Jane Goodall encourages all to act to save Earth in 'The Book of Hope'
The primatologist says it's crucial that young people know how positive action can still shift the frightening trajectories of climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and the ongoing global pandemic.(Image credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Barbara J. King Source Type: news

Fewer cars on the road during lockdowns was good news for frogs and salamanders
Fewer cars were on the road during pandemic lockdowns. And for Maine's frogs and salamanders, that translated to far fewer roadkill deaths. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah McCammon Source Type: news

Satellites reveal the secrets of water-guzzling farms in California
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Source: NPR Health and Science - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

NASA launches an asteroid hunter named Lucy with a Beatles connection
A NASA spacecraft named Lucy rocketed into the sky Saturday morning on a 12-year quest to explore eight asteroids. Its roundabout journey will span nearly 4 billion miles.(Image credit: John Raoux/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: The Associated Press Source Type: news

The dinosaur extinction led to lots of new mammals and birds — and snakes to eat them
After the dinosaurs disappeared, the world saw an explosion of birds and mammals. But a study suggests a burst of new snakes appeared, too, with diets to match the newly expanding array of animals. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Intagliata Source Type: news

A meteorite crashes through a home in Canada, barely missing a woman's head
British Columbia resident Ruth Hamilton had a rude awakening earlier this month when a large meteorite plunged from space, through her roof and landed in her bed.(Image credit: Nadia Palici/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Neuman Source Type: news

Scientists discover sweet white flower is really a sneaky carnivore
Botanists discovered what some insects may have known for a long time: the false asphodel has an appetite for meat. The small hairs on the flower secrete an enzyme that traps and digests flies. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

With hospitals crowded from COVID, 1 in 5 American families delays health care
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Source: NPR Health and Science - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: James Dawson Source Type: news

WHO's new team will investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic
The World Health Organization is setting up a new committee to investigate the origins of the current pandemic and potential outbreaks in the future. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Beaubien Source Type: news

WHO launches a new group to study the origins of the coronavirus
The World Health Organization advisory group will include scientists from the U.S., China and two dozen other countries and will study various hypotheses, including the possibility of a lab leak.(Image credit: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Neuman Source Type: news

A study of COVID vaccine boosters suggests Moderna or Pfizer works best
Should people who get a COVID booster get a different vaccine from their original shot? The results of a highly anticipated study suggest that in some cases the answer may be yes.(Image credit: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

FDA has authorized e-cigarettes for the first time, citing benefits for smokers
FDA says data submitted by R.J. Reynolds showed its Vuse e-cigarettes helped smokers either quit or significantly reduce their use of cigarettes, the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.(Image credit: Mark Stehle/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: The Associated Press Source Type: news

A Nobel Prize for a revolution in economics
David Card, Joshua Angrist, and Guido Imbens win a Nobel Prize for revolutionizing how economics is done.(Image credit: CLAUDIO BRESCIANI/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP via Getty Ima) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Greg Rosalsky Source Type: news

Raising the price of fossil fuels to reflect the true social cost
Researchers at the International Monetary Fund say trillions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies are making greenhouse-gas-producing fuels cheaper than they should be and making climate change worse. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Audie Cornish Source Type: news

An invasive plant is taking over the Kansas prairie. It may be too late to stop it
In the land of the open prairie, an invasive plant is threatening to transform Kansas' grassland ecosystems into biodiversity wastelands. Researchers are running out of time to find ways to stop it. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Condos Source Type: news

Breakthrough COVID may not be as threatening as scientists thought
Can a vaccinated person with a breakthrough infection infect others? Conventional wisdom says yes, but new research says it's not all that likely. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Merck asks FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill
If approved, the medication would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19(Image credit: Merck & Co./AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: The Associated Press Source Type: news

William Shatner is bound for space, but the rest of us will have to wait
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Source: NPR Health and Science - October 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Researchers found a new species of water bear fossilized in a hunk of ancient amber
Research into the evolution of tardigrades has been severely hindered by a lack of fossils. This new discovery could offer researchers insight into how the creatures lived millions of years ago. (Image credit: Holly Sullivan/Harvard/NJIT) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Clark Source Type: news

Diet soda may prompt food cravings, especially in women and people with obesity
New research adds to growing concern over zero-calorie drinks. Consuming artificial sweeteners may confuse our body, leading to increased hunger and weight gain. (Image credit: Pornchai Jaito/EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Pfizer officially asks the FDA to authorize its COVID vaccine for kids aged 5-11
"With new cases in children in the U.S. continuing to be at a high level, this submission is an important step in our ongoing effort against #COVID19," the pharmaceutical giant said.(Image credit: Jill Connelly/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Hernandez Source Type: news

We need to talk about your gas stove, your health and climate change
Americans love their gas stoves, but they pollute homes and are connected to a supply system that leaks methane. That's part of a battle as more people face a decision about switching to electric.(Image credit: Meredith Lynne for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeff Brady Source Type: news

New protections for California's aquifers are reshaping the state's Central Valley
California's farmers, the country's biggest producers of fruits and vegetables, are facing a major shakeup. A new law limits their access to water from the state's depleted aquifers.(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

New brain maps could help the search for Alzheimer's treatments
Scientists have created detailed maps of the brain area that controls movement in mice, monkeys and people. The maps could help explain human ailments like Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease. (Image credit: Allen Institute for Brain Science) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Two scientists win Nobel Prize in chemistry for new way of building molecules
Benjamin List and David MacMillan were awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in chemistry for coming up with a new tool for constructing molecules that has advanced pharmaceuticals and green technology. (Image credit: Fernando Vergara/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Researchers who helped shape our understanding of climate change win Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prize in physics went to three scientists this year for their work on climate change and chaotic systems. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

As he steps down as the head of NIH, he has a warning about future pandemics
Francis Collins has served longer than any other director of the National Institutes of Health since 1971. He tells NPR he did not anticipate the culture wars taking over scientific fact.(Image credit: Sarah Silbiger/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

NIH Director Francis Collins is stepping down after 12 years
Collins has been director of the National Institutes of Health since 2009 and served under three U.S. presidents. NIH is the largest funder of basic and clinical biomedical research in the world.(Image credit: Graeme Jennings/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

The Nobel Prize in physics honors work on climate change and complex systems
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Source: NPR Health and Science - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

The California oil pipeline spill could endanger sea life for years, experts say
Experts say the long-term impacts to the environment — particularly on birds and marine life — could be significant. Officials haven't said what caused the oil to leak from an offshore pipeline.(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Hernandez Source Type: news

The California oil spill could endanger birds and sea life for years, experts say
Even as the response effort continues, experts say the long-term impacts to the environment — particularly on birds and marine life — could be significant.(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Hernandez Source Type: news

Nobel Prize awarded to U.S. scientists for research on how we sense of heat and touch
Two scientists who helped explain how we sense temperature and touch have received the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine. Their research could lead to new pain treatments. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

The medicine Nobel Prize honors the discovery of temperature and touch receptors
The Nobel Prize in the field of physiology or medicine has been awarded to U.S. based scientists David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian.(Image credit: Angela Weiss/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: The Associated Press Source Type: news

Researcher explains how girls are socialized to have limited political ambition
Mirya Holman, associate professor of political science at Tulane University, tells NPR about her research team's latest study on how socialization limits young girls' interest in politics. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sandeep Jauhar: How do emotions affect the heart?
Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar explains a case where deep grief caused takotsubo cardiomyopathy—also called "broken heart syndrome." He examines the connection emotions have with our most vital organ.(Image credit: Bret Hartman/Courtesy of TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Manoush Zomorodi Source Type: news

Merck to seek emergency authorization for pill it says cuts COVID-19 effects
The pharmaceutical company announced that its experimental pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people infected with the coronavirus. The findings are not peer reviewed. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A pill can reduce deaths by half in new coronavirus patients, company says
If cleared, Merck's drug would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19, a potentially major advance in efforts to fight the pandemic. (Image credit: Merck & Co. /AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: The Associated Press Source Type: news

The Bill For His COVID Test In Texas Was A Whopping $54,000
A businessman from Dallas got a PCR test for the coronavirus at a suburban emergency room. The charge for his test was "egregious" but not illegal, say health care analysts. Here's what happened.(Image credit: Laura Buckman for KHN) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aneri Pattani Source Type: news

Are You Pregnant? The CDC Really Wants You To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
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Source: NPR Health and Science - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jaclyn Diaz Source Type: news

Shadowed By Controversy, NASA Won't Rename New Space Telescope
Some scientists are calling on NASA to rename the James Webb Space Telescope, arguing that its namesake was complicit in the persecution of gay government workers. NASA says the name will stay.(Image credit: PhotoQuest/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Shadowed by controversy, NASA won't rename its new space telescope
Some scientists say discrimination against gay and lesbian government employees during James Webb's tenure as NASA administrator should preclude him from having a telescope named in his honor. (Image credit: PhotoQuest/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

YouTube Is Banning All Content That Spreads Vaccine Misinformation
The site announced that videos that contain vaccine misinformation will be removed.(Image credit: Danny Moloshok/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sharon Pruitt-Young Source Type: news

New Study Finds More Than A Third Of COVID-19 Patients Have Symptoms Months Later
The symptoms, such as headache, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, persist or recur months after diagnosis, far more often than they do for the flu, researchers say.(Image credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Neuman Source Type: news

Gene-Editing Experiment Improves Sight In Patients With Impaired Vision
For the first time, scientists are reporting they restored vision to people blinded by a rare genetic disorder by infusing the revolutionary gene-editing technique directly into cells inside the body. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

A Gene-Editing Experiment Let These Patients With Vision Loss See Color Again
In a first, doctors injected the gene-editing tool CRISPR directly into cells in patients' eyes. The experiment helped these vision-impaired patients see shapes and colors again.(Image credit: Franny White/OHSU) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

African Researchers Say They Face Bias In The World Of Science. Here's One Solution
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Source: NPR Health and Science - September 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kia Mackey Source Type: news

Pfizer Submits Favorable Initial Data To The FDA On Kids' COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
Pfizer and BioNTech say they plan to submit a formal request for emergency use authorization of their vaccine in young children "in the coming weeks."(Image credit: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bill Chappell Source Type: news

Just Before Taking Effect, Arizona's School Mask Mandate Ban Ruled Unconstitutional
The ban on mask mandates was to take effect Wed. Before that could happen, an Arizona judge ruled that it and other laws were unconstitutional specifically because of how lawmakers passed them.(Image credit: Ross D. Franklin/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Giles Source Type: news

'Fireball' Meteor Caught On Camera Soaring Over North Carolina At 32,000 MPH
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Source: NPR Health and Science - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan Franklin Source Type: news

How Our Brains Create Meaning From The Sounds Around Us
How do our brains create meaning from the sounds around us? That is the question at the heart of a new book from neuroscientist Nina Kraus, called Of Sound Mind. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ari Shapiro Source Type: news