May 30, 2011 A new study suggests that efforts to address the obesity epidemic should include dramatically changing the workday. Some are already dong so, using treadmill desks at work to burn calories. And in Portland, Ore., city officials are trying to get desk-bound workers up and about.
May 24, 2011 The nation's next transportation bill should be written with its aging population in mind, advocates say. Their concern is that with pedestrians and cyclists already at risk, adding slower-moving senior citizens to a system built for cars could form a road safety crisis.
May 11, 2011 Infertility treatment is prohibitively expensive for many. Some couples take out a second mortgage, cash in their 401(k) or run up credit cards to pay for it. In Virginia, one nonprofit organization is providing financial help in the belief that becoming a parent should not depend on your paycheck.
May 2, 2011 The al-Qaida leader's killing may provide a boost to U.S. counterterrorism efforts: It could put added pressure on the Taliban, and it gets rid of "a symbol of successful defiance of the United States," analysts say. But it's also sure to prompt a reappraisal of already fraught U.S.-Pakistani relations.
April 14, 2011 A new study finds that providing insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization leads to fewer multiple births. The study's author says this saves lots of money as multiple births put a strain on neonatal intensive care units and other health services. Only eight states require insurers to cover IVF.
March 30, 2011 The rate of twin births has jumped 70 percent since 1980, in large part because of fertility treatments. But twins pose big risks to mother and babies, and premature twins are a growing burden on the health care system. The nation's largest fertility clinic is among those trying to curb the trend.
February 14, 2011 In the face of a persistent gender pay gap, researchers are focusing on this: Women don't ask for more money. When they try, it often backfires. A series of new efforts seek to coach women on the art of successful negotiating. There's even a Girl Scout badge to encourage girls to ask for more.
February 11, 2011 Egyptians have welcomed military rule with a massive display of joy. But many questions remain about what comes next — and there are strong doubts about whether military rule will lead to the demonstrators' ultimate goal: a credible transition to democracy.
January 31, 2011 There is no charismatic figure in exile, no single jailed dissident who carries the nation's hopes. As analysts try to assess who might emerge to fill a possible hole, the overriding assessment is that it's anyone's guess.
January 17, 2011 Giving + Learning, a nonprofit in Fargo, N.D., matches up retirees with refugees. In the past decade, volunteers have taught refugees how to speak English, how to drive — or they have simply visited those without a car or job who may feel isolated.
January 1, 2011 Baby boomers start turning 65 this year. That used to be the age when Americans stopped working and kicked back. But just like with every other stage of life they've gone through, baby boomers are expected to transform how we think about "retirement."
January 1, 2011 Disney officials say they felt compelled to liven up the experience of waiting in typically long lines at their theme parks because people today expect to be constantly entertained. They blame the popularity of smart phones and video games, which they say have made us more impatient.