Sandra Maurer

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Midwifery Benefits? Improved Outcomes For Moms Who See Midwives, Review Finds

More than 90 percent of births in the U.S. are supervised by doctors, but a growing minority of women rely on midwives to provide their primary care. A new review, published by The Cochrane Library on Tuesday, lends support to that model, finding that consistent midwife care throughout pregnancy is …

Health Insurance Exchanges Prompt Consumers' Questions

With the opening of online health insurance marketplaces a little over a month away, I've been receiving lots of questions about how they'll work.<p>Here's one that deals with the issue of getting the subsidy payments out quickly for consumers.<p><b>It sounds like people who buy health insurance on the</b> …

Retailers, Take Note: Young Shoppers Don’t Care About Owning Your Stuff

Unlike Boomers and GenX consumers, millenials have a different understanding of possessions. A new report reveals how “instant ownership” is losing out to the “unlimited options” of online shopping.<p>A quarter century ago, Russell Belk introduced the concept of the extended self in<br>a paper published …

New Data, Real Progress

Most teachers and principals don't have a lot of time to pour over the latest data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress long-term trend assessment. That's too bad, because the results from this "gold standard" national examination provide overwhelming evidence that the blood, sweat, …

A Return to the Wholesalers: The Intellectual Technology of Entrepreneurial Education

On 30th Street and Broadway in New York City, the untrained eye sees a community where everything is half price. It is the New York wholesale markets. Lying between 27th and 31st along the legendary Broadway are many small stores that only sell products by dozens. People come from across the globe …

Achievement Gap: Persistent and Puzzling

<i>In 1974 I was old enough to know about, but too young to understand, court-ordered busing and the battles that rocked Boston and surrounding communities.</i><p><b>Achievement Gap: Persistent & Puzzling</b><p>In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned <i>Plessy v. Ferguson</i> -- an 1896 decision allowing states to …

Republican Obstructionism Leads to Doubling Student Loan Rates

<i>Instead of working with Democrats on a responsible plan that would help students and block the doubling of the interest rates, both House and Senate Republicans have insisted on legislation that would increase student loan debt, reducing the deficit on the backs of college students. As recently as</i> …

U.S. Businessman Trapped By Chinese Workers Is Freed

American businessman Chip Starnes finally left his factory in China on Thursday after he and a union negotiator worked out severance payments for Chinese employees.<p>Starnes had been stuck inside his medical supply parts factory since last Friday. That's when workers, fearing they were all going to …

Human Rights in Childbirth - From Niche Cause to a Global Movement

Over the past year, I've become a champion of a niche cause. Few people have heard of it. But it's a cause that directly affects the health and …

Mapping children's chances

A Californian university has produced maps comparing how family-friendly countries are around the world

Super Doula: The Sequel

Some time ago, my very creative partner made me a comic about myself as a Super Doula for my first blog's first anniversary.<p>To celebrate that my …

A First Lady No Longer, Carla Bruni Returns To Music

Ella Fitzgerald was known as the First Lady of Song, but Carla Bruni is the singer-songwriter of first ladies.<p>The Italian-born, globe-trotting fashion model recorded an international hit in 2002, "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" (in English, "Someone Told Me"). In 2008, she married Nicolas Sarkozy, then …

NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

The albums that made the first half of our year came at us from every direction (often, more than one at a time). We've collected our favorites into a handy little list that we're happy to share with you today. (There's plenty more mid-year coverage over here, including a list of our 50 favorite …

Health Exchange Outreach Targets Latinos

Andrea Velandia, 29, is just the sort of person the architects of the new health insurance marketplaces had in mind when they were thinking about future customers.<p>She's young, in good health, uninsured and Latino.<p>"We're very healthy. We don't have many issues," she says of her family. For the most …

Astronomers Find Trio Of 'Super-Earths' Around Nearby Star

New observations of a fairly well-studied star have revealed a system with at least six planets, three of which are in the star's habitable zone. This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system.<p>At just 22 light years away from Earth, Gliese …

Richard Weller: Could the sun be good for your heart?

Neil Burgess: How your brain tells you where you are

Peter Attia: What if we're wrong about diabetes?

Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith

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Alex Laskey: How behavioral science can lower your energy bill