Health

Sensitive care provides lasting benefits to youngsters, research shows. Here, a Peruvian mother carries her baby in the hills above Lima.  (Photo courtesy of Ian Riley / Wikipedia Commons)

‘Sensitive’ Child Caregiving Shows Lasting Benefit

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FILE - Ibuprofen pills.

Study: Ibuprofen Extends Life in Simple Species

Researchers find tantalizing hint to longer life in one of world’s most commonly used medicines More

FILE - A couple leaves a free clinic that provides vision, dental and other health services in Wise, Virginia.

Study: Global Population Living Six Years Longer Than in 1990

Advance credited to falling death rates from cancer, heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria More

FILE - The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

EU Court Rules Obesity Can Be Disability

Court says if obesity hinders someone’s performance at work, it could count as a disability, and discrimination on grounds of disability is illegal under EU law More

Howard Zucker, New York state's acting health commissioner, answers a reporter's question after presenting the state's findings on hydraulic fracturing at the Capitol in Albany, Dec. 17, 2014.

Report on Risks Leads New York State to Ban 'Fracking'

Reports of polluted water, leaking fumes near wells have fueled vigorous opposition to controversial oil and gas drilling technique More


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VOA Documentary

Our documentary series examines the impact of the stigma of AIDS in several communities around the world. Hosted by Elton John, it premiered at the 20th International AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Our documentary series examines the impact of the stigma of AIDS in several communities around the world. Hosted by Elton John, it premiered at the 20th International AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia.