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: 39 min 51 sec ago

Along U.S.-Canada Border, A Booming Business For Dinosaur Bones

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 3:40pm

Dinosaur fossils are often found along the U.S.-Canada border. But what happens after someone discovers them on their land depends on what the rules are about ownership, scholarship and preservation.

» EMail This

Community Health Workers Can Reach Some Patients That Doctors Can't

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:59am

Los Angeles is finding that community health workers — problem solvers who are untrained in medicine, but fluent in compassion — can be key to helping the county's sickest and neediest get better.

» EMail This

Why Fighting Climate Change Requires Changing The Narrative

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 3:17pm

NPR blogger Adam Frank says Americans need to stop carrying the guilt of climate change, so that we can move on and fix it.

» EMail This

The Lone Star Tick May Be Spreading A New Disease Across America

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 11:28am

An uptick in cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever might actually be due to a newer tick-borne bacterium. It looks like it's causing milder infections — and a lot of confusion.

» EMail This

Most E-Cigarette Users Are Current And Ex-Smokers, Not Newbies

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 11:03pm

A large study suggests some may use e-cigarettes to quit smoking tobacco. But the survey also shows that nearly 10 percent of young adults who have never smoked tobacco have used the devices.

» EMail This

NASA Spacecraft To Skim Past Saturn's Icy Moon

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 4:34pm

The Cassini probe will pass within just 30 miles of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The goal is to search for signs of habitability.

» EMail This

Heroin, Opioid Abuse Puts Extra Strain On U.S. Foster Care System

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

Roughly 265,000 U.S. kids entered foster care last year — the highest number since 2008. Officials say the abuse of heroin or prescription painkillers by more parents is one reason for the increase.

» EMail This

Candy For Your Vote, Kid? A Test Of Political Bribery

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:29am

NPR's Shankar Vedantam tells Steve Inskeep about a Halloween experiment to see whether children can be swayed to change their political preferences with candy.

» EMail This

Things That Go Bump In The Lab: Halloween And The Science Of Fear

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:03pm

This week, the Hidden Brain podcast explores the science of fear — traveling to a haunted house curated by a scientist to investigate what scares us, and why some people enjoy feeling fear.

» EMail This

Processed And Red Meat Could Cause Cancer? Your Questions Answered

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:04pm

An expert panel's conclusion that hot dogs and yes, even turkey bacon are carcinogenic had many of you wanting more details. Which cancers? How much is safe to eat? We tackle your questions.

» EMail This

Task Force Urges Screening Of Overweight Adults For High Blood Sugar

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:16pm

In response to a big jump in diabetes in the U.S., a federal advisory panel advises tens of millions of overweight Americans to get their blood tested, and intensive counseling if sugar's too high.

» EMail This

Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Red Meats Cause Cancer, Says WHO

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 9:31am

The World Health Organization's decision puts bacon, hot dogs and sausages in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking. And beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic," WHO says.

» EMail This

The Science Of A Cyclone: Dissecting Hurricane Patricia

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

David Greene talks to tropical meteorologist Kristen Corbosiero of the University of Albany in New York about what made the once-mighty Hurricane Patricia so powerful and unpredictable.

» EMail This

'East Los High' Serves Up Sex Ed With Its Teen Drama

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.

» EMail This

Fetal Cells May Protect Mom From Disease Long After The Baby's Born

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

In 1893, a German scientist made a striking discovery: Cells from a fetus hide out in a mother's body after birth. Scientists say these cells alter the risk of breast cancer and autoimmune diseases.

» EMail This

Could Depression Be Caused By An Infection?

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 5:01am

Infection and autoimmune activity result in inflammation. And psychiatric researchers now suspect that inflammation may play a role in some cases of depression and other mental illnesses.

» EMail This

Why Hurricane Patricia Can't Be Blamed On Climate Change

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:45pm

Hurricane Patricia's record-breaking winds come as a powerful El Niño heats the Pacific Ocean. But researchers say that's not enough to blame climate change for the storm's rapid strengthening.

» EMail This

Beachside Resort In Sayulita, Mexico, Prepares For Hurricane Patricia

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Norma Adams, general manager of Villa Amor in Sayulita, Mexico. Adams, a native of Sayulita, talks about how she and other staff started in the middle of the night Thursday to evacuate an entire wedding party from the resort on the water.

» EMail This

What You Need To Know About 'Catastrophic' Hurricane Patricia

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:56am

The most powerful storm ever recorded in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic basin is about to slam Mexico, bringing with it the threat of deadly flooding and mudslides. Winds could reach 220 mph.

» EMail This

How Can We Open Source Exploring Our Oceans?

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 8:28am

David Lang became an amateur oceanographer by getting a network of ocean lovers to team up and build open source, low-cost underwater explorers.

» EMail This




WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions


(256) 895-9574

(800) 239-9574