Laura’s Recent Stories
Health Jul 11Where does the United States stand on breastfeeding?
Despite pressure from the Trump administration to water down resolution that promoted breastfeeding during the World Health Assembly, breastfeeding rates in the U.S. have risen in recent years, but there's still room for improvement, experts say.
Health Jul 09For terminally ill cancer patients, where you live can shape end-of-life care
A study from Harvard Medical School suggests better conversations about end-of-life care could help close the gap.
Health Jun 18How the toxic stress of family separation can harm a child
While it’s not clear how the political fight about the practice will play out, researchers do know how a traumatic event like being separated from a parent affects a child.
Health Jun 14Suicide rate rising fastest among women, CDC says
Nearly 45,000 people died as a result of suicide in 2016, up 30 percent from the number of deaths by suicide in 2000, the CDC reported. This latest study explores suicide prevalence across demographics, including gender and age.
Health May 31In rural America, tightened access to Medicaid means tough choices
Politicians have promised changes to the health care program will help lift people out of poverty. But this Tennessee family says things don't seem to be getting better.
Health May 23What’s really in public swimming pools?
Eight people died and more than 27,200 people became ill from swimming in contaminated water between 2000 and 2014 , the CDC said in a recent report. Here's what you should know.
Health May 18What the White House’s proposed rule to block abortion funds means for women’s health
The White House proposed a plan to change the equation for abortion federal funding in the United States. Here's what that could mean for women's health nationwide…
Health May 02As opioid crisis grows, babies and moms with hepatitis C fly under the radar
Among pregnant women, the hepatitis C infection rate nearly doubled in five years, fueled primarily by injection drug use linked to the opioid crisis, and the medical community is increasingly concerned that mothers and infants may go undetected and untreated…
Politics Apr 19Poll: Gun control should be Congress’ top priority, half of Americans say
The debate over guns is back in the spotlight, as schools across the country plan walkouts this week to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School mass shooting, and this poll shows that Americans are still divided on…
Politics Apr 17FBI support is eroding, but most Americans still back bureau, poll says
Recent polling data shows that support for the FBI and Robert Mueller is eroding amid a deepening investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia before the 2016 presidential election, according to the latest poll from PBS NewsHour,…