Thu July 10, 2014
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Why We Published A Photo Of A 16-Year-Old In A Diaper

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:25 am

James Lee often has to pick up his 100-pound son, Justin. Photographer Andrew Nixon shot this photo in an effort to show how being caregivers affects the aging parents.
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

The series on family caregivers that NPR ran over the Fourth of July weekend sparked an extraordinary response, with tens of thousands of comments and likes on Facebook and

Many people responded to the intimate photographs of families caring for sick or disabled parents, siblings and children.

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Thu July 10, 2014
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Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 11:23 am

A study of twins shows why being a good reader and a good math student may go hand in hand.

Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. We're either math brains or we're reading brains.

In college, my fellow English majors joked about how none of us could long-divide to save our lives, while our friends in engineering groaned about the fact that Lit 101 was a graduation requirement.

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Thu July 10, 2014
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Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 1:34 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR

If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.

At least that's the suggestion of a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Wed July 9, 2014
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Do The World Cup's Fluttering Kicks Put Fans' Hearts At Risk?

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 1:35 pm

Brazil fans in Rio de Janeiro watch in horror as Germany routs the home team in the World Cup semifinal match played Tuesday.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Brazil's cataclysmic World Cup loss to Germany broke the heart of a nation.

But for some fans, the emotional anguish may have felt all too real – resulting in heart attacks that not even the U.S.'s star goalie Tim Howard could stop.

A 2008 analysis published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that cardiac events skyrocketed during World Cup matches.

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Wed July 9, 2014
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What Gets You Stressed? Tell Our Expert Panel

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 8:42 am

Leif Parsons for NPR

Editor's note: The webcast is over, but you can watch the archived video of the event.

For many Americans, stress is a constant and frequently overwhelming fact of daily life.

What are the biggest sources of stress? How does stress affect us? And what do we do in response?

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