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East Meets West to Treat Alzheimer's Patients

Alzheimer brain

11/25/2014
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. More

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.

Audio Dealing with Distractions and Overreactions

Five million American children and teenagers have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD. ADHD makes it difficult - if not impossible - to stay with a duty until it is complete. Katherine Ellison knows the problem well. | Health Report

Audio Kale: The 'Super Food'

October 1 was National Kale Day in the United States. For people in Russia, kale is kapusta. In Italy, it is called cavolo. Hindi speakers call it gobhi. Or if you speak Japanese, the name is karu. Read on to learn about this good-for-you vegetable and many cooking words. | Health report

Audio Physically Fit Children Do Better in School

Several studies found that children who had physical activity on a usual basis improved in school. The children also learn best if physical activity is included during class or before. | Health Report

Audio Is Writing Notes by Hand Better Than Typing?

If you want to remember something important, it might be a good idea to skip the computer and write it down instead. Our brains seem to like old school pencil and paper when it comes to remembering. | Health Report

Audio Sit Less, Live Longer

These days, we all know that exercise is good for our health. But did you know that something as common as sitting too much could be bad for our health? Read on to find out more about the importance of moving. | HEALTH

Audio Containing Ebola: Window of Opportunity Closing

Top health experts explain the seriousness of the Ebola outbreak. One expert warns that the chance for containing the virus is closing -- quickly. | HEALTH REPORT

Audio More People Die from Suicide than Wars, Disasters

Every year more than 800,000 people die by killing themselves, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO is launching its first global report on suicide prevention. It says more people die from suicide than from conflicts, wars and natural disasters combined.

Audio Is There a Deadly Polio Virus Hiding Somewhere?

A more deadly form of the Polio virus was able to resist the antibodies created by the vaccine. The study says a mutated polio virus was responsible for that unusually deadly outbreak. | Health Report

Audio Raw Chocolate Is Better For Your Health

Is Chocolate Good For Us? Or Just Good. The experts may disagree on that point. But most agree that raw chocolate could be the healthiest type yet.

Audio Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

Doctors are worried about a type of malaria spreading in South East Asia that is not responding to usual treatments. Doctors can still treat infected patients with stronger drug cocktails. But they worry that it is just a matter of time before those medicines also become ineffective.

Audio While You Sleep, Your Brain Works

While we sleep, our brains are doing much more than getting ready for the next day. Researchers at the University of Rochester found that the brain may be busy cleaning house -- cleaning out harmful waste materials.

Audio Brain Imaging Improves Treatment for Depression

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition. The word “clinical” is added to separate people who are depressed from those who simply feel sad because of life events. Researchers have identified one area of the brain that reacts to talk therapy or medications by “lighting up” | HEALTH REPORT

Audio Mindfulness Meditation to Reduce Tension

More and more people in the U.S. feel tensions from work, family and technology. To ease these feelings many are joining the Mindfulness Meditation Movement. Check it out for yourself.

Audio Marijuana Helps Children with Epilepsy

People who support legalization of marijuana say some kinds of the plant offer extraordinary help for human health. For example, one kind of medical marijuana is reported to ease effects of epilepsy, a disease of the nervous system.

Audio Conversations Find Lost Memories

Conversations about the past are proving to help senior citizens remember the present. These conversations are also helping them fight depression and feel better about themselves. | Health Report

Learn with The News

  • Audio Group Claims Gender Equality Will End Hunger, Poverty

    A Christian aid group calls for governments and employees to end discrimination against women and girls. Bread for the World says increasing educational levels, giving women more economic power and helping with child care will help them earn more. This will, in turn, help men and their families. More

  • People hide from gunfire near church during firefight between African peacekeepers, fighters from the Christian "anti-balaka" militia, Bangui, Feb. 18, 2014.

    Audio Central African Republic Losing the Next Generation

    Thousands of people have been killed in the fighting in the Central African Republic, and many have been forced from their homes. Among the victims are children whose parents died or have gone missing. For these boys and girls, joining an armed group is one of the only ways to find protection. More

  • A protester stands with his hands on his head as a cloud of tear gas approaches after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Nov. 24, 2014.

    Audio New Violence Hits Ferguson, Missouri

    An American grand jury ruling has resulted in new violence in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. The jurors decided not to charge a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed African American teenager last August. The decision was announced Monday -- more than three months after the shooting. More

  • U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (R) applaud Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel after the president announced Hagel's resignaton at the White House in Washington, Nov. 24, 2014.

    Audio US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

    Also, Iranian and Western diplomats shave extended talks about Iran's nuclear program; Russia's finance minister says the country is losing billions of dollars a year from sanctions and falling oil prices; and a Swiss museum says it will accept a priceless collection of long-hidden artwork. More

  • In this picture taken July 18, 2012, Zali Idy, 12, poses in her bedroom in the remote village of Hawkantaki, Niger. Zali was married in 2011.

    Audio African Union Promises to End Child Marriage

    Strong social and cultural traditions support the practice in much of Africa, although it is illegal. Early marriage compromises the right of girls to an education. It can also have a shocking effect on their health. The African Union believes it can end the practice within a generation. More

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    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. More

  • Mr. Van Rijsselberghe worked on the project with scientists from the Free University of Amsterdam.

    Video Dutch Experiment Grows Vegetables in Sea Water

    Due to rising sea level, farmers are increasingly unable to use fields close to the sea. A farmer in the Netherlands is growing small, but healthy and tasty crops in a mixture of fresh and salt water. Farmers in Pakistan may soon be growing Dutch potatoes in areas affected by rising sea waters. More

  • Jonathan Evans Performs with Bonerama

    Video With Bonerama, Three Trombones Lead the Big Parade

    The New Orleans-based group brings together funk, rock, blues and jazz, creating a gumbo for the ears. Bonerama has horns like many bands. But, unlike most groups, the trombone players lead this band. Reporter Jonathan Evans performed with the band and wrote about it for American Mosaic. More

  • A line from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is displayed at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

    Audio Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg Still Have Meaning

    On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said no one would remember his speech at a battlefield cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address remains one of the most important speeches in U.S. history. More

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    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. More

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