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Bones In Church Ruins Likely The Remains Of Early Jamestown's Elite

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:19am

Scientists say remains of four men exhumed from what was once an Anglican church suggest they were well-nourished, "high-status" leaders in the early 17th century colony. And one was likely Catholic.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:01am

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.

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Research: Let Your Fingers Stroll Down Yellow Pages' Listings

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

Researchers examined the quality of plumbers in the Chicago area who choose names that are designed to show up first alphabetically in the Yellow Pages. The first company isn't necessarily the best.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:05am

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

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California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:14pm

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.

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A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 2:57am

Try to look inside the brain and you're not going to get very far. But photoacoustic imaging may be a solution for the shortcomings of conventional imaging. It uses lasers to make the brain sing.

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As Lightning Strikes Spike, Myth-Busting Often Means Safety

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 4:12pm

Deaths from lightning strikes are up sharply this year, according to the National Weather Service. Here are some myths about lightning, or avoiding it, and tips on how to actually stay safe.

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When Alzheimer's Steals Your Appetite, Remember To Laugh

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 4:12pm

Fresh grilled swordfish now tastes like rolled newspapers to Greg O'Brien, an unexpected effect of his Alzheimer's. And shopping without a grocery list is futile. But summer barbecues are still sweet.

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Amid Lingering Skepticism, A Primer On What Bland's Autopsy Can Tell Us

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 4:12pm

Medical examiner Dr. Judy Melinek explains what forensic examiners saw in the autopsy of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail.

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California Judge Throws Out Lawsuit On Medically Assisted Suicide

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 8:08pm

The superior court judge says questions raised in the case should be decided by legislatures or voters, not the court. The terminally ill plaintiffs say they'll appeal his decision.

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Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:33pm

California's ongoing drought has forced many almond growers to use groundwater on the thirsty crop. The problem: That water is high in salt, and it's killing almond trees.

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Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:28pm

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.

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Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:04pm

The marine mammal was spotted in the narrow canal that connects the Chesapeake and Delaware bays just a few days after one was seen in an estuary of the Potomac River.

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The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 11:10am

We know that a gene can determine how strongly we experience bitter flavors. Scientists wanted to know if this was also true for sweet. Their study shows genetics may affect our taste for sugar, too.

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Well-Off Baby Boomers Know How To Binge Drink, Too

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 9:39am

Think binge drinking, and college students downing cheap beer from red cups come into mind. But healthy affluent adults over 50 are more likely to drink dangerously than their peers.

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Maine Fisherman Catches His Second Rare Lobster

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 6:07pm

The Portland Press Herald reports that "Captain Eli," a rare orange lobster, will be kept at the Fisherman's Catch Café in Raymond, Maine, before Bill Coppersmith releases it back into the ocean.

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Live Samples Of Anthrax Were Sent Worldwide In May Due To Ineffective Procedure

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 5:33pm

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports that the samples of anthrax the Pentagon thought were dead, were still alive. The Pentagon says the public was never at risk.

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What If Chemo Doesn't Help You Live Longer Or Better?

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 4:51pm

Terminal cancer patients sometimes get chemotherapy in the belief that it will ease their symptoms. But a study finds many who get the treatment near death actually have a poorer quality of life.

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Looking For Earth-Like Planets Provides Clues For Finding 'Life Like Ours'

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 3:39pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Katie Mack, an astrophysicist at the University of Melbourne, about NASA's discovery of an Earth-like planet, and why humankind is so fascinated with twin-earths.

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NASA Announces Discovery Of Earth-Like Planet Around Distant Star

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 3:39pm

NASA is revealing the latest results from the Kepler Space Telescope, which was designed to hunt for planets around distant stars, including ones that might be Earth-like.

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