Rae Ellen Bichell appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.