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Industrial Science Hunts For Nursing Home Fraud In New Mexico Case

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:42pm

New Mexico is using time-motion studies to sue a chain of nursing homes for fraud. State prosecutors say the facilities couldn't possibly have provided the care promised — and billed for.

What's Over The Horizon? Cartographer Traces 'Beyond The Sea'

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:54pm

From the beaches of New England, you could be looking toward Africa, Australia, Europe or South America. Andy Woodruff has illustrated the surprising paths we'd trace if we could follow our gaze.

Tundra Issue: How To Keep Oil Workers From Crossing Paths With Bears

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 4:14am

March is when oil equipment starts using ice roads on the Alaskan North Slope. It's also when polar bears and cubs emerge from dens. Ariel spotters find dens so roads and workers can bypass bears.

New Source Of Transplant Organs For Patients With HIV: Others With HIV

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:21am

The organ donor and both recipients in the procedure this month were all HIV-positive — a first in the U.S. Using HIV-positive organs for some patients could enable a thousand more transplants a year.

305 Million-Year-Old Fossil A Glimpse Into The Origins Of Spiders

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 5:53pm

The main point of distinction between this creature and true spiders: It very likely could produce silk but lacked the spinnerets used by true spiders to, well, spin it, scientists say.

Possible Heart Benefits Of Taking Estrogen Get Another Look

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:01pm

Evidence has ping-ponged over the decades on the effects of hormone therapy on a woman's arteries. The latest study suggests a brief stint of hormones might be helpful — if given at the right time.

California Officials Release New Rainfall Figures After El Nino

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:22pm

Officials in California offer new figures on rain and snowfall in the state. El Nino has filled reservoirs, but the drought is still ongoing.

Ready, Set, Freeze: Japan Prepares To Switch On Fukushima 'Ice Wall'

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:57am

Japanese regulators say an underground refrigeration system at the nuclear power plant can be activated. The facility was damaged five years ago, and the ice wall is a year behind schedule.

Mysterious Death Uncovers Risk In Federal Oil Field Rules

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:28am

Oil worker Dustin Bergsing, 21, was found dead on top of a North Dakota oil tank in 2012. A journalist and a doctor looking into the death found a pattern of similar fatal accidents.

Why Whole Foods Wants A Slower-Growing Chicken

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:57am

A modern broiler, or meat chicken, grows incredibly fast. The bird suffers as a result, and some critics say its flavor does too. Now Whole Foods wants its suppliers to shift to slower-growing breeds.

Big Financial Costs Are Part Of Alzheimer's Toll On Families

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:33am

A survey of more than 3,500 people caring for family members with dementia finds that many are spending down personal savings and cutting into their own basic needs to meet their loved one's expenses.

U.S. Geology Maps Reveal Areas Vulnerable To Man-Made Quakes

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 4:03am

Parts of Oklahoma and Texas have about the same risk of an earthquake as parts of California, the maps show. Why? Wastewater that oil and gas operations are pumping into wells adds pressure on faults.

U.S. Geological Maps Show Areas Threatened By Man-Made Quakes

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 4:03am

Scientists offer new maps that add man-made quakes to their list of U.S. hazardous places. These induced quakes are associated with waste wells used to dispose of water from oil and gas operations.

A Crisis With Scant Data: States Move To Count Drug-Dependent Babies

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 1:57pm

Getting good information is critical to figuring out where resources need to go to treat newborns dependent on opioids. Pennsylvania relies on old and incomplete statistics, but that may be changing.

Pregnant And Addicted: The Tough Road To Family Health

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 3:57am

Guilt still haunts a new mother who was addicted to opioids when she got pregnant. Once she was ready to ask for help, treatment programs that could handle her complicated pregnancy were hard to find.

To Help Newborns Dependent On Opioids, Hospitals Rethink Mom's Role

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 1:00pm

When a woman addicted to opioids gives birth, she is too often dismissed as an obstacle to her infant's health. A Connecticut hospital is challenging that attitude — and the culture of care.

To Help Newborns Dependent On Opioids, Hospitals Rethink Mom's Role

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 1:00pm

When a woman addicted to opioids gives birth, she is too often dismissed as an obstacle to her infant's health. A Connecticut hospital is challenging that attitude — and the culture of care.

Scientists Build A Live, No-Frills Cell That Could Have A Big Future

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:54am

A group of synthetic biologists report they've created an organism with a minimum number of genes required to survive and reproduce.

Glitch In Your Golf Swing? Listen To It Sing

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:54am

Stanford professor Jonathan Berger turns golf stroke data into sound. A nice sound means it's a good swing, a sour sound means something's not right. He tells Scott Simon how that helps people learn.

Using DNA Matching To Crack Down On Dog Droppings

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:54am

An apartment building in Chicago wants to fine dog poop pickup scofflaws by using DNA to track down the offending canines and their masters.

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