Health and Science News

Subscribe to Health and Science News feed Health and Science News
The latest health and science news. Updates on medicine, healthy living, nutrition, drugs, diet, and advances in science and technology. Subscribe to the Health & Science podcast.
Updated: 41 min 39 sec ago

Ontario Cracks Down On Widely Used Pesticides Toxic To Bees

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 3:31pm

The Canadian province of Ontario is clamping down on the use of some widely used insecticides that are blamed for killing bees. Environmental advocates hope the the U.S. will follow Ontario's lead.

Why Worries About Paperless Voting Loom Larger This Year

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:35pm

In tight elections, the loser often calls for a recount. But recounting ballots might not be easy in states that use paperless machines — including the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania.

'Higgs Bison' Is The Missing Link In European Bison Ancestral Tree

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 10:48am

A newly released study examines why European cave art includes drawings of two distinct types of bison. One of the types is a newly discovered ancestor of modern bison.

Study: Immigrants Face Backlash But Do The Same To The Next Group

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 4:00am

Many immigrant groups faced prejudice and suspicion when they first arrived in the U.S. quickly turn around and exhibit the same kinds of prejudice and suspicions toward those who come after them.

Too Sweet, Or Too Shrill? The Double Bind For Women

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:00pm

A century after women won the vote in the US, we still see very few of them in leadership roles. Researchers say women are trapped in a catch-22 known as "the double bind."

How Gaps In Mental Health Care Play Out In Emergency Rooms

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 4:18pm

Psychiatric patients have longer ER stays than patients with physical problems, research shows, and have trouble finding inpatient care and follow-up treatment. Kids can be among the hardest hit.

Forget Tomayto/Tomahto: The Real Debate Is, Should It Be Refrigerated?

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 2:20pm

In the great household debate about refrigerating tomatoes, there's some new scientific evidence on the no-fridge side. But some taste testers are not convinced.

Peruvian Farmers, Chefs (Yes, Chefs) Cash In On Guinea Pig Craze

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 10:56am

There's a growing demand for the guinea pig as a source of meat in Peru's restaurants. The new craze for the rodent's crispy skin and fatty flesh is helping improve the lives of small farmers in Peru.

European Space Agency Probe Approaches Surface Of Mars

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 8:23am

The Schiaparelli lander detached from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, on Sunday. It's expected to make a controlled landing on the Red Planet on Wednesday.

Is 20-Something Too Late For A Guy To Get The HPV Vaccine?

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 3:45am

A generation of young men missed out on the HPV vaccine. Now, 29-year-old journalist Jake Harper wonders if that's putting him and other men at risk.

Skeptics Question The Value Of Hydration Therapy For The Healthy

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 3:45am

Some spa-like clinics will inject an expensive mix of water and vitamins into your bloodstream, ostensibly to ward off illness and boost energy. But can't drinking fluids offer the same benefit?

Storm Leaves Thousands Without Power In Pacific Northwest

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 8:39am

More rain is expected for Washington state and Oregon on Sunday, after a storm downed trees and flooded roads across the region.

West Virginia Grapples With High Drug Costs

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 4:04pm

Climbing drug prices are taking a toll on West Virginia's budget, some state legislators say. Expensive drugs fuel an increase in Medicaid spending, which leaves less money for schools and roads.

In Fight Against Food Waste, Brits Find A Worthy Battlefield: The Home

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 7:19am

Reducing food waste is complicated, but the clearest success story may be the United Kingdom, where households cut the amount of food they wasted by about 20 percent.

The Universe Has Almost 10 Times More Galaxies Than We Thought

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 2:55pm

A new study finds there are about 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe, up from about 200 billion. It's the first major revision to that number since the 1990s.

Spin To Survive: How 'Saturn On Steroids' Keeps From Self-Destructing

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:32pm

A distant planet has rings so large it makes Saturn look like a child's toy. But, until now, scientists have been baffled about how the enormous rings keep from self-destructing. The answer: spin.

A Spider Across The Room Can 'Hear' You, Study Finds

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 1:17pm

"Based on what we know, this shouldn't be happening, but it definitely is," Harvard fellow Paul Shamble says. The researchers' finding changes what we know about how spiders experience the world.

In Other News: This Photo Of An Elephant Snuggling An Ostrich

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:51pm

It can be hard for different animals to get along, but Pea and Jotto have figured it out.

Organ Donations Spike In The Wake Of The Opioid Epidemic

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 6:00am

So far this year, more than 1 in 4 donations in New England are from people who died after a drug overdose — a much higher rate than in the U.S. overall, though it's not clear why.

Apes May Be More Like Us Than We Thought

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 3:26am

Blogger Alva Noë looks at new research showing apes understand what we think: They are able to differentiate how someone thinks something to be from how it actually is.

Pages

©2016 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574