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In this June 19, 2015 photo, Dr. Gustavo Quintana, who helps people with terminal illnesses end their lives, speaks during an interview in Bogota, Colombia. Most of the procedures he performs are in people’s home, with the patient surrounded by loved ones. Sometimes music is played. During the nine minutes the procedure typically lasts he whispers the same soothing mantra while injecting a cocktail of lethal drugs: “Rest, you’re going to sleep for the last time, a restorative sleep.” (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a ...

Declare Your Independence from the Gym

It's an excuse many of us have heard or even said ourselves: I want to get fit, but I can't afford a gym membership. While a health club can be a fantastic place to work out, it's not the only way to get fit. In fact, you can enjoy a ...

Walking and Running Tips for City Dwellers

Living in a big city can be exciting. If you reside in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or San Francisco, you have access to some of the hottest and trendiest health clubs and group exercise classes right in your back yard. And even if you live in an urban ...

Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen

Even the most dedicated exercisers suffer from fitness setbacks from time to time. Whether it's losing our workout mojo or over-scheduling ourselves, we're human (think: imperfect). But what if you could prevent those setbacks from ever  occurring? What if you could somehow stop setbacks in their tracks, before they set ...

How to Create the Perfect Workout Playlist

You know that scene in High Fidelity where John Cusack is touting the importance of the perfectly crafted mix tape? A tape that has to kick off with a killer track to grab attention, then take it up a notch, then cool it off a notch?     Sure, that ...

FILE  - In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, file photo, a sign for Aetna Inc., sits atop a building at the company headquarters in in Hartford, Conn. Health insurer Aetna Inc. has made a deal to buy competitor Humana Inc. in a $37 billion deal the companies say would create the second-largest managed care company, it was announced Friday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts

Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early Friday, would make Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare ...

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Weston Murphy, 5, who has Type 1 diabetes, pricks his finger to test his blood at his home in Plainfield, Ill. About 1.25 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 disease is more common, affecting nearly 30 million nationwide and most of the more than 300 million worldwide with diabetes. Besides short-term complications from poorly controlled blood sugar, both types raise long-term risks for damage to the kidneys, heart and eyes. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease? Thirteen-year-old Hayden Murphy of Plainfield, Illinois, is helping researchers determine if the strategy works for Type ...

Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003

A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station. The woman's death was the first from measles in the U.S. in 12 years and the ...

Colombian man dies by euthanasia with government backing

A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die by euthanasia with the full backing of the government. Ovidio Gonzalez died Friday in the western city of Pereira after weeks of public feuding with doctors and hospital administrators over a Health Ministry decree ...

Feds to retain oversight of Ga. behavioral health system

Federal officials will retain oversight of Georgia's behavioral health system after the state failed to move enough developmentally disabled people out of state-run hospitals. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1dAlu0W ) that the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities was supposed to move 750 people out of state institutions ...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the home where a 17-year-old lived before he died of Ebola is seen after it was placed under Ebola quarantine, on the outskirts of  Monrovia, Liberia.  Authorities say that contact tracing has intensified in the town where a 17-year-old died from Ebola on Sunday, June 28, 2015, as a third person has been found to have the deadly virus. (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

Liberia works to contain Ebola, find source of new cases

Liberia is working hard to contain Ebola and find the source of the latest infections of the deadly virus recorded this week. The West African country previously succeeded in containing the outbreak, despite being initially the hardest hit with more than 4,800 deaths. The last recorded case before this latest ...

UN: 29 die in South Sudan cholera outbreak as cases rise

At least 29 people have died in South Sudan's latest cholera outbreak, the U.N. children's agency said Friday. Cholera had sickened 484 people by the end of June and the number of cases continues to rise in the nation's capital of Juba, according to UNICEF. Children under 5 comprise 13 ...

Thailand's only known MERS patient is virus-free

A 75-year-old Omani man who became Thailand's only known case of the often-deadly MERS virus was declared free of the illness by the Health Ministry on Friday. The ministry said that five laboratory tests showed negative results for the disease, including most recently on Wednesday. "Experts on infectious diseases and ...

The Energizing Total-Body Routine to Kick-Start Your Day

Whether you're training for a half-marathon, doing daily HIIT workouts, or sitting in front of a screen for hours on end, stiffness and tiredness are inevitable side effects. The good news: You can offset that discomfort and fatigue in less than 20 minutes. In this video, join Kelly Lee, a ...

This photo taken April 13, 2015, shows exterior of the grand rotunda entry to the historic Black Hills VA in Hot Springs, S.D. The 108-year-old veteran’s hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red, tiled roofs in a Spanish mission-style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, a scenic escape that’s become a haven known for healing veterans over the last century. (AP Photo/Kristina Barker)

VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close

Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a ...

Greatist Workout of the Day: Friday, July 3rd

This series of GWODs was designed exclusively for Greatist by Bodeefit. For more information about the exercises in this workout, or to see video demos of each movement, follow the links below the graphic. Be sure to note the results of your workout so you can track your progress as ...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007 file photo, former Detroit Lions tight end Charlie Sanders stands with his bronze bust during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Sanders played 10 seasons in the NFL. The Detroit Lions say Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders has died at age 68, Thursday, July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

Longtime Lions stalwart Charlie Sanders dies at age 68

Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders epitomized Detroit's blue-collar roots. Fans adored his gritty work ethic. Teammates embraced his leadership. Coaches found him to be a prized pupil and a talented teacher. And when Detroit's booming economy became the American standard, Sanders was rewriting football history with a trend-setting ...

Declare Your Independence from the Gym

It's an excuse many of us have heard or even said ourselves: I want to get fit, but I can't afford a gym membership. While a health club can be a fantastic place to work out, it's not the only way to get fit. In fact, you can enjoy a ...

Walking and Running Tips for City Dwellers

Living in a big city can be exciting. If you reside in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or San Francisco, you have access to some of the hottest and trendiest health clubs and group exercise classes right in your back yard. And even if you live in an urban ...

Prevent Fitness Setbacks Before They Happen

Even the most dedicated exercisers suffer from fitness setbacks from time to time. Whether it's losing our workout mojo or over-scheduling ourselves, we're human (think: imperfect). But what if you could prevent those setbacks from ever  occurring? What if you could somehow stop setbacks in their tracks, before they set ...

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