Holiday Parties Make You Squirm? Here's How To Conquer Social Anxiety
People with social anxiety disorder fear their "fatal flaws" will be exposed by a wayward comment or other social misstep. If holiday parties send you spiraling, try these tips.(Image credit: Tracy Lee for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Juli Fraga Source Type: news

Why People With Climate Change Concerns Don't Always Do What's Best For The Environment
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Ashley Whillans, behavioral scientist at Harvard Business School, about why many people care deeply about climate change, but slow to adopt climate-friendly behaviors. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cleaning Up Space Junk
The European Space Agency says a self-destructing robot will be sent into orbit in 2025 to begin work on the world's first space cleanup mission. Jan Woerner of the European Space Agency discusses. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Climate Change Threats Don't Trigger An Immediate Response From Human Brains
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert about why the human brain doesn't respond to threats posed by climate change as quickly or proactively as seems warranted. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

44,000-Year-Old Indonesian Cave Painting Is Rewriting The History Of Art
In a cave in Indonesia, archaeologists have uncovered a stunning ancient painting of a hunting party that is thousands of years older than similar works found in Europe.(Image credit: Adam Brumm/Nature) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Merrit Kennedy Source Type: news

Greta Thunberg Is The 'Time' Person Of The Year For 2019
She burst onto the world stage after organizing school strikes and protests to call attention to the climate crisis. The Swedish activist, 16, is the youngest person to earn the title.(Image credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bill Chappell Source Type: news

Meteorologists Can't Keep Up With Climate Change In Mozambique
As world leaders gather for a climate summit in Madrid, some of the countries most vulnerable to climate change say they need improved forecasting tools.(Image credit: Nichole Sobecki/VII for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Gene Therapy May Aid In Sickle Cell Disease Treatment
Scientists report progress using gene therapy to treat sickle cell disease, a common and devastating genetic blood disorder. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Wheelchairs On Planes: Why Can't Passengers Use Their Own Onboard?
Many buses and vans can safely accommodate and restrain a passenger's wheelchair, but airline passengers are required to transfer to the plane's standard seat. A grassroots group hopes to change that.(Image credit: Jon Hicks/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Schulson Source Type: news

At Least 5 Dead After Volcano Erupts Off New Zealand's Coast
Fewer than 50 people are believed to have been on or near White Island. Officials say some are still unaccounted for and it remains too dangerous for emergency services to access the island.(Image credit: George Novak/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brakkton Booker Source Type: news

At Least 5 Dead After Volcano Erupts Off New Zealand Coast
Fewer than 50 people are believed to have been on or near White Island at the time of the eruption. Officials say some remain unaccounted for.(Image credit: George Novak/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brakkton Booker Source Type: news

Cookies In Space, For Science
A delicious experiment is set to take place in space. Astronauts will bake cookies on the International Space Station as part of a long line of food innovations fueling space travel. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Kwong Source Type: news

Why Virginity Tests Are Making News — In The U.S. And Afghanistan
When the rapper T.I. said he has his teenage daughter undergo an annual virginity test, protests arose in the U.S. In fact, the virginity test is a global issue.(Image credit: Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Malaka Gharib Source Type: news

Nature's 'Brita Filter' Is Dying And Nobody Knows Why
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

The Convoluted Story Of How The First Atoms Of Tennessine Were Created
Tennessine is an extremely rare element. Only a few dozen atoms of it have ever been produced. The tale of how the first atoms of Tennessine were created is complicated. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Offshore Wind May Help The Planet — But Will It Hurt Whales?
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fred Mogul Source Type: news

A Comet From Another Star Hints That Our Solar System Isn't One-Of-A-Kind
The comet, 2I/Borisov, looks surprisingly like comets closer to home. It's a sign that the processes that formed the sun and planets are at work elsewhere in the universe. (Image credit: NASA, ESA and D. Jewitt (UCLA)) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

Why Freshwater Mussels Are Dying
A mysterious die-off of freshwater mussels has biologists scrambling to figure out a cause. Freshwater mussels are critical to river ecosystems and to U.S. water supplies. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

Trauma Surgeon Battles Bullets In The Operating Room And The Community
Weary of losing neighbors and patients to gunfire, St. Louis trauma surgeon Laurie Punch has a message: Gun violence is contagious, but so is healing. Doctors who teach can be part of the solution.(Image credit: Whitney Curtis for KHN) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laura Ungar Source Type: news

Probe Gets Close To The Sun — Finds Rogue Plasma Waves And Flipping Magnetic Fields
The initial results from an ambitious mission to get a spacecraft close to the Sun are shedding new light on some old mysteries about our closest star.(Image credit: KTSDesign/Science Photo Library/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Jane Fonda On Climate Change And Civil Disobedience
The Hollywood icon trades the red carpet for the Capitol steps.(Image credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for GCAPP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research Raises Concerns About Safety Of Hair Dyes, Chemical Straighteners
Researchers have found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don't use these products. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For HIV-Positive Babies, New Evidence Favors Starting Drug Treatment Just After Birth
Doctors used to worry that antiretroviral drugs were too powerful for HIV-positive newborns. More evidence is emerging that, in fact, early treatment can be safe and effective.(Image credit: Andrew Aitchison/Pictures Ltd./Corbis/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

Europe Is Burning U.S. Wood As Climate-Friendly Fuel, But Green Groups Protest
In the search for alternatives to coal and gas, some European countries have turned to a very old fuel. They're importing wood from the United States. Some environmentalists say it makes no sense.(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

No, Koalas Aren't 'Functionally Extinct.' But They Are In Danger.
Amid a catastrophic fire season in Australia, what do we know about the fate of the koala?(Image credit: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Raiders Of The Lost Crops: Scientists Race Against Time To Save Genetic Diversity
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria Godoy Source Type: news

'There's No Good Dust': What Happens After Quartz Countertops Leave The Factory
Slabs of engineered quartz are cut-to-order in thousands of shops across the country that may not adequately protect workers from dangerous levels of the lung-damaging contaminant.(Image credit: Cambria) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

MIT's Breakthrough In Propulsion Of Intra-Intestinal Micro-Muscular Agglomerations
MIT students Phoebe Li and Amber VanHemel broke the World Record for longest the hot dog toss (and catch). Hear how the sausage got made from NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lulu Garcia-Navarro Source Type: news

To Help Coral Reefs Come Back, Fake It (With Sound) 'Til Fish Make It
Researchers have found that by playing the sounds of healthy reefs in places where coral has died, fish are more readily attracted back, and help speed the reef's recovery. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lulu Garcia-Navarro Source Type: news

Huge Amazon Wildfires Endanger Our History As Well As Our Air, Archaeologists Say
Cristiana Barreto says deforestation threatens to erase evidence of huge, dispersed civilizations, including rock art, ceremonial earthworks and waterways. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Simon Source Type: news

A 'Mole' Isn't Digging Mars: NASA Engineers Are Trying To Find Out Why
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Study: For HIV-Infected Babies, Treatment Should Start At Birth
Every day, as many as 500 babies in sub-Saharan Africa are born with HIV. A study out of Botswana finds that if newborns are given treatment right away, the virus becomes almost undetectable. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

A Single Dose Of Ketamine Might Help Heavy Drinkers, Study Finds
Participants in the U.K. experimental study dramatically reduced their average alcohol intake for months after the initial dose. Ketamine has also been used to treat severe depression.(Image credit: Bruce Forster/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Merrit Kennedy Source Type: news

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are Still Rising, U.N. Report Says
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Young Researchers Feel Excitement And Sadness To See Arctic Ice That May Disappear
Some projections say that by 2040 the Arctic Ocean may see its first ice-free summer in modern history. That means mixed emotions for young scientists seeing the ice for the first time. (Image credit: Ravenna Koenig/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ravenna Koenig Source Type: news

Young Researchers Feel Excitement And Sadness To See Arctic Ice That May Disappear
Young Arctic researchers get their first glimpse of sea ice — and reflect on how the ice caps may melt away over the course of their careers. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ravenna Koenig Source Type: news

'An Eye-Opener': Virtual Reality Shows Residents What Climate Change Could Do
In a historic African American community near Baltimore, residents put on virtual reality headsets and watch their homes flood. The town hopes they'll support efforts to prepare for sea level rise.(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

Using Virtual Reality To Communicate The Immediacy Of Climate Change
The threat of climate change and the efforts needed to adapt to it are hard to comprehend. One Maryland community hopes it can be a model for communicating the risk and prompting action.(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

Climate Planners Turn To Virtual Reality And Hope Seeing Is Believing
The threat of climate change and the efforts needed to adapt to it are hard to comprehend. One Maryland community hopes it can be a model for communicating the risk and prompting action.(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

Excess Weight Can Weaken The Flu Shot
Scientists have come to realize that flu vaccines are less effective for people who are overweight or obese. Now researchers are trying to figure out why and hope to develop better vaccines.(Image credit: Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Trump Holds White House Meeting On Vaping And E-Cigarettes
President Trump held a "listening session" on youth e-cigarette use on Friday. It remains unclear if a ban on vaping flavorings is near or off the table entirely. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Dessa: How Can You Fall Out Of Love?
For years, musician Dessa tried to get over a toxic relationship. But she couldn't figure out how — until she tried something unconventional: using neuroscience to dull her feelings for her ex.(Image credit: Josh Tam) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

Helen Fisher: How Does Love Affect The Brain?
Helen Fisher says love is a biological drive and a survival mechanism. She discusses the science of love and how much control we have over who we love, how we love, and whether that love lasts.(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

Guy Winch: How Can We Choose To Move On From Heartbreak?
We don't consider heartbreak to be as serious as physical injury, but emotional pain can stay with us much longer. Psychologist Guy Winch says dealing with heartbreak starts with asserting control.(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

A Rare Meteor Shower May Grace The Skies Thursday
Some scientists predict the Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower will be visible at 11:50 p.m. ET. However, one NASA expert is skeptical of the forecast. (Image credit: Peter Komka/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paolo Zialcita Source Type: news

A Rare Meteor Shower May Grace The Skies Tonight
Some scientists predict the Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower will be visible at 11:50 p.m. ET. However, one NASA expert is skeptical of the forecast. (Image credit: Peter Komka/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paolo Zialcita Source Type: news

'It's Going To Get Worse': How U.S. Countertop Workers Started Getting Sick
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Source: NPR Health and Science - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

The Loudness Of Vowels Helps The Brain Break Down Speech Into Syl-La-Bles
Syllables are the building blocks of spoken language. And now a study of brain activity hints at how we extract them from a stream of speech. (Image credit: filo/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

VIDEO: Elon Musk's Next Quest Is A Mind-Machine Meld. Let's Consider The Implications
The tech entrepreneur recently said he is making implants that connect our brains to our devices. So let's explore the ethics of human upgrading — and what technology has already done to us. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elise Hu Source Type: news

CRISPR For Sickle Cell Disease Shows Promise In Early Test
Scientists are reporting the first evidence that genetically edited cells could be safely helping a patient with sickle cell disease. The cells are producing a crucial oxygen-carrying protein. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - November 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news