From Fruit Fly To Stink Eye: Searching For Anger's Animal Roots
Scientists say comedian Lewis Black has a lot in common with a fruit fly. They're both really good at acting angry, probably because human anger has roots in animal aggression.(Image credit: Ariel Davis for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Does The World Need A New Buzzword — 'Syndemic' — To Describe 3 Big Crises?
A new report in 'The Lancet' uses a not-too-familiar term to describe looming global problems that appear to be interconnected.(Image credit: Rick Elkins, Josh Sommers, Chris Minihane/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Ellis Source Type: news

How California's Worst Oil Spill Turned Beaches Black And The Nation Green
In 1969, oil from an offshore well left beaches in Santa Barbara, Calif., coated with crude and littered with dead birds. The country's reaction helped create the modern environmental movement.(Image credit: Bettmann/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

'Team Human' Stresses That The Future Lies In Connection And Cooperation
Douglas Rushkoff's knowledge of digital technology shines in his new book, horrifying us with the capacities of the machines we've built — and the ways they have been used against us.(Image credit: Amr Alfiky/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adam Frank Source Type: news

To Keep African Swine Fever Out, Denmark Is Planning A Southern Boar(der) Fence
The 40-mile fence is being built to protect Denmark's $5 billion pig industry from possible infection by wild boars. But critics doubt the fence will work, and warn it may adversely affect wildlife.(Image credit: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sidsel Overgaard Source Type: news

New Netflix Show 'Brainchild' Makes Science Fun For Kids
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Sahana Srinivasan, host of the new children's television series Brainchild, about making science relatable. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Crow Murders In Idaho Are Nothing To Squawk About: Human Scarecrows Try To Divert Bird Invasion
The Crow Management Task Force in Nampa, Idaho, uses drones, lasers and even a live hawk to scare the birds away. For the past three winters, crows have descended on the town, creating a public health hazard.(Image credit: Winfried Rothermel/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samantha Raphelson Source Type: news

Australia's Heat Wave Is Taking A Toll On People, Animals, Infrastructure And Land
As temperatures break records, Australians are suffering from heat-related illnesses, power has been cut to preserve supplies, and more than 90 horses were found dead in a dried reservoir.(Image credit: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sasha Ingber Source Type: news

Australia's Heatwave Is Taking A Toll On People, Animals, Infrastructure And Land
As temperatures break records, Australians are suffering from heat-related illnesses, power has been cut to preserve supplies, and more than 90 horses were found dead in a dried reservoir.(Image credit: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sasha Ingber Source Type: news

Muscles May Preserve A Shortcut To Restore Lost Strength
Muscle cells may retain nuclei that helped them grow strong, even after muscles shrink from lack of use. This provocative contentious idea could have implications for public health and sports.(Image credit: Daniel Schroen, Cell Applications Inc./Science Source) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan Lambert Source Type: news

Steep Climb In Benzodiazepine Prescribing By Primary Care Doctors
U.S. prescriptions for Valium, Ativan and other benzodiazepines have shot up since 2003, statistics show, especially for chronic pain. Roughly half those prescriptions are from primary care providers.(Image credit: Bloomberg/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rhitu Chatterjee Source Type: news

VIDEO: Inventor Inspired By Childhood Memories Of Fungus
As a child on a New York farm, Eben Bayer helped his dad shovel wood chips in the barn. That's where he noticed a stretchy web of fungus that became the basis of his biodegradable packing material.(Image credit: NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

'4th Trimester' Problems Can Have Long-Term Effects On A Mom's Health
A woman's health issues related to pregnancy don't always end at the baby's birth. Scientists say complications from childbirth, such as hypertension or diabetes, increase her risk of heart disease.(Image credit: Mirko Pradelli/EyeEm/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Bavis Source Type: news

'Fourth Trimester' Problems Can Have Long-Term Effects On A Mom's Health
A woman's health issues related to pregnancy don't always end at the baby's birth. Scientists say complications from childbirth, such as hypertension or diabetes, increase her risk of heart disease.(Image credit: Mirko Pradelli/EyeEm/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Bavis Source Type: news

Biologists Test Promising Treatments For Bats Threatened By Fungal Disease
A fungal disease called white-nose syndrome has killed millions of North American cave-dwelling bats over the past decade. Now, scientists are field testing some promising treatments. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jacqueline Froelich Source Type: news

Concern About Global Warming Among Americans Spikes, Report Says
The proportion of those polled who say global warming is "personally important" to them jumped from 63 to 72 percent last year.(Image credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ian Stewart Source Type: news

Why Did So Many Americans Trust Russian Hackers' Election Propaganda?
Investigations of Russian influence on the 2016 election have tended to focus on the role of social media. Researchers are also exploring the psychological vulnerability that hackers exploited. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

China Says Claim Of Gene-Edited Babies 'Seriously Violated' Regulations
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Associated Press reporter Marilynn Marchione about the Chinese government's investigation into He Jiankui, who claims he created the world's first gene-edited babies. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. On DNA Testing And Finding His Own Roots
As host of the PBS series Finding Your Roots, Gates tells celebrities about their family history. He reflects on his own history and some of the more controversial aspects of DNA testing. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Terry Gross Source Type: news

Researchers Find A Web Of Factors Behind Multiple Sclerosis
It's looking like MS strikes when a variety of triggers gang up to impair neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Researchers are using their new knowledge to search for treatments. (Image credit: Dr. John Zajicek/Science Source) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bret Stetka Source Type: news

You Don't Have To Go No-Carb: Instead, Think Slow Carb
Ditching carbs can led to quick weight loss, but can you really stick with it? Here's the science on eating carbs smarter to keep you sated and healthy.(Image credit: fcafotodigital/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

You Don't Have To Go No Carb: Instead, Think Slow Carb
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Source: NPR Health and Science - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

The Super Blood Wolf Moon Arrives Sunday Night
A rare total lunar eclipse begins Sunday night. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Pamela Gay, host of the podcast "Astronomy Cast," about what's been dubbed the "super wolf blood moon." (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Inheritance' Author: Genetic Test Unravels Family History, Identity
Dani Shapiro found out through a genealogy website that the man who raised her was not her biological father. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Shapiro about her book. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is The Power Of The Flour Really The Secret To Baking The Perfect Biscuit?
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Source: NPR Health and Science - January 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kristen Hartke Source Type: news

Back-To-Back Storms And No Pay For Federal Weather Forecasters
Despite the shutdown, the National Weather Service is putting out forecasts and helping local officials prepare for dangerous weather, even as employees worry about making ends meet at home.(Image credit: Jae C. Hong/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Heads-Up For Sunday, A Super 'Blood Moon' Is On The Way
Not only will the moon be particularly close to Earth, but it will also be bathed in a reddish light just before midnight Eastern time.(Image credit: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ian Stewart Source Type: news

Playing The Gender Card: Overlooking And Overthrowing Sexist Stereotypes
This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, we tell the stories of two people who defy gender stereotypes in their jobs. (Image credit: Mitch Blunt/Getty Images/Ikon Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California
Alex Weber discovered more than 50,000 balls in the ocean near coastal California golf courses. When golf balls degrade, as these were doing, they release plastic particles and toxic chemicals. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Joyce Source Type: news

Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans
The strategy, reminiscent of the Cold War-era Star Wars program, calls for new sensors in space, updated missile interceptors and advanced weapons, including lasers.(Image credit: Mark Wright/Missile Defense Agency) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

You Don't Look A Day Over 100 Million, Rings Of Saturn
A new study shows that Saturn's rings are only 10 million to 100 million years old, much younger than the planet itself.(Image credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team, and J. DePasquale (STScI)) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Saturn Put A Ring On It Relatively Recently, Study Says
A new study shows that Saturn's rings are only 10 million to 100 million years old, much younger than the planet itself.(Image credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC) and the OPAL Team, and J. DePasquale (STScI)) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Scientists Find Brain Cells That Make Pain Hurt
Researchers have pinpointed the neurons that give pain its unpleasant edge. By turning these neurons off in mice, the scientists relieved the unpleasantness of pain without numbing sensation.(Image credit: Sally Anscombe/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan Lambert Source Type: news

Daily Movement — Even Household Chores — May Boost Brain Health In Elderly
Whether it's exercise or housework, older Americans who move their bodies regularly may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills, even if they have brain lesions and other signs of dementia.(Image credit: BSIP/UIG/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patti Neighmond Source Type: news

Bacteria In Worms Make A Mosquito Repellent That Might Beat DEET
An insect-killing bacteria that lives inside a parasitic worm might hold the key to developing a powerful new repellent.(Image credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan Lambert Source Type: news

Watch: Massive, Moving Ice Disk Takes Center Stage, Mesmerizing Maine
Whether reminiscent of the moon's surface or "a big duck-go-round," a circle of ice entrances as it bobs and spins on a river in Maine. (Image credit: Tina Radel/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Held Source Type: news

A Massive, Moving Ice Disk Takes Center Stage, Mesmerizing Maine
Whether reminiscent of the moon's surface or "a big duck-go-round," a circle of ice entrances as it bobs and spins on a river in Maine. (Image credit: Tina Radel/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Held Source Type: news

A Massive Moving Ice Disk Takes Center Stage, Mesmerizing Maine
Whether reminiscent of the moon's surface or "a big duck-go-round," a circle of ice entrances as it bobs and spins on a river in Maine. (Image credit: Tina Radel/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Held Source Type: news

A Former Regulator Rethinks Nuclear Energy
Greg Jaczko used to lead the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But in his new book, he says nuclear power is too hazardous.(Image credit: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cotton Seed Sprouts In China's Lunar Lander
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Source: NPR Health and Science - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sasha Ingber Source Type: news

A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant
Joshua Mezrich has performed hundreds of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He shares stories from the operating room in his book, When Death Becomes Life.(Image credit: shapecharge/shapecharge/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dave Davies Source Type: news

Preparing For “The Big One”
A devastating earthquake is allegedly overdue.(Image credit: Archive.gov) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road
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Source: NPR Health and Science - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ian Stewart Source Type: news

SpaceX To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Its Workforce
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Source: NPR Health and Science - January 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Gonzales Source Type: news

Shutdown Puts Work On Hold For Researchers Collaborating With Government Scientists
The shutdown means government scientists aren't working, and their academic collaborators are spinning their wheels. A plant geneticist in Iowa speaks of frustration and loneliness during the shutdown. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

With Key Government Agencies Shut Down, Science Sputters
Government, academic and industry researchers often depend on each others' work and funding. The partial shutdown is getting in the way of some of that collaboration and research.(Image credit: Alison Stimpert/NMFS PERMIT 808-1735) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gisele Grayson Source Type: news

Should Hyping Edible Bugs Focus On The Experience Instead Of The Environment?
A new study shows that when ads made hedonistic marketing claims, such as "exotic" or "delicious," rather than targeting environmental interests, more people were willing to try eating insects.(Image credit: Oliver Brachat/for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Berly McCoy Source Type: news

Government Shutdown Causes Slowdown In Scientific Research
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Keith Seitter, executive director of the American Meteorological Society, about the absence of federal scientists slows down life-saving research. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Blue Clue In Medieval Teeth May Bespeak A Woman's Artistry Circa 1,000 A.D.
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Source: NPR Health and Science - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

A Blue Clue In Medieval Teeth May Bespeak A Woman's Artistry Circa A.D. 1000
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Source: NPR Health and Science - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news