Heart disease is the leading killer of men and women in America. A recent culprit in a growing list of heart disease risk factors is the simple act of sitting. Even for people who regularly exercise, a day of sitting at the office can negate those active hours.
The Hmong community has been among the more resistant to western medicine since migrating to the United States over the last 60 to 70 years. Traditionally, they preferred the treatment of a Hmong shaman. But in California, there's an effort underway to bring the two types of medicine together.
A new study has found that Type 2 diabetes, the kind linked with obesity, progresses more rapidly and is harder to treat in children than in adults. Children more commonly have Type 1 or juvenile diabetes. But recently, Type 2 has become a problem as well.
In Swaziland, the strained relationship between religious leaders and public health officials is improving, if slightly. The two groups are trying to work together more as the country battles an HIV infection rate among adults that may be as high as 25 percent.
In a report released Thursday, the Center for Disease Control estimated 1 in 88 children in the United States has received a diagnosis of autism or a related disorder. The report has renewed the debate over the causes and diagnostic criteria for autism.
Fort Hope, Ontario, is one of a handful of communities in Canada where addiction to the powerful narcotic painkiller OxyContin runs rampant. An estimated 80 percent of working-age adults there abuse the prescription drug, and it's stretching the resources of the community and leading the drastic increases in crime.
As the U.S. Supreme Court debates the Affordable Healthcare Act, there's a growing discussion about the level of political heat that may come down, no matter what the decision is.
New research on the air quality around natural gas wells provides additional evidence and controversy about the possible health effects from hydraulic fracturing or "fracking." In Colorado, scientists found that fracking wells emit potentially toxic hydrocarbons into the air.
A new report reveals that on most Native American reservations in the United States, access to Plan B emergency contraceptives is incredibly difficult. And that's even though nearly 1 in 3 Native American women will be raped at some point in their life.
A survey in the United Kingdom recently found that a majority of the nation's police officers are overweight. In response, a proposal has been floated to require fitness testing of all officers. But some police say this is unnecessarily broad.