Category Archives: NPR


Feb

14

2017
Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Enlarge this image Editing human genes that would be passed on for generations could make sense if the diseases are serious and the right safeguards are in places, a scientific panel says. Claude Edelmann/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Claude Edelmann/Science Source Scientists could be allowed to make modifications in human DNA that can be passed down through subsequent generations, the National Academy of Sciences…

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Feb

13

2017
Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

Enlarge this image Nicole Xu for NPR It’s tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online. The whole mix of changes can increase stress, anxiety and the risk of depression among all teens, research has long shown. But a recent…

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Feb

08

2017
Think Your Hearing’s Great? You Might Want To Check It Out

Think Your Hearing’s Great? You Might Want To Check It Out

Enlarge this image About a quarter of people between the ages of 20 and 69 have some hearing loss, typically from everyday noises like lawn mowers and music. vitranc/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption vitranc/Getty Images/iStockphoto If you think your hearing is just fine, think again. A federal study finds that about a quarter of people between the ages of 20 and 69 who think…

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Feb

06

2017
Australian Catholic Church Alleges 7% Of Priests Sexually Abused Kids Over Decades

Australian Catholic Church Alleges 7% Of Priests Sexually Abused Kids Over Decades

Enlarge this image Pope Benedict XVI apologized in 2008 to victims of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy at a mass in Sydney at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Rick Rycroft/AP hide caption toggle caption Rick Rycroft/AP Seven percent of Catholic priests in Australia between 1950 and 2010 allegedly sexually abused children, according to data provided by church authorities in a major investigation. Australia is the…

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Feb

06

2017
Study: A New Strategy To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Study: A New Strategy To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Enlarge this image Some societies have come up with alternative rite-of-passage rituals to replace female genital mutilation. Above: A Massai teenager in Kenya attends such a ceremony. Tony Karumba /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tony Karumba /AFP/Getty Images Why does female genital mutilation (FGM) — a practice that the U.N. has classified as violence against women — remain so entrenched in parts of the…

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Feb

06

2017
When Old Medicine Goes Bad

When Old Medicine Goes Bad

Enlarge this image Heat and steam from your shower or shave can rob medicine of its potency long before the drug’s expiration date. Angela Cappetta/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Angela Cappetta/Getty Images Most of us have reached for a painkiller, at one time or another, only to discover the date on the label shows it’s expired. But what does an “expiration” date on medicine…

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Feb

01

2017
Contest For Biz Students Is All About Umbilical Cord Stumps

Contest For Biz Students Is All About Umbilical Cord Stumps

Enlarge this image A newborn has its umbilical cord cut after birth in a Nigerian hospital. In a contest last week, MBA students came up with plans to get moms and dads to use an antiseptic on the cord stump to ward off infection. Courtesy of Karen Kasmauski/USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Karen Kasmauski/USAID’s flagship Maternal and…

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Feb

01

2017
Which Genes Make You Taller? A Whole Bunch Of Them, It Turns Out

Which Genes Make You Taller? A Whole Bunch Of Them, It Turns Out

Enlarge this image Giordano Poloni/Ikon Images/Getty Images When scientists first read out the human genome 15 years ago, there were high hopes that we’d soon understand how traits like height are inherited. It hasn’t been easy. A huge effort to find height-related genes so far only explains a fraction of this trait. Now scientists say they’ve made some more headway. And the effort is not…

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Jan

30

2017
Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That’s Not Cancer

Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That’s Not Cancer

Enlarge this image A color-enhanced spiral CT image of the chest shows a large cancerous mass (in yellow) in the left upper lobe. Medical Body Scans/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Medical Body Scans/Science Source Screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans can save lives, but at a cost: Tests frequently produce anxiety-producing false alarms and prompt unnecessary procedures. A study from the Veterans…

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Jan

26

2017
Young Girls Are Less Apt To Think That Women Are Really, Really Smart

Young Girls Are Less Apt To Think That Women Are Really, Really Smart

Researchers are trying to tease apart the reasons why girls are less likely to become scientists and engineers. Marc Romanelli/Getty Images/Blend Images hide caption toggle caption Marc Romanelli/Getty Images/Blend Images Girls in the first few years of elementary school are less likely than boys to say that their own gender is “really, really smart,” and less likely to opt into a game described as being…

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