His friends used to call him “Hoss,” as in Hoss Cartwright from the TV show “Bonanza.” At 6’2″ and roughly 380 pounds, Mark Rucker once resembled the big, friendly character. Now, they call him “The Beast.” The nickname is apt. Since February 2011, Rucker has run his first 5K, his first 10K, his first half-marathon [...]
Just one week of intensive speech therapy can reduce stuttering and produce speech changes, indicating reorganization in brain areas associated with stuttering, a new Chinese study shows — literally, using brain imaging. However, the Stuttering Foundation cautioned against the suggestion there is a “quick fix” for stuttering. “It’s important that the public understands that suggesting [...]
Monika Diaz reports on one father’s crusade to keep people with autism and first respnders safe in emergency situations.
A West Nile virus epidemic has prompted a public health emergency in Dallas County, Texas, where the disease has killed nine people, a judge declared Friday. The virus there infected 175 people, said Patricia Huston of Dallas County Health and Human Services. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared the emergency in his capacity as director [...]
Beach volleyball players, particularly Olympians, are known all around the world for their incredible skill with the ball. They’ve also been known for wearing those skimpy uniforms. Now, something that’s covering their skin is getting a lot of attention. It’s called kinesio tape. The tape has been around for decades, but during the London 2012 [...]
Parents worry a lot about fever, especially the ones that come from illness. Ironically, despite the sleepless nights that illness-related fevers cause, they are usually the result of the body’s normal immune response to an infection. Except for rare occasions, the only time fever itself is dangerous is when it is coming from an outside [...]
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More cases of the West Nile virus are confirmed in Travis County. This comes as Dallas County in North Texas declares a public health emergency over an outbreak there.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a public health emergency in Dallas County Thursday due to the West Nile virus epidemic in the area.
When 14-year-old Benjamin Ring walks his dog, Jasper, he earns 200 points. When he runs a mile, he gets 500 points. If he hikes with his family or walks to school, he racks up “pointz” that he can redeem for prizes. “It’s like a real-life upgrade,” the eighth-grader from Piedmont, California, said about the game [...]