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Patients Like Hospital Care At Home, But Some Insurers Are Skeptical

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 4:00am

Some health systems are encouraging selected emergency room patients who are sick but stable and don't need intensive, round-the-clock care to opt for hospital-level care at home, instead.

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What You Might Not Realize About The Benefits Of Hand-Washing

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 6:03pm

Norovirus is that awful ailment that can make you barf and suffer from diarrhea. A new study tries to figure out the best way to stop it.

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After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 2:23pm

Neighborhoods around a Louisiana chemical plant have the highest cancer risk in the U.S. Residents felt powerless, until the Environmental Protection Agency released data on what they were breathing.

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Florida's Long-Lost Wild Flamingos Were Hiding In Plain Sight

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 9:24am

Scientists thought Florida's native flamingo population had been hunted out of existence by the 19th century plume trade. A new study suggests the birds have been there all along.

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Mysteries of the Moo-crobiome: Could Tweaking Cow Gut Bugs Improve Beef?

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 7:00am

Microbe-free bovine life would be rough. Cows rely on single-cell accomplices for their digestion, so scientists are looking for ways to use these bugs to improve cows' eating and burping habits.

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Hidden Brain: Relationship Between Having Babies And The Economy

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 4:02am

Americans tend to have more children in a strong economy. Research suggests that conceptions might be a leading economic indicator — meaning declines in conceptions can predict the next downturn.

Tough Talk As Oklahoma's Wind Industry Becomes A Political Target

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 4:01am

Though the wind industry was once a political darling in the state, some say Oklahoma can no longer afford the tax breaks that helped it thrive.

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New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 3:12pm

The report, obtained by NPR, shows that so-called "sunny-day flooding" may be a regular occurrence in some areas.

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Grass Is Back In The Chesapeake, And Crabs Will Follow

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 2:01pm

In the Chesapeake Bay, underwater seagrass beds are growing, sheltering crabs and fish. The long-awaited recovery depends on efforts by farmers to prevent nutrients from polluting the giant estuary.

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Why Won't The Old Caveman Stereotypes For Neanderthals Die?

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 6:33am

New evidence suggests Neanderthals made cave art — and they may also have created religious rituals. It's time to let go of Neanderthal-human "border policing," says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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This Chef Lost 50 Pounds And Reversed Pre-Diabetes With A Digital Program

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:01am

People with pre-diabetes like a Washington state chef reversed the diagnosis using a digital program that harnesses the power of wearable devices, data, education, e-coaching and peer support.

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Like It Or Not, Personal Health Technology Is Getting Smarter

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:00am

Tech evangelists say consumer electronics that sense, stream and interpret vital signs will lead to better health and lower costs. But skeptics say reliability and privacy issues still loom.

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Family Tree Goes Back 11 Generations, Includes 13 Million People

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 7:01am

Thirteen million people and 11 generations later, researchers have mapped out what may be the largest family tree to date.

In Florida, Flamingos Aren't Making A Comeback — They've Been There All Along

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 4:58pm

South Florida's wild flamingo population was wiped out by the plume trade in the 1800s — or so scientists thought.

Unusually High Temperatures In Arctic Rise In Frequency

Sat, 03/03/2018 - 4:58pm

Weather patterns in the Arctic have been described as "freakishly warm." NPR's Michel Martin talks with climate science professor Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University about what's behind it.

Here's Why Environmentalists Are Cheering The Latest Burger At Sonic Drive-In

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 4:34pm

The fast-food chain is about to roll out a new kind of burger made from a mixture of beef and mushrooms. Sonic calls it "uniquely delicious." Environmentalists say it could help save the planet.

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Some Of The Oldest-Ever Tattoos Found On Egyptian Mummies

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 3:54pm

Thanks to new technology, archaeologists in the British Museum have just discovered what they say are the earliest-known body art displaying figures.

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From Almonds To Rice, Climate Change Could Slash California Crop Yields By 2050

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 9:54am

An analysis of nearly 90 studies finds that warming temperatures may alter where key crops grow across the state, which provides about two-thirds of America's produce.

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National Weather Service Forecast: Cloudy, With A Chance Of Budget Cuts

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 4:00am

The National Weather Service, already understaffed, would lose at least 200 positions in the White House's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019.

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Science Provides Few Facts On Effects Of Gun Policies, Report Finds

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:02pm

A review by the RAND Corporation finds little evidence as to whether many popular gun control policies do or don't affect gun violence. In many cases, solid studies just haven't been done.

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