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These Cities Are the Most (and Least) Safe-Feeling in America

Des Moines, Iowa, Raleigh, N.C., and Boise City, Iowa are among the places in America residents feel most safe, Gallup reports. Having a sense of personal safety and security in your community is an important factor in your overall well-being. Now, ...

Health Insurers Drag Their Feet on Free Birth Control

Many health-insurance companies are still charging women for birth control that should be free under the federal healthcare reform law, The Hill reports. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that insurers provide free coverage of all FDA-approved ...

Smoggy Air Could Fog Your Brain

Sorry city-dwellers: Even a moderate amount of long-term exposure to fine-particle air pollution could significantly increase your risk of cognitive impairment as you get older, a new study indicates. A two-microgram-per-cubic-meter increase in ...

Modern Life Could be Hurting Our Bacterial Diversity

Modern diet and lifestyle could be making the bacteria in our bodies — our “microbiome” — more homogeneous and susceptible to disease, Popular Science reports. Bacterial diversity among an indigenous Amazonian tribe that has never had ...

For a Better Life, Park Your Family Near a Park

Rich or poor, the closer you live to a neighborhood park, the better your life will be, the New Zealand Herald reports. It sounds a little silly, but the results speak for themselves. Access to nearby green or recreational space is the sole ...

Find the Best Hospital, Yelp-Style

Ever wish there were simple, user-submitted reviews for your local hospitals? Thanks to a new federal program, there is, Kaiser Health News reports. Hospital Compare applies Medicare’s five-star ratings system to hospitals in any area code, along ...

Americans’ Financial Optimism Improves

For the first time since the beginning of the U.S. financial recession in 2007, a majority of Americans say their financial situation is getting better, Gallup reports. Buoyed by reports of a recovering economy and positive jobs outlook, 52 percent ...

Number of Uninsured Adults Drops to Historic Lows

A little over a year into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of uninsured American adults has dropped to a new low of 11.9 percent, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. That’s down 5.2 percent since ...

Many Students Getting Three Meals at School

For many kids nationwide, school lunch is more like school breakfast, lunch, and dinner, USA Today reports. For adults, the concept of the “school lunch” evokes memories of raucous cafeterias and trading snacks, but for many of America’s ...

In Health and Wellness, U.S. Lags Behind

America may have the world’s largest economy, but when it comes to health and wellness, more than a dozen countries surpass the U.S., CNN Money reports. The U.S. ranks 16th on Deloitte’s 2015 Social Progress Index, behind Norway, Sweden, ...