Doctors have commonly managed the persistent pain of people over 65 with prescription opioids. But that has left some still in pain, and with a physical and emotional dependence that can ruin life.
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A new analysis of existing data suggests that MH370, which vanished in March 2014, might have gone down to the north of the existing search area in the Indian Ocean.
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Health officials are tracking people who interacted with the sick cats, since flu viruses can jump from animals to people. In this case they think there's probably little risk to humans.
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The military hoped the body-worn sensors would identify troops with brain injuries from a bomb blast. Instead, it found that service members may be at risk from firing their own weapons.
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An industry-funded study questions the evidence behind guidelines on daily sugar intake. Public health experts call the controversial findings an industry attempt to undermine scientific consensus.
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Engineers made a radio receiver with building blocks the size of two atoms. One benefit of a radio so small you can barely see it: The machine works at extremely high temperatures.
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By comparing the light from anti-atoms with the light from regular atoms, they hope to answer one of the big mysteries of our universe: Why is there so much regular old matter and not much antimatter?
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NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with University of Michigan professor Alex Stern, who has completed a database of the thousands of people recommended for sterilization when California had eugenics laws.
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We asked our coworkers to tell us their deepest, darkest, most stressful dreams. And boy did they deliver. Then we asked Robert Stickgold, a neuroscientist who studies dreams, what it all means.
Longtime toymakers are broadening their horizons — offering dolls and other figures with hearing aids, wheelchairs and insulin pumps in city scenes, not just hospitals. That's a start, activists say.
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Women's contributions to scientific progress are often ignored — but two new books, Dava Sobel's The Glass Universe and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures are out to remedy that oversight.
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Infertility is often a private struggle. But some couples are going public — via crowdfunding sites — to help subsidize in vitro fertilization treatments that can cost as much as $20,000 each time.
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Trump has sent mixed signals about how he regards climate science. Researchers are divided over whether to appeal him, or prepare for a fight.
What are those dog ears doing on my heart? Ancient anatomists named body parts after things they resembled in real life. So you've got a rooster comb in your skull and a flute in your leg.
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When scientists got their hands on a collection of the world's biggest gem diamonds, they found something surprising inside — clues about what sits hundreds of miles beneath our feet.
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Last year, lawmakers legalized a medical procedure that combines DNA from three people. Now, fertility clinics can apply for a license to practice the technique "in certain, specific cases."
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In 2015, health workers in Liberia faced a challenge. They had to figure out how to quarantine a street gang that could be spreading Ebola at the height of the epidemic.
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In 2015, health workers in Liberia faced a challenge. They had to figure out how to stop a street gang that could be spreading Ebola in the capital city of Monrovia at the height of the epidemic.
The last-minute regulation blocks state agencies from withholding federal funds from the family planning organization.
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NPR's Audie Cornish talks with meteorologist Eric Holthaus about the race to preserve U.S. climate data before the Trump administration, and the fear that the new administration will erase the work of climate change researchers.