Health

Psychiatrist: Walking Stimulates The Brain ‘In Many, Many Ways’

July 27, 2015
Walking (Montse PB/Flickr)

“A bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin,” says John Ratey, “because it does the same thing.”

World’s First Malaria Vaccine A Step Closer To Use On Babies

July 24, 2015
A mother sits with her sick child in a bed with mosquito net in a hospital on April 24, 2015 in the popular suburb of Port-Bouet in Abidjan, on the eve of the World Malaria Day on April 25, 2015. (Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images)

Mosquirix, developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, has been given the green light by drug regulators in Europe.

Tulsa Braces For 100-Degree Weekend

July 23, 2015
Liz Moody, left, and Stephanie Russell, right, both of Forest Grove, Oregon, cover their heads with towls to keep cool as they watch the Japan-Canada World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 21, 2011. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Hot summer days are great for beachgoers, but they also endanger millions of lives. Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S.

Building Support For Black Cancer Patients

July 23, 2015
Bridgette Hempstead, 54, left, breast cancer survivor and founder of Cierra Sisters, Inc., an African-American breast cancer survivor and support organization, stands with Charity Jokonya, 41, also a breast cancer survivor, in Hempstead's home in Seattle on Thursday, June 25, 2015. (Mike Kane/KUOW)

Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult enough, but for African-Americans, the odds of surviving the disease are lower than whites.

CDC Study: Teen Sex, Pregnancy On The Decline

July 23, 2015
According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control, less than half of teens between 15 and 19 say they’ve had sex and teen births have declined by 57 percent over the last 30 years. (kidoki/Flickr)

The number of teenagers having sex is at the lowest level in 25 years. Less than half of 15 to 19-year-olds say they’ve had sex.

What One Man Learned From Losing 100 Pounds

July 22, 2015
Alasdair Wilkins is pictured after losing 100 pounds. (Courtesy)

Alasdair Wilkins writes, “I wish I could have found a way to be comfortable in my skin even without the weight loss.”

New Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Promise In Clinical Trials

July 22, 2015
Alexis McKenzie, right, executive director of The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia Forest Side, an Alzheimer's assisted-living facility, puts her hand on the arm of resident Catherine Peake, in Washington, Feb. 6, 2012. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

The drug solanezumab showed some effectiveness in slowing the progression of the illness in people suffering from mild symptoms.

Advances In Treating Genetic Disorder Have Some Parents Excited, Others Wary

July 14, 2015
Terry Jo Bichell helps her son Louie take off his shoes. Louie, 16, has a severe intellectual disability caused by Angelman syndrome. (Emily Siner/WPLN)

Researchers have made big strides in treating the rare genetic disorder known as Angelman Syndrome.

Rotary Club Is Still Fighting AIDS, 25 Years Later

July 9, 2015
Robin Young (wearing headphones) poses for a picture with Los Altos Rotary Club members at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project. (Courtesy)

A conservative Silicon Valley Rotary Club would seem an unlikely candidate to be at the forefront of AIDS education.

The July Effect: Is It Really A Bad Time To Go To The Hospital?

July 8, 2015
Doctor with a stethoscope (proimos/Flickr)

It happens at hospitals every July: senior residents move on and a wave of around 30,000 new doctors begin their residencies.

Colorado Families Turn To Boot Camp To Fight Childhood Obesity

July 8, 2015
Argelia Sanchez (left), with her children Yohely, Yaritza and Yovany, on a recent visit to a grocery story in Aurora, Colorado as part of the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics Get Fit program. (John Daley/CPR News)

One in every three kids in the U.S. is either overweight or obese. It’s even a problem in Colorado, one of the healthiest states.

Aetna Acquires Humana As Other Health Insurers Look to Merge

July 6, 2015
Aetna Inc., the nation's third largest insurer, headquartered in Hartford, Conn., bought its rival Humana for $37 billion. (Jessica Hill/AP Photo)

Aetna, the fourth largest insurer in the U.S., bought its rival Humana for $37 billion. What does the merger mean for consumers?

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

July 3, 2015
Health workers wash their hands after taking a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in an area where a 17-year old boy died from the virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined the area where the corpse of the boy was found, sparking fears this West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

Three new cases of the deadly virus have been found in Liberia, two months after the country was declared Ebola-free.

Housing The Homeless With Health Care Dollars

June 30, 2015
Certified medical assistant Michael Thomas checks Nebbitt’s height for his chart. Nebbitt suffers from seizures, heart disease and depression. (Heidi de Marco/KHN).

A multimillion dollar experiment is underway in Los Angeles: using health care dollars to house people who are chronically homeless.

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Vaccines For School Entry

June 25, 2015
Christy Pritchard carries her son, Zachary, 3, as she waits to appear before the Assembly Health Committee to voice her opposition to a measure mandating that schoolchildren be vaccinated at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The bill would get rid of the personal belief exemption, and require all children – except for those with medical wavers – to be vaccinated.

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