October 04, 2015 11:02 UTC

Health & Lifestyle

Step Aside Millennials: Over-60s to Double by 2050

A new World Health Organization report says the number of people older than 60 is expected to double by the year 2050. Globally, 1-in 5 people -- or 20 percent -- will be over the age of 60. The report says societies need to adjust to an aging population. More

Audio Coffee Before Bed Does More Than Keep You Awake

Sleep is important for our mental and physical health. But, an internationally popular drug may interfere with that. Caffeine is found in coffee and other foods and drink. Researchers now say to be careful about when you drink it!

Audio Hated CEO to Lower Price of Life-Saving Drug

The CEO of a pharmaceutical company raised the price of a life-saving drug used by AIDS patients by over 4,000 percent. Now, he is saying his company will lower the price.

Audio Low Levels of Vitamin D Might Hurt Your Brain

We get vitamin D from the sun and certain foods. But many people have low levels of the vitamin. A new study shows that low levels of vitamin D may cause some brain diseases. Read on to find out more and to hear how words like "cognitive" and "functioning" are used in this context.

Audio Older Asian-Americans Moving Away From Home

Where do our elderly parents live? In many Asian cultures, older family members live with younger family members. But other options are now available to Asian families in the United States. Developers in the Seattle area are building housing for seniors with Asian traditions in mind.

Video In Combating Obesity, a 12-Year-Old Leads by Example

Over the past 10 years, the Alliance for Healthier Generation has been coming up with creative ways to fight childhood obesity. One of these ways is inviting young people to be part of the solution. Twelve-year-old Jodi Evans has always been active and a member of the Youth Advisory Board.

Audio Dealing with Back-to-School Stress: Part 2

Heading back to school after a carefree summer can be stressful. But you can do some things to help reduce stress. This is important especially for teenagers in the U.S. who, according to a new survey, are just as stressed as adults.

Audio Dealing with Back-to-School Stress: Part 1

Leaving behind the carefree days of summer and starting school with routines, homework and expenses can be stressful for everyone -- children, parents and teachers. But you can do some things to help reduce stress. This is important especially for stressed-out teenagers.

Audio Woman Not Diabetic After Cell Transplant

A diabetic woman no longer needs to take daily medicine after she received a stem cell transplant. The daily insulin injection had helped control the amount of sugar -- or glucose -- in her blood. Wendy Peacock was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17, according to The Miami Herald.

Audio China Debates Egg-Freezing Ban for Single Women

Over the years, China has relaxed its family planning laws. The country now allows millions of families to have two children. But letting single women have children or even freeze their own eggs is a different story.

Video Study: Head Lice Growing Resistant to Existing Treatments

Being infected with head lice can cause a child to miss classes. The insects are difficult to kill. They can also cause discomfort in the child, who may try to remove them from the skin. A new study suggests that lice populations have become resistant to the chemicals used to kill them.

Audio Days of Painful Tooth Repair May Be Over

Nobody likes going to the dentist. This is especially true of children. But new technology may help teeth heal naturally without painful drilling and filling. This article is filled with words that you will need to know to talk about caring for your teeth and your next trip to the dentist.

Audio Explosions Change Soldiers’ Brains, Study Says

Researchers say powerful explosions can force blood from the chest into the front of the brain. This can lead to conditions that cause some soldiers to become violent or suffer from depression. Improving chest protection may prevent brain injuries, according to a new study. .

Audio Millions with Mental Illness Get Little or No Treatment

The World Health Organization reports that hundreds of millions of people worldwide have a mental disorder. However, the WHO adds that most get little or no treatment. Learn the vocabulary needed to talk about this important study.

Video Could Organizing Your Home Change Your Life?

A new movement in the United States is all about clearing away unnecessary things in your life. A Japanese cleaning expert on clutter is now the hot topic on playgrounds, at work and parties. But can cleaning out clutter really help you succeed at your job or lose weight? Read on to learn more.

Video Health Agreement Asks Chinese People to Help Strangers

The American Heart Association and China recently created a first-ever partnership that was years in the making. The benefit of this partnership might save lives in China, the U.S. and beyond. But one concern remains: are people in China willing to help a stranger who is having a heart attack?

Audio New Treatment Could Prevent, Reverse Alzheimer’s

Researchers have discovered that repeated hits to the head can change the form of a brain protein. They have developed a treatment that returns the protein shape to normal. This could stop the development of the disease or slow it in those who already suffer from it.

Audio Using Head in Soccer May Be Dangerous for Children

Soccer is not a violent game. But when players hit the ball with their head and collide with other players, severe head injuries can occur. Researchers are studying the effects of concussions and other injuries on young people who participate in soccer and other sports.

Audio Screams Have Special Place in Brain

Screams, like those we hear in horror movies, have a special quality that separates them from other noises we make and hear. People all over the world react the same way to screams. Why is that? And why are screams important? Read on to learn some great vocabulary about sounds, screams and fear!

Audio ‘Highly Effective’ Ebola Vaccine Developed in Guinea

Researchers say they have developed a vaccine that highly effective at preventing the disease Ebola. The World Health Organization says the vaccine has so far been 100 percent effective in tests in Guinea. Norway’s foreign minister called it “the silver bullet."

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  • Audio Kenyan Church Welcomes LGBT Members

    In early September, the Anglican Church of Kenya cancelled the license of clergymen suspected of homosexuality. Some feared that Kenyan churches do not welcome homosexuals. But one location offers religious services to gays, homosexuals, bisexual and transgender people. More

  • Video Drought Affecting California’s Sequoias

    California is suffering under a historic four-year drought and scientists say even the state's famed sequoia trees are feeling the pain. The National Park Service has started detailed research to see how it can help the oldest living things on earth survive. More

  • Video Father of Oregon Victim Says Gunman Targeted Christians

    U.S. officials are investigating an attack Thursday at a college in rural southern Oregon. Officials identified the gunman as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer. They said he killed at least nine people at Umpqua Community College. More

  • Audio Cecil the Lion Could Help Protect Other Animals

    The head of the animal rights group Born Free USA says the killing of Cecil the lion put a face on issues conservation groups have been addressing for years. Current campaigns aim to stop trophy hunting and cruelty to elephants in Africa. More

  • Audio China Restricts Reporting on Guangxi Bombings

    The attacks killed at least seven people and injured 50 others. Critics say it is common for a Chinese official to try to limit the spread of bad news, especially when it happens at a sensitive time. The government also moved to restrict search keywords related to the bombings or the suspect. More

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    When we want to compare things we use comparative and superlative forms. Find out some of rules and exceptions of these important forms in Everyday Grammar for this week. More

  • Video ‘The Martian’ Mixes Science, Science Fiction

    Hollywood's latest space operation gone wrong movie stars Matt Damon as an astronaut mistakenly left on Mars. The film is a hit with movie critics. But what do science critics think? More

  • The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, Part 2

    Video The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, Part Two

    We continue the story of “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane. As we told you last week, the story is based on true events. In eighteen ninety-six, Crane was traveling to Cuba as a news reporter. On his way there, his ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean. Crane climbed into the last remaining lifeboat. More

  • Audio Great Barrier Reef Choking on Pollutants

    The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia. It is the largest living organism on Earth. However, the reef is being damaged by climate change and pollutants from farms that flow into the reef. More

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    Audio Coffee Before Bed Does More Than Keep You Awake

    Sleep is important for our mental and physical health. But, an internationally popular drug may interfere with that. Caffeine is found in coffee and other foods and drink. Researchers now say to be careful about when you drink it! More

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