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Improving Oregon Schools Starts With Plans, Stops At Dollar Signs

OPB | Aug. 30, 2016

Oregon schools are required to submit healthy school plans, but a lack of funding and requirements mean big improvements to school buildings may be years off.

And The No. 1 Scrabble Nation In The World Is ...

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016

Wellington Jighere of Nigeria was crowned world champ last year. He's one of many Nigerians who excel at the game. What's their secret?

A Chocolate Pill? Scientists To Test Whether Cocoa Extract Boosts Health

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016

Chocolate lovers may agree cocoa is the food of the gods, but how strong is the evidence that it boosts heart health? Researchers are recruiting for a new study aimed at answering this question.

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When The U.S. Backs Gay And Lesbian Rights In Africa, Is There A Backlash?

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 3:26 p.m.

For the last four years, the American government has engaged in an ambitious campaign for LGBT rights around the world. But American support can be a double-edged sword.

Science | Health | Flora and Fauna

Their Masters' Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 3:24 p.m.

When humans talk to dogs, the canine brains seem to separate the meaning of the words from the intonation used, and to analyze each aspect independently.

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Gonorrhea Is Becoming Untreatable, U.N. Health Officials Warn

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 2:52 p.m.

The World Health Organization released new treatment guidelines that acknowledge an entire class of antibiotics is now all but useless against the sexually transmitted disease.

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#IfAfricaWasASchool, Who Would Be The Nerd? Jock? Most Popular?

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 1:18 p.m.

A trending hashtag on Twitter invites people to personify countries in Africa with various schoolyard archetypes.

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Oregon Schools Face A Plethora Of Environmental Concerns

OPB | Aug. 29, 2016 6:30 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's school administrators have spent the summer testing hundreds of school buildings for lead, but the state faces several other environmental concerns, too.

Nation | Health | Science

Your Gut's Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health

NPR | Aug. 29, 2016 5:23 p.m.

Think of it as a gift within a gift. Some beneficial gut bacteria contain viruses called "bacteriophages." And some of these phages now have been associated with good intestinal health in humans.

World | Health | Science

Guess How Many Zika Cases Showed Up At The Olympics?

NPR | Aug. 29, 2016 4:26 p.m.

Before the games, computer scientists weren't worried about the spread of Zika. But some public health experts were. What does the data show?

Health | World

They're Caught In A Crisis That Isn't Hitting The Headlines

NPR | Aug. 29, 2016 2:56 p.m.

The number of malnourished people in northeastern Nigeria could be as hlgh as half a million. Boko Haram shoulders much of the blame.

Nation | Health | Election

A Young Woman Dies, A Teen Is Saved After Amoebas Infect The Brain

NPR | Aug. 29, 2016 2:48 p.m.

In Florida, perfect timing and alert medical staff saved a teen from almost certain death. But in North Carolina, one young woman died of an amoeba infection after rafting at a popular tourist site.

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Japanese City Takes Community Approach To Dealing With Dementia

NPR | Aug. 29, 2016 10:02 a.m.

Japan expects 7 million cases of dementia among its long-lived residents by 2025. It has started training pharmacists, bankers and postal workers in how to recognize the signs and be supportive.

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