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Why Some Doctors Are Hesitant To Screen Smokers For Lung Cancer

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:30am

Medicare now pays for some long-term smokers to get an annual lung cancer screening test. These scans could save thousands of lives each year, but some doctors still worry risks outweigh benefits.

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The Hidden Cost Of Mammograms: More Testing And Overtreatment

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:27am

Each year the U.S. spends billions of dollars on unnecessary tests and treatments that result from inaccurate mammograms, some scientists say. They're calling for more selective screening.

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The Rise Of The 'No, Totally' Linguistic Phenomenon

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz explains the origins of using the phrase "No, totally" in agreeing with someone.

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Stephen Hawking Covers Monty Python's 'Galaxy Song'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:49am

The renowned physicist is featured in a soon-to-be-released video of the classic song from the 1983 film The Meaning of Life.

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Australia To Stop Payments To Families Who Refuse Child Vaccinations

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:20am

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that starting in 2016, welfare and other assistance will be cut off to families that take a "conscientious objector" exemption to avoid immunizations.

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Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:02am

Forget Big Brother and Real Housewives. Local governments and nonprofits are starting to capitalize on our unquenchable thirst for reality programming — in the form of bird nest cams.

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Beyond Almonds: A Rogue's Gallery of Guzzlers In California's Drought

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 6:19am

California is parched. Wells are running dry. Vegetable fields have been left fallow and lawns are dying. Who can we blame? From almonds to politicians to cheap water, here are seven candidates.

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Compression Clothes' Advantage Could Be Placebo Effect

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 6:38am

Manufacturers claim compression clothes improve athletic performance, but there is little scientific evidence to back that up. This story first aired March 30 on Morning Edition.

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Clam Cancer Spreads Along Eastern Seaboard

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:22pm

Renegade cells floating through seawater apparently cause the cancer, scientists say. Though people can't catch it, the malignancy might offer clues to how cancer cells spread in the human body.

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Cool Atlantic, Warm Pacific Could Mean Few Hurricanes

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:56pm

A cool Atlantic Ocean and a mild-to-moderate El Niño in the Pacific equatorial region has forecasters predicting only four or five Atlantic hurricanes this year.

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Bundle Of Joyful Microbes: Mom's DNA Alters Baby's Gut Bacteria

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 9:40am

Babies have a microbe in their gut that prevents infections and helps the immune system. But not all infants get the bacteria at the same time, or in the same amount. Scientists have figured out why.

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An Artist's Brainstorm: Put Photos On Those Faceless Ebola Suits

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:30pm

Printers blew up. People took the photo stickers home. But in the end, art professor Mary Beth Heffernan succeeded in bringing a human face to the scary-looking protective gear.

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Is It Time For A Warning Label On Sugar-Loaded Drinks?

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:52pm

New legislation in California and New York proposes a label for for sugary beverages. The label looks like the warning on cigarette packages, but the beverage industry has called it "misleading."

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Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:35pm

Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training has stayed much the same. Many schools are now retooling — focusing on teamwork — to train a different kind of doctor.

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Bill To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Moves A Step Closer In California

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

A measure that would require more children to get vaccinated is moving ahead in the California Legislature. Though the state saw a large measles outbreak this year, final passage may be tough.

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Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles Heel' — Energy

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:03am

The president meets with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday — and a looming energy crunch in the region is high on the list.

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Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:12pm

The same receptor on nerve endings that makes sinuses tingle when we eat wasabi plays an important role in the pain of inflammation. The first 3-D view of the receptor could lead to better pain drugs.

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Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:43pm

Doctors long ago noticed that, beyond the usual influences of diet and smoking, short people seem to get heart disease more often than tall people. But why?

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From Pet To Pest, Goldfish Tip Scales Of Survival In Lake's Ecosystem

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:20pm

Colorado wildlife officials believe someone released four or five pet goldfish into Teller Lake #5 a few years ago. Now, the fish number in the thousands and threaten the lake's ecosystem.

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The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:56pm

Brooke Borel's new book describes the history of bedbugs and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."

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