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Tough choices about flu

Public health officials have to make daunting decisions about disease epidemics. Who should get limited supplies of vaccine? What is the cost of closing schools, businesses or transportation networks? Fortunately, a group of researchers working behind-the-scenes offers some answers.

Too hot to handle

Phoenix in the summer is hot all around. But low-income neighborhoods are even hotter than wealthy enclaves. How can this be?

Trickle-down health

The work of a nurse is connected to the life of a patient. Researchers at ASU and Mayo Clinic Hospital are helping nurses manage stress. Their work will help both nurses and the patients they care for.


Heart rate variability, the measure of beat-to-beat changes in heart rate, may play a key role in reducing stress and improving well-being.

Getting inside their heads: Conveying brain surgeons' experiences

"A person undergoing a standsill has no breath, no heartbeat, no blood flow, no viable temperature, and most important, no brainwaves or other brain activity that clinically define being alive," writes Edward J. Sylvester in his book on brain surgery, The Healing Blade. In his writing, Sylvester turns complicated science into ordinary language. He also sets a scene, offering his readers a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of surgeons, patients, and their families. (part three in a three-part series)

The effects of affection

Being affectionate is good for you. Affection can be a simple, inexpensive, and non-pharmaceutical way to reduce stress.

A spoonful of vinegar helps the sugar go down

Diabetes killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2001 alone. The disease also takes a toll on the people who live with it. In general, controlling diabetes requires massive lifestyle changes and/or expensive medications. Carol Johnston says there may be a cheaper, easier way to get the same results; in fact, you probably have the help in your kitchen cabinet.