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July 27, 2015 2 Comments

Psychiatrist: Walking Stimulates The Brain ‘In Many, Many Ways’

“A bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin,” says John Ratey, “because it does the same thing.”

July 24, 2015 4 Comments

World’s First Malaria Vaccine A Step Closer To Use On Babies

Mosquirix, developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, has been given the green light by drug regulators in Europe.

July 23, 2015 Comment

Tulsa Braces For 100-Degree Weekend

Hot summer days are great for beachgoers, but they also endanger millions of lives. Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S.

July 23, 2015 Comment

Building Support For Black Cancer Patients

Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult enough, but for African-Americans, the odds of surviving the disease are lower than whites.

July 23, 2015 Comment

CDC Study: Teen Sex, Pregnancy On The Decline

The number of teenagers having sex is at the lowest level in 25 years. Less than half of 15 to 19-year-olds say they’ve had sex.

July 22, 2015 10 Comments

What One Man Learned From Losing 100 Pounds

Alasdair Wilkins writes, “I wish I could have found a way to be comfortable in my skin even without the weight loss.”

July 22, 2015 Comment

New Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Promise In Clinical Trials

The drug solanezumab showed some effectiveness in slowing the progression of the illness in people suffering from mild symptoms.

July 14, 2015 8 Comments

Advances In Treating Genetic Disorder Have Some Parents Excited, Others Wary

Researchers have made big strides in treating the rare genetic disorder known as Angelman Syndrome.

July 9, 2015 6 Comments

Rotary Club Is Still Fighting AIDS, 25 Years Later

A conservative Silicon Valley Rotary Club would seem an unlikely candidate to be at the forefront of AIDS education.

July 8, 2015 Comment

The July Effect: Is It Really A Bad Time To Go To The Hospital?

It happens at hospitals every July: senior residents move on and a wave of around 30,000 new doctors begin their residencies.

July 8, 2015 5 Comments

Colorado Families Turn To Boot Camp To Fight Childhood Obesity

One in every three kids in the U.S. is either overweight or obese. It’s even a problem in Colorado, one of the healthiest states.

July 6, 2015 5 Comments

Aetna Acquires Humana As Other Health Insurers Look to Merge

Aetna, the fourth largest insurer in the U.S., bought its rival Humana for $37 billion. What does the merger mean for consumers?

July 3, 2015 Comment

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

Three new cases of the deadly virus have been found in Liberia, two months after the country was declared Ebola-free.

June 30, 2015 3 Comments

Housing The Homeless With Health Care Dollars

A multimillion dollar experiment is underway in Los Angeles: using health care dollars to house people who are chronically homeless.

June 25, 2015 4 Comments

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Vaccines For School Entry

The bill would get rid of the personal belief exemption, and require all children – except for those with medical wavers – to be vaccinated.

June 25, 2015 3 Comments

Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

The 6-3 ruling said the subsidies do not depend on where people live. It preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

June 24, 2015 2 Comments

WWII Vets Never Compensated After Race-Based Mustard Gas Experiments

An investigation by NPR has found that minority soldiers were singled out, and that the VA failed to keep its promise to pay benefits.

June 23, 2015 2 Comments

Number Of Uninsured Americans Dropped Significantly In 2014

The shift was particularly notable among Americans living near or below the poverty line, and among black Americans.

June 19, 2015 27 Comments

What If The Supreme Court Strikes Down Part Of Obamacare?

Millions of people would lose tax credits that allow them to buy health insurance, unless a stopgap measure is passed.

June 17, 2015 Comment

Pioneering Researcher Rejoices Over FDA Trans Fats Order

Fred Kummerow, who turned 100 this year, has spent nearly six decades researching the health dangers of artificial trans fats.

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July 28 138 Comments

Religious Groups Upset Over Boy Scouts’ Decision To Lift Ban On Gay Leaders

The chairman of Trail Life USA, a group that formed after the Boy Scouts opened its membership to gay youth, explains his position.

July 28 5 Comments

Shamir: From Country To Pop

The 20-year-old talks about his new album, his androgynous voice and how his disco-pop sound has evolved.

July 27 7 Comments

U.S. Wind Power On Course To Grow Big

The Department of Energy says wind power is poised to become one of the country's largest sources of energy.

July 27 2 Comments

Alaskans Still Cleaning Up Reminders Of Japan Tsunami

Crews are picking up and bagging tons of debris that were swept out to sea when the tsunami hit in 2011.