New Research Shows Dinosaurs Suffered From Malignant Cancer, Too
Scientists have identified an aggressive bone cancer — for the first time — in the fibula of a dinosaur that lived 76 to 77 million years ago. The diagnosis sheds new light on dinosaurs and disease.(Image credit: Sergey Krasovskiy/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elena Burnett Source Type: news

Food Is Growing More Plentiful, So Why Do People Keep Warning Of Shortages?
For more than a century, food has been getting more abundant, and cheaper. Yet people keep worrying about food shortages. Some economists say the fears actually create their own problems.(Image credit: Nick Brundle Photography/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

2020 Flu Shot Strategy: Get Yours Early In The Season
With the flu season looming, public health officials urge nearly all Americans over 6 months old to get immunized starting next month. Strategize now to avoid getting the flu while COVID-19 is raging.(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fran Kritz Source Type: news

Isaias Makes Landfall In North Carolina
The eye came ashore near Ocean Isle Beach before the system weakened into a tropical storm. It's expected to linger in North Carolina before swirling up the Mid-Atlantic coast.(Image credit: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alana Wise Source Type: news

Hurricane Isaias Expected To Make Landfall In Carolinas
The storm has already dumped rain on Florida's east coast. It's expected to linger in North Carolina on Monday, traveling inland through the night before swirling up the Mid-Atlantic coast.(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alana Wise Source Type: news

Everyone Loves The Chat Box: How Climate Science Moved Online
Scientists from around the world are writing the next major United Nations climate report. Summarizing the state of the atmosphere without meeting in person is as hard as it sounds.(Image credit: Jung Yeon-Je /AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Pandemic Deepens Cancer's Stress And Tough Choices
For many cancer patients, daily life can feel full of risky choices involving work, family, friends and money. Nearly every option pits the risks of catching the coronavirus against other downsides.(Image credit: FG Trade/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yuki Noguchi Source Type: news

Splashdown! SpaceX And NASA Astronauts Make History
NASA and SpaceX are welcoming home two astronauts who splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico after several months on the International Space Station.(Image credit: NASA/Screenshot by NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

What Drives Social Behavior During The COVID-19 Pandemic
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with economist Plamen Nikolov from State University of New York at Binghamton, about how the pandemic is altering the way we behave. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists In Washington State Have Trapped Their 1st Murder Hornet
In a move to eliminate murder hornets in North America, the Washington State Department of Agriculture is utilizing a new technique to catch them. In July, trappers found their first one.(Image credit: Karen Ducey/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christianna Silva Source Type: news

Smaller Nuclear Plants May Come With Less Stringent Safety Rules
Proposed new emergency preparedness rules would allow nuclear plants closer to where people live. Companies say the plants are safer, but they need the rule changes for a viable business model.(Image credit: Oklo) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeff Brady Source Type: news

Astronauts Set To Return To Earth In First U.S. Splashdown In Decades
The two NASA astronauts who flew on the SpaceX craft to the International Space Station in May are scheduled to return to Earth on Sunday. But there's a hurricane forecast for the splashdown vicinity.(Image credit: NASA) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

New Study Finds Expanded Jobless Benefits Don't Reduce Employment
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Dana Scott, a doctoral candidate in economics at Yale University, about her study that looked at whether expanded jobless benefits reduced incentives to look for work. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence To Study Elephant Calls
The Elephant Listening Project has been listening to elephant calls for 20 years to learn more about animals. But identifying the calls used to be laborious — until scientists used AI. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. Reaches $2.1 Billion Deal With Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline For COVID-19 Vaccine Push
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sydney Lupkin Source Type: news

Vaccine Candidate Delivers Protection In A Single Shot (In Monkeys)
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Air Quality Disparities Persist Despite Overall Gains
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

The First Gene-Altered Squid Has Thrilled Biologists
Scientists have modified the genes of a squid, and genetically-altered octopuses could be coming soon. (Image credit: Karen Crawford) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

High School Senior's Tool To End Food Insecurity Wins National Competition
Lillian Kay Petersen, 17, has won the Regeneron Science Talent Search, a top science and math competition for high school seniors. Her winning project: a tool to predict crop harvests.(Image credit: Society for Science screenshot) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reena Advani Source Type: news

Researchers Solve A Question About Stonehenge Megaliths' Origin
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alana Wise Source Type: news

Harvested Antibodies Now Being Tested As A Prevention Tool Against COVID-19
Scientists are now checking to see if purified blood serum from people who have recovered from COVID-19 might be more than a useful treatment. Perhaps it's a way to prevent disease in someone else.(Image credit: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Why We Grow Numb To Staggering Statistics — And What We Can Do About It
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ailsa Chang Source Type: news

Pandemic Is Overwhelming U.S. Public Health Capacity In Many States. What Now?
With the coronavirus spreading out of control in many parts of the U.S., some experts say the strategy of testing and tracing can't contain the pandemic until lockdowns bring case numbers down.(Image credit: Lynne Sladky/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

'Hidden Brain': How Psychology Was Misused In Teen's Murder Case
In 1979, dubious psychological techniques were used to put a teenager behind bars for life. These flawed ideas may still be at play in other criminal cases. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

Demand Surges For See-Through Face Masks As Pandemic Swells
Face coverings are key to stopping spread of the coronavirus, but also slow communication, especially for people who don't hear well. Volunteers and companies suggest some transparent alternatives.(Image credit: Gregory Bull/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yuki Noguchi Source Type: news

Exotic Australian Fruit May Help Save Florida's Citrus Industry
Researchers are working to control citrus greening, a disease that has killed thousands of acres of orange trees. Finger limes produce a peptide that kills the bacterium responsible for the disease.(Image credit: Miguel Canahuati. /Miguel Canahuati. ) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Greg Allen Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Heads To Widespread Testing In U.S.
A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the U.S. company Moderna and the National Institutes of Health starts its final phase of testing. It's one of a handful of candidates to reach this stage.(Image credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

A Boy With Muscular Dystrophy Was Headed For A Wheelchair. Then Gene Therapy Arrived
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Flu Shot And Pneumonia Vaccine Might Reduce Alzheimer's Risk, Research Shows
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Scientists Are Researching Ways To Transfuse Antibodies In Coronavirus Treatment
Scientists are trying to determine whether blood serum taken from recovered COVID-19 patients could help prevent the disease in others. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Without A Vaccine, Researchers Say, Herd Immunity May Never Be Achieved
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

How Long Will Immunity To The Coronavirus Last?
Recent studies have raised fears that immunity to the coronavirus might be fleeting, thus making potential vaccines ineffective. The reality of the science is more complex — and more reassuring.(Image credit: Simon Dawson/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Polls: Parents Are Hurting Without Child Care But In No Rush To Reopen Schools
In two new polls, a majority of parents say they prefer delaying in-person school reopening, despite the personal and economic toll. (Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anya Kamenetz Source Type: news

Why One Dangerous Mosquito Developed A Taste For Human Blood
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Studies Suggest Immunity To The Coronavirus Is Likely To Be Short Term
Some studies suggest immunity to the coronavirus doesn't last long. That might have implications for the development of vaccines. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

U.S. Disaster Response Scrambles To Protect People From Both Hurricanes And COVID-19
Hotel rooms would be "ideal" for housing an overflow of evacuees from shelters practicing social distancing, but few towns have them lined up in the southeast, where coronavirus infections are raging.(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abby Wendle Source Type: news

Rapid, Cheap, Less Accurate Coronavirus Testing Has A Place, Scientists Say
A single test that can give false reassurance sounds bad. But a $10 test for the coronavirus, if repeated daily, would discover real infections, say proponents of such tests as screening tools.(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Coronavirus Infections Far Higher Than Confirmed But Most Americans Still Not Exposed
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Slotkin Source Type: news

U.K. And China Report Preliminary Success Of Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines
Coronavirus vaccine studies in Great Britain and China have both reported encouraging results. These projects are on the vanguard of vaccine development, but now they are awaiting large-scale tests. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Researchers Hope Experimental Gene Therapy Is An Answer To A Fatal Genetic Disorder
Researchers believe gene therapy is poised to change the lives of thousands with the fatal genetic disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy — thanks to over 40 years of scientist Jude Samulski's work. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Early Oxford-AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine Data 'Encouraging,' Scientists Say
Testing in more than 1,000 people found the vaccine spurred an immune response and had no severe side effects. Larger trials are underway.(Image credit: Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Whales Get A Break As Pandemic Creates Quieter Oceans
A drop in shipping traffic is reducing underwater noise, so scientists are listening for how whales and other marine life are responding.(Image credit: Christine Gabriele/National Park Service photo taken under National Marine Fisheries Service Scientific Research Permit #21059) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Sommer Source Type: news

Kids Get Coronavirus, But Do They Spread It? We'll Find Out When Schools Reopen
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Gene Therapy Shows Promise For Hemophilia, But Could Be Most Expensive U.S. Drug Ever
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Congressional Democrats Demand White House Restore COVID-19 Data Collection To CDC
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

Trump Redirects Foreign Aid Agency To Work On Pandemic. Congress Has Questions
President Trump gave a foreign aid agency an unusual task: give loans to domestic companies to help refill the depleted U.S. medical stockpile. House appropriators want an independent review.(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Franco Ordo ñez Source Type: news

Navigating Pregnancy Risks In The COVID-19 Era
Preliminary evidence suggests the coronavirus can pass through the placenta, and pregnancy slightly raises a woman's risk of a severe case of COVID-19. Medical experts urge calm and common sense.(Image credit: Leo Patrizi/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurel Wamsley Source Type: news

Safe Pregnancy As COVID-19 Surges: What's Best For Mom And Baby?
Preliminary evidence suggests the coronavirus can pass through the placenta, and pregnancy slightly raises a woman's risk of a severe case of COVID-19. Medical experts urge calm and common sense.(Image credit: Leo Patrizi/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurel Wamsley Source Type: news

Scientists Discover A New Material For Cleaning Up Oil Spills
Scientists have come up with a novel material for cleaning up oil spills on land. Mats of human hair and dog fur successfully absorb oil from hard surfaces — but not so well from sand. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Intagliata Source Type: news

It's A Good Time To Head To Mars
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Source: NPR Health and Science - July 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news