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Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:12pm

In 2003, researchers declared a moratorium on the use of transplanted brain cells to treat Parkinson's disease. Now, armed with better cells, they're giving the approach another try.

(Image credit: Roger J. Bick &/Brian J. Poindexter / UT-Houston/Science Source)

What's The Difference Between Famine And Hunger? A Food FAQ

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 2:25pm

We asked our readers what they wanted to know about world hunger? So many thoughtful questions came in that we did a roundup of queries about hunger and famine.

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Police Shootings: How A Culture Of Racism Can Infect Us All

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 3:59am

In a shooting involving a police officer, there's often a familiar blame game: Was the cop was racist? Was the person shot threatening? Or maybe, the bias that leads cops to shoot affects us all.

Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 8:01pm

Olutosin Oduwole was a college student and aspiring rapper when he was charged with "attempting to make a terrorist threat." We explore how perceptions of rap music may have played a role.

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Dog Owners Walk 22 Minutes More Per Day. And Yes, It Counts As Exercise

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:35pm

A new study finds dog owners on average walk 22 more minutes more per day compared to people without dogs. The benefits of walking include a lower risk of heart disease and premature death.

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Another Federal Appeals Court Says Trump's Travel Ban Should Remain On Hold

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:20pm

The 9th Circuit largely upheld an injunction that blocks key portions of the president's travel ban from going into effect. The decision comes weeks after a similar opinion from the 4th Circuit.

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How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 6:00am

A nonprofit called Turnaround for Children helps schools meet the needs of children facing poverty and adversity.

(Image credit: Kaitlin Rose Slattery for NPR)

Is Zika Still A Problem In Florida And The Caribbean?

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:00am

The Zika outbreak in Florida is officially over. And cases are dropping across the Caribbean. But doctors says the risk to pregnant woman there — whether residents or travelers — isn't gone.

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What Happens When A Leader's Vision Is The Wrong One?

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 4:45pm

Don Laub was a pioneering surgeon — one of the first in the U.S. to perform gender reassignment surgeries, but tragedy came when he traveled to Mexico to provide free surgeries to children.

Meet Your Lucky Stars: NASA Announces A New Class Of Astronaut Candidates

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:25am

This year was one of the most competitive applicant pools in the agency's history. One of the candidates explains what it takes to earn a coveted spot — and why so many want to be an astronaut today.

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How Climate Data Is Collected

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

President Trump's proposed budget would cut money for climate research that measures a warming world. We tag along to see how air samples are collected on a Colorado mountaintop.

GOP's Proposed Cuts To Medicaid Threaten Treatment For Opioid Addiction

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 7:12am

Expanding Medicaid has helped many people caught up in the opioid epidemic get treatment. But doctors say the proposed Republican changes to the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize these programs.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Reviews Bears Ears National Monument

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

A Saturday deadline is approaching for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to recommend whether the controversial new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah should be abolished or shrunk. It's the first of a larger review of national monuments stemming from an executive order by President Trump last month.

FDA Calls On Drugmaker To Pull A Powerful Opioid Off The Market

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 7:56pm

The Food and Drug Administration says abuse of the painkiller Opana ER has fueled an outbreak of HIV, hepatitis C and a serious blood disorder, though it was reformulated to try to reduce abuse.

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CDC Reveals Sharper Numbers Of Zika Birth Defects From U.S. Territories

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:24pm

About 5 percent of pregnant women infected with Zika in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories last year had babies with birth defects, says the federal health agency. And the risk isn't over.

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Aid-In-Dying Requires More Than Just A Law, Californians Find

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 2:11pm

In the year since the state enacted a law allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for terminal patients who request it, over 500 people have sought that help. But some doctors are still reluctant.

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Invisibilia: Should Wild Bears Be Feared Or Befriended?

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:00am

A photographer who walks deep into the woods in search of a wild bear wonders if his curiosity will overcome his fear. Can bears and humans co-exist?

(Image credit: Derek Montgomery for NPR)

Learn To Sniff Like A Dog And Experience The World In A New Way

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:00am

We humans think we don't have a very good sense of smell. But psychologist Alexandra Horowitz says dogs can show us how to train our noses so they give us a window into a secret world.

(Image credit: Vegar Abelsnes/ Courtesy of Alexandra Horowitz)

If You See Dirty Water, Don't Just Gripe. Talk To The Cloud!

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:32pm

Scientists and activists in India are training citizens to collect information on water issues like contamination — and upload it so it can be used to push for change.

(Image credit: Tom Baas)

U.S. Pays Farmers Billions To Save The Soil. But It's Blowing Away

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:32pm

Right now, the government rents farmland to help protect soil and water. But once the land is farmed again, the benefits disappear. Environmentalists want to change that.

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