saw, is one method to control silica dust exposure when cutting quartz slabs. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption toggle caption Michael Conroy/AP The Department of Labor's workplace safety agency is getting ready to take new action to reduce workers' exposure to dangerous silica dust that can irreparably damage the lungs. But...

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

I’ve long thought the human body was not meant to run on empty, that fasting was done primarily for religious reasons or political protest. Otherwise we needed a reliably renewed source of fuel to function optimally, mentally and emotionally as well as physically.Personal experience reinforced that concept; I’m not pleasant to be around when...