Jon Hamilton http://wfpl.org en Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research http://wfpl.org/post/shutdown-imperils-costly-lab-mice-years-research The government shutdown is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in research on diseases such as diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's.<p>Federal research centers including the National Institutes of Health will have to kill some mice to avoid overcrowding, researchers say. Others will die because it is impossible to maintain certain lines of genetically altered mice without constant monitoring by scientists. And most federal scientists have been banned from their own labs since Oct. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:32:10 +0000 Jon Hamilton 7179 at http://wfpl.org Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research Tips For Surviving A Mega-Disaster http://wfpl.org/post/tips-surviving-mega-disaster The U.S. is ready for tornadoes, but not tsunamis.<p>That's the conclusion of a panel of scientists who spoke this week on "mega-disasters" at the American Geophysical Union's science policy meeting in Washington, D.C.<p>The nation has done a good job preparing for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, which occur frequently but usually produce limited damage and relatively few casualties, the panelists said. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:36:33 +0000 Jon Hamilton 5941 at http://wfpl.org Tips For Surviving A Mega-Disaster Listen Up To Smarter, Smaller Hearing Aids http://wfpl.org/post/listen-smarter-smaller-hearing-aids One day in the fall of 2010, composer <a href="http://www.richardeinhorn.com/">Richard Einhorn</a> woke up and realized there was something horribly wrong with his hearing.<p>"There was an enormous, violent buzzing in my ears," he says. "And I realized that my right ear had gone completely deaf."<p>Einhorn, who lives in New York, was experiencing a rare problem called sudden deafness. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:36:14 +0000 Jon Hamilton 4884 at http://wfpl.org Listen Up To Smarter, Smaller Hearing Aids Alzheimer's 'Epidemic' Now A Deadlier Threat To Elderly http://wfpl.org/post/alzheimers-epidemic-now-deadlier-threat-elderly Alzheimer's disease doesn't just steal memories. It takes lives.<p>The disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and figures released Tuesday by the <a href="http://www.alz.org/">Alzheimer's Association</a> show that deaths from the disease increased by 68 percent between 2000 and 2010.<p>"It's an epidemic, it's on the rise, and currently [there is] no way to delay it, prevent it or cure it," says <a href="http://www.alz.org/research/funding/advisory_council_alzheimers_association.asp">Maria Carrillo</a>, a neuroscientist with the Alzheimer's Association. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:56:24 +0000 Jon Hamilton 4552 at http://wfpl.org Alzheimer's 'Epidemic' Now A Deadlier Threat To Elderly Shortage Of Brain Tissue Hinders Autism Research http://wfpl.org/post/shortage-brain-tissue-hinders-autism-research Research on autism is being hobbled by a shortage of brain tissue.<p>The brain tissue comes from people with autism who have died, and it has allowed researchers to make key discoveries about how the disorder affects brain development.<p>But there's not nearly enough tissue because most potential donors aren't identified, and their family members are never approached about the possibility of donation. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:42:28 +0000 Jon Hamilton 3791 at http://wfpl.org Shortage Of Brain Tissue Hinders Autism Research Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings http://wfpl.org/post/mental-health-gun-laws-unlikely-reduce-shootings States aren't likely to prevent many shootings by requiring mental health professionals to report potentially violent patients, psychiatrists and psychologists say.<p>The approach is part of a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/01/15/169440286/dont-be-fooled-by-new-york-gun-control-faces-long-odds-in-states-too">gun control law passed in New York yesterday</a> in response to the Newtown, Conn., shooting a month ago. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:33:18 +0000 Jon Hamilton 3464 at http://wfpl.org Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings