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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

White House set to adopt sweeping curbs on carbon pollution

last monthHealth : The Checkup

The Obama administration will formally adopt an ambitious regulation for cutting greenhouse-gas pollution on Monday, requiring every state to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants and putting the country on a course that could change the way millions of Americans get their electricity.Read full article >>

Perseid showers will peak in August

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Shout out for shooting stars! Should you desire relief from Washington’s unrelenting midsummer heat, the heavens offer a shower — that is, the Perseid meteor shower — peaking in mid-August.Provided we get clear, cloudless night skies,...Show More Summary

Cecil the lion’s killer may have trouble avoiding extradition, experts say

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Walter Palmer, the wealthy big-game hunter who killed a famous lion, could be headed back to Africa — if the Zimbabwe government has its way.On Friday, officials in Zimbabwe said they intended to press ahead with a request to extradite Palmer for killing a lion known as Cecil just outside a sanctuary where the animal was protected. Show More Summary

Ebola vaccine appears to be highly effective, could be ‘a game-changer’

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The World Health Organization announced Friday that an Ebola vaccine has shown great promise in halting the spread of the deadly virus during a clinical trial in Guinea."We believe that the world is on the verge of an efficacious Ebola...Show More Summary

The crazy story of how putting premature babies on display at world’s fairs 100 years ago led to the incubator

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At the turn of the 20th century, babies who were born a few months early had little hope of survival. There was no special equipment to keep them warm and no way to feed them.Some scientists tried to promote the idea of putting the tiny...Show More Summary

How much can this woman eat? A hamburger with peanut butter and bacon, for starters…

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It's show time for Katie Pumphrey, the artist and chronic pain-sufferer from Baltimore who is preparing to swim the English Channel. Sometime between Aug. 8 and 13, depending on the weather and tides, she'll slip into the water off Dover, Britain and try to reach Cap Griz Nez on the coast of France, 21 miles away, about 12 hours later. Show More Summary

NASA just found the closest super-Earth ever

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A newly discovered planet called HD 219134b isn't quite what we'd call Earth-like. But like Earth, it's a rocky planet -- and it's the closest planet of that type we've ever spotted outside of our own solar system.Read full article ...

Senile sea snails are helping us understand memory loss

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Just in case sea snails aren't slow enough, new research has found that they get more sluggish when they grow old — and the discovery is helping us to understand how memory loss happens in humans.It turns out that the sea snail, which has a one-year lifespan, is actually a good model to study nerve cells and how the nervous system works in people. Show More Summary

As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage

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As a drought tightens its grip on the Pacific Northwest, burning away mountain snow and warming rivers, state officials and Native American tribes are becoming increasingly worried that one of the region’s most precious resources — wild salmon — might disappear.Read full article >>

The South has greatest prevalence of disabled adults, new government data show

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Southern states have a higher prevalence of adults with disabilities compared to the rest of the country, according to a report released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report, based on a 2013 nationwide...Show More Summary

IBM Watson, CVS deal: How the smartest computer on earth could shake up health care for 70m pharmacy customers

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The artificial intelligence system known as Watson is going to supercompute your health. IBM and CVS announced on Thursday that they will work together to come up with algorithms that use physiological indicators and red-flag behaviors to predict whose health is fine and whose may be on the decline. Show More Summary

Here’s the first check Medicare ever cut: $331.71, for a woman named Mary

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Medicare, the federal health insurance program created 50 years ago Thursday, writes a staggering number of checks. It now covers about 55 million Americans ages 65 and older, as well as people with permanent disabilities. Medicare benefit payments last year totaled $597 billion, or 14 percent of the federal budget.Read full article >>

Scientists are honing a computer model to predict the size and timing of flu outbreaks

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There's no shortage of experts monitoring influenza outbreaks around the globe.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks flu activity in the United States year round and produces weekly flu activity reports between the peak months of October to May. Show More Summary

‘I want hookah': How Twitter feedback influences use

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As hookah smoking becomes more popular among young adults, especially college-age students, researchers are finding that positive mentions about hookah use on Twitter — more than 12,000 a day — may be adding to the misperception that it is somehow less harmful than cigarette smoking.Read full article >>

The European Space Agency sent Kombucha into space for science and stuff

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THERE IS KOMBUCHA IN SPACE RIGHT NOW.Don't tell me we don't live in the future.The European Space Agency is testing the stuff used to brew kombucha — a fermented tea beverage invented thousands of years ago and now available at a Whole Foods near you — on the International Space Station, exposing it to the harsh environment of space to see how it fares.Read full article >>

HHS: More competition on insurance exchanges curbed premium rise

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Most Americans who signed up for coverage on the federally run health insurance marketplaces had more choice of health plans in 2015 compared with the previous year, and the increased competition helped hold down the growth in premiums, according to a report released Thursday by federal officials.Read full article >>

Yesterday’s coffee science: It’s good for the brain. Today: Not so fast…

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There's been a ton of news recently about how awesome coffee can be for many aspects of your health -- heart disease, longevity, depression, Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's.  The scientific data has been so strong that the nation's top nutrition panel recommended earlier this year that people might even want to consider drinking a bit more.Read full article >>

Five subtypes of prostate cancer identified, paving way for more personalized treatments

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Through genomic profiling of 259 men with prostate cancer, scientists have identified five groups of prostate cancer with distinct DNA signatures.The discovery represents a major advance as researchers can now begin trying to tailor therapies to those subtypes. Show More Summary

How drones can improve medical care access

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Drones seem perfect for quick and fast delivery of all sorts of cargo. So why not biomedical specimens?Well, before the medical community goes down that road, researchers with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine wanted to know whether an actual drone flight, including a shaky takeoff and bumpy landing, would affect the specimens.Read full article >>

Plants send out stress signals just like animals, scientists find

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Plants can't feel pain or hunger like animals, but their cells can communicate stress in a way that's not so different from what animals do, scientists have found.The finding, published this week in Nature Communication, shows that plants...Show More Summary

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