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The latest health and science news. Updates on medicine, healthy living, nutrition, drugs, diet, and advances in science and technology. Subscribe to the Health & Science podcast.

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'B' And 'D' Learning Process Debunks Dyslexia Jumbled-Letters Myth

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:00 -0500

Many believe dyslexia is about jumbled letters, but experts say that's not quite right. This story explores what's happening in the brain that causes those backward letters.

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Climate Scientists Struggle To Identify Cause Of Bigger Tornado Clusters

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:14:00 -0500

Climate scientists say the conditions that might produce more or stronger tornadoes are spreading along with a warmer atmosphere. But there's no sign so far that this is happening. New research finds that when tornadoes occur in clusters, as they often do, those clusters contain more tornadoes than ever. And we're also seeing more clusters with especially powerful tornadoes.

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Zap! Magnet Study Offers Fresh Insights Into How Memory Works

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:19:00 -0500

A magnetic pulse to a certain spot in the brain of healthy volunteers restored recently "forgotten" thoughts, researchers found. The study is shifting the understanding of short-term recall.

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:36:00 -0500

Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?

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North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:04:00 -0500

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.

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Are Food Allergies On The Rise? Experts Say They Don't Know

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:18:00 -0500

Despite assumptions that peanut and other allergies are becoming more common in the U.S., experts say they just don't know. One challenge: Symptoms can be misinterpreted and diagnosis isn't easy.

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Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:09:00 -0500

The House could vote Wednesday on a vast bill that stretches nearly a thousand pages and holds changes large and small for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

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Texas, Oklahoma Divided Over How To Handle Earthquakes Linked To Oil Drilling

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:22:00 -0500

Oklahoma and Texas have been experiencing a rash of human-caused earthquakes. It happens when oil and gas wastewater gets pumped underground in the wrong places and disrupts faults. Oklahoma officials have cracked down on wastewater injection; Texas is apparently uninterested in doing much. That could mean a lot more quakes given that the country's biggest oil reservoir has just been discovered in west Texas.

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Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:04:00 -0500

There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.

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Some Assembly Required: New Space Telescope Will Take Shape After Launch

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:51:00 -0500

The James Webb Space Telescope is undergoing its final series of tests in NASA workshops. It's designed to take even grander images than the Hubble telescope. But deploying it will be a major feat.

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Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:07:00 -0500

It's the most common learning disability, yet it's still hard to answer the question: What is it? An NPR reporter who has dyslexia talks with other people — young and old — in search of answers.

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