- Cullman, Alabama


  • HEALTH-BACKLASH032.jpg For health care consumers, sticker shock leads to anger

    Americans who face higher insurance costs under President Barack Obama's health-care law are angrily complaining about "sticker shock," threatening to become a new political force opposing the law even as the White House struggles to convince other consumers that they will benefit from it.

    November 4, 2013 1 Photo

  • iStock_000003794250XSmall.jpg For kids, toning up the body may be a good way to tone up the mind

    Getting kids active is a key component of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, which says "children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight." But can physical activity also help improve a child's academic performance?

    November 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • Sex among demented spurs elderly care group to call for policies

    An association of professionals who work at hundreds of elderly-care facilities in the United States is calling on the homes to reconsider their policies - or, in most cases, lack of policies - on geriatric sex.

    October 28, 2013

  • iStock_000004590452XSmall.jpg Study finds surgery beats obesity better than diet, exercise

    Weight-loss surgery is more effective than diet and exercise as a treatment for obesity, according to a review of health studies involving almost 800 people.

    October 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags

    Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand.

    October 22, 2013

  • iStock_000007131611XSmall.jpg Sleep: The ultimate brainwasher?

    Scientists have long speculated and argued about why we devote roughly a third of our lives to sleep, but with little concrete data to support any particular theory. Now, new evidence has refreshed a long-held hypothesis: During sleep, the brain cleans itself.

    October 18, 2013 1 Photo

  • rock.doc.jpg Refrain from rinsing raw poultry

    Habits can be tough to change. But now is the time to stop rinsing your chickens and turkeys. Just thoroughly cook your birds. It’s easier than rinsing, and safer as well.

    October 9, 2013 1 Photo

  • How America is exporting its obesity epidemic

    With this summer's news from the United Nations that Mexico has surpassed the United States in adult obesity levels - one-third of Mexican adults are now considered extremely overweight - U.S. foreign policy has come into sharper, or perhaps softer, focus.

    October 4, 2013

  • iStock_000008375086XSmall.jpg Teenage drivers with teen passengers more likely to die in accidents

    When a novice teen driver dies in a crash, odds increasingly are that there is another teenager in the car, new research shows.

    September 28, 2013 1 Photo

  • NUTRITION-APPLES261.jpg Apples really can help keep the doctor away

    Apples don't get the same buzz as popular "superfruits" such as goji berries, acai berries or pomegranates. But don't overlook them.

    September 26, 2013 1 Photo