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What Doesn't Kill You Can Maim: Unexpected Injuries From Opioids

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:19pm

Emergency room doctors are just beginning to study a new kind of casualty in the opioid epidemic — patients who survive an overdose, but walk away with brain damage, kidney failure or dead muscle.

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There Are 60,000+ Species Of Tree Worldwide, Scientists Say

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:53pm

More than half of those species are only found in a single country, and many of them face extinction. The scientists hope that this database will be an important tool for conservationists.

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No Ant Left Behind: Warrior Ants Carry Injured Comrades Home

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 1:01pm

Don't call it empathy, scientists say. These termite-eating ants only retrieve injured comrades on the way home from a hunt, not before. But the hurt ants do recover better at home — to fight again.

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A Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On The Great Plains

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:00am

Nearly a century ago, Dearfield, Colo., was a thriving African-American farm community, admired by many of its white neighbors. There were even early signs of integration. Then came the Dust Bowl.

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Fungal Pesticides Offer A Growing Alternative To Traditional Chemicals

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 6:00am

The rise of organic produce has sparked a new interest in using biopesticides like fungi to kill insects, instead of traditional synthetic ones. But they are still just a tiny segment of the market.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Brian Lovett/University of Maryland Entomology)

How To Get Low-Income Students Into Selective Colleges

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:15am

New social science research looks at how to get more low-income students into college.

Cash-Strapped State Environmental Agencies Brace For Budget Cuts

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

Proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency could leave state environmental agencies doing more with less money. But many say they are already strapped.

Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:21pm

The National Academy of Sciences has toughened up its guidelines to call cutting corners, dubious statistics and not fully sharing research methods "detrimental" to science.

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Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:56pm

Exposure to the tiny fibers in asbestos can lead people who work around the material to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen.

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Spinal Manipulation Can Alleviate Back Pain, Study Concludes

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:52am

Physically manipulating the spine appears to offer a modestly effective alternative to medication for lower back pain, according to a new evaluation of scientific studies.

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Federal Task Force Softens Opposition To Routine Prostate Cancer Screening

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 5:01am

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force proposes each man decide with his doctor whether to undergo routine PSA testing, citing recent evidence of benefits and ways to minimize downsides of screening.

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A 'Hot Zone' In The Brain May Reveal When, And Even What, We Dream

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:23pm

When people have dreams, an area near the back of the brain seems to wake up. And specific patterns of brain activity in that area can even reveal what we're dreaming about.

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Natural Gas Plant Makes A Play For Coal's Market, Using 'Clean' Technology

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:03am

The idea behind "clean coal" is technology that would capture for reuse most of the carbon dioxide emitted by coal-burning power plants. Entrepreneurs aim to use the same tech to clean natural gas.

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Natural Gas Plant Makes A Play For Coal's Market, Using 'Clean' Technology

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:03am

The idea behind "clean coal" is technology that would capture for reuse most of the carbon dioxide emitted by coal-burning power plants. Entrepreneurs aim to use the same tech to clean natural gas.

(Image credit: Courtesy of NET Power)

Great Barrier Reef Hit By Bleaching For The Second Year In A Row

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:14am

Scientists say severe bleaching events have happened three other times in the past 20 years — but never in consecutive years. They fear that prolonged stress could kill the corals.

(Image credit: Greg Torda/ACR Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

Drugs That Work In Mice Often Fail When Tried In People

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:37am

Most potential new drugs don't work when tested in people. It's a major disappointment and it drives up the cost of developing new drugs. One big reason is the use animals in medical research.

(Image credit: Sam Rowe for NPR)

A Mountain Lion Kitten Is Found, Leading To Excitement And Concern

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 7:02am

A mountain lion kitten was found in the Santa Monica Mountains, just outside Los Angeles. Biologists are excited to see new kittens being born but are concerned about inbreeding.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the National Park Service)

It Sounds Like Science Fiction But ... It's A Cliché

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 6:51am

The Internet is full of science fiction becoming science fact. NPR Science Editor Geoff Brumfiel is ready to make a stand. Sort of.

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How Playing Tetris Tames The Trauma Of A Car Crash

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 4:00am

Researchers were able to dial down painful recollections of a car crash by having people play the video game Tetris while in the emergency room. The technique makes use of the malleability of memory.

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VIDEO: Despite The Risks, Morphine Can Offer Hope

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 6:00am

Morphine, like other opiates, is controversial. It poses risks. But for some patients, like a man in India who's profiled in a short documentary, the painkiller offers hope.

(Image credit: Screengrab from "Using Morphine To Stay Alive")




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