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Sending Letters About Their Patients' Overdoses Changes Doctors' Prescribing Habits

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 2:15pm

Many doctors never find out when a patient dies from an overdose. A new study shows that when find out, it can alter the way they prescribe addictive drugs.

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Scientists Discover The Secret Weapon Of Stomach Viruses

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 10:55am

New research finds that stomach infections, like norovirus and rotavirus, have a special way to get to us hard — and fast. That knowledge could lead to new, more effective treatments.

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Beloved Baby Eaglet In D.C. Euthanized After Suffering West Nile Disease

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 5:36pm

Valor was one of two young eaglets in a nest at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The tree is monitored 24/7 by a popular webcam. He fell from the nest late last month, and died on Tuesday.

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Boxers Or Briefs? Experts Disagree Over Tight Underwear's Effect On Male Fertility

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 5:06pm

The jury's still out on whether underwear preference matters to male fertility, but men who wear briefs, or other tight options, were found to have slightly lower sperm counts in a new study.

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Is There A Better Way To Fight Massive Wildfires?

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 4:59pm

Massive wildfires in Western states are rapidly depleting funds set aside to fight fires. At the same time, many experts argue our priorities are wrong — we should be spending more on prescribed burns, and less on fighting fires in unpopulated areas.

Explore 1 Of The World's Largest Collections Of Bird Eggs And Nests

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 4:57pm

The Western Foundation for Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo, Calif., houses one of the largest collections of birds eggs and nests in the world. As part of our summer road trip collaboration with Atlas Obscura, we explore the collection and meet the scientists who run the foundation.

Pregnancy Debate Revisited: To Induce Labor, Or Not?

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 4:01pm

Young women with simple pregnancies can safely ask a doctor to induce labor, a study finds. It doesn't increase their risk of needing a C-section after all, and can even offer potential benefits.

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California Company Reaches $119.5 Million Settlement Over Massive Gas Leak

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 3:13pm

For months, starting in late 2015, a gas leak in Los Angeles spewed methane into the air. The Southern California Gas Company has agreed to reimburse local governments and mitigate the damage.

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For Berlin, Invasive Crustaceans Are A Tough Catch And A Tough Sell

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 4:19am

Louisiana crawfish have invaded waterways in Germany's capital. Wildlife officials licensed a fisherman to catch them for chefs, hoping a taste for "Berlin Lobster" might control the invasive species.

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Hawaii Volcano Quiets After Months-Long Eruption

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 6:38pm

Over more than three months, lava from Kilauea inundated two seaside communities and reshaped the island's southeast coast. But while activity has lessened, it doesn't mean the eruption has ended.

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What Effects Tree Thinning Has On Wildfires

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 4:43pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Matthew Hurteau, a forest ecologist at University of New Mexico, about the effectiveness of tree clearing and thinning in preventing wildfires or mitigating their intensity.

Babies Who Seem Fine At Birth May Have Zika-Related Problems Later, Study Finds

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:05pm

The largest study to follow women infected with Zika while they were pregnant finds about 6 percent of children had problems at birth, but 14 percent had complications by their first birthday.

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Sea Levels Rise On A Community Not Convinced Of Climate Change

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:20am

America's first full casualty of climate change could be Tangier Island, a tiny sliver of land in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Genetic Tests Can Hurt Your Chances Of Getting Some Types Of Insurance

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 8:00am

Federal law keeps insurers from using genetic test results when pricing and issuing health insurance. But the tests might keep you from being able to get life insurance or a long-term-care policy.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Lifts Off In Florida, Places Indonesian Satellite In Orbit

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 5:45am

The launch marks the first reuse of an improved Falcon 9 "Block 5," which includes several upgrades designed to allow SpaceX to quickly refurbish and re-launch the rocket.

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'Dear Doctor' Letters Use Peer Pressure, Government Warning To Stop Overprescribing

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 3:59am

Researchers found that a simple letter to doctors, focusing on their high prescribing rates, reduced their tendency to give risky antipsychotic drugs to their patients, including some with dementia.

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Climate Change Threatens Midwest's Wild Rice, A Staple For Native Americans

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 3:57am

When harvests are bad, Native Americans in the region may go without rice for the year. And there have been a lot of bad years lately, as climate change causes more frequent and severe rainstorms.

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Climate And Wildfire Science Specialist Weighs In On Worsening Conditions In California

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 4:11pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with LeRoy Westerling, climate and wildfire science specialist at the University of California, Merced, about President Trump and Gov. Jerry Brown's, Calif., comments on worsening wildfires.

Wildfires Continue To Burn Through California

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 4:11pm

Multiple wildfires are burning throughout California. The largest are the Carr Fire near Redding and the Mendocino County Complex Fire just north of Sonoma, Caif.

#Blessed: Is Everyone Happier Than You On Social Media?

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 2:59pm

If you've spent time on social media, you've seen lots of pictures of people seemingly having a better time than you. They may be smiling, but they're not necessarily happy. What are they telling us?

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