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Oct 22, 2019

Hospitals Around The World Have A Dire Shortage Of Blood
The first global analysis of blood supply and demand finds that many developing countries are relying on risky emergency donations.

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Oct 21, 2019

Scientists Create New, More Powerful Technique To Edit Genes
A new technique, dubbed 'prime editing,' appears to make it even easier to make very precise changes in DNA. It's designed to overcome the limits of the CRISPR gene editing tool.

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Oct 21, 2019

Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk
Diabetes can double a person's chances of developing Alzheimer's. Now researchers are beginning to understand the role of brain metabolism in the development of the dementia.

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Oct 21, 2019

Get Your Flu Shot Now, Doctors Advise, Especially If You're Pregnant
Pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease are particularly vulnerable to flu complications yet lag the elderly in getting vaccinated.

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Oct 20, 2019

VIDEO: See A Controversial Swarm Of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In A Lab In Italy
NPR was the only news organization allowed into the lab to witness the moment the releases began this year. The goal is to create a powerful new weapon in the fight against malaria.

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Oct 18, 2019

What's Behind The Research Funding Gap For Black Scientists?
Black scientists more often seek grants for community health studies, but molecular-level research proposals win more funding. More diversity throughout the process could help close the gap, says NIH.

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Oct 17, 2019

Most U.S. Dairy Cows Are Descended From Just 2 Bulls. That's Not Good
The drive to make more milk has had an unsavory side effect: Cows have become more genetically similar and less fertile. Scientists are trying to recover valuable genetic variation that was lost.

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Oct 11, 2019

Canada's Decision To Make Public More Clinical Trial Data Puts Pressure On FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration treats most data it gets on the development of new drugs and medical devices as confidential to companies. Critics say making the data public would help patients.

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Oct 10, 2019

After A Life Of Painful Sickle Cell Disease, A Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help
She's the first patient with a genetic disorder to be treated with the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR. The treatment has wrapped up and now she's waiting to see if it brings relief.

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Oct 10, 2019

A Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help With Pain Of Sickle Cell Disease
She's the first patient with a genetic disorder to be treated with the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR. The treatment has wrapped up, and now she's waiting to see if it brings relief.

NPR Topics: Research News
Oct 09, 2019

Zika: Researchers Are Learning More About The Long-Term Consequences For Children
A new review of research on the Zika virus since 2016 finds there is still much scientists don't understand about the pandemic — including when another may strike.

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Oct 09, 2019

Changing Your Diet Can Help Tamp Down Depression, Boost Mood
Depression symptoms dropped significantly in a group of young adults who ate a Mediterranean-style diet for three weeks. It's the latest study to show food can influence mental health.

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Oct 09, 2019

How Outrage Is Hijacking Our Culture And Our Minds
It can feel impossible to escape outrage nowadays. Anger is present across our screens — from TV news to social media. New social science research asks: What's the effect of all this outrage?

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Oct 09, 2019

3 Win Chemistry Nobel For Development Of Lithium-Ion Batteries
The prize was awarded jointly to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino." Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives," the Nobel Committee said.

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Oct 05, 2019

New Research: China Is Winning Some Health-Care Battles — And Losing Others
A suite of new research shows the country beating infectious diseases over the last two decades. But deaths from lifestyle-related diseases like cancer and diabetes are on the rise.

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Oct 04, 2019

Ancient Greek Scroll's Hidden Contents Revealed Through Infrared Imaging
More than 200 years ago, a scroll damaged by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius was unrolled and pasted onto cardboard, even though it had writing on the back. New imagery shows some of what's hidden.

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Oct 04, 2019

Despite Thin Ice, Research Ship Finds Its Home In Frozen Floe For The Next Year
An ambitious Arctic expedition has reached a milestone. Researchers have found an ice floe to freeze into, from which they'll study Arctic systems from a ship and an observatory they'll construct.

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Oct 04, 2019

Researchers Are Freezing Their Ship Into Arctic Ice To Study Climate Change
An ambitious Arctic expedition has reached a milestone. Researchers have found a floe to freeze into, where they'll construct an observatory and study Arctic systems from a ship.

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Oct 04, 2019

We're Pulling Tuna Out Of The Ocean At Unprecedented — And Unsustainable — Rates
A new study finds that tuna harvests, including of some species considered "vulnerable," have increased by an astonishing 1,000% in the last 60 years — a rate some scientists warn is unsustainable.

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Oct 02, 2019

Irrigation For Farming Could Leave Many Of The World's Streams and Rivers Dry
A new study shows many of the world's streams and rivers could dry up because people are draining underground aquifers that sustain streams through dry periods. Climate change won't help matters.

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Oct 02, 2019

Workers Are Falling Ill, Even Dying, After Making Kitchen Countertops
Irreversible lung disease has started to show up among young workers who cut, grind and polish countertops made of increasingly popular "engineered" stone. The material is more than 90 percent silica.

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Sep 30, 2019

Pediatricians Stand By Meds For ADHD, But Some Say Therapy Should Come First
New treatment guidelines don't assuage concerns that some children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are being prescribed medication too soon, before behavioral interventions are tried.

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Sep 30, 2019

Just A Handful Of Nuts May Help Keep Us From Packing On The Pounds As We Age
U.S. adults put on about a pound a year on average. But people who had a regular nut-snacking habit put on less weight and had a lower risk of becoming obese over time, a new study finds.

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Sep 28, 2019

UCLA Opens World's 1st Institute To Study Kindness
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with anthropology professor Daniel Fessler about UCLA's new Bedari Kindness Institute.

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Sep 26, 2019

Too Much Training Can Tax Athletes' Brains
Research finds that triathletes who train too hard can impair a brain area involved in achieving goals like winning a race. Fatigued athletes choose immediate gratification over long-term rewards.

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Sep 25, 2019

Prehistoric Babies Drank Animal Milk From A Bottle
The remnants of ruminant milk were found in tiny vessels buried with infants thousands of years ago. Scientists say the ancient "baby bottles" were sometimes shaped like "mythical animals."

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Sep 25, 2019

Prehistoric Babies Drank Animal Milk From Bottles
The remnants of ruminant milk were found in tiny vessels buried with infants thousands of years ago. Scientists say the ancient baby bottles were sometimes shaped like "mythical animals."

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Sep 24, 2019

As Made-To-Order DNA Gets Cheaper, Keeping It Out Of The Wrong Hands Gets Harder
Labs are churning out more and more synthetic DNA for scientists who want to use it to reprogram cells. Some say the technology has outpaced government safety guidelines put in place a decade ago.

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Sep 23, 2019

Exercising To Ease Pain: Taking Brisk Walks Can Help
Never mind a runner's high — the buzz some people say they get after a run. Neuroscientist Benedict Kolber was more interested in how to generate pain relief via a brisk walk. It can really work.

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Sep 19, 2019

North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds, Scientists Say
Researchers estimate that the bird population has fallen by a quarter since 1970. More than 90% of the loss can be attributed to just a dozen bird families, including sparrows, blackbirds and finches.

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Sep 19, 2019

Scientists Will Deliberately Encase Their Ship In Arctic Sea Ice
An ambitious Arctic expedition launches Friday. Scientists want to get their icebreaker stuck in the ice for a year so they can study the ice, ocean and atmosphere and how it's changing.

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Sep 18, 2019

It's Not Just Insulin: Diabetes Patients Struggle To Get Crucial Supplies
Type 1 diabetes can be well managed with insulin if blood sugar is consistently monitored. But insurance rules can make it hard for patients to get the medical supplies their doctors say they need.

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Sep 16, 2019

A Daily Baby Aspirin Could Help Many Pregnancies And Save Lives
Pregnant women at high or even moderate risk of developing the life-threatening condition preeclampsia should consider taking a very small dose of aspirin daily to prevent it, doctors say.

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Sep 11, 2019

CRISPR Gene-Editing May Offer Path To Cure For HIV, First Published Report Shows
Researchers safely used CRISPR gene-editing techniques in a patient with HIV. The research provides evidence the approach may be promising for treating HIV infection.

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Sep 11, 2019

Scientists Create A Device That Can Mass-Produce 'Synthetic' Human Embryos
Researchers hope large numbers of very primitive, slightly incomplete human embryos will lead to new insights into early human development and ways to prevent miscarriages and birth defects.

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Sep 11, 2019

Scientists Create A Device That Can Mass-Produce Human Embryo-Like Structures
Researchers hope large numbers of very primitive, slightly incomplete human embryos will lead to new insights into early human development and ways to prevent miscarriages and birth defects.

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Sep 11, 2019

Scientists Create A Device That Can Mass-Produce Human Embryoids
Researchers hope large numbers of very primitive, embryo-like structures will lead to new insights into early human development and ways to prevent miscarriages and birth defects.

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Sep 10, 2019

EPA Chief Pledges To Severely Cut Back On Animal Testing Of Chemicals
Alternative tests are emerging, the agency says, such as computer modeling and tissue studies of cells grown in the lab. Environmental advocates say the move is too quick, and disregards human health.

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Sep 08, 2019

How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family
Prenatal classes often focus on Mom-to-be — on her shifting role and emotional needs, along with new skills. But if Dad gets sidelined early into a supporting role, research shows, everybody loses.

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Sep 07, 2019

Opinion: Earth Has Survived Extinctions Before, It's Humans Who Are Fragile
Earth has experienced cataclysmic life-destroying events before. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what this means for humans in the midst of climate change.

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Sep 06, 2019

How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?
Medical and genetic data from more than a million Americans are now in scientific databases. Some programs hoard the data, while others share widely with scientists, hoping to speed medical discovery.

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Sep 05, 2019

Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis
New York officials say tests found high levels of vitamin E in cannabis vaping products used by people who developed lung damage. But it's only one of many possible causes still under investigation.

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Sep 04, 2019

The Other Twitterverse: Squirrels Eavesdrop On Birds, Researchers Say
A squirrel wondering if it's safe enough to forage for food apparently listens for the reassuring chatter of nearby birds, a study finds.

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Sep 04, 2019

Fentanyl As A Dark Web Profit Center, From Chinese Labs To U.S. Streets
Fentanyl, Inc. author Ben Westhoff says the opioid, while useful in hospitals, is killing more Americans as a street drug than any other in U.S. history. Here's how it moves from China to your corner.

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Sep 03, 2019

Blind From A Bad Diet? Teen Who Ate Mostly Potato Chips And Fries Lost His Sight
A poor diet can lead to vision loss, experts say. For a teen, it's certainly rare, but a new case study documents blindness in a boy who ate lots of chips, white bread and bits of processed meat.

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Sep 02, 2019

Millennial And Gen-X Travelers: Need Another Measles Shot?
Americans born in the '70s and '80s may not be immune to measles, health officials say. If you're traveling to a country or region having an outbreak, consider a second dose of vaccine before you go.

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Sep 01, 2019

A New Bloodsucking Leech Species Found Hiding Outside Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian researcher Anna Phillips led the recent discovery of the new medicinal species. Its superficial similarities to a North American leech species helped prevent its detection before.

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Sep 01, 2019

Optimists For The Win: Finding The Bright Side Might Help You Live Longer
Pessimists may suspect this finding, but researchers who tracked the health outcomes of thousands of adults across many years found optimists were much more likely to reach 85. Optimism is teachable.

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Aug 31, 2019

UK Biobank Requires Earth's Geneticists To Cooperate, Not Compete
A project that shares medical information from 500,000 volunteers is driving innovative research around the world. The richness of the database means scientists are motivated to make it even better.

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Aug 30, 2019

Australia Says Great Barrier Reef Has 'Very Poor' Outlook, Climate Change To Blame
"Despite concerted efforts and investments, the condition of the Great Barrier Reef has declined since 2014, and this is largely due to the impacts from climate change," the main scientist said.

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Aug 29, 2019

After Months In A Dish, Lab-Grown Minibrains Start Making 'Brain Waves'
Researchers say clusters of human brain cells grown in the lab can spontaneously generate electrical patterns similar to the brain waves of 6-month-old fetus.

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Aug 26, 2019

Study Questions Mainstay Treatment For Mild Asthma
Many of the 26 million Americans with asthma use a low-dose steroid inhaler daily to prevent symptoms. But a recent study raises questions about this strategy for people with mild, persistent asthma.

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Aug 22, 2019

Scientists In New York Are Trying To Edit The DNA In Human Sperm
NPR got exclusive access to the only lab known to be trying to edit the DNA in human sperm, which raises all the same thorny issues as modifying genes in human embryos

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Aug 21, 2019

Naked And Unafraid: 6 Wild Facts About Naked Mole Rats
Picture a hairless, wrinkly rodent about the size of a small sweet potato — kinda cool, kinda weird. They also are extraordinarily long-lived. Researchers are lining up to study their secrets.

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Aug 21, 2019

Naked And Unafraid: The Secret Lives Of Naked Mole Rats
Picture a hairless, wrinkly rodent about the size of a small sweet potato — kinda cool, kinda weird. They also are extraordinarily long-lived. Researchers are lining up to study their secrets.

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Aug 21, 2019

Subtle Differences In Brain Cells Hint at Why Many Drugs Help Mice But Not People
A detailed comparison of mouse and human brain tissue found differences that could help explain why mice aren't always a good model for human diseases.

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Aug 20, 2019

Cigarettes Can't Be Advertised On TV. Should Juul Ads Be Permitted?
Though tobacco ads have been banned from TV for about 50 years, the marketing of electronic cigarettes isn't constrained by the law. Public health advocates consider that a loophole that hurts kids.

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Aug 19, 2019

Got Pain? A Virtual Swim With Dolphins May Help Melt It Away
A recent study found virtual reality experiences were better at easing pain than watching televised nature scenes. Immersive distraction seems key to the success, scientists say.

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Aug 15, 2019

These Experimental Shorts Are An 'Exosuit' That Boosts Endurance On The Trail
No ordinary pair of shorts, these were designed by Harvard scientists to work with the wearer's own leg muscles when walking or running, and might make a soldier's heavy loads easier to carry.

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Aug 12, 2019

2 Experimental Ebola Drugs Saved Lives In Congo Outbreak
Drugs tested in the Democratic Republic of Congo are effective in treating Ebola, scientists say. They have run a study in the midst of a deadly epidemic and in the face of armed assaults on doctors.

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Aug 09, 2019

Scientists Find Out How Leaping Maggots Leap
The scientists captured the acrobatic jumps of a tiny maggot-like creature with high-speed cameras to figure out how it does this trick with no arms, legs, or wings.

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Aug 07, 2019

Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant 'Squawkzilla' Parrot, As Big As Small Child
The flightless bird weighed 15 pounds and was about 3 feet tall and probably feasted on other parrots. Study lead Trevor Worthy made the discovery after examining two 19-million-year-old leg bones.

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Aug 06, 2019

New Evidence Shows Popular Pesticides Could Cause Unintended Harm To Insects
Studies are revealing new, unintended threats that neonicotinoid pesticides pose to insects. The chemicals, widely used by farmers, are difficult to control because they persist in the environment.

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Aug 05, 2019

Pain Rescue Team Helps Seriously Ill Kids Cope In Terrible Times
An interdisciplinary team in San Francisco uses acupressure, massage, counseling and other methods, as well as medicine, to help kids get relief from chronic pain. But such pediatric centers are rare.

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Aug 02, 2019

Sesame Allergies Are Likely More Widespread Than Previously Thought
New research suggests allergies to sesame are comparably prevalent as those to some tree nuts. The findings come as the FDA weighs whether to require sesame to be listed as an allergen on food labels.

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Aug 02, 2019

Trust In Science Is Rising, Poll Finds
The proportion of people who say they have a "great deal" of confidence in scientists to act in the public interest increased from 21% in 2016 to 35% in 2019, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Aug 02, 2019

Poll Finds Trust In Science Is Rising
The proportion of people who say they have a "great deal" of confidence in scientists to act in the public interest increased from 21% in 2016 to 35% in 2019, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Aug 02, 2019

Trust In Scientists Is Rising, Poll Finds
The proportion of people who say they have a "great deal" of confidence in scientists to act in the public interest increased from 21% in 2016 to 35% in 2019, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Aug 01, 2019

Turtle Embryos May Play A Role In Whether They Become Male Or Female
In many turtle species, sex is determined by temperature in the egg. That makes turtles particularly vulnerable to climate change. But scientists say the animals may have a way to shield themselves.

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Jul 30, 2019

Kids See Bearded Men As Strong — But Unattractive, Study Finds
New research shows that young children have a negative reaction to beards, but that changes as they get older. Children with bearded fathers did feel more warmly toward facial hair.

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Jul 30, 2019

Irritating Compounds Discovered In 'Vape Juice'
Research chemists who analyzed a number of flavored e-liquids found that some ingredients combine on the shelf to create "acetals" — compounds likely to irritate or inflame airways when inhaled.

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Jul 30, 2019

Irritating Compounds Can Show Up In 'Vape Juice'
Research chemists who analyzed a number of flavored e-liquids found that some ingredients combine on the shelf to create "acetals" — compounds likely to irritate or inflame airways when inhaled.

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Jul 29, 2019

In A 1st, Doctors In U.S. Use CRISPR Tool To Treat Patient With Genetic Disorder
Victoria Gray, 34, of Forest, Miss., has sickle cell disease. She is the first patient ever to be publicly identified as being involved in a study testing the use of CRISPR for a genetic disease.

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Jul 29, 2019

Sickle Cell Patient Reveals Why She Is Volunteering For Landmark Gene-Editing Study
Victoria Gray, 34, of Forest, Miss., hopes the gene-editing technique CRISPR will relieve her lifelong suffering caused by the genetic blood disorder that affects millions of people around the world.

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Jul 26, 2019

Dialysis Firm Cancels $524,600.17 Medical Bill After Journalists Investigate
This week, NPR profiled a Montana man who was billed nearly half a million dollars for 14 weeks of dialysis, after being caught in a dispute between insurer and the dialysis provider. Now he owes $0.

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Jul 26, 2019

Birds Are Trying To Adapt To Climate Change — But Is It Too Little, Too Late?
By breeding and migrating earlier, some birds are adapting to climate change. But it's probably not happening fast enough for some species to survive, according to new research.

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Jul 25, 2019

Decisions, Decisions: Some We Struggle To Make, Other's We Can't Forget
This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, decision-making. We learn why we often stumble when trying to make ourselves happy, and why certain decisions leave us wondering "what if?"

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Jul 25, 2019

Decisions, Decisions: Some We Struggle To Make, Others We Can't Forget
This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, decision-making. We learn why we often stumble when trying to make ourselves happy, and why certain decisions leave us wondering "what if?"

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Jul 25, 2019

Economists Say Trump Administration Is Over-Paying Farmers For Trade Losses
The Trump administration has released details of a $16 billion plan to compensate farmers who've lost money as a result of the trade dispute with China. Some economists say it's too generous.

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Jul 25, 2019

Economists Say Trump Administration Is Overpaying Farmers For Trade Losses
The Trump administration has released details of a $16 billion plan to compensate farmers who've lost money as a result of the trade dispute with China. Some economists say it's too generous.

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Jul 25, 2019

A Warm Bedtime Bath Can Help You Cool Down And Sleep Better
Research suggests a warm bath or shower an hour or two before bedtime can help you unwind and fall asleep faster. Why? It will help lower your core temperature, and that's a circadian sleep signal.

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Jul 25, 2019

Mistrust And Lack Of Genetic Diversity Slow Gains In Precision Medicine
Scientists hoping to get more diversity of ancestry among medical research volunteers need to grapple with the history of medical exploitation, says a Columbia University bioethicist.

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Jul 24, 2019

Improved Prosthetic Hand Gains A Lighter Touch And Easy Grip
There's still much research to be done before the device is routinely useful. But one man was able to use it to gently grasp his wife's hand and feel her touch — an emotional moment, he says.

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Jul 24, 2019

Improved Prosthetic Hand Has A Lighter Touch And Easy Grip
There's still much research to be done before the device is routinely useful. But one man was able to use it to gently grasp his wife's hand and feel her touch — an emotional moment, he says.

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Jul 24, 2019

Sharks Have Few Places To Hide From Fishing, Study Shows
Many shark species tend to congregate in the same areas as industrial fishing ships, a study finds. As a result, tens of millions of sharks in the open ocean end up caught either as food or bycatch.

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Jul 24, 2019

What Time Of Year Are People Likely To First Try Drugs? Summer, Survey Says
A study finds that summer is when people are more likely to try drugs for the first time. Previous studies showed that summers are also when more people use drugs, leading to more visits to the ER.

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Jul 17, 2019

If We All Ate Enough Fruits And Vegetables, There'd Be Big Shortages
There's already not enough produce for everyone in the world to get the daily recommended amount. Two new studies urge revamping the food system to feed the growing population and protect the planet.

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Jul 17, 2019

Future Of Key Farming Research Uncertain As 2/3 Of USDA Staff Say They Won't Move
The mandatory move imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on most of the workers at two vital research agencies has been criticized as a "blatant attack on science."

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Jul 17, 2019

Scientists Desert USDA As Agency Relocates To Kansas City Area
The mandatory move imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on most of the workers at two vital research agencies has been criticized as a "blatant attack on science."

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Jul 15, 2019

Hidden Brain: How People React To Election Interference By Foreign Countries
Robert Mueller will testify soon before Congress about the Russia probe. New research finds that Americans have partisan reactions to foreign interference in elections.

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Jul 12, 2019

Rippling Rainbow Map Shows How California Earthquakes Moved The Earth
NASA has mapped changes in the ground's position caused by the recent earthquakes — and it happens to be look like beautiful, psychedelic art.

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Jul 11, 2019

Cutting Just 300 Calories Per Day May Keep Your Heart Healthy
That's the equivalent of about six standard Oreos. But this modest reduction in calories could have protective benefits for our hearts, a new study finds.

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Jul 11, 2019

Bet On The Bot: AI Beats The Professionals At 6-Player Texas Hold 'Em
Six-player Texas Hold 'em has been too tough for a machine to master — until now. A bot named Pluribus crushed some of the world's best poker players using brash and unorthodox strategies.

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Jul 11, 2019

Could Mussels Teach Us How To Clean Up Oil Spills?
A review of "mussel-inspired chemistry" points to promising ways we can learn from mussels to clean up water.

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Jul 09, 2019

How Best To Snag And Destroy Bedbugs?
Vigilance and heat are currently your best weapons against bedbugs, exterminators say. But scientists are working on a way to give the bugs the hook with a strategy inspired by a Balkan folk remedy.

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Jul 09, 2019

ICE Uses Facial Recognition To Go Through Driver's Licenses, Researchers Say
NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Jake Laperruque of the Project on Government Oversight about word that FBI and ICE agents used driver's license databases to scan millions of faces without consent.

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Jul 09, 2019

13-Year-Old Scientist's Research Shows Hand Dryers Can Hurt Kids' Ears
Research finds many hand dryers operate at noise levels that are harmful to children. Nora Keegan is the 13-year-old student who did the study in the Canadian journal Paediatrics & Child Health.

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Jul 09, 2019

Hand Dryers Harm Children's Hearing, Canadian Study Shows
Research finds many hand dryers operate at noise levels that are harmful to children. Nora Keegan is the 13-year-old student who did the study in the Canadian journal: Pediatrics and Child Health.

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Jul 04, 2019

New Markers For Alzheimer's Disease Could Aid Diagnosis And Speed Up Drug Development
Researchers are using brain scans, blood and spinal fluid to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease. These "biomarkers" may also offer a quicker way to test new Alzheimer's drugs.

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Jul 02, 2019

California's First Surgeon General Spotlights Health Risks Of Childhood Adversity
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has spent much of her career alerting the medical community to health damage that adverse childhood experiences can wreak. Now she aims to protect and heal California's kids.

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