Pentagon Advises Members Of Armed Forces Not To Use Home DNA Testing Kits
The Pentagon is advising members of the military to refrain from using home DNA kits. NPR's Air Shapiro talks with Science Magazine's Jennifer Couzin-Frankel about questions on privacy laws surrounding genetic data. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Christmas Tree Thrives On Farms, Struggles In The Wild
The Fraser fir is found in a lot of homes around Christmas. But its wild cousins have been in decline for almost a century because of a small invasive pest.(Image credit: Irina Zhorov for WHYY) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Irina Zhorov Source Type: news

The Decade In Global Health: New Drugs, Faster Trials, Social Media To The Rescue
Leading health experts shared the innovations and breakthroughs that they said saved millions of lives over the past ten years.(Image credit: Gareth Fuller /PA Images/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Brink Source Type: news

The Perks And Perils Of Plant Parenthood (Rebroadcast)
Millennials might be accused of killing a lot of industries. The plant business isn't one of them.(Image credit: Jonquilyn Hill/WAMU) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Certain Poor Shepherds In Nativity Scenes Have Huge, Misshapen Throats
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Steam On, Steamboat: The World's Tallest Active Geyser Has Another Record Year
The world's tallest active geyser is Steamboat Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park. It's been on a real eruption streak lately and 2019 saw the most recorded eruptions in a calendar year.(Image credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPS) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

4 Out Of 5 Smokers Are Male But Research Shows That Number Is Dropping
The number of men who use tobacco has declined for the first time since the World Health Organization started tracking it. The shift is significant because 80 percent of smokers are men. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

Malnutrition Hits The Obese As Well As The Underfed
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Officials Identify Mysterious Bright Green Liquid That Spilled Onto Michigan Highway
Investigators say they believe the substance found on a freeway north of Detroit is groundwater mixed with a chemical called hexavalent chromium. The public safety risk is minimal, officials say.(Image credit: The Michigan Department of Transportation ) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bobby Allyn Source Type: news

Boeing's Starliner Lands Safely Back To Earth After Aborted Space Station Mission
The journey is being hailed as a major achievement despite failing to complete a core objective: docking at the international space station. NASA hopes to launch U.S. astronauts in space in 2020. (Image credit: Bill Ingalls/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bobby Allyn Source Type: news

How Music Therapy Could Help People With Dementia
A new study from University College London finds the human brain responds to a familiar song at super speed. Researchers say their finding could be used to help calm patients with dementia. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patti Neighmond Source Type: news

A New Safety Program Takes On Silica Dust Amid A Possible Crisis
It will now be easier for the government to inspect shops where workers might get exposed to lung-damaging silica dust. But it's unclear how much it will affect countertop workers.(Image credit: Michael Conroy/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

CDC Confirms A THC Additive, Vitamin E Acetate, Is The Culprit In Most Vaping Deaths
The spate of more than 2,500 acute vaping-related lung injuries tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the decline, epidemiologists say, and the number of deaths has slowed.(Image credit: Jelacic Valentina/EyeEm/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

The News Roundup - International
Protests erupt in India over a controversial citizenship bill. The White House touts a new trade deal with China. And Australia's most populous state declares the second state of emergency in two months over wildfires.(Image credit: ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Uncrewed Test, Boeing's Starliner Capsule Fails To Reach Space Station
After a flawless launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the crew capsule, loaded with 600 pounds of cargo for the station, was unable to reach its intended orbit, Boeing says.(Image credit: Terry Renna/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brendan Byrne Source Type: news

Miss America's Talent: Science
Miss Virginia won the Miss America 2020 crown Thursday after impressing the crowd with her talent. She performed the show's first science experiment on stage as the talent portion of the pageant. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Online Grocery Delivery Could Help Alleviate Food Deserts
Delivery service could make it easier to access fresh, healthy food in these areas, a study finds. It lends support to a pilot program that lets people pay for these groceries with food stamps.(Image credit: svetikd/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isabella Gomez Sarmiento Source Type: news

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Greek Royal Tombs Dating Back 3,500 Years
Among the findings are a gold pendant with the image of an Egyptian goddess, suggesting wider interaction between ancient Greece and Egypt than previously known.(Image credit: Greek Culture Ministry/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Gonzales Source Type: news

What Ancient 'Chewing Gum' Can Tell Us About Life 5,700 Years Ago
Scientists say that for the first time, they've managed to extract an entire ancient human genome from anything other than human bones or teeth. It told them a lot about the person chewing the gum.(Image credit: Theis Jensen/Nature Communications) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Merrit Kennedy Source Type: news

Vaping Nicotine Linked To Increased Risk Of Chronic Lung Disease
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

New Study Offers First Evidence Of Vaping's Long-Term Risks
The study finds that e-cigarettes are linked to increased risk of chronic lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and COPD, as well as weakened immune defenses. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Aubrey Source Type: news

Some Dinosaurs Had Lice
Researchers have determined that some dinosaurs had lice. NPR's Scott Simon talks with paleontologist Chung Kun Shih about this exciting yet revolting discovery. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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