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  1. North America Has Lost 3 Billion Birds, Scientists Say
    Researchers estimate that the bird population has fallen by a quarter since 1970. More than 90% of the loss can be attributed to just a dozen bird families, including sparrows, blackbirds and finches.
  2. Scientists Will Deliberately Encase Their Ship In Arctic Sea Ice
    An ambitious Arctic expedition launches Friday. Scientists want to get their icebreaker stuck in the ice for a year so they can study the ice, ocean and atmosphere and how it's changing.
  3. It's Not Just Insulin: Diabetes Patients Struggle To Get Crucial Supplies
    Type 1 diabetes can be well managed with insulin if blood sugar is consistently monitored. But insurance rules can make it hard for patients to get the medical supplies their doctors say they need.
  4. A Daily Baby Aspirin Could Help Many Pregnancies And Save Lives
    Pregnant women at high or even moderate risk of developing the life-threatening condition preeclampsia should consider taking a very small dose of aspirin daily to prevent it, doctors say.
  5. CRISPR Gene-Editing May Offer Path To Cure For HIV, First Published Report Shows
    Researchers safely used CRISPR gene-editing techniques in a patient with HIV. The research provides evidence the approach may be promising for treating HIV infection.
  6. Scientists Create A Device That Can Mass-Produce Human Embryoids
    Researchers hope large numbers of very primitive, embryo-like structures will lead to new insights into early human development and ways to prevent miscarriages and birth defects.
  7. EPA Chief Pledges To Severely Cut Back On Animal Testing Of Chemicals
    Alternative tests are emerging, the agency says, such as computer modeling and tissue studies of cells grown in the lab. Environmental advocates say the move is too quick, and disregards human health.
  8. How A Prenatal 'Bootcamp' For New Dads Helps The Whole Family
    Prenatal classes often focus on Mom-to-be — on her shifting role and emotional needs, along with new skills. But if Dad gets sidelined early into a supporting role, research shows, everybody loses.
  9. Opinion: Earth Has Survived Extinctions Before, It's Humans Who Are Fragile
    Earth has experienced cataclysmic life-destroying events before. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what this means for humans in the midst of climate change.
  10. How Should Scientists' Access To Health Databanks Be Managed?
    Medical and genetic data from more than a million Americans are now in scientific databases. Some programs hoard the data, while others share widely with scientists, hoping to speed medical discovery.
  11. Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis
    New Yorkofficials say tests found high levels of vitamin E in cannabis vaping products used by people who developed lung damage. But it's only one of many possible causes still under investigation.
  12. The Other Twitterverse: Squirrels Eavesdrop On Birds, Researchers Say
    A squirrel wondering if it's safe enough to forage for food apparently listens for the reassuring chatter of nearby birds, a study finds.
  13. Fentanyl As A Dark Web Profit Center, From Chinese Labs To U.S. Streets
    Fentanyl, Inc. author Ben Westhoff says the opioid, while useful in hospitals, is killing more Americans as a street drug than any other in U.S. history. Here's how it moves from China to your corner.
  14. Blind From A Bad Diet? Teen Who Ate Mostly Potato Chips And Fries Lost His Sight
    A poor diet can lead to vision loss, experts say. For a teen, it's certainly rare, but a new case study documents blindness in a boy who ate lots of chips, white bread and bits of processed meat.
  15. Millennial And Gen-X Travelers: Need Another Measles Shot?
    Americans born in the '70s and '80s may not be immune to measles, health officials say. If you're traveling to a country or region having an outbreak, consider a second dose of vaccine before you go.
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