Lauren Ramsdell had a year to kill in between finishing college in May and getting married next year. So she decided to move back in with her parents.
The number of "dropout factory" high schools in the United States is decreasing, according to a report from the Building a Grad Nation Summit being held this week in Washington.
Imagine a future in which you always know the date of baseball's opening day. Or that your birthday is always on a Tuesday (sorry). Or that New Year's Eve is always on a Saturday.
Catch more of Sharon Kintz's story on Dr. Sanjay Gupta's "The Last Hearth Attack" airing 8 p.m. ET Saturday on CNN.
Consuming less sodium has been shown to lower blood pressure, but for many people the health benefits this provides may be offset by a slight uptick in their cholesterol levels, a new analysis of previous research suggests.
Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, and although the mostly state and local races won't stir the same passions as next year's presidential contest, millions of people will cast ballots.
An increasing number of colleges are charging more than what the average American earns.
It was a joyous day for Lucie Fink when she received her acceptance letter from Johns Hopkins University.
The astounding discovery that our universe apparently is expanding at an accelerating rate some 14 billion years after the Big Bang has earned three scientists the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Tuesday.
While you are congratulating some new college graduates, here are some examples of what you should not say to them.
Back in the 1970s, before we met Dr. Phil; ate, prayed, and loved; and saw a British prince arrange his own marriage, it seemed like the institution of wedlock was doomed.
You don't have to be a Buddhist monk to experience the health benefits of meditation. According to a new study, even a brief crash course in meditative techniques can sharply reduce a person's sensitivity to pain.
Some of the worst high schools in the United States are getting better, according to a study released Tuesday.
Marriage and parenthood aren't necessarily a package deal for for Americans under the age of 30, a new survey finds. Instead, young adults say they put a higher value on raising children than getting married.
Here's what Katie Roche expected when she went into the hospital for spine surgery: two titanium rods, a bone graft, 17 screws in her vertebrae, eight hours in the operating room, and a week's stay in the hospital to recover.
In the fall of 2008, when Lehman Brothers went kaput and the economy plunged into a deep recession, Yash Gupta was scampering around the country trying to drum up support for a new business school at Johns Hopkins University.
Unthinkable errors by doctors and surgeons -- such as amputating the wrong leg or removing organs from the wrong patient -- occur more frequently than previously believed, a new study suggests.
As any teenager will tell you, being popular is totally awesome. But it has a downside: According to a new study, popular people tend to catch the flu first.
The number of babies born in the United States dropped 2.6 percent last year, according to a recent study, the latest in a long list of falling indicators.
If you find yourself asking "where's the beef?" you may have a case of the Mondays.
Aruban authorities have called off a dive team's search for the remains of Natalee Holloway after two days of searching the waters off Aruba proved fruitless, a spokeswoman for the Aruban prosecutor said Wednesday.
A Pennsylvania couple who went snorkeling in Aruba have an underwater photo they believe may be a skeleton.
An Aruban police dive team will search the site where an underwater photograph was taken that might show human remains, a spokeswoman for the Aruban prosecutor said Saturday.
For more than a week, Sende Sencil had gone without bathing, until two young American doctors at the hospital where she was being treated took the 9-year-old girl for a short walk outside to a shower to wash off the filth and grime.
We offer tips on how to keep from contracting or spreading the flu when you travel this holiday season.
It's everywhere you look -- in schools, in shopping malls, in day care centers, in offices.
I have HSV-1 and HSV-2. I found out that my outbreaks are now forming from the inside lining of my genital area, which is all the way in the vagina. My question is -- does this mean my outbreaks are becoming severe, and am I more susceptible to cancer? And what's the best treatment for HSV-2?
Peanuts are as American as baseball -- Americans ate nearly 1.7 billion pounds of them last year, according to the Georgia Peanut Council.
A Johns Hopkins University student killed an apparent burglar with a samurai sword after discovering the man in his garage, police said Tuesday.
From the outside, Johnny and Shanna Woodbury looked like the perfect couple. They had been married 13 years, owned multiple properties and were successful managers. They also had four beautiful children -- a son and a daughter fresh out of college they had prior to getting married and a 12-year-old daughter on the cheerleading team and an 8-year-old son on the honor roll.
Once Barack Obama started out on the campaign trail to win the U.S. presidency another route has become well-trodden -- to his grandmother's home in Kenya.
CNN producer Linda Roth is traveling in Kenya with a dozen U.S. journalists seeing how life is lived and what problems Kenyans face now, and what hopes there are for the future.
When the World Health Organization raised its influenza pandemic alert from a Phase 4 to a Phase 5 last week, there was a bit of a gasp heard round the world.
The intrusive voices popped into William "Bill" Garrett's head. "They're coming for you," the voices told the 18-year-old. "Find somewhere to hide; they're going to get you."
75 percent of U.S. adults are projected to be overweight or obese by 2015, according to researchers. Americans consume anywhere from 150 to 300 more calories than they did three decades ago and half of those calories come from liquid. A new study out of John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds that reducing liquid calories, especially from sugar-sweetened drinks such as punches, fruit juices and sodas, helps people lose weight and keep it off.
What you're drinking during the day may be doing you more harm than good. CNN's Judy Fortin explains.
If you miss your daily caffeine fix you might suffer from withdrawal symptoms, as CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
The works of David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide September 12, are famous for their obsessively observed detail and emotional nuance.
Men who are circumcised are less likely to get sexually transmitted infections such as genital herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV), but not syphilis, according to a study of adult African men published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.
More companies are adopting a carrot-and-stick approach to lowering their health care costs: reward healthy workers and penalize those who maintain unhealthy habits.
A 28-year-old man from Michigan decided to donate a kidney to a total stranger, setting into motion a kidney swap that over many months has resulted in 10 people getting a donor organ--and the process is still ongoing.
The federal regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will set new rules early next week governing the mortgage finance companies' portfolios, which play a crucial role in the nation's housing market.
Two of the most common diseases in the United States -- cancer and diabetes -- are not often linked together in the public mind. But they may have a stronger link than most people think. Cancer patients who already have diabetes have a greater chance of dying of the disease than cancer patients who do not have the blood-sugar disorder, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The summer that her family bought a soft-sided pool, Charisse Nurnberg of Assaria, Kansas, tried to keep her children safe from water-related injuries. She kept all the doors locked and would even have her young son Matt wear a life jacket while he played inside.
After a decade-long decrease, U.S. suicide rates have started to rise, largely because of an increase in suicides among middle-aged white men and women.
Last year, 9.2 million children didn't make it to their fifth birthday. Of these, roughly 4 million children died within the first 28 days of life -- the newborn period.
Make no mistake. It's hardly delightful for taxpayers that the Treasury had to step in to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - the engines of the mortgage market.
Scientists have mapped the cascade of genetic changes that turn normal cells in the brain and pancreas into two of the most lethal cancers
A new study linked higher levels of arsenic in urine with increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.
Preliminary studies of mice suggest that our willingness to exercise -- or not -- may be genetic
On Thursday, NASA released findings that indicate magnetic explosions about one-third of the way to the moon cause the northern lights, or aurora borealis, to burst in spectacular shapes and colors
You've no doubt heard the language by now -- that Americans are plagued by an oil addiction.
Web-based testing is a hot industry, but some question whether consumers know how to use the information
Scientists reported Tuesday that when they surveyed volunteers 14 months after they took the drug, most said they were still feeling and behaving better because of the experience
Janice Shih might be the most educated pastry chef you'll ever meet.
Results from a large government experiment are dimming hopes that two common painkillers can prevent Alzheimer's disease
What's the best way to hang on to what you learn? New memory research has answers.
Janice Shih might be the most educated pastry chef you'll ever meet.
If you believe the rumors, it's as if Mayor Michael Bloomberg is having a midterm crisis.
The tragic sinking of the Titanic nearly a century ago can be blamed on low-grade rivets that the ship's builders used on some parts of the ill-fated liner, two experts on metals conclude in a new book
The parents of a 9-year-old girl with autism said Thursday that their assertion that her illness was caused by childhood vaccines has been vindicated by the federal government's decision to compensate them.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on the latest developments in a vaccine injury settlement.
A study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 151,000 Iraqis died of violent causes between March 2003, when the war began, and June 2006.
In case you used your commencement as an opportunity to catch up on your sleep, here's what you missed from this year's graduation speaker circuit ...
More than 26 million people worldwide have Alzheimer's disease, and a new forecast says the number will quadruple by 2050
The new Washington police chief, Cathy Lanier, is no stranger to challenges.
Dear Annie: After almost 30 years working in finance and administration (for three big companies and one startup), I'd like to make a radical career change. During my entire adult life so far, I've been active with a couple of volunteer organizations, and on the board of one of them, and I'm wondering how practical it might be to think about working full time for a nonprofit.
For someone trapped under rubble after an earthquake the sight of something resembling a snake wriggling towards them would probably be the last thing they would want to see. But a new breed of life-saving robot is being developed that take their shape and movement from those limbless reptiles, and, it is hoped, will prove invaluable not only in search and rescue operations but also be a great asset to human surgery.
Military service may slightly increase the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, but more research is needed, according to a new report from the National Academy of Sciences.
Though they may have left their textbooks behind when school ended, kids at Harlem RBI, a youth development program in East Harlem, New York, have no plans to leave behind what they have learned over the past nine months.
Paralyzed rats partially regained the use of a previously immobile hind leg in a study in which scientists injected the rodents with stem cells from mouse embryos, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Brian O'Reilly doesn't work a 40-hour week, but he's 28 years old with three properties. His Jaguar is paid for and he makes $60,000 a year. His net worth is about $250,000, but the guy doesn't have a trust fund.
President Bush said Wednesday that Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz is his choice to be president of the World Bank.
The discovery of a crack in a commonly used Internet encryption technique raised concerns among government agencies and computer-code experts, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Denial isn't one of the seven deadly sins. But it might as well be for tech executives.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said Wednesday that early detection -- and not a pre-exposure vaccination -- is the key to limiting an outbreak of anthrax.
Public health experts have estimated that around 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died since the United States invaded Iraq in March last year.
A veiled shadow in a doorway of Beslan School Number One; delicate, slumped bodies in Moscow theater seats; the soft, youthful face in a suicide bomber's farewell video -- These images are gripping and contradictory.
Once, they were a band of rebels who fought with passion and precision; who took on a fight for independence against a clumsy giant, inflicted severe military casualties and fought their way to the negotiating table.
Say "health care" and many an investor will respond "safe haven." Invariably the explanation is demographics. As everyone knows, the baby-boomers are aging, and it seems safe to assume that the gro...
A woman's fitness on a treadmill exam may help determine a woman's risk of heart disease, a study suggests.
A federally funded Internet-based voting system due for release in less than two weeks is inherently flawed and should be scuttled because of weak security, according to a report by a team of computer scientists.
Stocks slumped yesterday after a crucial gauge of consumer confidence declined, stoking fears that Americans would close their wallets and deprive the sluggish economy of one of its main props. --R...
Mike Bloomberg likes the sound of his own name. He plasters it everywhere, from his radio and television stations to the computer terminals that have made him a billionaire. It's even two of the th...
Janet Baker founded Dragon Systems, which makes speech-recognition software, with her husband, Jim, in 1982. Baker, who is CEO of the Newton, Mass., company, has a Ph.D. in computer sciences from C...
Fearful of being the next victims of layoffs, more U.S. workers are fighting stress. Reed Moskowitz, director of the stress disorders clinic at New York University Hospital Medical Center, reports ...
Voters in the April 5 parliamentary elections will have a host of celebrities to choose from. Among them: Luciano Benetton, co-founder and managing director of the Treviso clothier that bears his n...
When members of a men's rights group tried to get a booth at the annual Johns Hopkins University Spring Fair . . . they were . . . told there ((was)) no more space. A few days later, another men's ...