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Quality-Testing Legal Marijuana: Strong But Not Always Clean

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 10:22am

Early efforts to test legal marijuana are finding that it's got lots of buzzworthy THC. But it can also have fungus, chemical residue and bacteria. What that means for health and safety isn't clear.

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How Money Managers' Personal Lives Affect Your Investments

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:04am

For some people who discover a sudden drop in their investments, social science research offers a surprising explanation. When a hedge fund manager gets divorced, they underperform by 7.4 percent.

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Many Doctors Who Diagnose Alzheimer's Fail To Tell The Patient

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:42am

Only about half of Medicare patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's are told of the diagnosis by their doctor, a study finds. That compares to 90 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer.

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Sea Turtles Test Urban Waters In Southern California River 'Jacuzzi'

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:40am

Even with the warm outflow from nearby power plants, it's an odd new habitat choice. Volunteers and researchers are working to study and track the population that's popped up in the San Gabriel River.

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How 2 Children With Leukemia Helped Transform Its Treatment

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 2:38am

Cancer treatment for kids has changed dramatically since the 1960s. Back then, doctors experimented with approaches that seemed promising but were also potentially toxic. Some survivors look back.

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States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:56pm

Researchers say their study suggests more diabetes is being detected among poor people in some states because, thanks to Medicaid, more poor people are now able to get tested and afford care.

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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 4:11pm

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld disputes such claims and says it treats whales with respect.

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Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Now Munching On Bugs

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:27pm

At an event to honor the modern-day science hero, $15,000 worth of edible insects were on the menu. So Tyson was willing — if not exactly eager — to explore the delicacies on offer. For science.

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Why The War On Cancer Hasn't Been Won

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 3:00pm

Medical researchers have made only modest progress treating the most common cancers since the war on cancer was declared in 1971. The disease has proved far more complicated than doctors had hoped.

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Stats Split On Progress Against Cancer

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:53pm

When you dig into the number on cancer, the results are mixed. Overall, deaths are up. But survival five years after diagnosis has improved for many forms of the disease, including breast cancer.

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You Think Your City Is Full Of Trash? Ha!

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:56am

Welcome to Kathmandu — or as some call it, Trashmandu. Even in the best of times, rubbish piles up everywhere. Now things have gotten worse.

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Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:33am

The limit for healthy drinking may be less than you think — one drink a day for women and two for men, according to the CDC. New strategies are aimed at helping heavy drinkers reduce their intake.

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Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:48pm

The head of the country's meteorological administration says it faces climate disasters and ecological degradation resulting from a warming planet.

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How The First Bite Of Food Sets The Body's Clock

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

Researchers are starting to learn why, when we cross time zones or pull an all-nighter, our bodies get out of sync. This story first aired March 10 on Morning Edition.

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Why Some Mushrooms Glow In The Dark

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

Scientists outfitted some fake fungi with LEDs and put them in a Brazilian forest to test their theory that light, not some funky mushroom fragrance, was luring bugs.

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Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:12pm

Researchers who helped develop powerful techniques warn that tweaking the genome is now easy. More public debate's needed, they say, before making changes in genes passed from parent to child.

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For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:36pm

For the first time, scientists have estimated how much antibiotics livestock consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?

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Wireless Sensors Help Scientists Map Staph Spread Inside Hospital

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Over four months of tracking and testing, French researchers mapped the hops that bacteria made from one person to another. Within a month, a third of patients were newly colonized with staph.

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Interior Dept. Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:03pm

The regulations, which go into effect in 90 days, establishes safety measures for wells and for drilling companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in the process.

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Solar Eclipse Wows Parts Of Europe, Middle East And Russia

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:28am

The eclipse, total in some areas far north and partial for many others, lasted about 2 1/2 hours and was visible from South America To Asia.

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