September 05, 2015 10:15 UTC

Health & Lifestyle

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. More

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."

Audio Study: Smoking May Increase Risk of Schizophrenia

Researchers reviewed 61 studies from around the world; they discovered cigarette smoking is three times more common among those with schizophrenia who were receiving medical care for the illness for the first time compared to people who did not have the mental disorder.

Audio Eat Nuts to Stay Healthy

Recently researchers in the Netherlands have found that you do not need to eat many nuts to get all the health benefits. Also, not all nuts have the same nutrients. This article features some of the more popular nuts in the American diet.

Video In-Store Training on Healthy Food Choices

Many poor families buy processed foods because they seem to cost less than fresh vegetables, fruits and whole wheat products. But a national group, Share Our Strength, is showing families that they can buy healthy foods for about the same amount of money as manufactured foods.

Audio Mixture of Safe Chemicals May Cause Cancer

When we are told that chemicals are safe to use on our bodies or in and around our homes, we believe they are just that -- safe. Could a mixture of “safe” chemicals cause cancer? A group of scientists was told to answer that question.

Audio Growing Minds Need Greener Spaces

It is not a secret that spending time outdoors is good for our health. But does being in and around nature help children learn? That is the question researchers around the world want to answer. Two recent studies seem to show a connection between more green spaces and better test scores.

Audio Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Less Likely to Spread

The number of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis cases is rising. Multi-drug-resistant TB results from a bacterium – a group of small living things that can cause disease. The bacterium is hard to kill because it has become resistant to two or more common antibiotics.

Audio Sweet Potatoes as Medicine

Researchers have helped to reduce a major health problem with a simple food – the orange sweet potato. A program created to help farmers grow the crop has unexpected and healthy results. Some reports say this is the first time an agricultural program has had a major effect on health.

Audio WHO Warns Against Unnecessary Caesarean Sections

More and more women are asking doctors to perform a C-Section when they are ready to give birth. Until recently, the operations were performed only in emergencies. Now, some doctors look to surgical childbirth as an easy way to do business in this Health and Lifestyle report.

Audio Mosquito-Borne Viruses Spread Across the World

There is a mutated virus free to travel the world. And it has a travel buddy. One is deadly. One is just extremely painful. Find which viruses they are and if they are in your part of the world. You’ll also learn a great word: stow-away. Read the article to find out what it means and how to use it.

Audio Doctor Brings Healing to Patients in Their Homes

Ernest Brown is a unique doctor. Unlike most doctors, he does not work in a clinic or hospital. He works out of a black Toyota truck. Patients do not come to him. He comes to their houses. Dr. Ernest Brown is a doctor who makes house calls.

Audio US Urges Responsible Antibiotic Use

Experts say drug-resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths a year in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that about 50 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions are not necessary. In March, President Obama launched a five-year, $120 billion program to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Learn with The News

  • Video What Does China Want?

    This week, China held a huge military parade to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II. More than 12,000 soldiers took part in the event. It included the first public showing of a new missile that reportedly has the ability to destroy an aircraft carrier. | In The News More

  • Video With US Tie, Cubans Have Better Access to Internet

    The United States and Cuba officially re-established diplomatic relations two months ago. The re-establishment of ties had led to better access of the Internet across the island nation. Until recently, it has been difficult for Cubans to connect online with the rest of the world. More

  • Audio Countries Compete for Oil in the Arctic

    Russia, the United States and other countries are hurrying to control Earth’s northernmost territory: the Arctic. Environmentalists have denounced U.S. oil company projects in the Arctic. A former Shell Oil Company official says new kinds of energy can be developed without harming nature. More

  • Audio Weaker Chinese Economy Sends Shockwaves Worldwide

    As markets show weakness, U.S. and Japanese officials have called for talks on China’s economy at the G-20 meeting in Turkey. The U.S. government is urging China to be more open in discussing its policy plans. More

  • Audio Pro-Kurdish Party Could Decide Turkish Election Results

    Turkey will hold its second parliamentary elections this year on November 1. Political observers believe that the pro-Kurdish party HDP could sway the elections. The party won enough votes in June elections to enter parliament for the first time. More

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  • 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. More

  • Audio Tanglewood Music Center Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    The world famous Boston Symphony Orchestra normally performs at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. But its summer home is the Tanglewood Music Center in western Massachusetts. The Boston Symphony Orchestra also has a summer program at Tanglewood for young singers and musicians. More

  • Audio Are You Too Smart for Your Own Good?

    If you think being smart is always a good thing, think again. Smart has many meanings. Read on to find out what they are and the surprising origin of the term Smart Aleck. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses

    English has several ways to talk about the future. It's one of the most flexible tenses in English. We visit some popular songs for examples of the future forms. Read and listen as the Everyday Grammar team shows you six ways to express an event in the future. You will not regret it! More

  • Video A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

    Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers. More

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