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...

Bats Play Key Pollinating Role for Durians

Known as the world’s smelliest fruit, durians are also essential to the farming economy of Indonesia. Although repulsive to many Western noses — some compare the smell to rotting trash — durians command the highest unit price of any fruit in Indonesia, with an export value of more than $250 million in 2013.Hoping to...

For HIV-Positive Babies, New Evidence Favors Starting Drug Treatment Just After Birth

Enlarge this image Babies in their cribs at Lambano Sanctuary, a hospice for orphaned children with HIV in Gauteng, South Africa. Andrew Aitchison/Pictures Ltd./Corbis/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andrew Aitchison/Pictures Ltd./Corbis/Getty Images Every day, as many as 500 babies in sub-Saharan Africa are born with HIV. Standard practice in many of these countries is to give them...

Brunch, Margaritas And Good Advice: How Peer Support Helps Those Living With HIV

Enlarge this image Larry Scott-Walker and Daniel Driffin, two of Thrive SS' co-founders, at this year's gay pride parade in Atlanta. Thrive SS hide caption toggle caption Thrive SS When asked to start a support group for gay black men living with HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, Larry Scott-Walker said no thanks. His friend raised the question in...

This Woman Wants to Help Regulate Your Period With Food

ImageAlisa Vitti, an alternative health and wellness guru, at Westerly Natural Market in Manhattan. She is a big proponent of eating fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut to help support your microbiome.Credit...Dolly Faibyshev for The New York TimesA few months ago, in a conference room at the Yard, a co-working...

25 Again? How Exercise May Fight Aging

Regular exercise throughout adulthood may protect our muscles against age-related loss and damage later, according to an interesting new study of lifelong athletes and their thighs. The study finds that active older men’s muscles resemble, at a cellular level, those of 25-year-olds and weather inflammatory damage much better than the muscles of sedentary older...

Why Student Loan Borrowers With Disabilities Aren't Getting The Help They Deserve

Enlarge this image Zoë van Dijk for NPR Denise had no idea her student loans could be erased. In 2007, a truck rear-ended her car. The accident ravaged her legs and back, and the pain made it impossible for her to work. "I have basically been in pain — chronic pain — every day," says Denise, who...

White House Announces Program To Distribute Free HIV-Prevention Medication

The White House announced Tuesday it will begin distribution of free HIV-prevention medication to people without prescription drug coverage. It's part of Trump's plan to end HIV in the U.S. by 2030.

Why Giving Tuesday Raises An Uncomfortable Moral Dilemma

Enlarge this image Katherine Streeter for NPR As holiday donations kick off with this Giving Tuesday, we're going to bring up an aspect of contributing to charity that makes a lot of us ... uncomfortable. We're talking about the idea that every time we divvy up our money among good causes, we're making a moral judgment: Who...

After A Freak Accident, A Doctor Finds Insight Into ‘Living Life And Facing Death’

In 1990, BJ Miller was electrocuted by a train. That accident during college took most of his limbs, but the event and his recovery inspired him to pursue a career as a palliative care physician.(Image credit: Simon & Schuster)