Wellness

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1995 file photo, Dr. Lai Nansha uses a spoon to administer a polio vaccination pill to a child at a kindergarten in Beijing. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

Dr. Kathleen Bradford and colleagues at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill reviewed research on pill-swallowing techniques. Several seemed to help, including flavored swallowing spray, a special pill cup and just practice with a regular cup and fake pills or candy.

Marcellus Wilbert and other middle school boys, follow Kristin Bazurto during a physical education class where dance is introduced to the students on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at South Middle School.
(Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

“No way, man,” seventh-grader Marcellus Wilbert muttered as he tried to imitate dance instructor Keegan O’Brien’s uber-flexible stretches. O’Brien chuckled as he laid his torso flat on the ground, his legs fully splayed out and perfectly parallel to the wall behind him.

Michele Rouse

AURORA | Commercial weight loss programs like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers may be more effective in losing weight than self-directed apps or diets, a study revealed last week. But, scientists warn that there may not be enough substantive evidence to dismiss those other plans and that behavior — not just exercise and dieting — […]

BERLIN | A 65-year-old German mother of 13 is getting ready to give birth again — this time to quadruplets. Annegret Raunigk, a Berlin schoolteacher who is due soon to retire, is expected to give birth to the four babies within the next two months, Bild newspaper and RTL television reported. She already has children ranging […]

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, Tina Reese leads a word game for residents at a nursing home in Lancaster, Pa. The cost of staying in a nursing home has increased 4 percent every year over the last five years, according to Genworth Financial's annual “Cost of Care” report, released Thursday, April 9, 2015. Last year, the median bill was $87,600. (AP Photo/Intelligencer Journal, Dan Marschka, File)

“Most people don’t realize how expensive this care can be until a parent or family member needs it,” said Joe Caldwell, director of long-term services at the National Council on Aging. “And then it’s a real shock.”

This handout photo provided by Carnegie Mellon University, taken in March 2015, shows an exoskeleton boot on a person walking in a park in Pittsburgh. Engineers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an exoskeleton boot that makes it easier to walk, burning less calories. When engineers tested the invention they did so by having people wear a pair of the devices, not one. (AP Photo by Lisa Lau/Carnegie Mellon University)   (AP Photo, Lisa Lau, Carnegie Mellon University Experimental Biomechatronics Lab)

“It doesn’t look too bad. Looks kind of flashy,” said Carnegie Mellon University engineering professor Steven Collins, lead author of a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. “When you first put them on, it feels a little bit odd, then after a few minutes you don’t really notice it very much.”

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