health & medicine
The University of Haifa professes to have the world's only program for training hospital clowns. Its director says keeping kids happy while in the hospital is an integral piece of their recovery. And who could do a better job at that than silly, red-nosed clowns?
Novelist Marie Myung-Ok Lee says living with her autistic son has taught her there's more to life than "having it all." In a world with so many unique problems, she asks, why are we comparing our lives to anyone else's?
An estimated 350,000 American veterans will return home with P.T.S.D., making it difficult for them to readjust to civilian life. A former Connecticut judge says the influx could lead to an unprecedented rise in court cases connected to the disorder.
The United States routinely produces some of the world's best swimmers. Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin are all expected to medal at the Olympics. But a surprising number of Americans don't know how to swim.
Many adults have a list of excuses for not making new friends: They're too busy; they already have friends; they won't be as close with them as those from their younger years. But author Marla Paul says that decision comes with a heavy price.
A new Frontline documentary is taking a look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the black community. In 2011, HIV was more prevalent in Washington, D.C., than in many African countries, including Rwanda, Ethiopia and the Congo.
Conventional wisdom said votes to extend some of the Bush-era tax cuts and to repeal the healthcare reform bill will fall along party lines, and they still may. But with election just months away, elected officials are plugging numbers into a more detailed equation to figure out how to cast their vote.
The first panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt was created in 1987 by a gay rights activist in San Francisco. Since then, 100,000 people have sewn more than 48,000 panels that depict the lives of loved ones lost to the disease.
Oscar Pistorius, a South African runner, has spent his career blurring the lines between disabled and able-bodied athletes. Next month he'll have the chance to make history as the first amputee to compete in track at the summer Olympics.
Presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney has been out of step with his Republican colleagues, in calling the individual mandate in the federal healthcare law a penalty, and not a tax. Or his staff has, at least. Wednesday night, Romney moved to bridge the divide and eliminate any differences with Republican leaders.