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: 14 min 22 sec ago

Ramen Noodles Are Now The Prison Currency Of Choice

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:47am

Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food.

Protected Marine Area Near Hawaii Is Now Twice The Size Of Texas

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:21am

The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was created by President George W. Bush. Now President Obama is quadrupling it in size — making it the biggest marine reserve in the world.

Planned Parenthood Joins Campaign To Rid Miami Neighborhoods Of Zika

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:45am

The organization is going door to door in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The goal: Reach 25,000 households in six weeks with information about Zika prevention and family planning services.

New Virus Breaks The Rules Of Infection

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 5:06pm

A virus is generally like a little ball with a few genes. Now scientists have found one that's broken up into five little balls — as if it were dismembered.

Native Americans Protest New Oil Pipeline In North Dakota

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:26pm

Native Americans and environmentalists are protesting a pipeline slated to carry a half a million barrels of crude daily from North Dakota to Illinois. But the oil industry says the pipeline is safe.

Native Americans Protest New Oil Pipeline In South Dakota

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:26pm

Native Americans and environmentalists are protesting a pipeline slated to carry a half a million barrels of crude daily from North Dakota to Illinois. But the oil industry says the pipeline is safe.

Here's Looking Achoo! Debunking The Sneeze

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:44pm

Let's look deeper into your nose and all of its mysteries, shall we? Are you a snatiator? And does tweezing your eyebrows really make you sneeze?

Watch: A Slow-Motion Sneeze Looks A Lot Like Breathing Fire

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:43pm

What happens when you let loose with a juicy one? A lab of MIT mathematicians and physicists are taking a close look, with the goal of improving public health.

WATCH: Squishy 'Octobot' Moves Autonomously

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:03pm

The robot designed by a team from Harvard University moves without the help of any rigid parts. Researchers say it is the first proof-of-concept design for an entirely soft, autonomous machine.

Study Of Breast Cancer Treatment Reveals Paradox Of Precision Medicine

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:01pm

A genetic test of breast cancer tumors helped identify women whose survival odds would not be greatly improved by chemotherapy. But that test isn't as precise as women and doctors might like.

Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:49pm

Last of five episodes. We follow the Planet Money oil to a gas station. And we ask: What would our world look like if there were no fossil fuels?

Climate Change Complicates Predictions Of Damage From Big Surf

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 1:17pm

Earth's changing climate has made the quest to understand wave behavior more important than ever, scientists say. Rising seas, storm surge and dune and reef erosion all shape Florida's Gulf Coast.

This Planet Just Outside Our Solar System Is 'Potentially Habitable'

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:01pm

It's not exactly close — 25 trillion miles from Earth, say the scientists who spotted it. But that might be near enough for further exploration. It's about Earth's size, with mild temperatures.

Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:49pm

According to a new study, the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent.

Radio Rookies: Reformed Catcaller Explores Roots Of Street Harassment

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

Growing up, Jared Marcelle watched as older men catcalled women in his Brooklyn neighborhood. He thought it was normal, so as a teenager Marcelle and his friends became those guys. But now he's changed.

Persistent Drought Kills Millions Of Trees In California Forests

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

Years of drought have strained California's forests, killing millions of trees and fueling wildfires.

Extinct 'Micro Lion' Is Named For Sir David Attenborough

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:31pm

Microleo attenboroughi was a tiny, marsupial lion that lived some 18 million years ago. Paleontologists in Australia said they named it after the famed naturalist "for his dedication and enthusiasm."

Japan Offers 'Dementia Awareness' Courses To City Workers

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:10pm

Japan expects 7 million cases of dementia among its long-lived residents by 2025. It has started training pharmacists, bankers and postal workers in how to recognize the signs and be supportive.

Health Officials Struggle To Fight Deadly Sepsis Infections

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:01pm

Although a CDC study released today found that 80 percent of cases develop outside the hospital or at a nursing home, many people still don't know about this lethal medical condition.

Do You Read Terms Of Service Contracts? Not Many Do, Research Shows

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

During an experiment, people consented to sharing their private information with the NSA, and to surrendering their first-born as payment for access to a fictitious social networking site.

Pages

©2016 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