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Health & Lifestyle

Choosing to Be a Single Mother

Kerry and Declan Reichs (Courtesy Photo)

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. More

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.

Video Light Pollution. How Much Light is Too Much?

Light pollution can affect our ability to see the night stars. It can also hurt our health and the planet. But light is needed to make our cities safe. How can we find a balance? In cities, artificial light comes from street lamps, buildings, signs and cars and blocks out stars in the sky.

Audio Will Chinese Drink Coffee over Tea?

Asia has long tradition of tea-drinking. And China is no exception. However, lately more and more Chinese people are turning to a different drink. Coffee has become an increasingly popular choice of Chinese people living abroad and in the country’s huge cities.

Audio Western Diet Bad for Human Health, Environment

The spread of Western eating habits around the world is bad for human health as well as for the environment. Those findings come from a new report in the journal Nature. Experts say there are ways to solve this diet-health-environment problem, but it will require a major change in eating habits.

Audio What Health Topics Are Most Important to You?

Ebola led health headlines around the world. But VOA Learning English's Health Report covered many more topics in 2014. To end the year on a happy note, we thought you might like to re-visit Learning English Health Report stories that were most viewed, Tweeted, and commented on this year.

Audio Chocolate Improves Memory and Heart Health

Researchers are realizing what chocolate-lovers have known for a long time -- that chocolate is good for you. Their study found that large amounts of flavanols, substances found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables, may help to reverse age-related memory failure and can help prevent strokes.

Audio Helping Uganda’s Disabled Children Play

You may think that all children have freedom to play. But for children who look differently from others or have physical disabilities, the idea of play can seem far away. An organization in Uganda is seeking to change that. Read on to learn words needed to talk about this sometimes difficult topic.

Video Indoor Pollution Kills Millions Each Year

WHO say nearly three billion people are unable to use clean fuels and technologies for cooking, heating and lighting. And they say more than seven million people die from exposure to indoor or outdoor air pollution each year. 4.3 million die from household air pollution given off by cookstoves.

Video Ebola Survivor Talks About His Experience

VOA recently welcomed health officials from West Africa and Ebola survivors. Read more for a Learning English interview with an Ebola survivor, Dr. Rick Sacra.

WHO: Plague in Madagascar Could Spread

For much of 2014, health officials around the world have been guarding against Ebola virus. There is another disease that can cause as much attention and fear – the plague. Last week, the World Health Organization reported on cases of plague in the island nation of Madagascar.

Audio East Meets West to Treat Alzheimer's Patients

But researchers in California say a new way of treating Alzheimer’s disease is showing promise for reversing some of that memory loss. The new treatment combines western medicine with eastern philosophy – ideas rooted in Asian religions.

Audio Surgery Safaris: Looking for the Perfect Body

Many people these days are going as far as South Africa to get their version of perfection. People from across Africa and the world come for so-called “surgery safaris.” There are no animals to see on these safaris. The visitors instead look for smaller stomachs, firmer bottoms or perhaps new eye.

Audio Progress in Fight Against Ebola

In late October, officials in West Africa began reporting some good news in the battle against Ebola. Fewer people are getting infected and fewer are dying from it. But the experts warn this bit of good news must not slow the international fight against Ebola, which is still far from over.

Audio Learning Magic Tricks Helps Heal

Magic is the performance of tricks. It has been a part of almost every culture in the world for centuries. But one American magician decided to use his tricks for a bigger purpose than just entertaining an audience. For him, magic is a form of therapy. But can magic really heal? | HEALTH REPORT

Audio Mass Vaccination of Dogs Can Eliminate Rabies

About 70,000 people worldwide die every year of rabies. Rabies is a viral infection that people get mainly through dog bites. Scientists say vaccinating dogs can effectively get rid of rabies outbreaks in dog populations. And this will have a domino effect, fewer humans with rabies.

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  • Video A Year Later, Still No Word on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

    Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared one year ago on a flight from Malaysia to China. The flight was carrying 239 people. Malaysian officials have declared the plane’s disappearance an accident. But families with loved ones on the plane still want to know exactly what happened. More

  • Video Trail Rides Kick off Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    Trail rides are a big part of tradition for horse and bull riders from all over the huge state of Texas. It is a tradition that dates back to 1952. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is where all of them show up to participate in the largest event of its kind in the world. More

  • Audio India Bans British Rape Documentary

    Officials in India have blocked the showing of a British documentary about a rape that shocked the world two years ago. The film includes comments from one of the six men who carried out the attack. His words angered many Indians. Some people say banning the film is not a solution to the problem More

  • U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, right, covers a slash on his face as he leaves the Sejong Cultural Institute in Seoul, after he was attacked by an armed assailant, in Seoul, March 5, 2015.

    Audio US Ambassador to South Korea Injured in Attack

    Ambassador Mark Lippert is said to be in stable condition after a man in Seoul stabbed him. Ambassador Lippert was left with 80 stitches in his face. In other news, Liberia has released its last confirmed Ebola patient. The World Health Organization said Liberia reported no new cases last week. More

  • Video US Cities Protect Civil Rights Heritage to Increase Tourism

    President Barack Obama will visit Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of a day known as “Bloody Sunday.” On March 7, 1965, police officers brutally attacked peaceful demonstrators in Selma. The protesters were part of a campaign to get voting rights for African-Americans. More

Featured Stories

  • Video Dealers Show Marijuana Products at DC Show

    Industry representatives demonstrated smoking equipment and marijuana plant growing systems. Some even gave business advice about what supporters hope will be a successful industry. But the drug itself was not on display at the show. It is still a violation of federal law to possess marijuana. More

  • FILE - An embryologist works on a petri dish at a London fertility clinic.

    Audio 'Three-Person Babies' Debate Goes Beyond Science and Religion

    Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy uses the genetic material from three people to create babies. The stated purpose of the therapy is to help mothers avoid passing genetic mutations to their babies. Some say MRT will lead to 'designer babies.' Others say it is dangerous, immoral or just wrong. More

  • Steam and smoke is seen over the coal burning power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. Coal power plants are among the biggest producer of CO2, that is supposed to be responsible for climate change.

    Audio Capturing CO2 Is Costly and Difficult

    Most scientists agree that increasing amounts of carbon-dioxide gas in the atmosphere is partly to blame for climate change. Climate change can have a big effect on weather conditions around the world. Scientists are looking for the best and least costly methods for capturing the gas. More

  • Kerry and Declan Reichs (Courtesy Photo)

    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. More

  • Audio Young Writer’s Plays Explore Race, Identity in America

    Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' latest play 'An Octoroon,' is showing at a theater in New York City. It is based on a 19th Century work by Dion Boucicault. It tells about a white man who falls in love with a woman who is part black. At the time, mixed race marriage was banned in southern US states. More

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