February 14, 2016 10:05 UTC

Health & Lifestyle

The Power of Touch

02/13/2016
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. More

Olympic Athletes Concerned About Zika Virus

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are less than six months away. With the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, many Olympic committees are discussing whether to send their athletes to the Games.

Audio Researchers: Link Between Zika Virus and Birth Defects

Researchers in Slovenia say they have found some evidence of a link between the Zika virus and an increase in some birth defects. They published the study this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Journal also published a report from a group of American health experts.

Audio Obama Seeks $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika

President Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus in the United States and other countries. The initiatives include mosquito control programs, vaccine research and health care services for low-income pregnant women.

Audio Zika Virus Detected in Body Fluids

Brazilian scientists have detected the Zika virus in urine and saliva samples of two infected patients. But, they added, more study is needed to find out whether the virus can infect by exchanging body fluids.

Video Person Infected With Zika Virus Through Sexual Contact

Officials in the southwestern state of Texas have reported what may be the first case of the Zika virus being transmitted in the United States by sexual contact.

Audio WHO Declares Zika A Global Health Emergency

On Monday, the World Health Organization declared that the spread of the Zika virus is a global health emergency. The mosquito-borne virus is spreading through the Americas at a worrying rate. There is no treatment for Zika. And a vaccine may be years away.

Audio Copper Metal Kills Viruses on Contact

Doctors and hospitals are constantly battling respiratory viruses ranging from pneumonia and the common cold to a host of recently emerged viruses, including those responsible for the deadly illnesses MERS and SARS. Now, doctors have a new way to battle these deadly infections.

Audio Urgent Call to Stop Zika Virus

Just this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that two people have tested positive for the virus in the states of Arkansas and Virginia. Health officials said that both became infected recently after traveling to countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Audio Roman Toilets Offered No Clear Health Benefits

When the Romans moved into Europe around 2,000 years ago, they brought a cleaner way of living. That meant better quality toilet, sewer and bathing areas. But a new study shows that parasites were not vanquished under Roman rule.

Audio New US Food Advice Not to Everyone's Taste

Americans love their eggs – scrambled, poached and over easy. The latest government health and dietary guidelines said Americans are free to eat eggs to their heart’s content. But other guidelines have not impressed some health officials.

Audio Mucus: Your Friend Against Bacteria

Just hearing the word "mucus" is enough to make some people uneasy. But science tells us that mucus protects us. Researchers recently found that many health benefits can come from mucus and viruses. When you have a cold, mucus is hard at work to make you healthy and keep harmful bacteria away.

Audio Is Zika Virus in Brazil Causing Brain Damage in Babies?

Health officials in Brazil are deeply concerned about 2,400 of newborn babies born recently with extremely small heads. Could a mosquito be the cause? Anna Matteo explores the Zika virus and if it is responsible.

Audio Wishes and Resolutions for 2016

At the beginning of each year, we look ahead and plan how we will improve our life. VOA Staff talked with our online visitors about their wishes for 2016.

Audio Coffee May Help You Live Longer

Many people around the world love to drink coffee. Now, coffee drinkers may have another reason to make it part of their day – a longer life! Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have discovered that drinking between three and five cups of coffee a day may prevent certain illnesses.

Audio Secret to Life? Dance, and Don't Procrastinate!

Tao Porchon-Lynch was born in India in 1918. So, if you do the math … she’s 97. And at 97 years young, she has been recognized as the world's oldest yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga, full-time, since 1967. But that’s not all she’s done.

Audio Study: British Have Better Teeth Than Americans

Researchers say among people 25 and older, Americans are missing more teeth than Britons. People in Britain receive dental care through the National Health Service, which is funded by taxpayers. In the United States, people either pay for their dental care or buy dental insurance.

Audio A Look Back on Health, Lifestyle in 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we look at the stories that you have found interesting and useful. The most discussed stories are the ones on raising a child as single parent and raising a child to be a reader. You also like stories on food like nuts, bacon and bananas!

Audio Study: Men Who Do Housework Have More Sex

Some men may think it is not their job to help with housework. They may think that it is a woman’s job to wash clothes or clean up after a meal. A new study finds that men who do their fair share of work around the house have better sex lives than those who don’t.

Audio Wounded Veteran to Receive Penis Transplant

Surgeons in the U.S. restore normal sexual functions for wounded soldier. They have performed the first penis transplant in the United States. An earlier transplant restored some sexual and reproductive function to the patient.

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The Day in Photos

Workers hold a giant figure showing the King of Carnival during preparations for the carnival parade in Nice, France, February 11, 2016.

Workers hold a giant figure showing the King of Carnival during preparations for the carnival parade in Nice, France, February 11, 2016.

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