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Good News About Democracy: It's Good For Your Health

Thursday, July 04, 2019

A study finds that for countries worldwide, the "democratic experience" — through free and fair elections — plays a larger role than GDP in easing the burden of chronic diseases.


Elite Runners' Gut Microbe Makes Mice More Athletic — Could It Help The Rest Of Us?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Researchers identified a strain of bacteria that flourishes in the guts of athletes after exercise. When transferred to mice, it gave a big boost in endurance. Could runners' probiotics be on the way?


Oh Dear: Photos Show What Humans Have Done To The Planet

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Some scientists say we've entered a new geological epoch — the anthropocene era — defined by the human impact on the global landscape. Three artists traveled to 22 countries to see what we've wrought.


Be Careful Of Fecal Transplants, Warns FDA, After Patient Death

Friday, June 14, 2019

The FDA has strengthened oversight of experimental fecal transplants after a patient died of an infection. The donor's stool contained disease-causing pathogens, but was not tested before use.


'Bottle Of Lies' Exposes The Dark Side Of The Generic Drug Boom

Sunday, May 12, 2019

A new book investigates the history of unsafe and deceptive practices by some generic drug manufacturers, and explains why U.S. regulators struggle to keep up with a global industry.


How Did We Get Here? 7 Things To Know About Measles

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The U.S. is in the midst of a record-breaking measles epidemic. What brought us here, who is most at risk and what do you need to know now?


Is Measles Here To Stay?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Vaccination eliminated measles from the U.S. nearly 20 years ago. But with this year's record-setting outbreak, are we close to measles making a sustained comeback?


How Do Mosquitoes Taste DEET? Hint: It's Not With Their Mouthparts

Thursday, April 25, 2019

It's the only repellent that drives mosquitoes away when they come in contact with it. A new study has a theory about why that is.


Meal Kits Have A Smaller Carbon Footprint Than Grocery Shopping, Study Says

Monday, April 22, 2019

While it may seem that heaps of plastic from meal kit delivery services make them less environmentally friendly than traditional grocery shopping, a new study suggests that's not necessarily true.


The Beauty And The Power Of African Blacksmiths

Sunday, April 21, 2019

An exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art highlights the remarkable skills and creativity of iron workers from over 100 ethnic groups across the continent.


Does Empathy Have A Dark Side?

Friday, April 12, 2019

It's good to feel empathy, right? Not always, according to a forthcoming book. Humans are empathetic beings, and we sometimes harm others, not out of a failure of empathy, but because of it.


He Thought His City Was Prepared For Big Storms. Then Cyclone Idai Hit

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Beira, a coastal city in Mozambique, had a system in place to protect against flooding. Still, it was destroyed by the cyclone. Mayor Daviz Simango reflects on what went wrong.


Scientists Test Whether Brain Stimulation Could Help Sharpen Aging Memory

Monday, April 08, 2019

Memory faltering as you age? Parts of your brain that used to work in sync may be out of step. A study shows that a precise jolt of electricity can bring these parts back together, boosting memory.


Why The Semi-Nomadic Himba Are So Good At Thinking Outside The Box

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Researchers came up with a test to see if people are flexible thinkers. And they gave it to Westerners and to Himba people in Namibia. The results might surprise you.


Growing Corn Is A Major Contributor To Air Pollution, Study Finds

Monday, April 01, 2019

A study ties an estimated 4,300 premature deaths a year to the air pollution caused by corn production in the U.S. In some regions, the per-bushel health costs exceed the corn's market price.


Are We Ready For An Implant That Can Change Our Moods?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Deep brain stimulation offers relief from some neurological problems and is being tested for mood disorders. But the treatment — an implant in the brain — raises ethical questions.


Scientists Look For Antibiotic-Resistant Germs In Raw Sewage

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

To track the spread of bacteria that resist antibiotics, researchers are trying wastewater testing to get a fast, accurate picture.


Pregnant Behind Bars: What We Do And Don't Know About Pregnancy And Incarceration

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Pregnant women in prison face difficult circumstances, and data on their pregnancies has been scarce. New research lays the groundwork for addressing this neglected public health issue.


Human Genomics Research Has A Diversity Problem

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Studies on the genetics of human diseases have focused largely on people of European descent. Researchers say this lack of diversity is bad science and exacerbates health inequities.


Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes It

Monday, March 11, 2019

Blacks and Hispanics are exposed to higher levels of air pollution than whites, yet whites consume more of the goods and services that cause it, according to new research.