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Limits Urged On The Use Of Codeine To Stop Kids' Coughs And Pain

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 4:05pm

Codeine can trigger rare, but life-threatening, breathing problems in kids. Food and Drug Administration advisers want to more tightly restrict the drug's use by anyone under 18.

Study Finds Happiness Doesn't Guarantee Longer Life

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 3:31pm

A recent study finds that being happy doesn't always mean living longer.

Tiny Witnesses: Microbes Can Tell When A Murder Victim Died

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 1:14pm

When bodies decompose, the types of bacteria on and around the body change in predictable ways. These patterns can be used to estimate time of death, a crucial clue in solving murders.

Bright Spots On Ceres Aren't Signs Of Alien Civilizations, Studies Say

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:40am

Two new studies of the dwarf planet might make it harder for people to imagine Ceres as a space colony or way station for an advanced race.

7 Bundles Of Scientific Joy: 'Test Tube Puppies' Prove IVF Can Work In Dogs

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 5:44pm

While in vitro fertilization has been successfully used in many species (including humans) for decades, scientists have never managed to use the procedure with dogs — until this summer.

A Protein In The Gut May Explain Why Some Can't Stomach Gluten

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 4:49pm

Some people who don't have celiac disease say they feel better on a gluten-free diet. Researchers have long been puzzled as to why. A study suggests it could be because of a protein called zonulin.

Cancer Treatments May Need To Be Tailored To Each Tumor

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 3:55pm

Jimmy Carter seems to have gotten the perfect drug to treat his cancer. But scientists need to understand a lot more about tumors before personalized cancer treatments are available for everyone.

Deadline Nears For Negotiators To Reach Deal On Climate Change

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 3:16pm

At the U.N. climate summit in Paris, negotiators have 48 hours until their deadline to reach a deal on global warning. NPR has the latest from the summit.

Environmentalists Sound Alarm On Proposed Drilling Near Florida Everglades

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 3:16pm

The National Park Service is weighing a Texas company's proposal to do seismic oil testing in the Big Cypress National Preserve. But some worry it will open the door for fracking in the Everglades.

North Face Founder Douglas Tompkins Dies In Kayaking Accident In Chile

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 12:31pm

Tompkins created The North Face and co-founded Esprit, but abandoned the business world to devote himself to environmental causes. He was 72.

For The Marshall Islands, The Climate Goal Is '1.5 To Stay Alive'

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 11:56am

The islands have more to lose than most any country at the Paris climate summit. Some territory is already disappearing under rising seas. The foreign minister explains the predicament.

Senate Questions 'Egregious' Price Hikes For Specialty Medicines

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 9:10am

Some companies have bought the patents for old drugs, then abruptly upped the prices — from $13 per pill to $750 in one case. Irate senators call it price gouging.

Terror Attacks Divide Muslim And Non-Muslims Living In The U.S.

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 4:26am

After the Sept. 11 attacks, FBI hate crime data and census trends show that states with the strongest backlash against Muslims saw decreased rates of assimilation among Muslim immigrants in America.

Rest Of The World Perplexed That Climate Debate Continues In U.S.

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 3:56am

The 20th century's biggest carbon emitter is also one of the few advanced democracies where climate change is not accepted as fact. This makes it hard for some to trust U.S. efforts on the issue.

India To U.S.: Cut Back On Your Consumption!

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 4:20pm

The Paris climate talks are said to be the best chance in 20 years to reach a global treaty. But India argues little will change unless fossil-fuel-reliant rich countries change their habits.

Congress Still Limits Health Research On Gun Violence

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 4:16pm

The wave of mass shootings in the U.S. is renewing a debate over treating gun violence as a public health issue. Congress has stood in the way of federal funding for studying injuries and deaths.

The Sticking Point: U.N. Climate Delegates To Debate Financial Measures

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Rachel Kyte, special envoy for climate change for the World Bank, who explains the push-pull between rich and poor countries over financing measures to stop climate change.

Party Like It's 2,500 B.C.: Feasts At Stonehenge Were Epic Barbecues

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 3:16pm

Researchers analyzing pottery fragments and bones at a neolithic settlement near Stonehenge believe roast pork and beef stew were likely main courses for people visiting the famous English monument.

Drug Cocktails Fuel Massachusetts' Overdose Crisis

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 2:36pm

A state analysis reveals that the majority of overdose deaths in 2014 came from heroin or prescription opioids taken in combination with cocaine, anti-anxiety medications or alcohol.

How What Makes You Laugh (And Cringe) Reveals Your Hidden Biases

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:04pm

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam looks at what we find funny and what, well, crosses the line. Comedian Bill Burr joins us to talk about why race, gender and Caitlin Jenner can be so funny.

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