Mikaela Conley

  • Chemicals that make food last longer may harm us

    While additives play a sometimes necessary role in preserving certain foods, many experts say that some of the most common U.S. additives are completely unnecessary and could be causing significant harm.

  • CBD oil: Miracle cure or junk science?

    CBD, or Cannabidiol oil, has become a hot item in the U.S. and can be found in everything from anxiety, pain and insomnia remedies to beauty products, ice cream, and dog treats. But just how safe -- and proven -- is it?

  • The abortion debate

    The debate over abortion rights in the United States is again dominating the national conversation. Here's where things stand.

  • The keto diet: Good for your health?

    The keto diet has become a weight-loss craze touted by celebs and health gurus alike. But just how healthy is the high-fat, low-carb diet? We take a closer look.

  • Why are Americans in so much pain?

    Brian Whitfield sat on the floor of his office, back against the wall, gun in hand and a heavy-duty garbage bag nearby. Whitfield says he still can’t pinpoint why he felt so intensely depressed or abandoned in those moments. The chaos began about five years before, in 2011, when Whitfield visited multiple doctors for pain from knee and back injuries he had sustained while serving in the Marine Corps several years earlier.

  • Debating Gillette's 'toxic masculinity' ad

    Gillette released a new ad this week challenging "toxic masculinity," which sparked a national debate. What do you think of the ad?

  • The hidden victims of opioid addiction: Children in foster care

    The hidden victims of opioid addiction are often the children of addicts, who may be orphaned or taken away from parents unable to care for them and placed in foster care.

  • Whatever happened to Zika?

    Three years ago, the Zika virus was making nearly daily headlines. Now the infection has all but disappeared from the media landscape and conversation.

  • In Tanzania, mothers learn how to teach the facts of life

    Kuwa Mjanja, a program in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, works with mothers and their daughters to encourage them to consider the consequences of teen pregnancy.

  • The hero rats of Africa sniff out land mines — and TB infections

    In Tanzania, a nonprofit trains African giant pouched rats to save lives by detecting land mines and tuberculosis.

  • 'I felt responsible': How women may process sexual assault by men they know

    Experts say that sexual assault, especially involving people who have a previous or ongoing relationship, is a particularly dubious crime to prosecute.

  • The threat of 'superbugs' and infections that can't be treated

    The ability to mutate has given rise to “superbugs” that resist some — or, increasingly, all — of the antibiotics that were hailed as miracle drugs in the last century, creating one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development today, according to the World Health Organization.

  • 'Life is divided for us now': Gold Star Mothers Day

    Nancy stared at her son’s legs. She should have been tending to dinner. Instead, she was trying to think of ways to smash one of his legs. Maybe the left one, since Kyle was right-side dominant? For days, she’d been wrestling with this idea, even going into the front closet one night to examine a baseball bat leaning against the wall. If she ruined just one of her son’s legs, Kyle would be furious with her, maybe wouldn’t talk to her for years. But, she believed he would forgive her eventually. If she ruined just one of his legs, he couldn’t be deployed to Iraq for his third tour.

  • Adoption through foster care on the rise: 'Every child deserves a childhood'

    A new national survey is offering hope for American kids waiting to be adopted: More people than ever are becoming parents in nonbiological ways, according to a new report.

  • Trump says U.S. will 'win' fight against opioid epidemic

    Trump held a “major briefing” at his private golf club to discuss how to properly combat the crisis and “keep youth from going down this deadly path.”

  • ‘Disgusting’: N.H. lawmakers demand apology for Trump’s ‘drug-infested den’ remark

    New Hampshire lawmakers lashed back Thursday in response to derisive leaked comments in which President Trump referred to their state as a “drug-infested den."

  • Growing shortage of ob-gyn doctors threatens women’s health

    There are about 20,000 ob-gyns in the U.S., but nearly half of U.S. counties lack an ob-gyns, according to the American College of Nurse- Midwives. The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) projects the U.S. could face a shortage of up to 8,000 ob-gyns by 2020 and 22,000 by 2050.

  • ‘Kid-driven’ hope, from Boulder to a refugee camp in Kenya

    Wanting to broaden their learning about refugees, a group of Colorado students began exchanging mail with kids living in a Kenyan camp.

  • U.S. Zika fears rise as Trump proposes foreign aid cuts

    Experts warn that infectious diseases will be much harder to contain as the U.S. cuts foreign health aid, and that Americans will be affected.

  • First responders face new risk amid opioid crisis: accidental overdose

    “No way I’m overdosing,” Officer Chris Green of East Liverpool, Ohio, thought as the strange sensation moved through his body. Green had just returned to his police station after a traffic stop. He had worn gloves and a mask while searching the inside of a vehicle covered in white powder, but when he brushed residue off his shirt with his bare hand an hour later, he fell down and “started talking weird,” he told the Morning Journal. “I slowly felt my body shutting down. I could hear them talking, but I couldn’t respond. I was in total shock.”