Angus Chen

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Dog People Live Longer. But Why?

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Hanging out with dogs might be good for your health. A researcher reviews the science and discusses the very real link between dog ownership and reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

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Rare, But Potentially Deadly, Mosquito Disease Changes Life In Massachusetts

Monday, September 23, 2019

This year, 16 people have contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a rare but deadly mosquito-borne virus. In communities at high risk, people are adapting by changing or canceling outdoor activities.

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For Kids With Anxiety, Parents Learn To Let Them Face Their Fears

Monday, April 15, 2019

For some kids with anxiety disorders, a new study suggests the best treatment might be teaching their parents new parenting skills.

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Do Sustainable Certifications For Coffee Really Help Coffee Growers?

Sunday, September 02, 2018

A global development research organization's study suggests that there's little data showing whether growers benefit from sustainably certifying their coffee because they are difficult to monitor.

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Pizza Physics: Why Brick Ovens Bake The Perfect Italian-Style Pie

Monday, July 23, 2018

Brick transfers heat to dough more slowly than steel, allowing both crust and toppings to simultaneously reach perfection. In a home oven, that balance is elusive — but you might be able to get close.

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How Hunger Pangs Can Make Nice People 'Hangry'

Monday, June 11, 2018

For someone to become "hangry," context is key. People need to be in a negative situation or subject to negative stimuli to have a hangry response.

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A Warming Planet Could Zap Nutrition From Rice That Feeds The World

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Scientists found that exposing rice to high levels of carbon dioxide causes it to lose valuable nutrients like iron, zinc, and B vitamins. But some varieties are better at resisting than others.

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DNA Analysis Of Ancient Excrement Reveals The Diets Of Centuries Past

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Researchers are exhuming ancient dung from toilets of yore to reconstruct snapshots of food and lifestyle in bygone centuries. The parasites that show up in privies reveal a lot about what people ate.

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Taste Buds Dull As People Gain Weight. Now Scientists Think They Know Why

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Doctors have known that as people pack on the pounds, their sense of taste diminishes. New research in mice helps explain what's going on: Inflammation brought on by obesity may be killing taste buds.

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Like It Or Not, Personal Health Technology Is Getting Smarter

Monday, March 05, 2018

Tech evangelists say consumer electronics that sense, stream and interpret vital signs will lead to better health and lower costs. But skeptics say reliability and privacy issues still loom.

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News Brief: NYC Fire Kills At Least 12, Doug Jones Certified As Winner In Alabama

Friday, December 29, 2017

A fire in the Bronx in New York City has left at least 12 people dead. Also, Doug Jones has been certified as the winner of Alabama's Senate election and Liberians have elected a new president.

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Is It A Good Idea To Pay Villagers Not To Chop Down Trees?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Governments dole out millions each year. Researchers debate whether the payouts actually work. A new study from Uganda offers some answers.

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Just Thinking You're Slacking On Exercise Could Boost Risk Of Death

Thursday, July 20, 2017

People who think others are more active tend to have shorter lifespans, even if they're actually getting the same amount of exercise. The social comparison could kill motivation, researchers say.

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Can Snapchat's New 'Snap Map' Bring The World Closer Together?

Thursday, July 06, 2017

From cute puppies in Guatemala to daring teens in Jordan, the feature lets users share video clips and photos from their daily lives. Is that a good thing — or is it just making us all voyeurs?

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C. Diff Infections Are Falling, Thanks To Better Cleaning And Fewer Antibiotics

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The bacterium C. difficile causes one of the most common infections in hospitals and nursing homes. After climbing for decades, the rate of new infections is now falling.

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A Good News Story About Diarrhea — With One Surprising Exception

Monday, June 19, 2017

A new report points to great progress in reducing deaths from diarrheal diseases. But as the low-income world sees progress, rates are inching up in wealthy countries, including the U.S.

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Lead Dust From Firearms Can Pose A Silent Health Risk

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Department of Defense has increased protections for military personnel from exposure to lead from firearms. It can be a health problem for people using recreational shooting ranges, too.

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Bison Or Brian? From A Calorie Perspective, Cannibalism Didn't Pay For Paleo Humans

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Archaeological records show ancient humans sometimes ate each other. A new study suggests that hunting and eating other humans cost too much effort to be a regular thing. So why'd they do it?

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Forcing People At Vending Machines To Wait Nudges Them To Buy Healthier Snacks

Friday, March 31, 2017

Buy an unhealthy snack and these vending machines take away 25 seconds of your life you'll never get back. Healthy fare drops instantly. Research suggests this "time tax" helps us make better choices.

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Win $1 Million For Your Bright Idea To Fix The World

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Swedish billionaire wants you to think of a better way to run the world — and get rid of problems like violence and extreme poverty.

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