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Yes, People Really Are Driving While Playing Pokemon Go

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:11am

People are playing Pokemon Go while behind the wheel — and then tweeting about it. And causing crashes. Immersive games like this can be even more dangerous than texting, researchers say.

How Risk Affects The Way People Think About Their Health

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:01am

Researchers found by telling people the risk of HIV is lower than they thought, they get people to act in safer ways. But when people think the risk is very high, they sometimes act less responsibly.

Studies Link Cancer Patients' Survival Time To Insurance Status

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:00am

Research on patients with testicular cancer and on others fighting a brain malignancy finds that people who are privately insured are more likely to be diagnosed earlier and survive longer.

Military Bases Serve As Safe Haven For Endangered Species

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:30pm

Military bases turn out to be a haven for endangered species. A decision long ago by the military that working with conservationists was a better strategy than fighting them is one of the reasons why.

Don't Kiss That Kitty: Cat-Scratch Fever Is Making People Sicker

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 10:35am

Doctors have long thought that cat-scratch fever is no big deal, but an analysis finds that more people are getting sicker from it. Small children are especially at risk, as are people in the South.

Yes, It Is Possible To Get Your Flu Shot Too Soon

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:00am

The vaccine is already showing up in drugstores, but maybe wait until Halloween to get the shot, doctors say, especially if you're over 65 and want to be protected against flu this winter.

Outdated FEMA Flood Maps Don't Account For Climate Change

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:37am

Flood managers suspect August's big rainstorms and floods in Louisiana are becoming more common there and elsewhere because of climate change. One clue: Much of the damage was beyond the flood plain.

Epic Climate Cartoon Goes Viral But It Has One Key Problem

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 5:15pm

People talk a lot about the warming of the Earth by a few degrees. Now a cartoon shows you what it looks like.

Sugar Shocked? The Rest Of Food Industry Pays For Lots Of Research, Too

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:51pm

A recent study revealed the sugar industry's efforts 50 years ago to shape medical opinion on how sugar affects health. But today, scores of companies continue to fund food and nutrition studies.

Trump Shares Medical Information And Affinity For Fast Food With 'Dr. Oz'

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:38pm

The controversial TV host Dr. Mehmet Oz declared the GOP presidential nominee to be "very healthy" though Donald Trump said he needs to lose weight and didn't apologize for an affinity for fast food.

Want A BRCA Test? Some Insurers Require Genetic Counseling First

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:13am

Doctors worry that requiring patients to see a separate genetic counselor will keep them from getting tested for mutations that significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Supporters Speak Out In Favor Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:30pm

As protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline keep growing, those in favor of the project are beginning to speak out — even as the company stops work on the pipeline.

Blame It On The Boys: How To Stop Vampire Bats From Spreading Rabies

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:35pm

Poisoning these thirsty critters doesn't work. But researchers think they're finally getting close to figuring out a plan.

When It Comes To Our Politics, Family Matters

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:01pm

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam explores how unconscious ideas about the family shape the way we think about politics.

Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:20pm

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how humans can get their cats to come on command, take medicine and stop waking them up at night. Her new book is The Trainable Cat.

Marijuana Pays For Schools In Colorado — Kind Of — But How Will It Help Maine?

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 7:27am

Colorado legalized recreational pot in 2012. Maine and four other states will vote on if to legalize it in November. We look at who's making money on pot in Colorado and who could benefit in Maine.

If An Elephant Can Wear Teva Sandals, What Shoes Suit Other Animals?

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 7:27am

Shanthi the 41-year-old Asian elephant has a problem: arthritis. Teva designed her some special boots, which made us wonder what footwear other would animals wear. Our Facebook friends had some ideas.

In The Battle To Save Frogs, Scientists Fight Fungus With Fungus

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 5:26am

A deadly fungus is devastating frog populations around the world. In California, scientists are racing to find a way to immunize one species, mountain yellow-legged frogs, against the fungus.

NASA's Other Asteroid Mission: Grab A Chunk And Put It In Orbit Around The Moon

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:35am

Flying people to an asteroid is really hard, so NASA wants to bring part of it to them. But some former astronauts say the $2 billion plan was born of politics and budget cuts, and makes little sense.

A Map To Help Cancer Doctors Find Their Way

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 8:31am

A computer program can map cancer progression in much the same way historical explorers drew maps of the Earth without satellite imaging. Small bits of data can be pieced together to form a picture.




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