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12:28pm

Thu October 4, 2012
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Scientists Create Fertile Eggs From Mouse Stem Cells

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 6:45 pm

Each of these mouse pups was born from an egg scientists created using embryonic stem cells. It's possible the technology could change future treatment for human infertility.
Katsuhiko Hayashi

Scientists in Japan report they have created eggs from stem cells in a mammal for the first time. And the researchers went on to breed healthy offspring from the eggs they created.

While the experiments involved mice, the work is being met with excitement — and questions — about doing the same thing for humans someday.

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8:12am

Thu October 4, 2012
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Chat With Jason Beaubien About Nigerian Gold: Today At Noon ET

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 7:31 am

A young boy works at an illegal gold mine in Dareta, Nigeria.
David Gilkey NPR

NPR's global health correspondent Jason Beaubien just got back from northern Nigeria, where he's been reporting on what health officials say may be the worst case of lead poisoning in recent history.

We hosted a live chat with Beaubien Thursday — hashtag #NigeriaGold. Catch highlights of the conversation below.

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1:43am

Thu October 4, 2012
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The Peanut Butter Cure Moves From Hospital To Snack Room

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 8:19 am

Renande Raphael, aged 16 months, is measured to check whether she is growing normally. As part of a new trial, she's receiving an extra daily snack of enriched peanut butter.
Alex E. Proimos via flickr

Just over a decade ago, a French doctor invented a treatment for severely malnourished children that had a revolutionary, life-saving impact.

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Wed October 3, 2012

10:58am

Wed October 3, 2012
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In Nigerian Gold Rush, Lead Poisons Thousands Of Children

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:26 pm

Women and their children wait for medication and instructions on how to use it at the clinic in Dareta, Nigeria. Treating children with high levels of lead is a painstaking process that works only if their environment at home is free from lead.
David Gilkey NPR

Across a swath of northern Nigeria, a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding, as lead from illegal gold mines sickens thousands of children.

More than 400 kids have died, and many more have been mentally stunted for life.

Doctors Without Borders, which has set up clinics to treat the children, is calling it one of the worst cases of environmental lead poisoning in recent history.

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