April 28, 2016 19:49 UTC

Health & Lifestyle

Highly Contagious Virus Sickens Million, Costs Billions

04/28/2016
Of all the viruses out there, you may have not heard of one of the most common. Norovirus infects many millions around the world. And the dollar amount of this virus is in the billions. Read on to learn some very useful virus vocabulary. More

Why It's Harder to Sleep in a New Place

It is well know many people have a hard time sleeping in a new place. Researchers from Brown University think they know why. They said the left part of the brain is more active when people sleep in a new place. They said the brain appears to be keeping watch for possible danger.

Video WHO: Drowning Among Top Causes of Death in Children

Is it important to know how to swim? If you live near water, knowing how to swim could save your life. The WHO says drowning is among the top causes of death among children under the age of 15 in nearly 50 countries. This article contains a video of a baby who learned how to swim.

Audio Mentally Ill Indonesians 'Living in Hell'

A new Human Rights Watch report details the shocking treatment of the mentally ill in Indonesia. Thousands of mentally ill in that country are chained to their beds or confined in small spaces, sometimes for years at a time. This happens in Indonesia as well as other countries.

Audio US Health Officials: Zika 'Scarier Than We Thought'

Top health officials in the U.S. say the Zika virus is “scarier” than first thought. The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. It can cause birth defects, such as an abnormally small head, a condition called microcephaly.

Audio Study: More Obese People Than Underweight

Researchers collected and studied the body measurements of almost 20 million women and men. They say there are now more obese people in the world than there are underweight people.

Audio Want to Lose Weight? Listen to Yourself Eat

Eating is an experience that appeals to many of our senses. But are you ignoring the sense of hearing? Researchers found that hearing can help you enjoy your meals more and help you eat less. This story is filled with language to help you talk about experience of eating.

Audio Asian Children Face Hunger and Obesity

A new report by two groups say Asian children are becoming more undernourished or obese. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say that "junk" food and other poor nutrition foods are part of the problem.

Mummies Contain Clues to Colon Cancer

What do 265 Hungarian mummies discovered during a church renovation in 1994 and colon cancer research have in common? Read on to find out.

Audio Is Email Stressing You Out?

Email can save time and help us work more effectively. But bad email habits can affect our physical health. Read on to learn how to manage your email habits. You can also learn some great idiomatic expressions such as “double-edged sword” and “come rain or shine.”

Audio Social Media Is Keeping Young Adults Awake

Sleep is necessary for a healthy mind and body. But using social media could be affecting the sleep of young adults. There are many way social media is stealing sleep. Read on to find out how. This article also has many useful words relating to scientific studies.

Audio Happy National Napping Day

Midday naps are common in some countries. There, long lunch breaks enable workers and students to rest after eating. The United States is not one of those countries. But on Monday, many Americans celebrated the benefits of napping with the hashtag #nationalnappingday

Audio Ever Feel Like You'll Die of A Broken Heart?

Emotions, happy or sad, can directly affect the heart, especially in women. A new study explores the "happy heart" and "broken heart" syndromes. Both of these conditions are officially named Takotsubo syndrome after Japanese octopus pots.

Blood Cancer Is Last-Chance Therapy

An experimental therapy that uses the power of an immune systems to fight some deadly blood cancers is showing great success. New studies from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the U.S. state of Washington were very encouraging.

Audio Helping Children Too Much Is Hurting Them

It is hard for a parent to see their child fail or get a little hurt. Parents want to help. But sometimes letting your child get hurt or letting them fail is the best thing you can do for them.

Audio US: 14 New Reports of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

Health officials are investigating 14 new reports of Zika virus infections in the United States. The cases are suspected to have been sexually transmitted. Some of the cases involve pregnant women.

Spotlight on Zika Helps Other Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases afflict more than a billion of the poorest people in the world. Traditionally, these diseases have not received much funding. But experts say that’s changing. The Zika virus has raised awareness of the need to combat these illnesses.

Audio Ebola Crisis Might Hold Clues for Fighting Zika Virus

The World Health Organization has called Zika an international emergency because of its link to birth defects. Babies with birth defects may need medical treatments or even operations. There is still a lot of work to be done to learn about the virus.

Audio Do You Think You Can?

Willpower is a mysterious force that helps us to control our actions and achieve our goals. We also call willpower determination, drive and self-control.Is your self-control, or willpower, a limited or unlimited supply? Researchers cannot seem to agree. In the end, it could all be in your own head.

Audio The Power of Touch

The sense of touch is basic to all humans. Touch can keep us healthy. And most importantly, touch connects us to our fellow humans. For Valentine’s Day, enjoy a personal story about touch from Anna Matteo.

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The Day in Photos

Empty shelves are seen after items sold out at a store following a series of earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo.

Empty shelves are seen after items sold out at a store following a series of earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo.