1:03pm

Thu January 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Try To Thwart Flu Virus By Resetting Its Clock

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 1:33 pm

When flu viruses (in red) accumulate an escape protein too quickly, they exit the cell nucleus (in blue) before they've made enough viral copies to spread the infection.
Benjamin tenOever

Flu viruses can tell time. Sort of. And the viral clock-watching could provide a new way to fight the flu.

A study in Cell Reports describes how researchers tapped into the flu's internal clock as they search for ways to keep the virus from spreading.

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12:28pm

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Massey Mine Boss Sentenced; Feds Toughen Mine Safety Rule

Mine helmets and painted crosses were placed at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine as a memorial to the 29 miners killed there.
Jeff Gentner AP

Nearly three years after a deadly mine explosion in West Virginia, a former Massey Energy mine superintendent has been sentenced to prison and federal regulators have toughened a regulation that could have helped prevent the disaster.

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12:09pm

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

'Dear Abby' Dies; Pauline Phillips Was Adviser To Millions

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 12:52 pm

Pauline Phillips — Dear Abby — in 2001.
Fred Prouser Reuters /Landov

Pauline Phillips, known to millions of advice-seekers around the world as the original "Dear Abby," has died. She was 94.

The company that syndicates Dear Abby says on its website that she "died Wednesday ... in Minneapolis after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease."

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12:00pm

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Up Next For Lance Armstrong: Post-Confession Court Cases

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 7:14 pm

Lance Armstrong, right, faces several court cases tied to evidence that he cheated. One of the suits was filed by his former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis. Here, the pair ride during the 2003 Tour de France.
Paolo Cocco AFP/Getty Images

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's confession to doping isn't just a matter of passing interest to sports fans, it has the potential to be pivotal new evidence in a raft of legal matters that have swirled around the cycling star for years.

Armstrong already has lost his battle with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which detailed "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program" in sports when it announced a lifetime ban of the cyclist last October.

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11:34am

Thu January 17, 2013
Around the Nation

'Grayest Generation': Older Parenthood In The U.S.

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 11:47 am

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In a December article for The New Republic, "The Grayest Generation: How Older Parenthood Will Upend American Society," the magazine's science editor Judith Shulevitz points out how the growing trend toward later parenthood since 1970 coincides with a rise in neurocognitive and developmental disorders among children.

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11:23am

Thu January 17, 2013
U.S.

A War Correspondent Takes On Her Toughest Assignment

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:55 am

NPR correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro (right) conducts an interview in the West Bank.
Courtesy of Lourdes Garcia-Navarro

When I discovered I was pregnant, I realized it was time for a change of pace. I'd been covering conflicts around the world for 12 years. The plan was to retreat to balmy Miami where my family is, have my baby and just slow down for a bit.

My husband was taking time off; I would have plenty of extra help if I needed it. While pregnant, I fantasized about the tender, quiet moments I would share with my daughter, her suckling contentedly while I cooed.

"How hard could motherhood be?" I blithely thought.

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11:05am

Thu January 17, 2013
Book Reviews

How A 'Madwoman' Upended A Literary Boys Club

This week, the National Book Critics Circle announced that two feminist literary scholars, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, would be the recipients of its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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10:45am

Thu January 17, 2013
Music

After Big Year, Emeli Sande's 'Version Of Events'

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:35 pm

Emeli Sande.
Courtesy of the artist

After huge critical and commercial success last year, breakthrough British sensation Emeli Sande has her sights set on America.

It's a long way from her roots. Born to a Zambian father and English mother, the singer-songwriter was raised in Scotland. She tells NPR's Michel Martin that being the only mixed-race family in a small village had a big impact on her.

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10:23am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Salt

4 Tips To Help A Foodie Get Through Chemo

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 1:12 pm

Some of the author's favorite foods, like yogurt, just didn't taste good during chemo.
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When I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, it was clear that I would be thinking about a lot of things — myriad doctor visits, multiple tests, surgeries and chemotherapy.

Here are some things I knew about chemotherapy going in: it is unpleasant; it poisons your body; it makes you nauseated.

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10:07am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

'Make Me Asian' App Removed From Google Play Store

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 8:10 am

A screenshot from the "Make me Asian" app page in the Google Play store. The app is no longer available.
Google Play

"Make Me Asian," a smartphone app that drew the ire of Asian-American activists for what they say are stereotypical depictions, is no longer available on the Google Play Store.

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