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Doctors Consider Ethics Of Costly Heart Surgery For People Addicted To Opioids

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 4:00am

A troubling trend has followed the opioid epidemic: people who use intravenous drugs are getting heart infections, driving up hospital bills and stirring an ethical debate among doctors.

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Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 6:05pm

Jesus' tomb has been freshened up in time for Easter. "This monument today is free," said Antonia Moropolou, who led the Greek team that handled the renovations.

(Image credit: Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:39pm

Labor statistics specialists under George W. Bush and Barack Obama warn that if the safety regulation is repealed, record keeping on worker injuries will become less accurate and less reliable.

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Climate Change As An Issue Of National Security

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 6:52am

Defense Secretary James Mattis called climate change a national security threat. Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Galloway talks about how the Pentagon will manage challenges presented by climate change.

Should The U.S. Government Buy A Drug Company To Save Money?

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:49pm

Most of the millions in the U.S. who are infected with hepatitis C can't afford the cure. Some say the U.S. could save money and cure more people if it bought the drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc.

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#CuriousGoat: Ask Us About Climate Change And Global Well-being

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:47pm

What questions do you have about the toll that climate change is taking — and about possible solutions?

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Digitization Unearths New Data From Cold War-Era Nuclear Test Films

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:45pm

The U.S. conducted hundreds of atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962 — and filmed them. A project to digitize those films has changed the analysis of the nuclear explosions themselves.

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Study: 'Urgent' Action Against Global Warming Needed To Save Coral Reefs

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 5:22pm

After another major coral bleaching event, a new study has concluded that securing a future for coral reefs "ultimately requires urgent and rapid action to reduce global warming."

(Image credit: Greg Torda /ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:55pm

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting pollution-preventing "cover crops." In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.

Groovy: Scientists Say They've Found The First Fluorescent Frog

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:03pm

The South American polka dot tree frog initially appears unremarkable. But when researchers in Argentina shined an ultraviolet light on the frog, it glowed.

(Image credit: Julián Faivovich and Carlos Taboada (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia"—CONICET))

One Way To Force Down Drug Prices: Have The U.S. Exercise Its Patent Rights

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:45pm

Some members of Congress say the U.S. government should use the patent rights it owns for any drugs that were developed with federal grants to drive down the prices of those drugs.

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Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:31am

The White House's proposed federal budget cuts everything from research to regulation, and makes clear that the administration doesn't view climate change as a priority.

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How One Of The World's Toughest Creatures Can Bring Itself Back To Life

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:06am

The tardigrade, a strange animal smaller than a grain of sand and with hooks for feet, can survive in a dried-up state for a decade. Its secret might help improve how drugs are shipped and stored.

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Trump Administration Proposes Big Cuts In Medical Research

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:26am

The National Institutes of Health, which funds research in treatments and cures, could lose 20 percent of its budget under the administration's proposal. More money would go for addiction treatment.

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Study Finds High Temperatures Killing Large Parts Of Great Barrier Reef

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

A new study looks at coral bleaching in 2015-2016. Mia Hoogenboom was a co-author, who says warming ocean temperatures are killing sections of the Great Barrier Reef faster than researchers expected.

Travel Ban Adds Stress To 'Match Week' For Some Doctors

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:35am

A medical residency program is the next training step for newly minted doctors, and awaiting "the match," can be tense. For some international students, Trump's travel ban has made the tension worse.

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3 Women Blinded By Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:06pm

Three patients were blinded after getting stem cells from fat at a Florida clinic. But a research study showed that induced pluripotent stem cells might someday help treat vision loss.

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California Officials Pledge Not To Roll Back Fuel Efficiency Standards

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 3:38pm

California officials have said they will not back off the fuel efficiency standards established under Obama, despite the Trump administration's plan to revisit those standards.

Trump To Reopen Review Of Car Fuel Efficiency Standards

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 3:38pm

President Trump announced he is reopening review of car fuel efficiency standards at a rally Wednesday in Michigan. But his claims that the standards are hurting the auto industry's bottom line come at a time when carmakers are enjoying record profits.

Emails Reveal Monsanto's Tactics To Defend Glyphosate Against Cancer Fears

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:20pm

Internal emails show Monsanto executives scrambling to counter a U.N. agency's finding that glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup, can cause cancer. One email proposed "ghost-writing" scientific papers.

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