Squeaking Across the Line for the Olympic Marathon Trials

Welcome to the Running newsletter! Every Saturday morning, we email runners with news, advice and some motivation to help you get up and running. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.Dear Readers,When a few hundred runners line up to compete at the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials in Atlanta on Feb. 29, Jamie...

Holiday Parties Make You Squirm? Here's How To Conquer Social Anxiety

Enlarge this image Tracy Lee for NPR "If I say the word 'circus,' it means I'm ready to leave the party." That's what Angie Ebba, 39, of Portland, Ore., tells close friends when she's at a holiday soiree. It might sound strange, but coming up with a code word is one way Ebba tames her social anxiety....

To Prevent Deadly Infections, F.D.A. Approves the First Disposable ‘Scope’

Following a series of deadly outbreaks in hospitals around the country, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first fully disposable version of the medical device implicated in the infections.Reusable versions of the device — a long, snakelike tube with a fiber-optic camera at one end, called a duodenoscope — are inserted...

South Carolina Gets Green Light To Impose Medicaid Work Requirements

Enlarge this image Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma testifies on Capitol Hill in October. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP South Carolina received approval from the Trump administration on Thursday to impose Medicaid work-requirements, a move likely to trigger a challenge in federal court. Under the new rules, most adults who...

A Research Nonprofit Shutters TB Vaccine Effort and Lays Off Scientists

The future of a tuberculosis vaccine and research into other neglected diseases is in limbo after a Seattle institute abruptly laid off about one-third of its researchers, citing a financial crisis. The sudden staff cutbacks late last month at the Infectious Disease Research Institute has baffled many of the scientists — who were also...

The News Roundup – International

This week, a new report said that the past six years in the Arctic were the warmest on record. It is yet another report that warns of alarming changes to the planet due to climate change. “If we just go on as we are, we are doomed,” United Nations leader Antonio Guterres told Reuters, as...

Millions Of Students Are Vaping

More than 6 million middle school and high school students used tobacco products this year, according to a new federal report. Most are now using these addictive products by vaping.

Warren Doubled Down On 'Medicare For All' As Voters Had Second Thoughts

Enlarge this image Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren addresses her supporters in Manchester, N.H., at a Nov. 23 event. SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty hide caption toggle caption SOPA Images/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty There was a time when "Medicare for All" was not a part of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign. It was March. "For me, what's key is we...

Can A Research Accelerator Solve The Psychology Replication Crisis?

Enlarge this image FotografiaBasica/Getty Images In 2008, psychologists proposed that when humans are shown an unfamiliar face, they judge it on two main dimensions: trustworthiness and physical strength. These form the basis of first impressions, which may help people make important social decisions, from whom to vote for to how long a prison sentence should be. To...

My Brother, the Traveler

“You’ve been a traveler,” my brother James said, confident that I understood why he was riding the rails that summer. Mist from the fountain beside Trinity Church blew on our faces. Like two weathervanes, we both turned to face into it. He was in Boston for the night and planned to hop another train...