Some 9 million Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are too obese to serve in the military. Add to that young people who are unfit for military service for other reasons and just 25 percent of America's youth are able to serve in the military. A group of retired military leaders are encouraging America to get a handle on its weight problem.
A quiet test has been underway for nearly a year in select New York City high schools, where students are given easy access to birth control pills and Plan B, also known as the morning after pill. Parents are given the opportunity to opt out of their children participating, but so far few have done it. Some 1,000 students have been served so far.
Spain's new conservative government is making time from its efforts to rescue the country's moribund economy and instead work on rolling back laws changed under the last, Socialist government. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced a bill to re-criminalize abortion.
Before you light that cigarette, men, you might think about whether you want to have a child some day. That's the message in new research that shows the life choices both women and men make long before they conceive a child may have a permanent, genetic impact on any future offspring.
When the monsoon rains settle over Tucson and the rest of the U.S. southwest, they bring with them enough rain that water-dependent species go into hyperdrive. They must feed, mate, breed and create life in the shadow of a few days or weeks. But with the arrival of West Nile virus, cities are moving to rid the area of water — and breeding grounds for all kinds of animals — faster than ever.
Farmers in Sri Lanka are dying. Not because the work is hard, though it is. And not because the cities are pulling people in, with promises of an easier standard of living, though they are. No, farmers in Sri Lanka are dying from Chronic Kidney Disease, and while scientists have linked the explosion in cases to use of agricultural chemicals, but so far nothing is being done.
Doctors have been aware of the importance of Vitamin D for a few years now. The vitamin, which is more like a hormone that other vitamin, is partly responsible for a whole host of bodily functions, including regulating just how happy you are. But it turns out that it's a lot harder for black Americans to generate Vitamin D.
Dallas took an unprecedented step Thursday of launching an aerial spraying campaign to try and stop the spread of potentially deadly West Nile virus. Across the country, West Nile is extremely common this year, but especially in the south.
In many African countries, dozens of different languages are spoken by different ethnic groups. And while each country often has a European language as its "official" language, most people don't even begin to understand it. That presents a problem for aid groups, trying to share information.
The emergency response team in Oak Creek, Wis., has received high praise for its timely and response to Sunday's shooting. But an emergency medical expert says a response like that is the exception, not the rule. He calls the ambulance system in the United States a public policy disaster.