Science and Health

A view of Mayfield, Kentucky

1 Year After Deadly Tornado, Mayfield, Kentucky Is Slowly Rebuilding

A year after an EF4 tornado ripped through, the town of Mayfield is still trying to recover.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

A nurse holds a sign saying, "We work sick, you get sick."

Health Experts: RSV, COVID Surge Highlights Need For Paid Sick Leave

The U.S. doesn't guarantee paid sick leave, and health experts say that impacts a whole community's ability to stay healthy.

 | Lindsey Theis

An illustration provided by researchers depicts Kap Kobenhavn, Greenland, two million years ago

Oldest DNA Reveals Life In Greenland 2 Million Years Ago

Researchers were able to get genetic information out of the small, damaged bits of DNA to reveal what life was like 2 million years ago in Greenland.

 | AP

People watch and record images of lava from the Mauna Loa volcano

Mauna Loa Lava No Longer Imminent Threat To Hawaii Highway

Mauna Loa was still erupting Thursday morning, but the lava that was feeding the flow heading toward the crucial road has been cut off.

 | AP

Homes are surrounded by floodwaters in Sohbat Pur city, a district of Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province

New Abnormal: Climate Disaster Damage 'Down' To $268 Billion

Many — but not all – weather disasters are being turbocharged by human-caused climate change and are happening more frequently.

 | AP

University of Southern California student pharmacist Bethanie Pan

Why Isn't There An RSV Vaccine?

In a press release Pfizer says its maternal shot was 69% effective in preventing severe RSV infection in infants 0-6 months.

 | Lindsey Theis and Patrick McGovern

Florida state Rep. Joe Harding

'Don't Say Gay' Florida Lawmaker Indicted On Fraud Charges

Florida Rep. Joe Harding is being charged with two counts of wire fraud, two counts of money laundering and two counts of making false statements.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A woman pet's her dog outside.

10 Common Habits That Can Jeopardize Your Dog's Health

Pet parents, don't slip into bad habits! Avoiding these behaviors now can help your pup have better health outcomes in the long run.

 | Marie Rossiter

People working on equipment at an electric substation.

Power Restored To North Carolina County Affected By Shooting

More than 45,000 customers in Moore County lost power over the weekend after one or more people damaged electric substations with gunfire.

 | AP

A nurse gives a vaccine shot.

Doctors: Get Your Flu, COVID Vaccines Now To Be Safe During Holidays

There's more room for the flu and COVID to spread as restrictions subside, but not as many people are up to date on their vaccines either.

 | Lindsey Theis

Christina Wilder, 28, gives her 3-month-old son Cutter Dees his pacifier at their home in Paintsville, Kentucky

Drop In WIC-Approved Stores Sends Families Scrambling For Formula

A Newsy investigation found WIC, a government program that helps low-income parents pay for healthy food, is becoming harder to use.

 | Karen Rodriguez and Rachel Gold and Rosie Cima and Lori Jane Gliha

A sign in front of the Food and Drug Administration building.

Speedier Drug Approvals Hit Slowdown As FDA Faces Scrutiny

The FDA's drug center has granted 10 accelerated approvals — fewer than the tally in each of the last five years.

 | AP

A resident pulls away a mask during COVID test in Beijing.

China Eases Anti-COVID Measures Following Protests

China is the last major country still trying to stamp out transmission of the virus while many nations switch to trying to live with it.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Staff Sgt. Travis Snyder, left, receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Congress Set To Rescind COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate For Troops

As of early this month, about 99% of the active-duty troops in the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps had been vaccinated, and 98% of the Army.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A lion is shown.

Lions Rescued From A Ukrainian Zoo Have Found A New Home In The U.S.

Ukraine has made efforts to fly many of its most endangered animals out of the war-torn country, like lions from the Odesa Zoo.

 | Clayton Sandell

This photo shows the gate to the Duke Energy West End substation in Moore County, N.C. on Sunday

Thousands Are Still Without Power After Outage In North Carolina

Saturday evening, someone shot at two power substations, knocking out electricity for some 45,000 North Carolinians.

 | Jamal Andress

A couple walks through a park at sunset in Kansas City, Mo.

Life Expectancy Is Decreasing In The U.S. Due To Multiple Factors

A new report from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health details steps to reverse the decline in life expectancy in the U.S.

 | Lindsey Theis

Heavy snow falls as a man jogs on a pathway at Central Park in Burnaby, British Columbia

Why Do We Get Goosebumps?

We've all had goosebumps before, but why do we get them?

 | Simon Kaufman

Residents wearing face masks line up for their routine COVID-19 tests

China Eases Controls, Gives No Sign When 'Zero COVID' Ends

China is easing some of the world’s most stringent anti-COVID controls and authorities say new variants are weaker.

 | AP

A man pats his dog

Rover Releases Most Popular Dog Names Of 2022

If you have a Max or a Luna, you're far from alone.

 | Scripps News Staff

Flint: The Poisoning Of An American City

Flint: The Poisoning Of An American City

When Flint, Michigan, changed its municipal water supply source in 2014, distribution pipes corroded and lead leached out into the drinking water.

 | Scripps News Staff

In Real Life: Plastic Time Bomb

In Real Life: Plastic Time Bomb

A global exploration of microplastics' impact on our planet and on our health — and what scientists are doing to help fix the problem.

 | Nelufar Hedayat and Kevin Clancy

alks on a phone in his car alongside Saddle Road as the Mauna Loa volcano erupts.

Hawaii Volcano's Lava Could Block Major Highway

A blockage of the road would pose problems, especially for those who use it to commute from Hilo and other parts of the island's east side.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

bottles of prescription drugs: Lipitor, TriCor, Plavix, Singulair, Lexapro and Avapro are displayed at Medco Health Solutions

How Effective Are Anti-Depressants?

Many Americans battle depression. How do anti-depressant drugs work, and are how effective are they?

 | Maritsa Georgiou and Emily Grossberg

Residents ride public transportation in the district of Haizhu in China.

China Eases Virus Controls Amid Effort To Head Off Protests

In some areas, markets and bus service reopened, and a newspaper reported Beijing has begun allowing some people with the virus to isolate at home.

 | AP and Patrick Fok

A nurse talks to a patient in a hospital emergency room.

Hospitals Are Now Required To Post Costs Online, But Most Haven't

The 2021 Price Transparency Rule requires hospitals to make procedure costs available online, but many haven't fallen in line.

 | Amber Strong

A hospital room

Seniors Are Experiencing Record-High RSV Cases

The latest CDC data from November shows this year, the rate of hospitalization for seniors with RSV is already 10 times higher than average.

 | Lindsey Theis

A cup of water is drawn from a faucet

Justice Department Intervenes For Struggling Mississippi Water System

The Justice Department filed a proposal to appoint a third-party manager for the Jackson, Mississippi, water system.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A pet cat

How Can Animals Detect How Humans Are Feeling?

Exploring how animals can sense how we're feeling, and what it means for us.

 | Simon Kaufman

Tornado destruction in Flatwood, Alabama.

Tornado Outbreak Leaves Trail Of Destruction Across Southern U.S.

A 39-year-old Alabama woman and her 8-year-old son were killed by one of dozens of tornadoes that swept across the Deep South over the past two days.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff