Arecibo Observatory Telescope Collapses, Ending An Era Of World-Class Research
Astronomers compare losing the observatory in Puerto Rico to losing a big brother. It was once the world's largest single-dish radio telescope.(Image credit: University of Central Florida) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bill Chappell Source Type: news

More Good News For Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate
Biotech company Moderna has new data reinforcing that its COVID-19 inoculation is safe and effective. The company is submitting an application to the FDA Monday requesting emergency use authorization.(Image credit: CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Gets More Good News
The biotech company has new data reinforcing that its COVID-19 inoculation is safe and effective. Moderna is submitting an application to the FDA requesting emergency use authorization.(Image credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

For Rats That Coat Themselves In Poison, These Rodents Are Surprisingly Cuddly
The African crested rat's fuzzy fur has hairs loaded with a poison that can purportedly fell an elephant. But these rats turn out to be social, affectionate creatures.(Image credit: Stephanie Higgins) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

A Garden Is The Frontline In The Fight Against Racial Inequality And Disease
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yuki Noguchi Source Type: news

Why Asking People To Change Their Behavior During The Pandemic Is So Hard
To control the virus, some officials are forgoing rules or mandates and instead are relying on individuals to do the right thing. So what motivates behavior change, and what falls short? (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nina Feldman Source Type: news

Researchers Predict That Autumn Leaves Might Start Falling Earlier In The Future
Researchers say fall leaves may start falling a few days earlier in the future and it could have global implications for climate change. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

There's No Stopping These Seniors; Even A Pandemic Can't Bring Them Down
Older people are more vulnerable to severe COVID-19. But recent research reveals older populations are less consumed by pandemic depression than those that are younger.(Image credit: Lesley McClurg/KQED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lesley McClurg Source Type: news

Having A Group Thanksgiving? Here's How To Think About Safety
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Ramirez Source Type: news

A Kid, A Minor Bike Accident And A $19,000 Medical Bill
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Appleby Source Type: news

Rebuilding After A Wildfire? Most States Don't Require Fire-Resistant Materials
Homeowners are rebuilding after wildfires, but many won't be required by governments to use fire-resistant materials. Without such improvements, communities face harm again with the next fire.(Image credit: David McNew/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Sommer Source Type: news

Initial Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines Will Go To States Based On Population, Not Risk
Operation Warp Speed is allocating the first batch of 6.4 million COVID vaccines to states, based on population. This circumvents a CDC advisory committee, which proposed allocation based on risk. (Image credit: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

Missing Ink: Darwin Notebooks, Long Unseen, Now Believed Stolen
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Colin Dwyer Source Type: news

John Kerry Tapped For Newly Created Role As Presidential Climate Envoy
Environmental groups praise Kerry for his decades of climate work, including negotiating the Paris Agreement. He will face challenges after four years of a diminished U.S. role in climate diplomacy.(Image credit: Mark Lennihan/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Ludden Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Drug For A Rapid Aging Disorder In Children
A newly approved drug can extend the lives of children with progeria, a rare disorder that causes rapid aging. The drug is the result of one family's effort to help a child with the fatal condition.(Image credit: Thos Robinson/Getty Images for HBO) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Mask Mandates Work To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus, Kansas Study Finds
When Kansas issued a mask mandate, 81 counties opted out. Researchers found coronavirus infection rates rose sharply in the opt-out counties, while falling in those that required masks.(Image credit: Ada daSilva/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jane Greenhalgh Source Type: news

China Moon Mission Will Try To Bring Back The First Lunar Rocks In Decades
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kat Lonsdorf Source Type: news

FDA Grants Emergency Authorization For A 2nd COVID-19 Antibody Treatment
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew S. Schwartz Source Type: news

Scientists Want To Bring Loons Back To Massachusetts
Scientists are trying to restore the range of loons. The iconic birds vanished from Massachusetts lakes decades ago. Loons from Maine are being moved back to those places, and the plan is working. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Drug For Rare, Rapid-Aging Genetic Disorder
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a treatment for progeria, a genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly. Zokinvy is the first drug approved by the agency for the disorder. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Pandemic Pet Therapy: What's So Special About A Critter Friend?
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patti Neighmond Source Type: news

A Look At COVID-19 Vaccine Development Progress
The race to develop COVID-19 vaccines is moving swiftly, both nationally and internationally. But challenges remain when it comes to distributing vaccines around the world. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Why Does A Virus Cause Problems In One Region But Not Another? A Study Offers Insight
In 2015, the mosquito-borne virus Zika exploded in South America. Health experts predicted it would erupt in Africa. But a major outbreak never happened. Now scientists think they understand why. (Image credit: James Gathany/CDC/Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michaeleen Doucleff Source Type: news

Farmers Are Warming Up To The Fight Against Climate Change
Several big farm groups, traditionally hostile to environmental regulations, are now working with environmental advocates in support of farmer-friendly actions to reduce carbon emissions. (Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

El Paso County Posts Job Opening For Morgue Workers As Virus Death Toll Mounts
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brakkton Booker Source Type: news

World-Renowned Arecibo Radio Telescope Set To Be Dismantled
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elie Levine Source Type: news

NASA Satellite To Measure Global Sea Level Rise
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

COVID-19 Denial Still Rampant In Some Coronavirus Hot Spots
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

Scientists Discover Outer Space Isn't Pitch-Black After All
Scientists have used a NASA probe way out in space, beyond Pluto, to measure visible light that's not connected to any known source such as stars or galaxies.(Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Scientists Discover Outer Space Isn't Pitch Black After All
Scientists have used a NASA probe way out in space, beyond Pluto, to measure visible light that's not connected to any known source like stars or galaxies.(Image credit: NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Deep Sleep Protects Against Alzheimer's, Growing Evidence Shows
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

4 Astronauts Aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Dock With Space Station
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Neuman Source Type: news

'More People May Die': Biden Chides Trump For Blocking Presidential Transition
President-elect Joe Biden focused his plan for rescuing the pandemic-battered U.S. economy on getting the coronavirus under control.(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alana Wise Source Type: news

Scientists Discover A Link Between Lack Of Deep Sleep And Alzheimer's Disease
There's growing evidence that a lack of deep sleep increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists say that's because during deep sleep, the brain removes toxins associated with Alzheimer's. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

A Comic Just For Kids: How To Stay Safe From The Coronavirus
A zine and comic guide on how kids can protect themselves from COVID-19. Wear a mask. Stay 6 feet apart. And try not to pick your nose. (Image credit: Malaka Gharib/ NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Malaka Gharib Source Type: news

Biden COVID Adviser Says Restrictions Should Be More Of A 'Dial,' Less Of A 'Switch'
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew S. Schwartz Source Type: news

Liftoff! Astronauts Head To Space Station On SpaceX Rocket
Four astronauts are flying to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule. The mission is the first of what NASA hopes are many.(Image credit: John Raoux/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

U.S. Adds 184,000 Coronavirus Cases In 1 Day, With No End In Sight
The country set another record for daily infections. America is the world leader in COVID-19 fatalities. President-elect Joe Biden expressed alarm and urged the Trump administration to take action.(Image credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew S. Schwartz Source Type: news

Opinion: A New Phase Of Uncertainty
NPR's Scott Simon notes that as coronavirus cases in the U.S. rise rapidly, it can be hard to hear that we don't know when this will all be over. (Image credit: Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Simon Source Type: news

A College Student Is Coming Home. Should The Whole Family Wear Masks?
College students are preparing to travel home for thanksgiving, but the coronavirus is making things complicated. Epidemiologists say there are things families can to do reduce the risk of infection.(Image credit: Sarah Gonzales for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elissa Nadworny Source Type: news

OPINION: To Solve The Pandemic, Biden Must Focus On Equity
Doctors who helped stop Ebola call on Joe Biden's transition team to address COVID-19's racial and economic inequities. The evidence shows a safety net under the most vulnerable protects us all.(Image credit: Kristen Uroda for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abraar Karan Source Type: news

Cicadas Might Help Humans Discover New Hydrophobic Materials
Cicadas can stay totally dry in the pouring rain. One researcher is trying to figure out how they do that. This finding may lead to interesting new materials for humans. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Farmworkers Say The Government Is Trying To Cut Their Wages
Farmworker advocates are accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of trying to cut the wages of farmworkers who come to the U.S. on temporary guest worker visas.(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

Farm Workers Say The Government Is Trying To Cut Their Wages
Farm worker advocates are accusing the U.S. Department of Agriculture of trying to cut the wages of farm workers who come to the U.S. on temporarily guest worker visas.(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

Wear Masks To Protect Yourself From The Coronavirus, Not Only Others, CDC Stresses
The public health agency had previously emphasized that masks protect other people from viruses you might expel. The new advice gives a less altruistic reason to wear face coverings.(Image credit: Michael Stewart/GC Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria Godoy Source Type: news

From Stinky Cheese To Cat Pee, Author Takes A 'Nose Dive' Into The Science Of Smell
Harold McGee talks about how our sense of smell affects taste, why things smell the way they do and the ways different chemicals combine to create surprising (and sometimes distasteful) odors.(Image credit: Alexander Spatari/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Terry Gross Source Type: news

Operation Warp Speed's Logistics Chief Weighs In On Vaccine Progress
Gen. Gustave Perna says as soon as the FDA deems a vaccine safe and effective, his team is ready to coordinate deployment of tens of millions of doses as early as next month.(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

Astronauts Arrive In Florida To Ready For SpaceX Launch To Space Station
Four astronauts are scheduled to take a SpaceX capsule to the International Space Station on Saturday. NASA hopes to demonstrate the safety and reliability of regular crew transportation to the ISS.(Image credit: Terry Renna/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Matthew S. Schwartz Source Type: news

Climate Activists Cheer Biden Win
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeff Brady Source Type: news