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More Rural Hospitals Are Closing Their Maternity Units

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 8:08am

Facilities for delivering babies are expensive to run and hard to staff. But when small rural hospitals close their birthing units, pregnant women are forced to travel much farther for care.

Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 3:57am

Counselors in the field of substance abuse rehabilitation earn roughly $40,000 a year, surveys show, and the work can be emotionally draining. Employee turnover is high, and likely to get worse.

Two More U.S. Cases Of Zika Virus Likely Shared Via Sex

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 7:51pm

U.S. health officials say they have confirmed the two women had Zika. And their only risk factor was having slept with male partners who had recently traveled to places with active virus transmission.

WATCH: Aborable Baby Gorilla Born By Rare, Risky Cesarean Section

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 4:38pm

It's highly unusual for veterinarians to perform C-sections on gorillas. The western lowland gorilla is critically endangered.

Solving The Mystery Of The Disappearing Quasar

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 3:41pm

Scientists were studying the properties of the light coming from a quasar — one of the brightest objects in the universe — when the light just seemed to wink out. Now they think they know why.

NASA Receives Record Number Of Astronaut Applicants

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 3:25pm

When NASA asked who wanted to be an astronaut, thousands of people said yes. The agency received a record number of applicants for the next class of astronaut candidates.

Hillary Clinton Hitches Her Health Care Wagon To Obamacare

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 2:13pm

Rather than sweeping reform, Clinton's health plan is a collection of tweaks to the Affordable Care Act. The proposed changes are aimed at trimming consumer costs and improving coverage.

Academic Medical Centers Get An F In Sharing Research Results

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:59pm

There's no excuse for not reporting all findings within two years of finishing a clinical study, says Yale University's Dr. Harlan Krumholz. He calls on his colleagues to do a better job.

Sea Levels Rose Faster Last Century Than In Previous 2,700 Years, Study Finds

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:53pm

And researchers predict things are going to get worse — their findings suggest sea levels will rise between 1 to 4 feet by 2100.

Sanders Health Plan Renews Debate On Universal Coverage

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 3:34am

Left-leaning economists and Democratic analysts are sparring over Sanders' proposal of health care for all, paid for by the government. Some who like his aspiration say the numbers don't add up.

Stroke of Genius: How Derek Amato Became a Musical Savant

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 11:00pm

Derek Amato wasn't born a musical savant. He became one—almost instantly—after hitting his head on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Is The BP Oil Spill Settlement Money Being Well-Spent?

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 5:01pm

Gulf states are starting to spend the first of billions from BP's settlements and fines for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history — but not all the money is being used for restoration.

Mysterious Ocean Buzz Traced To Daily Fish Migration

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 4:23pm

Scientists say the buzz picked up by hydrophones in the Pacific may be caused by "fish farts" — the emptying of air bladders that let clouds of fish rise and fall during daily hunts for food.

Snakes On An Island: Massachusetts Plans Colony To Save Endangered Species

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 3:24pm

It sounds like the plot for a terrible horror movie, but the plan to build a rattlesnake colony on an abandoned island in the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts is real. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Tom French of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Why Zika-Spreading Mosquitoes Love Ankles

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 1:18pm

How do these buggers manage to find and feast on even the smallest cracks of exposed skin? Well to start, they're really good at sniffing out our B.O.

U.S. Navy Brings Back Navigation By The Stars For Officers

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 4:14am

A decade after phasing out celestial navigation from its academy courses, the U.S. Navy has restarted that formal training. The shift comes at a time of growing anxiety over possible threats to GPS.

Strokes On The Rise Among Younger Adults

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 2:50am

Fewer people are having strokes now than decades ago. But that improvement seems to be mostly among the elderly. Young people are actually having more strokes, partly because of the rise in obesity.

How Brainwaves Allow Paralyzed Musicians To Continue Playing

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 7:22am

Linda Wertheimer speaks with Eduardo Miranda and Elisa Bergersen about their project that enables paralyzed musicians to perform again through proxies.

They Brought Cookies: For A New Widow, Empathy Eases Death's Pain

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 6:00am

Her husband died. Then the neighbors started showing up. They brought soup. Cookies. Tea. But what they really brought was empathy. And that made the pain bearable.

Mosquitoes. What Are They Good For?

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Nora Besansky, a professor of biology specializing in mosquitoes, about what would happen if mosquitoes were eradicated.

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