As people get older, their health care goals may shift from living as long as possible to maintaining a good quality of life: quality over quantity. In many cases, the medical treatment older people receive often doesn't reflect this change in priorities. A wide-ranging report from the...

Floridians gave high marks to their hospital stays, but low marks to care in emergency rooms, according to a national poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. "The highest share of excellence, the top of the...

During her husband Ronald Reagan’s presidency from 1981 to 1989, former movie star Nancy Reagan was one of the most stylish and influential first ladies ever. But arguably, Mrs. Reagan, who passed away March 6 at age 94 in Los Angeles, made just as big an impact upon...

Florida is up to 50 cases of Zika virus, including six in Central Florida. That’s with two new South Florida infections added Monday to the Florida Department of Health’s list. None of the cases originated in Florida, but instead came from people who traveled outside the...

  The 2015-2016 flu season is well underway, and now is a good time to evaluate if you are protecting yourself. The Centers for Disease Control urge everyone to care for, and protect, themselves by getting the flu vaccine. New flu vaccines are released every year...

My father is approaching his 78th birthday, blessed with health good enough to still be an avid golfer and tennis player. His regular group of tennis buddies changes from time to time. The lineup depends on how they're feeling. I remember when one of the gents renowned...

We all know ancestors give us our hair color, but the roots of gray hair have been less clear. Is it genetics, or stress? Marie Antoinette supposedly went completely white the night before they lopped off her head. And our presidents seem to go gray much...

You've said we need to become a space-faring species because humans face so many survival threats on Earth. What worries you most? Probably an asteroid impact. That's a very low probability, but it could wipe out everyone. Although if you have a full-blown nuclear exchange between...

The annual tradition of paying tribute to black history in the United States began in the second week of February 1926 in Washington, D.C. Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom also hold their own commemorations. Here’s how it all started. — Corbis See the slideshow at...

Health care is 17.5 percent of the gross domestic product. Think about that for a second: For every dollar spent in the U.S., about 18 pennies go to health care. One idea to curb the actual cost of health care is the Accountable Care Organizations,...