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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Mar 3, 2014 — Infant sleep machines, used to mask outside noise, can exceed recommended noise limits when played at high volume and placed close to a baby's sensitive ears.
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Feb 3, 2014 — Students at Rice University designed a low-cost medical device to help premature infants breathe. The instrument, which uses a cheap aquarium pump, boosted the survival rate of newborns with respiratory problems by 60 percent at a rural hospital in Malawi.
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Jan 3, 2014 — Students at Rice University in Houston are finding low-cost solutions to big global health problems. One particularly successful device that helps infants breathe has already been tested in Malawi.
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Nov 21, 2013 — Newborns showed signs they're aware of and feel ownership over their bodies. Scientists measured how long babies watched a video of another baby being stroked on the face with a paintbrush in a variation on old psychology experiment.
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Oct 21, 2013 — Sharing breast milk has become increasingly popular thanks to milk sharing websites and Facebook groups. A study looked at 101 samples of breast milk sold online and found elevated bacteria counts. But it's not clear how that could affect babies' health, or if any babies have gotten sick from milk obtained online.
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Sep 2, 2013 — Even infants too young to discern the meaning of words seem better able to learn while listening to the sound of human speech than while listening to nonsense — speech run backward. Little surprise there, perhaps, but a study shows that recordings of lemur calls spark learning, too.
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May 7, 2013 — Each year more than a million babies die within the first 24 hours after birth, a study finds. But there are some simple, inexpensive things that could save these infants, like early breast-feeding and teaching moms to hold their newborns close.
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Feb 28, 2013 — Every year about 300,000 babies in sub-Saharan Africa are born with HIV. A new strategy aims to reduce these infections by putting every pregnant woman with HIV on drug treatment for the rest of her life. The approach has worked well, so far, in the small country of Malawi.
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Dec 12, 2011 — Even very tiny preemies sometimes turn out OK, as shown by the stories of two girls who were among the smallest preemies to survive. But infants born very early and weighing very little can face a lifetime of health problems.
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Nov 10, 2011 — A recent infant death has led to renewed questions about the safety of infant-parent co-sleeping. Science suggests that there is no one-size-fits-all best recommendation for families, and that bed-sharing may be safe under certain conditions.
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