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Conservationists Try To Thwart Climate Change By Planting In Cold Spots

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 4:00am

In the north woods of Minnesota, foresters are planting thousands of pine trees to try to protect them from climate change.

Dramatic Increase In Number Of People Being Hospitalized Due To Opioids

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dr. Traci Green, deputy director of injury prevention at Boston Medical Center about the stunning show increase in the number of hospital visits related to opioids.

A Pioneer In 'Flat-Fee Primary Care' Had To Close Its Clinics. What Went Wrong?

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:38pm

Many patients liked the Qliance approach, which gave them unlimited access to a provider for a modest fee, and freed doctors from insurance paperwork. But critics say the approach may not be viable.

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She May Be The Most Unstoppable Scientist In The World

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 2:10pm

First she was shot at on the way to work. Then her house was destroyed by a bomb. That didn't deter this woman scientist.

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How Your Sandwich Changed The World

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 5:00am

What road did your lunch travel before it reached your plate? NPR's latest animated video follows a BLT from the fields where it began its journey.

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Hidden Brain: Terror Strikes And An Attacker's Identity

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:05am

Research shows people are more likely to label an attack as terrorism if the perpetrator is Muslim. Terrorist attacks committed by Muslims receive more coverage than those not committed by Muslims.

Study Finds Yoga Can Help Back Pain, But Keep It Gentle, With These Poses

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 4:00am

A new study finds that a yoga class designed specifically for lower back pain can be as effective as physical therapy in easing pain. The class and teacher manuals are available on-line, for free.

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When Is It 'Terrorism'? How The Media Covers Attacks By Muslim Perpetrators

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 8:01pm

In the last five years, just 12% of terrorist attacks in the U.S. were carried out by Muslims. More than 50% were perpetrated by far right extremists. So why the media focus on "Islamic terrorism"?

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Ethiopia's Coffee Farmers Are 'On The Front Lines Of Climate Change'

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 7:17pm

A new study says that Ethiopia could lose more than 50 percent of its coffee growing regions to climate change. But, higher altitude areas could become more suitable for coffee in the coming decades.

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A Couple's Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:35am

Twenty years. That's how long two grad students, Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel, think they have before a deadly disease envelops Sonia's brain. The Massachusetts couple is now racing to find a cure.

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Can You Find The Defibrillator At Work? Half Of People Say No

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:17am

People who work in the hospitality and service industries were even less likely to know where to find an AED, according to a new survey. The devices can restart someone's heart after cardiac arrest.

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Over Objections, Italy Introduces Tough Vaccination Measure

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 4:00am

In Italy, parents who don't vaccinate their children face steep fines, and even risk losing custody. It's in response to a measles outbreak, after years of falling inoculation rates.

A Mother's Early Death Drives Her Daughter To Find A Treatment

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 4:00am

Sonia Vallabh knows that by the time she's middle-aged, a rare inherited disease will likely start killing off her brain cells. She and her husband have become scientists to try to stop the disease.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Sonia Vallabh)

Research Finds Dressmakers Have Good Eyes, And Not Just For Style

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:56am

In a study of people from a variety of professions, dressmakers had superior 3-D vision. Could their endless hours of delicate handwork be honing eyesight?

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Doctor Who Wrote 1980 Letter On Painkillers Regrets That It Fed The Opioid Crisis

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:22am

In 1980, Dr. Hershel Jick wrote a one-paragraph letter about low rates of addiction among hospitalized patients given narcotics. It was later cited as evidence that long-term opioid use was safe.

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Explorers Probing Deep Sea Abyss Off Australia's Coast Find Living Wonders

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 10:04pm

A month-long expedition into one of the deepest, least-documented places on the planet discovered hundreds of unknown species. The finds included a "faceless fish" undocumented there since 1873.

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Lead Detected In Baby Food Samples. Pediatricians Say There's No Safe Level

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 5:23pm

Twenty percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Pediatricians says there's no safe lead level. FDA is reviewing its policy.

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Inside Mars Simulator, IKEA Designers Learn How To Live In Close Quarters

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:29pm

IKEA exiled designers to a research station in Utah modeled after a living situation on the planet Mars. They hope the experience will inspire them to create similar spaces around the world.

The Roots Of Consciousness: We're Of Two Minds

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 2:47pm

Surgery that severs the link between brain hemispheres reveals that those halves have way different views of the world. We ask a pioneering scientist what that tells us about human consciousness.

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Just Small Genetic Tweaks To Chinese Bird Flu Virus Could Fuel A Human Pandemic

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 1:44pm

Three genetic changes could be enough to make a bird flu strain that's already killing some people in China highly contagious. Are experiments with a deliberately mutated version too risky?

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