Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis appears in the following:

How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

African-American women are more likely to lose a baby in the first year of life than women of any other race. Scientists think that stress from racism makes their bodies and babies more vulnerable.


Some Houstonians Still Haven't Seen Their Homes

Monday, September 04, 2017

In one Houston community, residents stand around on a street corner as if it were a bus stop — waiting to catch a ride on a boat that will take them to see their flooded homes.


After Mastectomy, Young Woman's Tattoo Helps Her Feel Whole Again

Monday, August 14, 2017

Nicole was only 23 when she had a double mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis. After she recovered, Nicole got a chest tattoo that symbolized how she wants to live life after cancer.


Syrian Refugee And German Scientist Make An Unlikely Team

Monday, August 07, 2017

In Leipzig, Germany, two scientists from very different backgrounds are working on a unique research project.


Web Comic: The Scientist Who Escaped Aleppo

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It was a harrowing journey. Nedal Said made a new life in Germany — and found what he'd always been looking for.


While Others Saw Refugees, This German Professor Saw Human Potential

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Carmen Bachmann, a professor in Leipzig, is building an online network to help political refugees who are scientists or social scientists connect with professional peers in Germany — their new home.


A Scientist's Dream Fulfilled: Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Melanoma can be a deadly skin cancer, but 10 years ago, biologist Jim Allison figured out a way to tweak the body's immune system to go after those malignant cells. Some patients are now cancer-free.


Training The Immune System To Fight Cancer Has 19th-Century Roots

Monday, December 28, 2015

When Jimmy Carter said his advanced melanoma was gone, he credited immunotherapy, treatments that harness the immune system to fight cancer cells. This idea dates back to a 19th-century doctor.


Why Lea Of Lebanon Wants To Leave Home: #15Girls

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Lea Hatouni is like a lot of other teenagers around the world. She likes music and hanging out with her friends. Her favorite band is the British rock band Coldplay. When she has free time she stops by the snack shop where her brother, Kenny works. "I talk to Kenny. ...


A Teen Who Fled Syria Had High Hopes For Her Life In Lebanon: #15Girls

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fatmeh is one of hundreds of thousands of children who have fled Syria with their families. In Lebanon, she works in the fields up to 14 hours a day, clinging to her dream of going to college.


The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

Monday, January 12, 2015

One of the most important medical advances may also be the simplest: hand-washing. It's the best defense against spreading disease. And its power was discovered long before anyone knew about germs.

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Panic In The Parking Lot: A Hospital Sees Its First Ebola Case

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It was June. Joshua Mugele, an American ER doc, was working at a Liberian hospital when the first Ebola patient came in. No one was prepared. Yet the terrified staff took great risks to treat the man.


Where We Learn That Artificial Eyes Really Aren't Round At All

Monday, August 11, 2014

If you think that an artificial eye looks like a big glass marble, you're not alone. And you're wrong. We visit the people who made a prosthetic eye for a 5-year-old boy who lost an eye to cancer.


Growling With The Gorillas: A Rwanda Mountain Trek

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Gorillas often get a bad rap, but folks who work with them say they're as much gentle as giant. On a recent trip to scope out the primates, an NPR producer trekked into the Virunga mo...


The Deep-Sea Find That Changed Biology

Monday, December 05, 2011

The depths of our oceans are dark, punishingly cold and utterly devoid of life. Or so scientists thought, until a team of researchers in the late 1970s stumbled upon squishy, rubbery ...