January 1, 2003 A new study suggests autism is more common among U.S. children than previously thought. A Centers for Disease Control study finds the rate may be 10 times the rate reported in earlier studies. NPR's Michele Norris talks with the report's lead author, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop.
January 1, 2003 An experimental drug shows promise in the treatment of the immune-system disorders multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease. Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine suggest the drug's approach may be effective against a wide-range of immune disorders. NPR's Richard Knox reports.
January 1, 2003 Jan. 1 marks the Internet's 20th birthday, say some computer experts. NPR's Bob Edwards talks with Vint Cerf, one of the Defense Department Internet pioneers.
January 1, 2003 Human embryonic stem-cell research could revolutionize medicine, but controversy surrounds the work and support varies among governments. President Bush has grudgingly approved limited study in the United States. By contrast, Prime Minister Tony Blair has vowed that Great Britain will become the leader in the field. In a three-part series, NPR's Joe Palca takes a looks at Britain's approach to stem-cell research.
December 31, 2002 A New York University survey says some teenagers may be more susceptible to depression during the holidays. Mental health researchers estimate that nine million children experience significant depression sometime during their teens. The good news is that "talk therapy" can help. NPR's Rachel Jones reports.
December 30, 2002 China launches its fourth unmanned space capsule into Earth orbit. The government said the program could "soon lead to a manned space voyage." NPR's Rob Gifford and Renee Montagne discuss why the race to space is so important to China's national pride.
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December 28, 2002 Will Congress try again to ban human cloning? The debate is sure to escalate after Friday's claim that a newborn girl is the first human clone -- and more are on the way. There's no proof of the claim yet. And opponents and supporters of cloning are still battling over terminology. NPR's Julie Rovner reports.
December 28, 2002 A company with ties to a religious group called the Raelians says it has successfully cloned a human being -- and has more babies on the way. There's no immediate proof of Clonaid's claims, but an independent effort will attempt to verify the claim. The mainstream scientific community is skeptical. Hear from NPR's Scott Simon and NPR's Joe Palca.
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December 27, 2002 The scientific community is skeptical, but a company with ties to a religious group says a 31-year-old U.S. woman gave birth Thursday to the first human clone. The baby, named Eve, is said to be the woman's identical twin. NPR’s Joe Palca reports.
December 27, 2002 Reproductive researchers are skeptical of a claim that a human clone was born Thursday to a 31-year-old American woman. At the very least the announcement by Clonaid, a business with ties to the Raelian religious movement, is likely to intensify a debate over the ethics and practicality of cloning. Hear NPR's Bob Edwards and NPR's Joanne Silberner.
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December 27, 2002 The National Institutes of Health launch the first-ever human study of a super-low calorie diet. Studies on laboratory animals have shown for years that cutting calories by a third can boost lifespan by 30 percent. NPR's Eric Niiler reports.
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December 27, 2002 The Bush administration's efforts to vaccinate Americans against smallpox trigger a new argument: how many Americans should be innoculated right now? Tens of thousands or tens of millions? The danger of side effects from the vaccinations complicates the debate. Hear NPR's Bob Edwards and NPR's Richard Knox.
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December 26, 2002 A Southern California health fad spreads across the country. Medical entrepreneurs are promoting total body scans with super fast CT scanners. A recent survey says a majority of Americans wants such a scan, even though medical authorities say the value of these scans is questionable. NPR's Patricia Neighmond reports.
December 26, 2002 A 25-year-old science teacher in Washington state focuses on her students' interest in crime-solving TV shows to help interest them in forensic science. Cathy Duchamp of member station KUOW reports.
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December 25, 2002 Health officials in Maine plan emergency meetings Thursday in response to a Tuesday court decision that could shut down a program that helps lower-income people buy prescription drugs. NPR's Joanne Silberner reports.
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