April 28, 2015 05:13 UTC

Health & Lifestyle

Caring for an Aging Population

04/26/2015
By the year 2050, an estimated two billion people will be aged 60 or older. As the world’s population gets older, governments and community-based organizations must find ways to help families avoid ‘caregiver burnout.’ Read on to learn more about the issue in the Health & Lifestyle report. More

Audio One Billion Young People Risk Hearing Loss From Loud Music

One billion teenagers and young adults around the world risk losing their hearing by listening to loud music. This is according to the World Health Organization. The U.N. agency is asking young people to turn down the volume to prevent losing their hearing.

Audio How to Raise a Reader

Experts warn that fewer and fewer children in the US are reading for fun. So, now doctors and reading experts are advising parents on how to raise life-long readers. One way is to start reading to children as soon as they are born. And, continue doing it even after they learn to read themselves.

Video Your Body Posture Can Change Your Brain

New research shows that simply changing your body position can change your brain’s chemistry. Read on to find out about “power poses” and how they can make you more confident, more successful and help you in difficult situations.

Audio Is Secondhand Smoke Child Abuse?

Should people be allowed to smoke in their homes even if children live there? Or is smoking around children a type of child abuse? Secondhand smoke and kids is one of the latest issues in the great smoking debate. Read on to learn about smoking trends and illnesses caused by secondhand smoke.

Audio Psychology, Stress Influence Pilots' Mental Health

Reports indicate that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who crashed a plane into a mountain, was hiding a mental health problem. Experts say the airline industry must use a number of ways to check pilots’ mental health throughout their careers.

Audio Where are the World’s Happiest People?

Ten Latin America countries made it into Gallup’s top ten happiest countries on the planet. But a United Nations study on happiness shows a very different top ten list. Find out why they are different. And learn words dealing with surveys and polls. Then take our unofficial Happiness Poll!

Audio Study: Women Prefer to Go to Female Health Workers

A study in mainly Islamic communities in northern Nigeria found that women were more likely to see female health care workers. Male health workers do travel from town to town, but many women patients do not want to talk with a man about their own health care needs.

Audio New Treatment for AIDS Called a ‘Big Deal’

Read on to learn words like mutate, neutralize and antiretroviral as you learn how researchers have found a way to trick HIV, the virus causing AIDS, into killing itself. The difficulty level might be high as this article describes what happens when a genetically modified cell becomes an HIV killer.

Audio Too Much Gaming is a Pain in the Neck

Smartphones and other electronic devices, or gadgets, are becoming more affordable. Children in India are using them more and more. Doctors say children who spend long hours playing video games are increasingly showing signs of physical deformities, meaning their bodies are not growing properly.

Audio Feed the People or Save the Planet?

New food guidelines in U.S. do something they have never done before -- they are linked to the environment. Some say feeding the hungry should come first. Others say saving the planet is equally important. Read on to see words like "carbon footprint" and "sustainability" in action.

Audio What Causes Jet Lag and How to Avoid It

Traveling from one time zone to another can leave you feeling strange for several days, or "out of sync." This feeling is called jet lag. Jet lag is not all in your mind. It is also can affect the brain of flies. Read on for ideas on how to avoid jet lag on your next trip.

Audio A Tax on Sugar?

The World Health Organization says people around the world are eating more sugar. The WHO says more than 50 grams of sugar a day can lead to weight gain, tooth troubles and other diseases. It is urging governments in countries with high sugar intake to take steps to reduce how much sugar people eat.

Audio Sri Lankan-American Gives Back to Home Country

Many people leave their home country looking for a better education or a better job. Some never return. But some do return and they want to make the country they left a better place. Learn about a Sri Lankan woman who is doing just that.

Video Choosing to Be a Single Mother

U.S. officials say birth rates for unmarried women over age 40 have been rising in recent years. In fact, the rate in 2012 was almost 30 percent higher than just five years earlier. There are single mothers by choice. They are generally older, successful, well-educated, and financially secure.

Audio Understanding the Misunderstood Teenage Brain

A common battle cry of teenagers to adults is, "You just don't understand me!" Well, they might be right. A brain scientist (neuroscientist) and mother to two teenagers says the teenage brain is quite different from the adult brain. She "debunks," or clears up three common myths about teenagers.

Video Technology Increases Chances of Surviving Aneurym

Each year, half a million people die from brain aneurysms, -- when a blood vessel burst in the brain. For survivors, physical disabilities are often servere. They may include memory problems, loss of balance, trouble speaking and even blindness. But new technologies are increasing survival rates.

Video A Simple Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease: Exercise

Parkinson’s disease is a brain condition that makes it difficult to walk and simply to move. But some people are finding that a good way to treat the disease is not to move less – but to move more. This is complete change in thinking, something called a "philosophical shift."

Audio Pomegranate: Still Healthy at 5,000 Years Old

The pomegranate is one of the oldest known fruits. Pomegranates are found in ancient writings and pictured in the ancient art of many cultures and religions. The pomegranate is also a symbol of health, fertility and long life. Parts of the pomegranate tree and fruit are used to make medicine.

Audio US Study Links Air Pollution to Autism

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability. People with autism have trouble communicating and with social skills. A new study found that pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of pollution toward the end of pregnancy are two times more likely to have a child with autism.

Learn with The News

  • Audio At ASEAN, Territorial Dispute Gets Delegates’ Attention

    Leaders from Southeast Asian nations are meeting in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The leaders have called for a peaceful settlement of competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. Their calls are a sign of growing tensions because of Chinese activities in the Spratly Islands. More

  • Audio Japanese Prime Minister Begins US Visit

    Trip comes as security relationship between US and Japan is changing, 70 years after the end of World War II. But few Japanese support a change in the country’s security policy. Korean-Americans expected to protest visit; they are angry about sexual slavery of Korean women in World War II. More

  • Photogallery Aid Arrives in Nepal, Death Toll Rises Above 4,000

    US calls Iran nuclear deal monitoring ‘most extensive’ ever; funeral Monday for black man who died in police detention; Japanese Prime Minister in US; ASEAN conference begins in Malaysia; and, Australia claims corruption in drug trafficking trial in Indonesia | In the News More

  • Audio New Paris Concert Hall Hopes to Link Rich and Poor Music Lovers

    The new Paris Philharmonic concert hall opened earlier this year. Long before opening day, people questioned the large amount of money required to pay for the building. Now, the biggest problem is a social one. Can the concert hall influence a new generation of classical music lovers? More

  • Pope Francis celebrates a Roman Catholic religious service called a Mass. The Mass observed the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Massacre, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Sunday, April 12, 2015. Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I. Many people who study genocides believe it was the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey denies that the deaths should be considered a genocide. It says the number of dead is lower than what reports say it was, and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Video TIME Lists World’s 100 Most Influential People

    TIME Magazine has released a list of 100 people it says are the “most influential” people in the world. They are government leaders, activists, artists and celebrities.The list includes U.S. President Barack Obama, Cuban leader Raúl Castro, and Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Islam Is the Fastest Growing Religion in the World

    Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, according to a new study. The Pew Research Center spent six years studying the demographics of population and religion around the world. What they found is that as the world population grows between 2010 and 2050, so will Islam. More

  • Audio When It Comes to Money, Black Is Better Than Red

    Colors come to the rescue when you want to describe a business that is making money or losing money. Judging from Jack Ma's smile at Alibaba's IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, he's making a lot of money. Also learn other useful banking terms. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: In, On and At

    Many learners have questions about English grammar rules for using prepositions of place and time. We present a few simple guidelines to help you put your prepositions in the right places. In English, though, there is always an ‘exception to the rule. More

  • Video Monkeys Rule the Ruins in Disney Documentary

    The new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” centers on a troop of tocque macaques that live in a special place in Sri Lanka. The animals live under a strict social order. New mother Maya is low on that order and struggles for survival with her newborn, Kip. Danger and drama define their existence. More

  • Video Benito Cereno by Herman Melville, Part Three

    Today we complete the story of Benito Cereno, written by Herman Melville. As we told you in earlier parts of our story, rebel slaves seized the ship San Dominick off the coast of Chile. They killed many of its officers and crew. The captain, Benito Cereno, was ordered to sail to Senegal. But... More

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