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Olympic Athletes Still Use Some Rx Drugs As A Path To 'Legal Doping'

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:42am

Hundreds of elite endurance athletes were taking the prescription heart drug meldonium until it was banned in January. But a similar heart drug, telmisartan, is still allowed.

Federal Data Shows Firefighting Chemicals In U.S. Drinking Water Sources

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:14pm

The study finds, in many cases, amounts barely higher than government guidelines allow, but significant levels in 66 water supplies. The chemicals are very persistent once in the environment.

Short Answers To Big Questions: Exploring Atoms In Space

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:36pm

You've got science questions — we've got answers! Or our astrophysicist, Adam Frank, does. So ask your big questions, and we'll give you short answers. Today he explores atoms in space.

Young Inventors Work On Secret Proteins To Thwart Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 2:37pm

Many of the most powerful antibiotics have lost their punch. Some Stanford students think they've found a different way to attack bacteria that the germs can't overcome.

Hospital Units Tailored To Older Patients Can Help Prevent Decline

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 1:11pm

Elderly hospital patients often arrive sick and leave worse off. But some hospitals are preventing these sharp declines by treating the elderly in units that minimize bedrest and spur mobility.

How the Microbes Inside Us Went From Enemies To Purported Superhealers

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:22am

Science writer Ed Yong talks about his new book, which looks at diet and the microbiome and whether poop transplants and probiotics are all they're cracked up to be.

WATCH: Lessons In Wound Healing From Our Favorite Fly

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 8:01am

You may know the caddis fly as a fishing lure. But bioengineers hunting a better way to seal wounds and set bones say the larvae of these insects have a few tricks we should try to mimic.

Researchers Study Effects Of Social Media On Young Minds

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:00am

Teens showed an image that was deemed to have lots of "likes" tended to also like the image. Seeing popular pictures also produced greater activation in the reward centers of the brain.

Losing Hurts (In Surprising Ways)

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 11:05pm

With the Olympics in full swing, we look at the myriad ways losing a competition can wreak havoc on our physical and mental health.

A Study Takes The Globe's Blood Pressure And Finds A Dramatic Rise

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:27pm

According to the research, hypertension is now a more common disease in low- and middle-income countries than in wealthy nations.

Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:31pm

There's scant science to support the ancient Eastern therapy of cupping. But that hasn't stopped Olympians from trying it to ease pain and speed recovery.

Trading Cards: The Who's Who Of #NPRWormWeek

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:59pm

There are hundreds of thousands of species of worm wriggling around the world. We made trading cards about six of them.

How A Wave Is Unlike An Armadillo: One Reporter's Summer Puzzle

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 10:41am

"There's something about waves that can get you into kind of a mental funk," one philosopher says. For NPR's summer science series, Joe Palca tries to answer the big question: What is a wave?

When Pregnant Women Need Medicine, They Encounter A Void

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:34am

Women encounter a dilemma when they get pregnant: Should they continue taking medications that keep them healthy? That question can be scary, because drugs are rarely tested for safety in pregnancy.

The Chimera Quandary: Is It Ethical To Create Hybrid Embryos?

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 4:00pm

The National Institutes of Health proposed lifting its moratorium on funding for research on part-animal, part-human embryos — which raises a huge dilemma, says bioethicist Insoo Hyun.

Saving The Tricolored Blackbird

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 7:26am

The tricolored blackbird population in California has declined to a point that it's a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. But efforts are underway to keep the bird from disappearing.

Trans And Adopted: Exploring Teen Identity

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 5:09am

A Boston health clinic that treats transgender kids and teens finds that the percentage of its young patients who are adopted is higher than expected. These kids might need extra support, doctors say.

The App That Aims To Gamify Biology Has Amateurs Discovering New Species

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

Not everyone outside staring into their phones is searching for Pokémon — some people are looking for actual wildlife. The app iNaturalist is bringing together urban biologists and curious citizens.

Zika-Fighting GMO Mosquito Gets FDA Approval For Testing

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

The FDA has approved field trials of a genetically engineered mosquito designed to combat Zika and other diseases. But there's strong opposition in Florida where the GMO insects would be tested.

Cockroach Milk: Yes. You Read That Right

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

Turns out, cockroach milk is among the most nutritious substances on Earth. But it may still be a while before you can scurry to health stores for roach-milk protein shakes.

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