What Happened Today: Ex-Police Officer In Minneapolis Arrested, Pandemic Questions
NPR's Ari Shapiro and Michel Martin are joined by NPR's science correspondent Jon Hamilton to talk about the information about the coronavirus learned since the beginning of the pandemic. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Doctor Answers Listener Questions About The Latest Information On The Pandemic
Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, answers listener questions about immunity, the probability for another pandemic and the latest information on the coronavirus. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Scientist Do And Don't Know About The Spread Of The Coronavirus
Scientists are trying to answer various questions about the coronavirus four months after the first confirmed case in the U.S.: why it spreads, who transmits it and where the spread is happening. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mary Louise Kelly Source Type: news

Climate Change And Deforestation Mean Earth's Trees Are Younger and Shorter
A new study finds rising temperatures and climate-driven disasters are helping transform the very makeup of the world's forests. This has major implications for biodiversity and more warming.(Image credit: Nathan Rott/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

What Happened Today: Boston Marathon Is Canceled, Vaccine Questions
NPR's science correspondent answers listener questions about the pace and process needed to develop a viable coronavirus vaccine. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Theory Vs. Reality: Why Our Economic Behavior Isn't Always Rational
We don't always behave the way economic models say we will. We don't save enough for retirement. We give money to charity. This week, why we act in ways that go against our "rational" self-interest. (Image credit: MediaNews Group via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

Pennsylvania Democrats Say They Weren't Told When GOP Member Tested Positive
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ed Mahon Source Type: news

More Patients Seek Abortion Pills Online During Pandemic, But Face Restrictions
As more healthcare moves to online and telemedicine, some patients seeking abortions using pills are running into obstacles.(Image credit: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah McCammon Source Type: news

Medical Groups Ask FDA To Ease Access To Abortion Pill During The Pandemic
Reproductive rights advocates want patients to be allowed to pick up mifepristone at a hospital or clinic. The drug, which was approved 20 years ago, also helps to manage miscarriages for some women.(Image credit: OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah McCammon Source Type: news

New Data Show The Coronavirus Is Less Lethal Than First Thought
Scientists have found evidence that the coronavirus is less deadly than it first appeared — for Americans infected with the coronavirus, the chance of dying appears to be less than 1 in 100. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

New Data Shows The Coronavirus Is Less Lethal Than First Thought
Scientists have found evidence that the coronavirus is less deadly than it first appeared — for Americans infected with the coronavirus, the chance of dying appears to be less than 1 in 100. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Weather Delays Launch Of SpaceX Dragon With 2 Astronauts Aboard
With astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken strapped inside the capsule and the countdown narrowing, poor weather conditions forced an abort. The next opportunity to try will be on Saturday.(Image credit: David J. Phillip/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

Shuttle Veteran Leads First Human Space Mission Launched From U.S. Since 2011
When Doug Hurley launched aboard Atlantis on July 8, 2011, the future of human spaceflight from U.S. soil was uncertain. Nearly a decade later, the astronaut is piloting SpaceX's new Crew Dragon.(Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett/NASA/Kim Shiflett) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brendan Byrne Source Type: news

What Happened Today: Trump Threatens To Move RNC, Global Impact Questions
NPR's global health and development reporter answers listener questions on how the coronavirus is affecting the world at large. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

What Doctors And Scientists Do And Don't Know About COVID-19
Emergency physician Megan Ranney takes listener questions on what medical and scientific community knows about COVID-19, so far. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Spaceship Prepares To Blast Off And Make History
NASA and SpaceX plan to launch astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday. It'll be the first time a new kind of spacecraft has launched astronauts into orbit since the space shuttle.(Image credit: SpaceX) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

VIDEO: Virus Hunters Seek To Solve The Mystery Of Coronavirus Origins
Evidence points to wildlife as the starting point. But it could take years to pinpoint the source.(Image credit: NPR/YouTube) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Kwong Source Type: news

WHO Halts Hydroxychloroquine Trial Over Safety Concerns
The WHO cited a scientific study published last week suggesting that proposed COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroqine may do more harm than good in halting its study to review data.(Image credit: George Frey/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Beaubien Source Type: news

Video: What The U.S. Is Doing About Its Testing Swab Shortage
To contain the coronavirus, the U.S. needs to be able test a lot of people. But we're facing a shortage of a key ingredient: the swab. Here's why these swabs are so hard to source.(Image credit: David Zalubowski/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sacha Pfeiffer Source Type: news

Scientists Discover Ancient, Huge, Saber-Toothed Anchovy
This would have been a scary ingredient for a Caesar salad: Anchovies' ancient relatives were three feet long and had a nasty set of chompers, according to a study from the University of Michigan. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Arctic Researchers Return Home To A Pandemic
An Arctic research expedition faces a carefully orchestrated crew change. Members reflect on how they feel about emerging from the ship into a pandemic, or from social isolation into close quarters. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ravenna Koenig Source Type: news

77 Nobel Laureates Denounce Trump Officials For Pulling Coronavirus Research Grant
In a letter sent to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, these U.S. scientists said they were "gravely concerned" about the abrupt termination of a federal grant to EcoHealth Alliance.(Image credit: NHPA/NHPA/Science Source) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nurith Aizenman Source Type: news

The Race For A Polio Vaccine Differed From The Quest To Prevent Coronavirus
In the 1950s, as Dr. Jonas Salk and virologist Albert Sabin worked to create a vaccine to prevent infantile paralysis, the threat from polio was already long familiar to Americans. (Image credit: AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Herd Of Fuzzy Green 'Glacier Mice' Baffles Scientists
Moss balls seem to roll around glaciers in a coordinated way, and researchers can't explain why the whole group moves at about the same speed and in the same direction.(Image credit: Ruth Mottram) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Scientists Discover A Clever Trick Bumblebees Use To Make Flowers Bloom Earlier
New research published on Thursday shows that bumblebees make small moon-shaped incisions in plants' leaves — and those damaged plants appear to flower earlier than plants the bees don't visit. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientist Discover A Clever Trick Bumblebees Use To Make Flowers Bloom Earlier
New research published on Thursday shows that bumblebees make small moon-shaped incisions in plants' leaves — and those damaged plants appear to flower earlier than plants the bees don't visit. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hurricane Season Will Be Above Average, NOAA Warns
Federal forecasters expect 3 to 6 major hurricanes during the 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 1. Rising seas and a warmer climate make storms of all sizes more damaging.(Image credit: NOAA via AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

All-Girl Robotics Team In Afghanistan Works On Low-Cost Ventilator ... With Car Parts
Automated ventilators are expensive. Hand-operated ventilators require a lot of labor. So these teens are on a quest to create a mechanized bag-valve-mask that'll do the job.(Image credit: The Digital Citizen Fund) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Diaa Hadid Source Type: news

Why The Race For A Coronavirus Vaccine Will Depend On Global Cooperation
Developing and producing a vaccine is a complicated process — one that is heavily reliant on countries sharing supplies and a common goal, says Prashant Yadav of the Center for Global Development.(Image credit: Douglas Magno /AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mary Louise Kelly Source Type: news

What It Would Take To Develop A Coronavirus Vaccine
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Prashant Yadav, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, about why vaccines require global cooperation and how the U.S. is approaching the challenge. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fact-checking And Assessing Trump's Letter Of Rebuke To WHO
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Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

New Studies Show That Developing A Coronavirus Vaccine Should Be Possible
Three studies published Wednesday suggest it should be possible to come up with a coronavirus vaccine — tests performed on animals have shown the right results to prove a vaccine could be possible. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

New Studies Show That A Coronavirus Vaccine Might Be Protective Of The Virus
Three studies published Wednesday suggest it should be possible to come up with a coronavirus vaccine — tests performed on animals have shown the right results to prove the vaccine's efficacy. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Optimism: Is It A Personality Trait, Or Could People Possibly Learn It?
Research shows that optimism is correlated with various good outcomes: higher life expectancy, better recovery rates, success at work. But is optimism a personality trait, or could it be learned? (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alix Spiegel Source Type: news

Hydroxychloroquine Debate Interferes With Recruiting Research Volunteers
President Trump's enthusiasm about hydroxychloroquine has made it harder to study if the drug could help treat or prevent COVID-19. Some clinical trials have had trouble recruiting volunteers. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Will Stone Source Type: news

'Outside' Magazine Correspondent Examines Her Fears In 'Nerve'
NPR's Noel King talks to Eva Holland, a correspondent with Outside magazine, about her new book: Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear, on how she tamed her fears and anxiety. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Happened Today: House Passes A New Relief Package, Vaccine Questions
NPR's science correspondent answers listener questions about the latest in the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Head Of NASA's Human Spaceflight Program Resigns A Week Before Crucial Launch
The sudden departure of Doug Loverro startled the space community, which has been eagerly anticipating the planned May 27 launch of astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011. (Image credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani/(NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Coronavirus Update: CDC Publishes A Report About The Coronavirus Outbreak In Arkansas
NPR's economics and science correspondents discuss the latest in the nation's response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Horsley Source Type: news

Contact Tracing Helps Scientists To Study The Ways The Coronavirus Spreads
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Muge Cevik, an infectious disease specialist at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K., about scientists using contact tracing to learn how the coronavirus spreads. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Anxious? Meditation Can Help You 'Relax Into The Uncertainty' Of The Pandemic
ABC news correspondent Dan Harris was broadcasting live in 2004 when he experienced a panic attack. He credits meditation with helping him work through his anxiety — both then and now.(Image credit: Planet Flem/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Terry Gross Source Type: news

Are There Zombie Viruses — Like The 1918 Flu — Thawing In The Permafrost?
As if the pandemic weren't enough, people are wondering whether climate change will cause pathogens buried in frozen ground to come back to life as the Arctic warms. How worried should we be?(Image credit: Varham Muradyan for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michaeleen Doucleff Source Type: news

Traffic Is Way Down Because Of Lockdown, But Air Pollution? Not So Much
Car traffic took a big dip beginning in late March, and headlines celebrated clean air around the U.S. But an NPR analysis of EPA data tells a more troubling story.(Image credit: Daniel Wood/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Sommer Source Type: news

What Happened Today: Drug Maker Reports Early Success In Vaccine Trial
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Dr. Celine Gounder, an epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist, about what the data tells about the state of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise In Early, Limited Trial
Cambridge, Mass.-based Moderna, Inc., is reporting preliminary data suggesting its COVID-19 vaccine is safe, and appears to be triggering an immune response in test subjects. (Image credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

'It Seemed Apocalyptic' 40 Years Ago When Mount St. Helens Erupted
Howard Berkes covered the 1980 eruptions of Mount St. Helens for NPR, and has returned to the volcano for multiple stories over the years. He recalls the massive blast and its aftermath.(Image credit: Robert Krimmel/USGS) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Howard Berkes Source Type: news

New Orleans Begins Reopening
The city began allowing some businesses such as gyms, salons and movie theaters, as well as churches to reopen — or expand their operations — in a limited capacity on Saturday.(Image credit: Rebecca Santana/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Slotkin Source Type: news

New Orleans Begins Re-Opening
The city began allowing some businesses such as gyms, salons and movie theaters, as well as churches to re-open — or expand their operations — in a limited capacity on Saturday.(Image credit: Rebecca Santana/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jason Slotkin Source Type: news

What Happened Today: President Trump Outlines New Vaccine Plan, Economy Questions
Wall Street Journal chief economics commentator Greg Ip updates listeners on the state of the U.S. economy during the pandemic and answers their questions. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Data Shows That Patients On Ventilators Are Likely To Survive
Early studies have found high mortality rates among COVID-19 patients on ventilators. But the new data from some major medical centers shows that many of those patients are much likely to survive. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news