At $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces 'New Science' Of Psychedelics
Author Michael Pollan experimented with mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics while researching his latest book, How to Change Your Mind. Originally broadcast May 15, 2018. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Terry Gross Source Type: news

The 2019 Hurricane Season Will Be 'Near Normal.' But Normal Can Still Be Devastating
NOAA forecasts that two to four major hurricanes will form this year in the Atlantic. But even an average year can cause record-breaking damage, as storms get bigger and wetter.(Image credit: Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Since The 1960s, Researchers Track Perry Preschool Project Participants
For decades, researchers have followed the participants of a 1960's preschool program. They found a range of social and economic benefits, and not just for the participants in the program. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

News Brief: Impeaching Trump, Iran Threat, CRISPR Modified Viruses
House Democrats meet to decide whether to move forward with impeaching the president. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are briefed on the threat Iran poses. And, the latest on genetically modified viruses. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Noel King Source Type: news

Scientists Modify Viruses With CRISPR To Create New Weapon Against Superbugs
Superbugs are bacteria that can beat modern medicine's most powerful drugs. So doctors are racing to find new ways to fight back, such as developing "living antibiotics."(Image credit: Rob Stein/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide
The nonprofit Allen Institute in Seattle has produced a visualization of human cell division that promises to be useful for professional scientists and curious amateurs alike.(Image credit: Allen Institute) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Can CBD Reduce Cravings And Stress In Opioid Users?
Researchers wanted to know if CBD can help people who are former opioid users resist relapse. Their double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial suggests CBD can help reduce stress and cravings. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Wildlife Tourism And Other Dangers Facing Our Most Coveted Species
What's behind those cute selfies with wild animals?(Image credit: Kirsten Luce / National Geographic) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Introduce New Kilogram On World Metrology Day
After 130 years, the kilogram has been redefined. The new standard is based on the fundamental laws of physics and is much more accurate. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VIDEO: At 'Volcano Summer Camp,' Safety Is A Blast
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeline K. Sofia Source Type: news

To Safely Study Volcanoes, Scientists Bring The Blast To Them
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Madeline K. Sofia Source Type: news

How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion
Pain is more than an unpleasant sensation. When pain signals reach the brain, they interact with areas involved in thinking, memory and emotion.(Image credit: Chris Nickels for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Billion-Dollar Gamble: How A 'Singular Hero' Helped Start A New Field In Physics
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

50 Years Later, Looking Back At Apollo 10, Precursor To The Moon Landing
It's the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 10 mission. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with General Thomas Stafford, who led the Apollo 10 mission. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Calories, Carbs, Fat, Fiber: Unraveling The Links Between Breast Cancer And Diet
A new study finds that women who ate a low-fat diet and more fruits, vegetables and grains, lowered their risk of dying from breast cancer. But which of those factors provided the protective effect?(Image credit: Cavan Images/Getty Images/Cavan Images RF) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Critics Say USDA Relocation Proposal Is A Political Move
A plan to move USDA research groups out of D.C. has towns clamoring for "700 high-paying jobs." But critics say it's part of an effort to gut objective research and cut many jobs at the two agencies. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Frank Morris Source Type: news

Suicide Rate For Girls Has Been Rising Faster Than For Boys, Study Finds
Researchers found that the increase was highest for girls ages 10 to 14 in the U.S., rising by nearly 13% since 2007. The increase for boys of the same age was 7%.(Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sasha Ingber Source Type: news

Researchers Say Evidence Shows What You Eat Really Does Matter
Two new diet studies add to the evidence that when it comes to staying healthy, counting calories may not be enough. What really matters is what you choose to eat and the quality of your diet. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Smartphone App And Paper Funnel Could Help Diagnose Ear Infections
Researchers have developed a smartphone app that can help diagnose an ear infection. Parents will be able to use it at home, pending further tests and Food and Drug Administration approval. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

How To See The Future (No Crystal Ball Needed)
When disaster strikes, we want to know, who screwed up? This week we explore the psychology of warnings: Why some warnings get heard, and why some of us are better at seeing what lies ahead.(Image credit: Angela Hsieh/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

It's Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Study Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria Godoy Source Type: news

How To Help A Kid Survive Early Puberty
Around 15% of girls begin menstruation by age 7. The challenges of puberty can rock anybody, but being the first of your friends to go through it can be especially stressful. Good parenting helps.(Image credit: Paige Vickers for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Juli Fraga Source Type: news

Remote Island Chain Has Few People — But Hundreds Of Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic
The Cocos Keeling Islands make up barely 6 square miles in the Indian Ocean. It's a good place to measure plastic waste as almost no one lives there. Scientists were flabbergasted by what they found.(Image credit: Courtesy of Silke Stuckenbrock) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Joyce Source Type: news

Spider Uses Web As Slingshot To Ensnare Prey, Scientists Find
There's a type of spider that can slowly stretch its web taut and then release it, causing the web to catapult forward and entangle unsuspecting prey in its strands. (Image credit: S.I. Han ) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Merrit Kennedy Source Type: news

VIDEOS: Foraging
A wildly edible adventure into foraging with masters in the field. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stopping Key Tech Exports To China Could Backfire, Researchers And Firms Say
Some tech firms and researchers say plans to impose export restrictions on "emerging and foundational technology" would make it hard to thwart cyber threats and to cooperate globally in science.(Image credit: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Feng Source Type: news

California Jury Awards $2 Billion To Couple In Roundup Weed Killer Cancer Trial
The verdict represents the third time a California jury has decided in favor of consumers who claimed their cancer was caused by the glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer.(Image credit: Haven Daley/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Gonzales Source Type: news

How You (And Your Dog) Can Avoid Snake Bites — And What To Do If You Get Bitten
It was a warm, wet winter this year across much of the U.S., which means more snakes and a higher risk of bites. Here are some tips for avoiding vipers and their venom.(Image credit: kristianbell/RooM RF/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patti Neighmond Source Type: news

What Can Be Done To Prevent Mass Extinctions
It's not too late to make a difference. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Andrew Deutz of The Nature Conservancy about the U.N. extinction report and what can be done to reverse the damage. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'A Million Elephants' No More: Conservationists In Laos Rush To Save An Icon
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ashley Westerman Source Type: news

Penguins and Seals Create Invertebrate Hotspots On Antarctica...With Poop
In Antarctica, researchers have found patches of life, sustained in large part by droppings from seals and penguins. Changes in those populations could have ripple effects down the ecosystem.(Image credit: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

Penguins and Seals Create Invertebrate Hotspots On Antarctica ... With Poop
In Antarctica, researchers have found patches of life, sustained in large part by droppings from seals and penguins. Changes in those populations could have ripple effects down the ecosystem.(Image credit: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

The Dangers Of 'Zombie Deer Disease'
Chronic wasting disease is an illness that's spreading in deer, elk and moose and there are at least three bills being considered at the national level to provide funds to research and fight it. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rae Ellen Bichell Source Type: news

Facts Aren't Enough: The Psychology Of False Beliefs
Sometimes, when we believe something, no amount of data can change our minds. This week, why we cling to our beliefs — even when they're wrong.(Image credit: Renee Klahr) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

Placebos May Be A Powerful Tool That Medicine Has Overlooked
Physicians believe placebos work only if patients think they're getting medicine. In other words, doctors have to deceive patients. But there might be a way to get placebos to work without deception. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

WATCH: Flooding In The U.S. Is Getting Worse
Flooding in America is getting more frequent and severe. Climate change is driving it. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Uber And Lyft Caused Major Traffic Uptick In San Francisco, Study Says
Researchers compared data from fall 2010 — before the companies made inroads in the city — and fall 2016. They found that the companies are to blame for more than half of a big increase in traffic.(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Merrit Kennedy Source Type: news

Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant To Close, Latest Symbol Of Struggling Industry
The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, site of the nation's worst nuclear accident, will shut down by the end of September. Backers failed to secure subsidies to keep the plant operating. (Image credit: Jeff Brady/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeff Brady Source Type: news

When '1-In-100-Year' Floods Happen Often, What Should You Call Them?
The term "100-year flood" can be confusing and misleading, scientists, local emergency officials and homeowners all agree. Experts say there's a better way to communicate about flood risk.(Image credit: Gerald Herbert/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Genetically Modified Viruses Help Save A Patient With A 'Superbug' Infection
Treatment with genetically altered bacteriophages — viruses that attack bacteria — may have halted a patient's near-fatal infection, hinting at new ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria.(Image credit: Courtesy of Jo Holdaway) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

This Company Says The Future Of Nuclear Energy Is Smaller, Cheaper And Safer
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeff Brady Source Type: news

Unnatural Order: The Human Threat To Life On Earth
A new U.N. report says one million species of plants and animals are facing extinction. What can we do about it?(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Computer-Assisted Telepathy Helps Humans Communicate
The next phase of human evolution seems headed toward merging biological bodies with machines, and in the first video of Future You, Elise Hu gets connected to a network and plays a game her thoughts.(Image credit: NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elise Hu Source Type: news

Mind-Machine Meld: How Computer-Assisted Telepathy Helps Humans Communicate
The next phase of human evolution seems headed toward merging biological bodies with machines, and in the first video of Future You, Elise Hu gets connected to a network and plays a game her thoughts.(Image credit: Nick Michael/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elise Hu Source Type: news

Effects Of Surgery On A Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?
Anesthesia revolutionized surgery by vanquishing patients' pain. But many of the chemicals are greenhouse gases. One Oregon doctor who has done the math says some are much less damaging to the planet.(Image credit: Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kristian Foden-Vencil Source Type: news

1 Million Animal And Plant Species Are At Risk Of Extinction, U.N. Report Says
"Protecting biodiversity amounts to protecting humanity," says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, who warns that species are being lost at an alarming rate.(Image credit: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bill Chappell Source Type: news

If Drones Had 'Claws,' They Might Be Able To Fly For Longer
Small drones have a problem — their battery life runs out relatively quickly. A team of roboticists says it has created special landing gear that can help conserve precious battery life.(Image credit: Dr. Kaiyu Hang/Yale University) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

VIDEOS: Future You, with Elise Hu
"Future You" is a monthly video series exploring how today's emerging science and technology could change what it means to be human by the year 2050 with NPR's Future Correspondent Elise Hu. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

VIDEOS: Future You
"Future You" is a monthly video series exploring how today's emerging science and technology could change what it means to be human by the year 2050 with NPR's Future Correspondent Elise Hu. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news