Rae Ellen Bichell

Rae Ellen Bichell appears in the following:

300 Miles Above Us, Astronauts Give The Space Station A New Door

Friday, August 19, 2016

Two American astronauts installed a new docking port that will allow astronauts traveling with private companies to enter the International Space Station.


Olympic Athletes Prove That Older Doesn't Have To Mean Slower

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cyclist Kristin Armstrong, who won Olympic gold at age 42, is one of many athletes saying that high-level sports aren't just for the young. And scientists say exercise reduces aging's toll for us all.


Social Security Data Errors Can Turn People Into The Living Dead

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The government keeps track of who is alive and who is dead. But there can be errors. And when you're mistakenly ruled dead, it can be remarkably tough to convince people you're still among the living.


When Pregnant Women Need Medicine, They Encounter A Void

Monday, August 08, 2016

Women encounter a dilemma when they get pregnant: Should they continue taking medications that keep them healthy? That question can be scary, because drugs are rarely tested for safety in pregnancy.


Florida Company Gets One Bureaucratic Step Closer To Landing On The Moon

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Moon Express Inc. has been given a green light to send a robot off the planet, aiming for the moon. It's a milestone in the effort to privatize space exploration.


Does Flossing Help Or Not? The Evidence Is Mixed At Best

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Since 1979, the federal government has urged daily flossing. But the recommendation was removed recently from U.S. dietary guidelines after health advisers found the evidence of benefits to be weak.


Florida Governor Says Local Mosquitoes Have Transmitted Zika Virus

Friday, July 29, 2016

Officials say they've found the first indication that mosquitoes are transmitting Zika virus in the U.S. Four people in South Florida are infected; travel or sexual transmission has been ruled out.


Fearing Zika, FDA Asks 2 Florida Counties To Halt Blood Donations

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Health officials put blood donations in South Florida on pause until it's known whether four cases of Zika virus were caused by mosquitoes in the U.S., or until blood donations can be screened.


'Sister Clones' Of Dolly The Sheep Are Alive And Kicking

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dolly, the first cloned mammal, had early arthritis and died young, raising concerns that clones age prematurely. But a study confirms the sheep's four sister clones are healthy and aging well.


Psychotherapy Helps People Tune Out The Din Of Tinnitus

Thursday, July 21, 2016

One in 10 U.S. adults has tinnitus. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the few interventions that have been shown to help, but it's rarely prescribed by doctors, a study finds.


Sick? People Say They Still Go To Work, Even When They Shouldn't

Monday, July 11, 2016

An NPR poll found that most working adults say they go to work when they're sick. For people who work in hospitals or restaurants that can be a problem, since it's easy to spread disease.


Are Your Pipes Made Of Lead? Here's A Quick Way To Find Out

Friday, June 24, 2016

Flint, Mich., brought the risk of lead pipes to many people's attention, but the problems go further. Find out if lead pipes could be affecting your drinking water.


Using A Smartphone In Bed Made Women Momentarily Blind

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Two women woke up to find they were blind in one eye. Then their eyesight quickly returned to normal. The likely cause? They had been gazing at their smartphone screens in the dark.


Pediatricians Call For More Testing And Tighter Rules On Lead Exposure

Monday, June 20, 2016

Citing growing evidence that no amount of lead exposure is safe for kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics has called for tighter regulations on the amount of lead in house dust, water and soil.


Despite Rise Of Superbugs, Syphilis Still Has A Kryptonite

Friday, June 10, 2016

Syphilis cases are on the rise. The bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted disease is becoming resistant to some antibiotics. But somehow, penicillin has remained the best weapon against it.


Study Suggests Cutting Some Vaccine Boosters For Rare Diseases

Monday, May 30, 2016

People are supposed to get vaccine boosters for tetanus and diphtheria once every 10 years. But researchers in Oregon say that's overkill: For adults, one booster every 30 years might be good enough.


Penicillin Shortage Could Be A Problem For People With Syphilis

Monday, May 23, 2016

The medication is the only one available to prevent an infected pregnant woman from passing the disease to a fetus. Pfizer says the shortage should be over in July.


Today's Tools For Combating Zika Mosquitoes Hark Back To 1945

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The message about reducing the risk from the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the same today as it was 70 years ago. This time there's just a new virus involved.


Suddenly Paralyzed, 2 Men Struggle To Recover From Guillain-Barre

Monday, May 16, 2016

Guillain-Barre syndrome can render healthy people temporarily paralyzed. It's something you're likely to hear more about as Zika continues to spread. And for those who get it, it is one wild ride.


Professional 'Guinea Pigs' Can Make A Living Testing Drugs

Sunday, May 08, 2016

One man died and five others were injured in a clinical trial in France this year. Trials like those depend on healthy people willing to take experimental medications in return for cash.