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: 17 min 48 sec ago

Playlist: Stories That Will Spark Your Imagination

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 8:08am

These TED Radio Hour stories will make you curious and maybe even ignite some creative ideas of your own.

» E-Mail This

Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 2:36am

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more cops, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."

» E-Mail This

Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 4:23pm

The songs of zebra finches, long used as a model for how humans learn to use speech, get a little sloppy after a few drinks, a new study finds. Future research will look at how it affects learning.

» E-Mail This

From One Man's Damaged Brain, A Treasure Trove Of Research On Memory

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 4:22pm

When Kent Cochrane survived a motorcycle accident in 1981, he emerged with types of amnesia so rare that his brain became one of the most studied in history. He died this year at 62.

» E-Mail This

An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 4:23pm

Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending — now she explains she has a plan B, too.

» E-Mail This

Dwarf Galaxy, Long Overlooked, Discovered In Our 'Hood

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 1:48pm

Tiny Kks3, 7 million light years distant, is made up mostly of star stuff that's just a billion or so years younger than the Big Bang.

» E-Mail This

The Songs That Saved The Whales

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:26pm

A 1970 collection of humpback whale songs is the biggest selling natural recording of all time. It inspired artists from Judy Collins to Kate Bush and helped fuel a nascent environmental movement.

» E-Mail This

One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:26pm

Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

» E-Mail This

Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:26pm

In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren't just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.

» E-Mail This

Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 3:26pm

The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.

» E-Mail This

Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 7:23am

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

» E-Mail This

Do Fish Have Fingers?

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 4:11am

Of course they don't, but they do have the genetic machinery to make fingers — something that shows how similar fish are to modern mammals.

» E-Mail This

Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 4:11am

Ants that live in a rocky maze-like setting prefer to turn left when they enter a new space. Though this may not be the biggest mystery from the animal world, we explore it anyway.

» E-Mail This

Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 2:34am

An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.

» E-Mail This

Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

If generosity makes us happy, and lots of research suggests that it does, why do many of us find it difficult to be generous?

» E-Mail This

Obama Administration Downplays Court Challenge To Health Law

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 2:25am

With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.

» E-Mail This

Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Threaten To Bust Prison Budgets

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 2:18am

Inmates in the U.S. have a high rate of infection with chronic hepatitis C — up to 35 percent or more by some estimates. New drugs introduced this year can cure the disease quickly, but at a cost.

» E-Mail This

Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 3:21pm

NASA's next big space telescope costs $8 billion and is very heavy. New York scientists think they may have found the makings of a cheaper, lighter answer for future space scopes — in a crafts store.

» E-Mail This

A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 3:21pm

Months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens, families of the lost passengers and crew struggle to cope. Many are unwilling to declare their loved ones dead.

» E-Mail This

Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 12:46pm

A new project places little kayaks filled with aquatic plants under latrines in floating homes on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. So how do the toilets clean the wastewater?

» E-Mail This

Pages

©2014 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