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Science And Medicine
5:26 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

A Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida Comes Of Age

Drs. Lee Sutton and Scott Adzick perform prenatal surgery on Sarah White's fetus. The fetus has spina bifida — a hole in the lower back that exposes the spinal cord.
Jane Greenhalgh NPR

When she was 19 weeks pregnant, Sarah White went for a routine ultrasound and got a shock.

"I could tell that something was wrong because the ultrasound tech got real quiet," White says.

White's male fetus had spina bifida — a hole in his lower back that exposed the vulnerable spinal cord.

"When they said, 'Your baby has spina bifida,' I knew it wasn't good," says Joe Hensley, White's husband. "But I didn't have a sense of what was involved."

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Shots - Health Blog
5:11 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Doctors May Misread Expressions When Seeing A Parkinson's Patient

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Doctors and other health practitioners may need to pay more attention to their own biases when seeing people with Parkinson's disease, a neurological disorder that affects muscle control.

It's not always easy for those caring for people with Parkinson's to judge how the patients are coping with the condition because of the way it can interfere with how they express emotion.

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Europe
4:18 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Cameron Vows Full Probe Of Phone Hacking Scandal

Investigators carry bags of evidence from the home of Andy Coulson, a former News of the World editor and Cameron aide, in London on Friday. Police arrested Coulson in the phone hacking scandal.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced two investigations into the phone hacking scandal that brought down Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid and led to the arrest Friday of the paper's former top editor, a former Cameron aide.

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Reporter's Notebook
4:06 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Dreams And Danger: Notes From The Migrant Trail

NPR reporter Jason Beaubien walks on railroad tracks while reporting a story about the dangers that face Central American migrants in Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico.
David Rochkind for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:40 am

NPR's Jason Beaubien has traveled from Central America through Mexico in recent weeks, following a route that many migrants take trying to reach the U.S. It's a journey that has grown increasingly dangerous as some of Mexico's most brutal drug cartels strengthen their control over the smuggling and extortion of migrants. He sent these reflections from the migrant trail.

Flores, Guatemala

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Science And Medicine
4:06 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Why Black Women, Infants Lag In Birth Outcomes

Originally published on Wed July 20, 2011 3:52 pm

The overwhelming majority of babies in the U.S. are born healthy, and their growth brings joy and comfort to their parents.

But across the country, there is a whopping disparity in birth outcomes based on race. Black women fare worse than white women in almost every aspect of reproductive health.

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