Vivian Davis, the Oldest Active Peace Corps Volunteer, Raises HIV/AIDS Awareness

Whenever Vivian Davis feels like doing something, she does it. So when she felt like joining the Peace Corps, she did – at age 78. Now 80, Davis is the Peace Corps’ oldest active volunteer. But not for long. She’s winding up a two-year assignment in Vaalbank, South Africa, a small, rural village 50 miles north of Pretoria. Davis has helped to raise HIV/AIDS awareness – distributing condoms, holding meetings about mother-to-child transmission of the virus, organizing data systems and …

Random Acts of Kindness: The Health Benefits

Maybe it’s part of the push for “random acts of kindness” or a reaction against all the vitriol and general mean-spiritedness in our society or – as a recent study found – because doing something unselfish helps lower inflammation and improves our health. Whatever the reason, people in many parts of the country are doing something nice for the stranger behind them in line: They’re paying for that person’s burger or coffee in the drive-through line, or for his or …

Tom Hanks Reveals He Has Diabetes. Did Fluctuating Weight Play a Role?

In a surprise announcement, Tom Hanks, 57, revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman that he has diabetes. While on the show to promote his new film Captain Phillips, he told Letterman that he learned at age 36 that he had high blood sugar. Recently his doctor told him: “You’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.” Hanks said the doctor also told him that if he could return to his high school weight, he’d be “completely healthy” and …

He Helped Solve the Mystery of Lyme Disease

In the 1970s, a cluster of cases of unexplained severe joint pain and swelling was breaking out in a small three-township area in Connecticut, as a 1976 New York Times article detailed. Fortunately, the mysterious affliction soon came to the attention of a team of Yale University medical researchers headed by rheumatology chief Dr. Stephen E. Malawista, who passed away on Sept. 19 at age 79 in Hamden, Conn. Malawista and his colleagues – Dr. Allen C. Steere and Dr. …