July 06, 2015 20:17 UTC

Health & Lifestyle

Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Less Likely to Spread

A doctor points to an x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB (tuberculosis) in Ladbroke Grove in London, England, Jan. 27, 2014.

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. More

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 datingcultures.com. 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.

Audio Change in Work Schedule Could Cure 'Social Jet Lag'

If you sometimes feel as if you are sleep-walking through your day, it could be possible that your work and body clocks are fighting each other. Read on to learn great words like metabolism and circadian rhythm. These words will help you to talk about your body’s sleeping and waking cycles.

Audio Caring for an Aging Population

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.

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.

Learn with The News

  • Audio China May Be Facing Economic Slowdown

    China’s economy is growing slowly after years of strong gains. Some China watchers in the United States say the Chinese economy is slowing to a halt. They use the word stagnating. They say stagnation is a real threat unless new reforms can bring big changes to the Chinese economic system. More

  • Audio Report: Faster Speeds, Less Space on Internet

    A new report says Internet speeds around the world are getting much faster. But it warns that the sharp increase in the number of devices connected to the World Wide Web could cause problems. Solutions to this problem do exist. However, Internet service providers have not begun to use them. More

  • Audio Extremely Dry Weather Raises HIV Risk

    A new study shows a lack of rainfall may be the main reason for financial bad news in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. The study finds protecting people from financial hardship may reduce their likelihood of risky behaviors that spread HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus. More

  • Solar Plane

    Video Solar-Powered Plane Lands in Hawaii after Crossing the Pacific

    A plane that uses only solar power landed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii on Friday after being flown across the Pacific Ocean. The flight was the most dangerous part of the plane’s planned 35,000-kilometer trip around the world. The trip is being made without using any fuel. More

  • Audio Greek Finance Minister Resigns After ‘No’ Vote

    A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there is no reason to open talks on a new aid program for Greece; two bombings kill more than 40 people in Central Nigeria; Pope Francis begins eight-day visit to South America; and, the United States wins the Women’s World Cup. More

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  • Three F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (rear to front) AF-2, AF-3 and AF-4. A new system to prevent pilots from suffering loss of consciousness is being developed for the aircraft.

    Video New Device May Help Jet Pilots

    While flying high above Earth’s surface, jet fighter pilots may suffer loss of eyesight for brief periods. Some pilots may even lose consciousness. These experiences, commonly called blackouts, can lead to tragic results. An Israeli company may have developed a device that could save pilots’ lives. More

  • Audio The Changing Face of America

    The faces of Americans in the United States are changing rapidly. In a few decades, the minority population will become the majority, as the white population decreases in the U.S. Those are the findings of a new report by the Census Bureau. More

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    Video Summer 2015 Brings Movies for Toddlers to Teens

    A girl's emotions star in 'Inside Out,' an animation from Pixar. 'Minions' is the story of the little yellow creatures from the 'Despicable Me' series. Don't like cartoon movies? Try "Paper Towns' based on a John Green book or 'Ricki and the Flash' starring Meryl Streep and daughter Maggie Gummer. More

  • Everyday Grammar: Beating Problems with Adverbs

    Audio Everyday Grammar: Beating Problems with Adverbs

    Some common mistakes in English happen when speakers confuse adjectives and adverbs. And some adverbs look the same but have opposite meanings. Do not fear, the Everyday Grammar expert is here to sort it all out for you. Learn why -ly usually (but not always) tells you a word is an adverb. More

  • Audio Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July

    Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July. But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK. More

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