August 04, 2015 01:19 UTC

Health & Lifestyle

‘Highly Effective’ Ebola Vaccine Developed in Guinea

A health worker prepares to inject a man with an Ebola vaccine in Conakry, Guinea, March 7, 2015.

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." More

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.

Audio  Fighting Obesity Is a Long-term, Complex Problem

How people become obese, or extremely overweight, is a complex issue. It involves of course, diet and biology but also psychology, food marketing and even politics. A recent conference on obesity discussed all these issues.

Audio For a Longer Life, Go Running

While all exercise is good, it seems running might be one of the best forms of exercise for heart health. However, running is hard on the body. Read on to learn about a recent study that claims that runners live longer. Also, get some tips on how to run safely and learn some great exercise words!

Audio WHO: Smoking Costs More Than You Think

The WHO says one person dies from a tobacco-related disease about every six seconds. On May 31 -- World No Tobacco Day -- smokers are asked to stop for at least 24 hours. But the cost of smoking extends beyond individuals. The WHO says the illegal tobacco trade robs countries of valuable revenue.

Video Group Helps US Children Learn About Healthy Foods

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young people into 500 schools across the United States. The young people teach students about nutrition and how they can eat healthy foods, both at home and at school. FoodCorps aims to reduce child obesity rates, which a child has too much body fat.

Audio Brain Remembers Language Better If You Sing It

If you have a long list of vocabulary words to learn, you might want to write them into a familiar song. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh studied the relationship between music and remembering a foreign language. After the tests were over, the singers came out on top. And it's more fun!

Audio Deaf-Blind Woman First to Use Braille Phone

New technology allows deaf and blind people to use the telephone. The tests are underway in Australia and the U.S. It could help end isolation that people who cannot see or hear say they feel. Learn about this exciting new technology as well as words like "Braille" and "parallel testing."

Audio How We Date: Here, There and Everywhere

The website uses humor and romance to spread cross-cultural understanding. Reporter Matthew Stein makes videos that ask and answer questions about dating. Other videos cover more serious subjects, such as abuse toward gay and transgender people, and women’s rights in East Africa.

Audio Salmonella Turned Cancer Killing Super Bug

Researchers have turned a common bacterium found in food into a cancer killer. Learn what the expression, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” means with this Health Report. You will also learn some cancer related words in this story.

Learn with The News

  • Audio ASEAN Ministers Expected to Discuss South China Sea

    Early versions of working documents received by VOA and Reuters news agency suggest ministers are working toward a “Declaration of Conduct.” In time, such a document would lead to a “Code of Conduct” outlining measures to avoid conflict in the South China Sea. More

  • Video Yazidis of Sinjar Observe Tragic Anniversary

    Islamic State militants attacked Iraq's Yazidi community one year ago. Thousands were killed or forced to flee their homes. Many others starved or died of thirst as they hid on Sinjar Mountain. Those who were rescued are haunted by the memories of the slaughter and loss of their homelands. More

  • Audio Islamic State’s Media Violence May Hurt the Group

    The group calling itself the Islamic State uses videos to publicize its activities. Some of its horrible acts have turned into big news stories. Some observers blame television stations and newspapers for publicizing the violence. Others say the bloody videos are starting to ruin the group’s image. More

  • Audio Digital Solution Helps Shield Online Activists

    The National Democratic Institute, a non-profit group, says a “live” operating system calls “Tails” is helping pro-democracy activists and others hide their online communications and activities from hostile governments. “Tails” is an acronym for The Amnesic Incognito Live System. More

  • Audio Kerry Hears Concerns About Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Also, economic concerns in Greece, China weigh on share prices; Emergency declared in four areas of Myanmar; President Obama releases rules to cut carbon; and, Malaysian official says plane part from same kind of aircraft as MH370. | In the News More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Let’s Go on a Space Trip!

    You do not need to spend $50 million on a ticket to the moon. Just close your eyes and come with us to a trip into outer space! Learn idioms that will help you navigate the world of space. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: May, Might, and Must

    May, Might and Must are modal verbs that cause confusion for some learners. The Everyday Grammar team is on the job, explaining how to use these modals to express how certain, or sure, you are of something. You can also use one of them to tell about your wishes for the future. More

  • Video Feathertop by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    This classic American story features a scarecrow that comes to life. Find out what adventures he has as he looks for love and admiration. His only problem is that he has to keep puffing on the pipe the witch gave him. If he stops - something terrible may happen! More

  • Audio Study Shows How Poverty Could Limit Learning

    Studies have shown that children from poor families have more difficulty in school than other boys and girls. Children with higher socioeconomic roots seem better prepared and perform better on school tests. Now, American researchers may have found a biological reason for that difference. More

  • 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. More

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