Science and Health

A resident shovels snow off a car.

Shoveling Snow Is As Tough On Your Heart As A Treadmill Stress Test

Using a snow blower isn't much better. Here's what to know before you start clearing snow.

 | Tricia Goss

Visitors are reflected on a window pane as a man counts Chinese currency notes

Beijing Threatens Response To Virus Measures From Other Countries

Australia and Canada this week joined a growing list of countries requiring travelers from China to take a COVID test prior to boarding their flight.

 | AP

Vehicles stranded on a flooded road.

California Keeps Wary Eye On Flooding After Powerful Storm

Flood warnings and watches remained in effect in the Sacramento County area due to widespread flooding and levee breaches in the agricultural region.

 | AP

Philippine Coast Guard rescue a woman from floods.

Floods In Philippines Leave 51 People Dead, Over A Dozen Missing

Over 4,500 houses were damaged by the floods, along with roads and bridges, and some areas still struggle with disrupted power and water supply.

 | AP

A 2019 photo shows Howard Irwin Fischer in Vermont

New York OKs Human Composting Law; 6th State In U.S. To Do So

Human composting is when the body of the deceased is placed into a reusable vessel along with plant material such as wood chips, alfalfa and straw.

 | AP

A great egret flies above a great blue heron in a wetland in Michigan.

EPA Finalizes Water Rule That Repeals Trump-Era Changes

The rule defines which "waters of the United States" are protected by the Clean Water Act.

 | AP

StrivePD app on a phone

Woman With Parkinson's Creates App To Help Track Symptoms

She created the free app StrivePD because she wanted to find new ways to improve her quality of life and the lives of others.

 | Elizabeth Ruiz

A sign says "Support Queer Youth"

Lawmakers Work To Protect Families Traveling For Gender-Affirming Care

Some states are moving to ban gender-affirming care for minors. But lawmakers are pushing to improve protection for minors, parents and providers.

 | Tomas Hoppough

A woman drops off her Christmas tree for recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling Is A Good Alternative To Landfills

Discarded Christmas trees can be picked up curbside for recycling through regular trash-collection services in various cities.

 | AP

Cabin crew wearing protective gear greet and check the temperatures of travelers heading to China onboard a flight

U.S. Will Require COVID-19 Testing For Travelers From China

The U.S. will soon require COVID-19 testing for travelers from China. The U.S. joins a few other nations imposing travel restrictions.

 | AP

Nataliia Pavliuk, right, and her daughter Yustyna, third from right, st.and with children and their artwork

Ukrainian Kids Express Horrors Of War Through Art Therapy

A mother and daughter, who are art teachers from Lviv, Ukraine, opened a new exhibition called "Children of War" at a Chicago Ukrainian museum.

 | Ben Schamisso

NASA's Artemis I moon rocket lifts off.

2022 Year In Review: Space

This year in space includes NASA's Artemis launch, new James Webb Space Telescope images and a historic mission crashing into an asteroid.

 | Clayton Sandell

A person on a treadmill

What Is The 12-3-30 Workout? The Routine Is Gaining A Following

If you've seen before-and-after shots with the hashtag #12330 on social media, they're doing this workout.

 | Emily O'Brien

Power transmission lines

Criminal Investigations Underway After Continued Power Grid Attacks

2022 had the highest number of attacks on the nation's power grid system in a decade, according to Politico.

 | Meg Hilling

A Mexican free-tailed bat recovers from freezing temperatures that caused bats to to go into hypothermic shock

Bats Plunge To Ground In Houston Cold Snap

The Mexican free-tailed bats that roost at Houston's Waugh Bridge went into shock when temperatures plunged below freezing last week.

 | AP

Health care workers look out a window

2022 Year In Review: Health And Medicine

From mental wellness to a multitude of illnesses, the past year in health and medicine has been a roller-coaster ride.

 | Lindsey Theis

An officer collects passports from residents for renewal and re-applications at a community police station in Beijing.

China To Resume Issuing Passports, Visas As Virus Curbs Ease

China stopped issuing visas to foreigners and passports to its own people at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

 | AP

A plastic surgeon

What Is Buccal Fat, And Why Are People Removing It?

Here's what you need to know about this plastic surgery trend that's all over social media.

 | Emily O'Brien

A resident wears a mask as he stands near the Lama Temple in Beijing

Foreign Firms: China 'Turns Corner' By Ending Quarantine

China's government downgraded the official seriousness of COVID-19 and dropped a requirement for people with the virus to be quarantined.

 | AP

A Tacoma Power crew works at an electrical substation damaged by vandals early on Christmas morning.

3 Washington State Electric Substations Vandalized

The attacks come as federal officials are warning that the U.S. power grid needs better security to prevent domestic terrorism.

 | AP

Clouds are reflected off the City of Jackson's O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Facility.

Boil Water Order Issued In Mississippi Capital Amid Freeze

Along with the order to boil drinking water, city officials said some residents also have reported low water pressure or no water pressure.

 | AP

An ambulance prepares to transfer a patient in critical care to other hospitals due to overcapacity.

Packed ICUs, Crowded Crematoriums: COVID Roils Chinese Towns

As China grapples with its first-ever national COVID-19 wave, emergency wards in small cities and towns southwest of Beijing are overwhelmed.

 | AP

The team from 'Pets for Life' stops by to drop off supplies for Deniece Young's cat, Mr. Moe

'Pets For Life' Working To Address 'Veterinary Deserts' Across America

Pets for Life works in 43 states, to get pet care to places where people experience poverty or lack access to veterinary care.

 | Maya Rodriguez

A pregnant woman rubs her stomach

Hospital Childbirth Costs Soar Despite Transparency Rule

Childbirth costs have been rising since the early 2000s, and experts point to a lack of price transparency as the key reason.

 | Bianca Facchinei

A nurse gives a COVID vaccine to an old woman at a community health center in China.

'A Very Hard Road Ahead' For China As COVID-19 Cases Spiral

An abrupt reopening on Dec. 7 caught China under-vaccinated and short on hospital capacity.

 | AP

A person stands in the snow.

Doctors Warn Of Health Impacts The Cold Has On The Body

Cold temperatures can stress the body in many ways, including our respiratory and immune systems.

 | Lindsey Theis

packages of the medicine Tamiflu by Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche are seen in Stuttgart, southern Germany.

Explaining The Current Medication Shortages

Millions of Americans are struggling to get their hands on much-needed medication.

 | Emily Grossberg and Lindsey Theis

Human Chest Cavity illustration: Right lung, left lung, heart.

Report: More People Die From Heart Attacks During The Holidays

One thing to keep in mind is that signs of a heart attack can look different in men and women.

 | Chloe Nordquist

Woman walks her golden retriever through snowfall.

How To Protect Your Pets During Extreme Cold

Here are some tips to keep pets and other animals safe amid record-breaking cold temperatures.

 | Scripps National

Smokestacks near an oil refinery are seen in front of the Utah State Capitol as an inversion settles over Salt Lake City.

How Poor Air Quality Can Impact A Child's Education

Air pollution affects more than our health — it's also impacting our education system.

 | Chris Stewart