In the 1920s, working-class women were hired to paint radium onto glowing watch dials — and told to sharpen the brush with their lips. Most died within a few years, but Mae Keane quit, and survived.
NPR |Dec. 28, 2014 8:07 a.m.
Five decades on, the battle for justice over birth defects caused by the drug thalidomide continues in only one European country. Victims in Spain are the only ones still left without compensation.
NPR |Dec. 28, 2014 2:35 a.m.
The rising star was the first Nigerian to come out on national TV, was nearly beaten to death in his home and is now an international activist for LGBT rights and for men with HIV.
NPR |Dec. 27, 2014 8:10 a.m.
Dr. Ian Crozier was Emory University Hospital's sickest Ebola patient; his kidneys failed and he was on life support. He made a miraculous recovery and says the illness made him a better physician.
NPR |Dec. 27, 2014 1:12 a.m.
Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.
NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 10:53 p.m.
New research may be changing the debate over how we think about screen time for young children.
NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 2:06 p.m.
Outside St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Liberia, Dr. Senga Omeonga muses over the weeks he spent at an Ebola ward — not as a doctor, but as a patient. He says the experience was life-changing.
NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 10:54 a.m.
The worker will be monitored for symptoms. Officials are investigating the incident, in which the virus was moved from a high-security lab to a low-security lab at the CDC's headquarters in Atlanta.
NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 7:14 a.m.
Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming.
NPR |Dec. 26, 2014 5:46 a.m.
Filmmaker Tom Roberts was definitely not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. "Every Last Child" is the result.
NPR |Dec. 25, 2014 7:59 a.m.
The country that has been hardest-hit by the ongoing outbreak of the deadly virus, has shut down shops, markets and most travel in the north.