Nell Greenfieldboyce http://wfpl.org en Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo http://wfpl.org/post/screening-newborns-disease-can-leave-families-limbo For Matthew and Brianne Wojtesta, it all started about a week after the birth of their daughter Vera. Matthew was picking up his son from kindergarten when he got a phone call.<p>It was their pediatrician, with some shocking news. Vera had been flagged by New York's <a href="http://www.wadsworth.org/newborn/krabbe.htm">newborn screening program</a> as possibly having a potentially deadly disease, and would need to go see a neurologist the next day.<p>Like every state, New York requires that newborns get a small heel prick so that a few drops of blood can be sent to a lab for testing. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:16:54 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 7999 at http://wfpl.org Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo Bacterial Competition In Lab Shows Evolution Never Stops http://wfpl.org/post/bacterial-competition-lab-shows-evolution-never-stops Evolution is relentless process that seems to keep going and going, even when creatures live in a stable, unchanging world.<p>That's the latest surprise from a unique experiment that's been underway for more than a quarter-century.<p>Evolution is so important for biology, medicine and a general understanding of our world that scientists want to understand it as fully as possible. That's why, in 1988, biologist <a href="http://myxo.css.msu.edu/BioSketch.html">Richard Lenski</a> took a dozen glass flasks and added identical bacteria to each of them. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:44:38 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 7567 at http://wfpl.org Bacterial Competition In Lab Shows Evolution Never Stops From Therapy Dogs To New Patients, Federal Shutdown Hits NIH http://wfpl.org/post/therapy-dogs-new-patients-federal-shutdown-hits-nih Abbey Whetzel has a 12-year-old son named Sam who has been at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Maryland for over a month. He has leukemia that is no longer treatable. And in this difficult time, one source of joy has been the therapy dogs that come to visit the sick kids.<p>"They can only come once a week, but it's the highlight of Sam's week," says Whetzel. But this week, she says, her son got some bad news. "They came and stopped in, and told Sam that the therapy dog wouldn't be coming because of the government shutdown."<p>"He was disappointed," Whetzel says. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:40:14 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 7077 at http://wfpl.org From Therapy Dogs To New Patients, Federal Shutdown Hits NIH Sand From Fracking Could Pose Lung Disease Risk To Workers http://wfpl.org/post/sand-fracking-could-pose-lung-disease-risk-workers When workplace safety expert Eric Esswein got a chance to see fracking in action not too long ago, what he noticed was all the dust.<p>It was coming off big machines used to haul around huge loads of sand. The sand is a critical part of the hydraulic fracturing method of oil and gas extraction. After workers drill down into rock, they create fractures in that rock by pumping in a mixture of water, chemicals and sand. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:14:31 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 4742 at http://wfpl.org Sand From Fracking Could Pose Lung Disease Risk To Workers Close Shave: Asteroid To Buzz Earth Next Week http://wfpl.org/post/close-shave-asteroid-buzz-earth-next-week An asteroid the size of an office building will zoom close by Earth next week, but it's not on a collision course, NASA says.<p>Still, some people think this near-miss should serve as a wake-up call.<p>"It's a warning shot across our bow that we are flying around the solar system in a shooting gallery," says Ed Lu, a former astronaut and head of the B612 Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting humanity from asteroids.<p>The asteroid known as 2012 DA14 was first spotted last year by astronomers in Spain. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:58:32 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 3881 at http://wfpl.org Close Shave: Asteroid To Buzz Earth Next Week Rules Would Retire Most Research Chimps http://wfpl.org/post/rules-would-retire-most-research-chimps The National Institutes of Health should retire most of its chimps that are currently living in research facilities, according to a working group put together by the NIH to look at the future need for biomedical research on chimps.<p>The group did recommend keeping a small number of chimps in reserve in case they are needed for studies later on. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:53:27 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 3553 at http://wfpl.org Rules Would Retire Most Research Chimps You Can't See It, But You'll Be A Different Person In 10 Years http://wfpl.org/post/you-cant-see-it-youll-be-different-person-10-years No matter how old people are, they seem to believe that who they are today is essentially who they'll be tomorrow.<p>That's according to <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6115/96">fresh research</a> that suggests that people generally fail to appreciate how much their personality and values will change in the years ahead — even though they recognize that they have changed in the past.<p>Daniel Gilbert, a psychology researcher at Harvard University who did this study with two colleagues, says that he's no exception to this rule.<p>"I have this deep sense that although I will physic Fri, 04 Jan 2013 21:14:08 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 3268 at http://wfpl.org You Can't See It, But You'll Be A Different Person In 10 Years