Health and Science News

Subscribe to Health and Science News feed Health and Science News
The latest health and science news. Updates on medicine, healthy living, nutrition, drugs, diet, and advances in science and technology. Subscribe to the Health & Science podcast.
Updated: 1 hour 9 min ago

Arsenic Antidote Hidden In Our Genes

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:56pm

Even at low doses, the potent poison damages organs and causes cancers. Now scientists have found a population high in the Andes Mountains that has adapted to the toxic metal over thousands of years.

» E-Mail This

Eat Your Veggies! Even The Ones From Fukushima

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:55pm

Foods from Fukushima, Japan, are back to pre-accident levels of radiation but people still aren't eating them. One way to ease concerns: a chemical that blocks radioactive cesium from entering plants.

» E-Mail This

Study: At 'Rate My Professors,' A Foreign Accent Can Hurt A Teacher's Score

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:24pm

A recent study found that teachers with Asian-sounding names were given poorer marks, and their accents were the main reason.

» E-Mail This

We're Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That's Bad For Business

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:47am

Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people take a break and leave their desks to eat. Most workers are simply eating at their desks. But creativity can take a big hit without a change of scenery.

» E-Mail This

Jaw Fossil In Ethiopia Likely Oldest Ever Found In Human Line

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:45am

The 2.8 million-year-old bone may mark the first human branch in the primate family tree. It wasn't just a bigger brain that marked the shift, scientists say. It was also big changes in the mouth.

» E-Mail This

Toronto Infertility Clinic Offers Controversial Treatment

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:43am

The technique claims to "recharge the batteries" in a woman's eggs using mitochondria from other cells extracted from her ovaries. The clinic's first births are due soon, though other doctors worry.

» E-Mail This

Justices Roberts And Kennedy The Key Votes In Health Law Case

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:40pm

No telling yet which side will win. But did Justice Kennedy's mixed signals Wednesday hint that he was leaning toward the administration's view of federal subsidies for health insurance?

» E-Mail This

Archaeologists Use Moles To Solve Mysteries Of Middle Ages' Fort

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:26pm

Danish archaeologists have recruited moles to help them dig. By sifting through molehills, they're able to map the location of the fort's buildings buried underground.

» E-Mail This

Jawbone Fossil Fills Big Gap In Human Evolution, Scientists Say

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:37pm

Writing in Science, scientists say the 2.8-million-year-old fossil appears to belong to an individual from the beginning of the ancestral line that led to humans.

» E-Mail This

People With Eczema Are Itching For Better Health Care

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:01pm

Just a rash? Not if you have eczema. People with eczema often have a hard time finding appropriate health care and are apt to miss work dealing with the chronic skin problem, a study finds.

» E-Mail This

Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:12pm

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.

» E-Mail This

Even Some Doctors Fear These 10 Questions

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:04pm

Just 10 questions about bad childhood experiences can turn up undiagnosed illness in adults, research suggests. So why don't more doctors ask? Some say they aren't equipped to deal with the answers.

» E-Mail This

GAO Report Urges Fewer Antipyschotic Drugs For Dementia Patients

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:15pm

Strong drugs are rarely warranted to control the behavior of dementia patients, specialists say. But antipsychotic medicine is being overprescribed, and not just among residents of nursing homes.

» E-Mail This

Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:01pm

Lonesome George was the last surviving member of his species and a conservation icon. When the tortoise died, taxidermist George Dante set out to preserve his body, and his legacy.

» E-Mail This

Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:02pm

Few doctors — and few patients — realize just how profoundly early abuse, neglect and other childhood traumas can damage an adult's physical health.

» E-Mail This

Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn't Mean

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:57pm

First developed in the 1990s, the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences test are designed to take a rough measure of a difficult childhood. Finding out your score is easy. Now what?

» E-Mail This

Cuteness Break: The Genial Quokka Steals Scenes And Hearts

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:53pm

In many photos from an Australian island, the marsupial appears front and center, adding its enigmatic smile to an image of happy tourists.

» E-Mail This

Health Experts Don't Always Sanitize Their Hands, Data Show

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:01am

A massive analysis of hospital data finds doctors and nurses are not following guidelines on washing their hands before and after they come into contact with patients.

» E-Mail This

Six In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 12:23pm

A Pew Research Center survey shows that 63 percent of Republicans under the age of 34 favor legalization.

» E-Mail This

ISS Spacewalkers Perform Tricky Cable, Antenna, Installation

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 8:00am

Two American astronauts at the Space Station are outside the craft for the last of three jobs aimed at paving the way to receive a new generation of crew modules beginning in 2017.

» E-Mail This

Pages

©2014 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574