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Surgery Helps Some Obese Teens In Battle To Get Fit

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 2:11pm

Three years after bariatric surgery, more than 200 severely obese teens studied had dropped about a third of their weight, and improved their metabolism, heart health and self esteem.

#NPRreads: The Core Of Addiction And The Views Of Tiger Woods' Former Caddie

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:59pm

Also this week: The story of a 60-year-old United Airlines pilot and runner who finished the New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 27 seconds.

Big Trouble Looms For California Salmon — And For Fishermen

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:28pm

Thanks to a blazing hot summer and unusually warm water, early counts of juvenile winter-run Chinook are at extreme low levels. To protect them, regulators may restrict ocean fishing.

Did The Language You Speak Evolve Because Of The Heat?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 10:51am

People speak very differently depending on where they live, and the climate and environment might have something to do with that. Crisp English consonants don't carry well in the rainforest.

Mine Waste Water Floods Countryside In Brazil After 2 Dams Fail

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 10:20am

The flooding overwhelmed houses, leaving a coating of mud – and in one case, setting a car atop a structure's walls. Rescue crews are still looking for survivors; one death is reported.

Is There A Healthy Way To Think About Depression?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon explains how the more he talked about his depression, the more others wanted to tell their own stories.

Is It Possible To Put A Band-Aid On A Bad Feeling?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Psychologist Guy Winch makes the case for practicing emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

What Can Fruit Flies Tell Us About Human Emotions?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Neurobiologist David Anderson explains why psychiatric drugs don't always work, and how researchers are working to find targeted forms of treatment — including his own experiments with fruit flies.

How Do Stereotypes Of Mental Health Affect Us?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Twenty-three-year-old Alix Generous describes her years-long journey through misdiagnosis in the mental health system and how it affected her sense of confidence and self-worth.

Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Depression?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon describes how he hid from — and eventually confronted — his own serious depression.

Should Human Stem Cells Be Used To Make Partly Human Chimeras?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 2:39am

The National Institutes of Health has issued a moratorium on funding work that puts human stem cells into nonhuman embryos. The concern is that hybrids might develop human brain cells, sperm or eggs.

N.Y. Attorney General Investigates Whether Exxon Mobil Lied On Climate Change

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:40pm

Investigators want to know if the company deceived investors and the public about risks associated with climate change. The company protests that it has included those risks in its reports for years.

New York Attorney General Launches Investigation Into ExxonMobil

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:39pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Neela Banerjee of Inside Climate News about the investigation into the allegations ExxonMobil knew more about climate change than it told investors and the public.

Oil Boom Means Sky Watchers Hoping for Starlight Just Get Stars, Lite

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 3:38pm

Light pollution has increased by 500 percent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, thanks to nearby oil fields. Stargazers and oilmen are working together to find a solution.

Researchers Reveal How Climate Change Killed Mars

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 3:06pm

Mars used to be much warmer and wetter than it is today. Scientists are unraveling the mystery of why it dried out.

Authors Retract Study That Says Sadness Affects Color Perception

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:50pm

It's the kind of oops no scientist wants to make. But the researchers who published a paper saying that watching sad movies makes it hard to perceive the color blue now say they erred.

Powerful 'Gene Drive' Can Quickly Change An Entire Species

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:06am

A genetic engineering technique raises hopes for eliminating diseases, such as malaria. But it is also sparking fears of unintended consequences if delicately balanced ecosystems are disrupted.

California Law Adds New Twist To Abortion, Religious Freedom Debate

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 6:11pm

A California law will soon require pregnancy centers that oppose abortion to provide notice to their clients of the availability of abortion services in the state. Clinics are crying foul — and suing.

The Brain's GPS May Also Help Us Map Our Memories

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:15pm

Brain cells that track our location also can track time and distance, a study finds. This could explain how the brain uses place and time to organize memories throughout our lives.

Physicists Probe Antimatter For Clues To How It All Began

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:06pm

Physicists don't know why there's more matter than antimatter in our universe. New research smashed together atoms of pure gold to look for clues.

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