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Federal appeals court upholds EPA mercury rules

A DC federal appeals court rejected challengers who said EPA rule was too costly and flawed.

New hopes and worries for big data and health care

As researchers embark on a project to connect 30 million patient records, questions about privacy arise.

Mass. cannot ban FDA-approved painkiller, judge rules

Federal law trumps state’s ability to prohibit approved drugs from reaching patients.

Boston remembers victims on first anniversary of marathon bombings

Boston remembers  victims on first anniversary of marathon bombings

The sense of community that has grown in the past year is celebrated.

Boston Marathon bombing: Amputee brothers traveling marathon route

Boston Marathon bombing: Amputee brothers traveling marathon route

Badly injured a year ago, they hope to walk some of the 26.2 route Tuesday

Solemn ceremony at hospital that treated Boston Marathon wounded one year ago

Solemn ceremony at hospital that treated Boston Marathon wounded one year ago

Brigham and Women’s hospital sends a message of ‘hope and healing’ on anniversary of marathon bombing.

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Lunar eclipse draws international attention

Lunar eclipse draws international attention

Tuesday’s full eclipse will be the first of four — two of them solar — for 2014.

Boston braces for anniversary of bomb attacks

Boston braces for anniversary of bomb attacks

Famed Boston Marathon will go on as the city mourns the victims of last year’s attack.

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick on aftermath of attack: ‘So much of what happened brought us together’

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick on aftermath of attack: ‘So much of what happened brought us together’

Community response has shown how closely-connected members of the region are, governor says.

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Edible insects pack in the protein

Edible insects pack in the protein

Book touts nutritional and environmental benefits of eating insects.

How eating insects can keep you, and the planet, healthy

How eating insects can keep you, and the planet, healthy

Two books offer insight into the value of eating insects. Also, recipes: Wax-worm taco, anyone?

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Fracking’s loose gas

Fracking’s loose gas

A survey over hydraulic fracturing sites in Pennsylvania revealed drilling operations releasing plumes of methane 100 to 1,000 times higher than what the EPA expects from that stage of drilling, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Scientists use CT scans to look inside mummy wrapping

Scientists use CT scans to look inside mummy wrapping

New technology shows skins, bones, internal organs — and even a brain scoop left behind by embalmers.

Better than butter? Spreads vie for space on morning toast.

Better than butter? Spreads vie for space on morning toast.

Foodmakers offers many choices for people concerned about caloric consumption and fat intake.

Which foods to seek for better sleep and which to avoid

Which foods to seek for better sleep and which to avoid

A look at the science behind the claims. Will tart cherries really help you get a good night’s sleep?

Prescription NSAIDs linked to atrial fibrillation in a study

Prescription NSAIDs linked to atrial fibrillation in a study

Heart problem more common among those who took prescription-strength ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin.

Details of abortion coverage in health plans can be murky

Details of abortion coverage in health plans can be murky

A study says consumers comparing plans often can find little information about payment for the procedure.

A former astronaut aims to create a speedier spaceship

A former astronaut aims to create a speedier spaceship

An article highlights the accomplishments — and big dreams of — Franklin Chang Diaz.

Think your brain is slowing down with age? Try this quiz.

Think your brain is slowing down with age? Try this quiz.

Merriam-Webster.com’s “Name That Thing” tests mental skills of baby boomers and others.

Ban some pain-killers? Here are 6 common opioids.

The FDA’s approval of a controversial new painkiller, Zohydro, added more fuel to a long-running fight over how to treat people with chronic pain while not exacerbating the nation’s prescription drug epidemic.

Where have all the big birds gone?

Where have all the big birds gone?

A look at a past giant — the flying reptile pterosaurs.

Marathon will provide a chance to move on

Marathon will provide a chance to move on

Region hopes to move on after a year of coping with the fallout from the attack

Boston braces for an emotional week commemorating 2013 attacks

Boston braces for an emotional week commemorating 2013 attacks

Monday and Tuesday, I’ll be blogging about those tributes and some of the people affected by last year’s terrorist attacks.

Can a state ban an FDA-approved drug?

Can a state ban an FDA-approved drug?

A U.S. judge is set to rule on an attempt by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to ban a new painkiller.

U.N. panel says more is needed to avoid a climate disaster

U.N. panel says more is needed to avoid a climate disaster

The latest report from top climate scientists says the world has not done enough to avoid a global disaster.

Study: Partners read each other’s sexual satisfaction well

New study has found that men and women are equally good at picking up on their partners’ sexual satisfaction.

Couple: Truck was on fire before deadly Calif. bus crash

Joe and Bonnie Duran said the FedEx vehicle first struck their rental car.

NASA is cutting ties with Russia. But it’s not that simple.

NASA is cutting ties with Russia. But it’s not that simple.

The story of two countries and what may be the world’s most expensive seat.

How children’s health coverage is changing, in 7 charts

How children’s health coverage is changing, in 7 charts

In some states, non-white children are actually more likely to be covered.

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Images of Earth

Images of Earth

Photos from the International Space Station, Landsat and other satellites around the globe.

Facing a long-time yoga fear

Facing a long-time yoga fear

Years after a fall, it was time to try again.

Lab-grown vaginas successfully implanted in girls in tissue-engineering first

Lab-grown vaginas successfully implanted in girls in tissue-engineering first

Four teenagers with a rare condition received functional sex organs grown from their own cells in a lab.

Gun violence and public health

Gun violence and public health

Doctors group takes up the issue that sank surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy.

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Can your vacation photos top these?

Can your vacation photos top these?

The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest accepts shots through June 30. Get inspired by these entries.

Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict

Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict

Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting a resurgent virus once more taking advantage of the country’s turmoil.

Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

It’s Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space.

What’s behind the increase in autism?

What’s behind the increase in autism?

Brain science may unravel the mystery with new ways of thinking about what happens in our heads.

Cost of drugs used by Medicare doctors vary

Cost of drugs used by Medicare doctors vary

The data highlight the role of pharmaceuticals in nation’s rising health-care costs.

New technology unwraps mummies' ancient mysteries

New technology unwraps mummies' ancient mysteries

Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries.

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