Rebecca Hersher

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

As America prepares for the eclipse on Aug. 21, here are some basic facts about the phenomenon.


Greenland Is Still Burning, But The Smoke May Be The Real Problem

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wildfires are still burning in western Greenland, close to the Arctic island's ice sheet. As the fires burn, they release black particles that can coat the ice and snow, and make it melt more quickly.


Coddled Puppies Make Poor Guide Dogs, Study Suggests

Monday, August 07, 2017

New research suggests that when puppies have more attentive, active mothers, they're more likely to fail guide-dog training.


Haiti's 'Bayakou': Hauling Away Human Excrement By Hand

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Haiti's capital city doesn't have a sewer system. Instead, so-called nightsoil, or human excrement, is largely removed by hand by workers who toil at night under cover of darkness.


You Probably Don't Want To Know About Haiti's Sewage Problems

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What went wrong with Haiti's sanitation plan? The story involves the queen of Spain, the "sanitation champion" and the man with the worst job in the world.


The Secret Car Horn Language Of Port-Au-Prince

Friday, July 14, 2017

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, is known for its terrible traffic, partly caused by lack of reliable street lights. So drivers there have come up with their own complicated language.


More Than Memory: Coping With The Other Ills Of Alzheimer's

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Many people with Alzheimer's suffer medical and mental health issues that have nothing to do with memory loss, including slow healing, incontinence, paranoia and depression.


Alzheimer's Starts To Steal The Joy Of Being A Grandfather

Saturday, June 17, 2017

When Greg O'Brien found out he'd be a grandfather, he was excited. He was also sad. His granddaughter, he knew, would never know the real him.


The Making Of Emotions, From Pleasurable Fear To Bittersweet Relief

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Since ancient times, philosophers and scientists have viewed emotions as innate. In the latest Invisibilia, a psychologist argues that emotions spring from the sum of our experiences, not just wiring.


Adult ADHD Can't Be Diagnosed With A Simple Screening Test, Doctors Warn

Monday, May 29, 2017

Despite support from the World Health Organization for the latest adult ADHD screening survey, some researchers worry that it will lead to over-prescribing of powerful amphetamines.


43 Percent Of Children Who Died From Car Crashes Were Improperly Restrained

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A review of child deaths after fatal car crashes found wide variations by state and region, and suggests state authorities could radically decrease child deaths by changing traffic safety laws.


Inflatable Beds: Dangerous For Infants, Attractive To Cash-Strapped Parents

Friday, May 12, 2017

Inflatable beds are increasingly popular, and their soft, impermeable surfaces, increase risk of sudden infant death. But they are often the only bed that a family can afford.


Communities Key To Fighting Opioid Crisis, HHS Secretary Says

Friday, May 12, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is touring communities that have been hit hard by painkiller overdoses and heroin. He says, when it comes to opioid abuse, "We're losing as a nation."


Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

Monday, May 08, 2017

Old Italian violins like those made by Stradivari are famous for their ability to project their sound. But a study found people in a blind test thought new violins projected better than old ones.


Fasting Studies Clash With Our Desire To Eat What We Want, When We Want It

Monday, May 01, 2017

Fasting every other day is no better for losing weight or keeping it off than restricting calories every day, a study suggests. And it's yet another example of how hard it is to study fasting.


Binge Drinkers Beware: Study Finds Link Between Alcohol And Heart Arrhythmias

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Researchers tested more than 3,000 people at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival. They found getting drunk was associated with abnormal heart rhythms.


Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The agency expanded its warnings about prescription cough and pain medications that contain the narcotics codeine or tramadol, saying they can cause dangerously slow breathing in some kids.


Untangling The Mystery Of Why Shoelaces Come Untied

Monday, April 17, 2017

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have figured out why shoelaces seem to come untied at the worst moments, like when you're running.


Maps Show A Dramatic Rise In Health Insurance Coverage Under ACA

Friday, April 14, 2017

The overall increase in the number of Americans with health insurance draws attention to counties where the uninsured rate is still high, many of them in states that chose not to expand Medicaid.


Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Exposure to the tiny fibers in asbestos can lead people who work around the material to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen.