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California Tribe Puts A Gym In The Clinic To Fend Off Diabetes

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 9:30am

The tribal health clinic in Lakeport, Calif., includes a gym where patients of all ages with prediabetes get free fitness training, along with diet advice. The goal: Stop diabetes before it starts.

Nebraskan Farmer Voices Opposition To Keystone XL Pipeline

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:52pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Jenni Harrington, a fifth generation Nebraskan farmer, about the suspension of the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run through her town.

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Why No Love For Twitter's Hearts?

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:43pm

Twitter changed its "favorite" icon from a yellow star to a red heart. Twitter users aren't loving it, but NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam predicts it's just a matter of time.

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Tropical Cyclone Chapala Batters War-Torn Yemen's Southern Coast

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:28pm

Thousands flee war-torn Yemen as tropical cyclone Chapala batters its southern coast. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with journalist Iona Craig for the latest on the storm.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Company Asks U.S. To Pause Review Of Application

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:28pm

TransCanada has asked the State Department to suspend its review of its permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline Monday until Nebraska decides on its route.

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Scaring People Can Make Them Healthier, But It Can Backfire, Too

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 2:27pm

Fear campaigns can motivate people to quit smoking or eat less. But fear mongering can go too far. When is scaring for health's sake acceptable, and when is it distasteful?

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Move Over, Yellow 6. More Natural Colors From Plants Are Coming

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:19pm

From purple carrots and cabbage to grapes, the food industry is finding new ways to derive natural colors from plants. It's happening just as consumers are pushing Big Food to ditch artificial colors.

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'Ridiculous Fun' Helps A Blogger See Through Depression's Darkness

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 5:20am

Since childhood, humor writer Jenny Lawson has struggled with mental health issues. In her latest book, Furiously Happy, she explains what it means to fight back with spiteful happiness.

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International Leaders To Discuss Substances That Cause Global Warming

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 4:08pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about next week's international conference on substances in air conditioners and refrigerators that heat up the atmosphere.

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#NPRreads: White Privilege, FBI Director's Remarks On Policing, And Oyster Farming

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:43pm

Also this week: A story from an NPR Music reporter about the "lost art of listening."

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Medical Students Crunch Big Data To Spot Health Trends

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:24pm

It's not enough anymore to learn how to size up the symptoms of a particular patient, say specialists in bioinformatics. Modern doctors need to learn to see patterns in huge data sets, too.

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Jane Goodall Wants To Save Us (And Her Beloved Chimps) From Ourselves

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:04pm

She's learned a lot about chimpanzees. But what has she learned from them has given her a new mission: improve the health of the planet.

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The Hair-Raising Science Of Goose Bumps

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 9:44am

Skunk Bear's shivery new video explores how and why our skin acts so weird when we watch a scary movie, get cold or listen to music.

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Why Is It So Hard To Save Gulf Of Maine Cod? They're In Hot Water

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 4:21pm

In the last decade, the Gulf of Maine warmed faster than 99.9 percent of the global ocean. The rapid warming explains why recent fishing policies failed to rebuild the cod population, a study finds.

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Along U.S.-Canada Border, A Booming Business For Dinosaur Bones

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 3:40pm

Dinosaur fossils are often found along the U.S.-Canada border. But what happens after someone discovers them on their land depends on what the rules are about ownership, scholarship and preservation.

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Community Health Workers Can Reach Some Patients That Doctors Can't

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 7:59am

Los Angeles is finding that community health workers — problem solvers who are untrained in medicine, but fluent in compassion — can be key to helping the county's sickest and neediest get better.

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Why Fighting Climate Change Requires Changing The Narrative

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 3:17pm

NPR blogger Adam Frank says Americans need to stop carrying the guilt of climate change, so that we can move on and fix it.

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The Lone Star Tick May Be Spreading A New Disease Across America

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 11:28am

An uptick in cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever might actually be due to a newer tick-borne bacterium. It looks like it's causing milder infections — and a lot of confusion.

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Most E-Cigarette Users Are Current And Ex-Smokers, Not Newbies

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 11:03pm

A large study suggests some may use e-cigarettes to quit smoking tobacco. But the survey also shows that nearly 10 percent of young adults who have never smoked tobacco have used the devices.

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NASA Spacecraft To Skim Past Saturn's Icy Moon

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 4:34pm

The Cassini probe will pass within just 30 miles of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The goal is to search for signs of habitability.

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