Fukushima Has Turned These Grandparents Into Avid Radiation Testers
After losing trust in official information, the Japanese public took it upon themselves to learn to measure for radioactive matter. Nearly a decade after the nuclear disaster, they're still testing.(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kat Lonsdorf Source Type: news

Why Firefighting Alone Won't Stop Western Mega-Fires
In another record-breaking year, communities are realizing the best way to survive wildfires is learning to live with them. (Image credit: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Sommer Source Type: news

The World Lost Two-Thirds Of Its Wildlife In 50 Years. We Are to Blame
Human activities are causing an "unprecedented" and alarming decline in wildlife populations around the world, a new report warns. It says the staggering loss ultimately threatens human life as well.(Image credit: Firdia Lisnawati/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

Pandemic Financially Imperils Nearly Half Of American Households, Poll Finds
There are dividing lines when it comes to how families are weathering the pandemic: Those living in big cities, those making less than $100,000 a year, and Latino and Black families are faring worst.(Image credit: Kim Ryu for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yuki Noguchi Source Type: news

Pandemic Financially Imperils Nearly Half of American Households, Poll Finds
There are dividing lines when it comes to how families are weathering the pandemic: Those living in big cities, those making less than $100,000 a year, and Latino and Black families are faring worst.(Image credit: Kim Ryu for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yuki Noguchi Source Type: news

'I Try So Hard Not To Cry': Nearly Half Of U.S. Households Face A Financial Crisis
There are dividing lines when it comes to how families are weathering the pandemic: Those living in big cities, those making less than $100,000 a year, and Latino and Black families are faring worst.(Image credit: Kim Ryu for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yuki Noguchi Source Type: news

New Chinese Space Plane Landed At Mysterious Air Base, Evidence Suggests
The mission took place this past weekend, shrouded in secrecy, but some clues are emerging about what China sent into space, and why.(Image credit: Planet Labs Inc.) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Paused, Due To Illness In One Volunteer
A large study of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been put on hold after one of the volunteers became ill. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Paused Due To Illness In Volunteer
AstraZeneca, which is working with the University of Oxford, hasn't said what the illness is. It will try to determine whether the illness is related to the vaccine, or just a chance event.(Image credit: Alastair Grant/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

California Scientists Build A Camera To Take Pictures Of Huge Swath Of Sky
Scientists and engineers in California are building a unique 3.2 billion pixel camera for a telescope under construction in Chile. The camera has taken its first test pictures — of broccoli.(Image credit: LSST Camera team/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory/Rubin Observatory) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Drug That Bulked Up Mice In Space Might Someday Help Astronauts Make Long Voyages
An experiment involving some "mighty mice" on the International Space Station could someday help astronauts maintain muscle and bone strength on interplanetary journeys.(Image credit: Se-Jin Lee/PLOS One) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Eating Disorders Thrive In Anxious Times, And Pose A Lethal Threat
Eating disorders strike nearly 1 in 10 Americans, with the second-highest death rate of all psychiatric disorders. The pandemic's food insecurity, stockpiling and stress are triggering flare-ups.(Image credit: Boogich/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yuki Noguchi Source Type: news

Researchers Find A Drug That Could Allow Astronauts Spend Years In Space
An experimental drug let mice spend a month in the International Space Station's near-zero gravity without losing mass. It could help people spend years in space without major health consequences. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

The Hubble Space Telescope Still Works Great — Except When It Doesn't
None of us is perfect, and sometimes the Hubble Space Telescope just flat-out points to the wrong spot in the sky. This has been happening more than ever in the last couple of years. (Image credit: Johnson Space Center/NASA) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

The Hubble Space Telescope Still Works Great —Except When It Doesn't
None of us are perfect, and sometimes the Hubble Space Telescope just flat-out points to the wrong spot in the sky. This has been happening more than ever in the last couple years. (Image credit: Johnson Space Center/NASA) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Researchers Say Fresh Air Can Prevent Aerosol Transmission Of The Coronavirus
There's increasing evidence that the coronavirus can linger and spread through the air in crowded indoor rooms. Researchers say infectious clouds can be dispersed with fresh air. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pien Huang Source Type: news

How Can You Tell If A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Working?
Several COVID-19 vaccine candidates are being tested now. But why does it take 30,000 volunteers to know if one is safe and effective? And what does it mean to say a vaccine candidate is working?(Image credit: Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

2020 Pint Of Science Festival Will Be Virtual Because Of COVID-19
The annual Pint of Science festival sees scientists and local communities gather in bars, cafes and other places to talk science. But in 2020, the festival will be online due to the pandemic. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are Your Texts Passive-Aggressive? The Answer May Lie In Your Punctuation
Some linguists find that younger people tend to see text messages that end with a period as passive-aggressive, or otherwise negative.(Image credit: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danny Hensel Source Type: news

Are Your Texts Passive Aggressive? The Answer May Lie In Your Punctuation
Some linguists find that younger people tend to see text messages that end with a period as passive aggressive, or otherwise negative.(Image credit: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danny Hensel Source Type: news

Lucy King: How Can Bees Keep The Peace Between Elephants And Humans?
ENTER TEASER(Image credit: Marla Aufmuth/TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

President Trump's New COVID-19 Adviser Is Making Public Health Experts Nervous
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Source: NPR Health and Science - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

President Trump's New COVID-19 Advisor Is Making Public Health Experts Nervous
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Source: NPR Health and Science - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

'Bad Optics' Or Something More? Moderna Executives' Stock Sales Raise Concerns
Moderna is currently developing a promising, yet still unproven, vaccine against the coronavirus. But Moderna executives have already sold tens of millions of dollars worth of stock in the company.(Image credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tom Dreisbach Source Type: news

Flu Season Looms And Scientists Wonder How Flu And COVID-19 Might Mix
There's a lot that scientists don't know about how viral infections can interact. But researchers are eager to figure out how coronavirus infections might affect flu infections and vice versa.(Image credit: Frederick Murphy/CDC) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

How Trump's Food Box Initiative Overpaid And Underdelivered
The Trump administration has been buying food from farmers and getting it to food banks. Food banks, however, say the program was not set up to deliver food efficiently.(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

Inexpensive Steroids Can Save Lives Of Seriously Ill COVID-19 Patients
Multiple studies now confirm earlier research: Dexamethasone and hydrocortisone, drugs that reduce an immune system's overreaction, can help reduce deaths of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.(Image credit: Photo Illustration by Soumyabrata Roy/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

Drug Combination Slows Progression Of ALS And Could Mark 'New Era' In Treatment
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Source: NPR Health and Science - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Pandemic's Emotional Hammer Hits Hard
Mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been profound, researchers find. Nearly 25% of Americans are depressed, particularly those who have low incomes and have lost a job or a loved one.(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rhitu Chatterjee Source Type: news

Making Gyms Safer: Why The Virus Is Less Likely To Spread There Than In A Bar
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Source: NPR Health and Science - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Will Stone Source Type: news

Bats Use Baby Talk To Teach Their Pups, Researchers Say
Researchers say mother bats use baby talk to communicate with their pups. Experts say that it helps bats learn the language. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Explore Why Some People Are Able To Live With An Infection Unscathed
What if your body could corral an infection instead of eliminating it? Immunologists who see this sort of "disease tolerance" in plants wonder what role it might play in asymptomatic human infections.(Image credit: Alexander Spatari/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Laber-Warren Source Type: news

Millions Of Pounds Of Extra Pollution Were Released Before Hurricane Laura's Landfall
Hurricane Laura hit an area known for its refineries and chemical plants. They released millions of pounds of air pollution when they shut down, and many air monitors are not functioning.(Image credit: Gerald Herbert/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Everything Is Unprecedented. Welcome To Your Hotter Earth
Hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves and disease outbreaks are all a preview of our hotter future. Dramatically cutting greenhouse gas emissions would help. (Image credit: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

How Many Coronavirus Cases Are Happening In Schools? This Tracker Keeps Count
Alisha Morris, a Kansas theater teacher, created a database of COVID-19 cases in schools. Now maintained by the National Education Association, it shares data that some schools prefer to keep quiet.(Image credit: US schools tracker/Screenshot by NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Simone Popperl Source Type: news

Poor Neighborhoods Feel Brunt Of Rising Heat. Cities Are Mapping Them To Bring Relief
In 13 U.S. cities this summer, volunteers are capturing detailed measurements that will include the heat index people experience. Cities will use the new heat maps to help cool the hottest spots.(Image credit: Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT News) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mose Buchele Source Type: news

What A Nasal Spray Vaccine Against COVID-19 Might Do Even Better Than A Shot
A vaccine against the coronavirus needs to keep people from getting very sick and dying. But preventing the spread of the disease is also important, and vaccines delivered by nasal spray may do that.(Image credit: Tim Sloan /AFP via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Historic Gulf Coast Hurricanes: How Does Laura Compare?
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Neuman Source Type: news

Where Did Earth's Water Come From?
Scientists have long debated whether the Earth's water was here when the planet formed or whether it arrived later. A study suggests much of the water originated in rocks from which Earth is built. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Water, Water, Every Where — And Now Scientists Know Where It Came From
Some unusual meteorites suggest that Earth got its water at its start, rather than forming dry and being watered by comets later on. (Image credit: Stocktrek Images/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

'Racial Inequality May Be As Deadly As COVID-19,' Analysis Finds
A century of U.S. statistics finds mortality rates and life expectancy were much worse for Black Americans during pre-pandemic years than they have been for white people during the COVID-19 crisis.(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria Godoy Source Type: news

Hurricanes Like Laura Are More Likely Because Of Climate Change
Hurricane Laura rapidly intensified before it made landfall. Abnormally hot water in the Gulf of Mexico helped it gain power.(Image credit: NOAA via AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Hurricanes Like Laura Are More Likely Because Of Climate Change
Hurricane Laura rapidly intensified before it made landfall. Abnormally hot water in the Gulf of Mexico helped it gain power.(Image credit: AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccine May Pit Science Against Politics
New vaccines usually take years to get the approval of the Food and Drug Administration. But the Trump administration suggests the FDA may greenlight a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year.(Image credit: Gerry Broome/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Palca Source Type: news

Why Many People Are Drawn To Conspiracy Theories
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Eugenia Cheng, a British mathematician and a concert pianist, about why people are drawn to conspiracy theories and why it is hard for them to change their minds. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers Develop A Trap To Control Population Of Invasive Lionfish
Invasive lionfish, native to the Indian Ocean, have had a big impact on reef ecosystems in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. A new inexpensive trap may help control these voracious predators. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Greg Allen Source Type: news

Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All?
Millions of home listings on Realtor.com now include information about climate change-driven flood risk. Other real estate sites are holding off.(Image credit: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

FDA's Hahn Apologizes For Overselling Plasma's Benefits As A COVID-19 Treatment
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

German Experiment Tests How The Coronavirus Spreads At A Concert
Researchers hope the study can provide insight as to how COVID-19 spreads in large stadiums — and how to prevent it.(Image credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samantha Raphelson Source Type: news

To Manage Wildfire, California Looks To What Tribes Have Known All Along
Native American tribes are restoring traditional burning in California, which could help the state reduce the risk of extreme wildfires.(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lauren Sommer Source Type: news