Rae Ellen Bichell

Rae Ellen Bichell appears in the following:

Inside Each Flu Shot, Months Of Virus Tracking And Predictions

Friday, November 27, 2015

Scientists worldwide face a yearly challenge in deciding what goes into the annual flu vaccine to make it effective. The job requires keeping tabs on a massive group of speedy, shape-shifting viruses.


Many Americans Believe They Don't Need The Flu Vaccine

Friday, November 27, 2015

An NPR poll finds nearly two-thirds of adults got this year's flu vaccine or plan to get it. Many of those who are skipping vaccination cite a lack of need and worries about side effects.


Can A Parasitic Worm Make It Easier (Or Harder) For A Woman To Conceive?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Maybe. A nine-year study in Bolivia found an unexpected association between the parasitic worms in a woman's guts and her fertility.


A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs From Deep Inside The Body

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sensors that work inside the body are gaining new skills. The latest version can track heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as temperature, as it travels through the digestive system.


How One Woman Changed The Way People Die In Mongolia

Thursday, November 05, 2015

When Dr. Odontuya Davaasuren saw how much her father and mother suffered, she was determined to bring palliative care to her homeland.


A Man In Colombia Got Cancer And It Came From A Tapeworm

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

He came into the hospital in bad shape. In addition to being HIV-positive, he had what looked like a malignant tumor. The tumor, it turned out, was not human.


If A New Cancer Drug Is Hailed As A Breakthrough, Odds Are It's Not

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Untested cancer drugs are often hyped by journalists, doctors and biotech firms, a survey finds. Dressing up unproved medications with shiny words can inspire false optimism among patients.


The Lone Star Tick May Be Spreading A New Disease Across America

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

An uptick in cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever might actually be due to a newer tick-borne bacterium. It looks like it's causing milder infections — and a lot of confusion.


Task Force Urges Screening Of Overweight Adults For High Blood Sugar

Monday, October 26, 2015

In response to a big jump in diabetes in the U.S., a federal panel advises tens of millions of overweight Americans to get their blood tested, and to get intensive counseling if sugar's too high.


So It Turns Out There's A Lot We Don't Know About Ebola

Saturday, October 17, 2015

New data on survivors shows a range of health problems, from loss of vision to arthritis. It's making researchers realize they need to learn more about how the virus affects the human body.


The World Is Not As Hungry As You Might Think

Friday, October 16, 2015

A new report on world hunger says that the age of mass famines is behind us. That's the good news. Unfortunately, there's sad news, too.


How Long Can Ebola Linger In The Semen Of Male Survivors?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New research finds that the virus can be present far longer than expected — and that there could be a continuing risk of transmission through sexual contact.


Saving For A Wedding When You Make 53 Cents A Day

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Even people who tread the line between deep and extreme poverty can manage to pull off a wedding. For one woman in Bangladesh, it took clever planning and seizing every opportunity.


On Orders From Mao, Researchers Set Off On Nobel-Winning Drug Work

Monday, October 05, 2015

In the 1960s, Chairman Mao Zedong ordered scientists to find a malaria antidote to help ailing soldiers in North Vietnam. Today's Nobel Prize for medicine went to one of those researchers.


If You're Poor, There's No Way To Save Money, Right? Wrong!

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Even the poorest of people in the poorest of countries manage their cash. But banks may not want their business, so they might have to hire a money guard or join a ... merry-go-round?


Life On $1.25 A Day: Plenty Of Worries But Still Time For Tea

Friday, September 25, 2015

United Nations member states pledged Friday to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. That's defined as surviving on $1.25 per person per day. What is life really like on that amount?


Asian Countries Have Nordic Berry Fever, And Finland Can't Keep Up

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Japan, China and South Korea have discovered bilberries, lingonberries and cloudberries, which grow wild in Lapland. Exporters want to find a way to cultivate them to better control the supply.


No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.


Women, There's A Reason Why You're Shivering In The Office

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Air conditioning standards are based on the needs of a 155-pound man. Researchers say it's time to admit that women don't need to be chilled as much and crank up the thermostat.


How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In Finland, 90 percent of adults take part in sports or exercise at least twice a week. The Nordic nation far outpaces the U.S. in adult sports participation. Free and easy access to facilities helps.