Science and Health

A nurse taking notes.

DOJ files charges alleging 7,600 fake nursing diplomas were sold

The fake diplomas were issued by three Florida-based schools since 2016 at $15,000 each, netting them more than $114 million, the DOJ alleges.

 | Scripps News Staff and WPTV Staff

The asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.

Here’s how our planetary defense system works

NASA has been funding search programs to observe the night sky in order to discover as many asteroids as possible.

 | Chloe Nordquist

A laboratory technician prepares her protective gloves.

FDA moves to ease rules for blood donations from gay men

The FDA announced draft guidelines that would do away with the three-month abstinence requirement for donations from men who have sex with men.

 | AP

A horse eats from a bucket.

Animal rescues see fewer adoptions, more surrenders due to inflation

Rising economic costs have made it difficult for pet owners to keep animals they adopted during the pandemic, and for rescues to pay for their care.

 | Vanessa Misciagna

A well is shown.

How oil and gas drilling might affect your drinking water

People are getting drinking water from wells that haven't been monitored for carcinogens that can seep into the supply.

 | Daniel Grossman

Crude oil pipes at the Bryan Mound site near Freeport, Texas.

House GOP seeks new restrictions on use of US oil stockpile

Pres. Biden withdrew 180 million barrels from the strategic reserve over several months, bringing the stockpile to its lowest level since the 1980s.

 | AP

Oxycodone pills

How a survivor is now helping battle the opioid epidemic

The U.S. reports more opioid deaths than any other country in the world, and organizations around the country are scrambling for solutions.

 | Diane Duenez

Jackson, Miss.'s O.B. Curtis Water Plant is shown.

Federal funding helps Jackson, Mississippi address water crisis

A Jackson restaurant owner shares what the millions headed to the city could do to help businesses like his deal with aging infrastructure.

 | Jessie Cohen

A patient sits in a doctor's office.

Long COVID patients use experimental shot for sense of smell issues

People are traveling from around the world to a Texas center that is testing a pain medication injection as a way to treat loss of smell from COVID.

 | Maya Rodriguez

A bull moose named Zilke.

Did you know that moose shed their antlers?

Before they drop their antlers for the season, moose can experience up to a pound of antler growth per day.

 | Bridget Sharkey

A happy golden retriever.

Should Congress force the USDA to do more to protect dogs?

The ASPCA wants Congress to compel the Department of Agriculture to investigate and fine breeders more for violations.

 | Joe St. George

8-year-old Nathan Valerio works with the "Teach" system which is specifically designed for autistic children

Could a hair test help doctors diagnose autism at younger ages?

StrandDx analyzes the hair for toxic exposures linked to autism risk years before symptoms start.

 | Scripps News Staff

A closeup of a beam scale in New York.

The science and safety behind newly popular weight loss drugs

Today’s weight loss drugs pull from the science of diabetes treatments. Those have been proven for years to have fewer and less serious side effects.

 | Eli Kintisch

A family gathers at a memorial outside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California

Asian Americans share fears after mass shootings in California

Coming together as a community for healing is one way to start the conversation regarding mental health for Asian Americans amid violence.

 | Cat Sandoval

Ted Lyons administers a COVID vaccine to a patient

Why COVID vaccine outreach is still critical in 2023

Pharmacists are working to get the COVID vaccine to communities that may not have easy access to a pharmacy.

 | Chris Stewart

A memorial for Matthew Mangine Jr., who died after a sudden cardiac arrest in June 2020 in Erlanger, Ky.

An AED saved Damar Hamlin's life, but is your child's school ready?

A Scripps News investigation found though your school may have the equipment it needs to save a life, don’t count on staff to be ready to use it.

 | Mark Greenblatt and Carrie Cochran and Amy Fan and Rosie Cima

Damage from Hurricane Ian in Florida

Supply chain issues slowing down recovery from natural disasters

Supply chain shortages can cause years-long delays in recovering from natural disasters.

 | Scripps News Staff

The Amazon logo

Amazon launches $5-a-month unlimited prescriptions for Prime members

The retail giant’s RxPass has a prescription list that includes more than 50 common medications.

 | Bridget Sharkey

The Stratolaunch Roc

Watch the world’s biggest plane land after a test flight

The plane, with its two fuselages and 385-foot wingspan, soared for six hours straight, reaching an altitude of 22,500 feet.

 | Kathleen St. John

A dog wearing a jacket sits down

WFTS: The need for pet lawyers is on the rise during the pandemic

Lawyers have seen an increase in pet-related cases during the pandemic.

 | JJ Burton and WFTS

Richard Poulin, left and Judy Wei, right, work with their daughter, Rylae-Ann Poulin, during physical and cognitive therapy

Promising gene therapy delivers treatment directly to brain

The first brain-delivered gene therapy on the market was recently approved in Europe and the U.K. for a rare genetic disorder called AADC deficiency.

 | AP

Pam Montana, left

One Alzheimer's patient's story, as a new drug hits the market

Health experts say a new Alzheimer's drug will need longer studies to know how safe and how well it works —especially long term.

 | Lindsey Theis

A trout swimming in a lake.

Study finds high levels of 'forever chemicals' in freshwater fish

U.S scientists found the median levels of PFAS in freshwater fish were more than 270 times higher than those detected in commercially caught fish.

 | Scripps News Staff

A nurse prepares a syringe of a COVID-19 vaccine

US proposes once-a-year COVID shots for most Americans

The FDA proposed a simplified approach for future vaccination efforts, allowing most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to combat COVID.

 | AP

A Tabby cat resting

New pill treats diabetic cats without daily insulin shots

While many cat owners successfully treat their cats with twice-daily insulin shots, others struggle. A new once-daily pill could help.

 | AP

Airplane taking off from the airport.

Next COVID variant will likely be found in airplane wastewater

Dr. Cindy Friedman, with the CDC Travelers' Health Branch, says airports will likely be the first to know if a new variant comes along.

 | Elizabeth Ruiz

World's new oldest dog is Spike, a Chihuahua.

Spike, the new world's oldest dog, is a Chihuahua who loves Doritos

Spike, age 23, was in rough shape when Rita Kimball found him in a parking lot 13 years ago.

 | Tricia Goss

Green Bay Packers fans walk into Lambeau Field

Section Yellow supporting sober fans at Green Bay Packers games

Section Yellow sets up near Section 112 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for fans in recovery from alcohol addiction.

 | Bianca Facchinei

Woman using the Flowly VR

Meditation apps to help restore calm and lower stress

Mindfulness apps that help restore your calm. Studies have shown that these practices help build our resilience to stress.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF).

Comet not seen in 50,000 years to pass by Earth. Here's how to watch:

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is forecasted to be the brightest from January 31 to February 1. Experts say it will be most visible just before dawn.

 | Chloe Nordquist