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A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.

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Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Unlike in the rest of the world, more Americans are using the drug, according to a new United Nations report. Marijuana's potency is also on the rise, the report found.

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Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.

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Science Friday

Getting a Grasp on the Clever Cephalopod

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The nautilus, the “living fossil” of cephalopods, can uncover the origins of the complex brain of modern cephalopods.

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Science Friday

3-D Mammography Detects More Cancers, But Will It Save Lives?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A new study suggests that 3-D mammography detects more cancers than traditional digital mammography. But the technology is expensive, and there's no indication yet that it catches more dangerous cancers, or is saving more lives.

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Science Friday

Food Failures: Avoiding Grilling and Barbecue Pitfalls

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Marinade myths, charcoal chemistry, and the elusive “smoke ring”—the science behind barbecue and grilling.

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Science Friday

Making Art From the DNA You Leave Behind

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to genetic surveillance with artworks made from strangers’ DNA.

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Science Friday

Dr. Arnold Relman, Health System Critic, Dead at 91

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Relman called the American health care system a "new medical-industrial complex." We remember him here with two archival clips.

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Science Friday

Shedding Light on the Science of Sunscreen

Thursday, June 26, 2014

How does sunscreen protect our skin from harmful radiation, and what is the meaning behind SPFs?

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Excessive Drinking Causes 10 Percent Of Deaths In Working-Age Adults

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Drinking too much alcohol is a big factor in deaths of adults under age 65, CDC researchers say, from obvious risks like vehicle accidents to more subtle effects like higher rates of breast cancer.

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Ebola's Surge Requires 'Drastic Action' To Stop

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cases of Ebola continue to mount in West Africa in the largest outbreak of the disease ever recorded. Public health officials are concerned the viral disease could spread farther.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Can Viruses Treat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Researchers are looking toward a century-old treatment from the Soviet Union that uses viruses to kill bacteria.

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FDA Warns Of Life-Threatening Reactions With Acne Products

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Many people use products using benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to treat acne. The Food and Drug Administration says rare but dangerous allergic reactions have landed people in the hospital.

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Morning Edition

Second Surge Of Ebola Strikes West Africa

Thursday, June 26, 2014

An Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest outbreak ever recorded. The first cases were confirmed in Guinea in March, but new cases have popped up in neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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WNYC News

A Pill to Stop HIV: Here's What You Need to Know

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It’s called Truvada, and taking it every day can drastically reduce the chance that unprotected sex will result in an HIV infection. Like most drugs, there are medical side effects. But the cultural and behavioral side effects, like a potential decline in condom use, are more troubling for some. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tale of Two Hospitals, Tale of Two Teams

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The US-Germany World Cup match isn’t necessarily 'win or else,' but it’s still a pretty big game. Fernando Rodriguez-Vila, co-host of “Soccer Gods” on Fusion, previews the game and discusses the other emerging World Cup story lines. Plus: analysis of why US GDP dropped sharply in the first quarter; what the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border might mean for immigration reform; and a look at the new season of the ABC show “NY Med,” which follows doctors and patients in two very different hospitals.

Freakonomics Radio

How to Screen Job Applicants, Act Your Age, and Get Your Brain Off Autopilot

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dubner and Levitt answer reader questions in this first installment of the “Think Like a Freak” Book Club.

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WNYC News

Rates Could Yo-Yo as Insurance Exchange Heads into 2015

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Yorkers who bought insurance from the state health exchange could see big price hikes next year.

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Few Doctors Warn Expectant Mothers About Environmental Hazards

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chemicals and other toxic substances in the environment can cause premature birth, birth defects and developmental delays, but obstetricians say they're reluctant to discuss the threats with patients.

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Could The Ebola Outbreak Spread To Europe Or The U.S.?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest in history. And it's spreading in a city with an international airport. So what's the risk of a sick traveler bringing the virus to the West?

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