If somebody told you that the way you were washing your dishes could potentially harm your children, would you believe them? According to Bill Hesselman, an assistant professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, washing your dishes in a dishwasher can decrease exposure to trivial threats of bacteria and other germs, preventing your child from building up an immune tolerance to such bacteria. [read more...]
Children are typically known as the pickiest eaters, but what happens when this behavior continues into adulthood? [read more...]
If you ask a class of 3rd graders what color the sky is, most of them will tell you it's blue. According to scientists, colors aren’t always labeled the same to everyone. It depends on how you feel about it. At least, according to Zach Zorich. [read more...]
Wisconsin is struggling with lead poisoning among children; however, children lead-poisoning cases are opening in Milwaukee. A troubling report reveals that Milwaukee's lead-poisoning prevention program has not been taking the most basic of steps to protect its youth. [read more...]
We consider doctors to have little to no bias in their professions. However, when a condition cannot be seen in any tests or examinations, will that lack of bias stand? [read more...]
Have you ever had rumors spread about you? Have you ever been shoved in the school hallway on purpose? If so, you may have been bullied. Bullying is a serious issue. If you are ever bullied, you should tell someone who can help you. [read more...]
Skipping that extra cookie at dessert time maybe hard, but it could be worth it after all. Though people of all ages can be susceptible to obesity, children are much more vulnerable. [read more...]
Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that affects a surprising amount of people. It can alter lives--not just for schizophrenics, but for those around them, too. [read more...]
How much do you know about your senses? Humans typically have five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. [read more...]
Rabies is a fatal virus that claims the lives of 60,000 people every year. The group most afflicted by this terrible disease is children in Asia and Africa. Rabies usually enters the human body through a bite or broken skin and is commonly carried in the saliva of wild dogs. While most people contract rabies through dog bites, the virus can also be carried by bats, foxes, raccoons, and other wild animals. [read more...]
Medicine is important for treating illnesses. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists all work together to keep people healthy. [read more...]
Studies from the early 21st century show that by using scorpion venom to highlight cancerous tissues in the brain, doctors can detect and remove cancerous tissues more accurately. [read more...]
For some, Jamaican coffee is a staple. Whether it helps you wake up at the crack of dawn or it complements your afternoon doughnut, the world seems to run on coffee. Unfortunately, Jamaican coffee has been in decline for years. But there just might be hope for Jamaican coffee farmers and lovers, in the surprising form of birds. [read more...]
Toshiba began to develop electronic technology in the 80's and 90's. Recently, the technology company has expanded its reach to include agriculture. In their indoor grow rooms, called “clean rooms,” Toshiba grows lettuce, spinach, and sprouts. [read more...]
According to a 2016 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, bullying is a problem across the country, likely affecting 18 to 31 percent of young people. This serious issue can no longer be treated as child's play; it must be prevented. [read more...]
Bees are important pollinators; however, they have recently been declining in population across the country. In response to this alarming trend, Ortho, a pesticide company and a and part of the Miracle-Grow family has decided to remove neonicotinoids or neonics, a chemical that may harm bees, from their home and garden products by 2021. [read more...]
When most people think about summer, they think of fun, relaxing, and warm days. For many dogs, it is completely the opposite. More than half of all dogs suffer from "noise anxiety." During the summer, with window-rattling thunderstorms and earsplitting fireworks, it is quite a stressful season for them. A dog's senses are much better than a human's are, and one of their greatest senses is hearing. While a human might think fireworks are loud, to dogs the impressive Fourth of July displays are even louder. Their keen hearing abilities amplify the sounds, thus creating a panicky environment for our loyal companions. [read more...]
In East and Central Africa, many farmers and their families rely on the production of bananas. East Africa produces and consumes the most bananas in Africa. Unfortunately, a plant virus called Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) threatens to knock out production in this booming market. This alarms farmers because bananas are staple for them to provide food and income security. [read more...]
Football is a sport that has captured many peoples' hearts. The interceptions, the touchdowns, the excitement, the passion and, most importantly, the aggression – many would be devastated if the NFL ended. But that just might happen soon. [read more...]
Why do humans need to breath? Breathing is a part of the process that maintains levels of oxygen in the body. When we stop breathing, no oxygen gets to the brain, which can very quickly lead to brain damage and even death. [read more...]
A recent study conducted by an international team of scientists reported that agriculture's arrival in Europe 8,500 years ago altered human DNA. Specifically, Earth's populace saw changes to its height, digestion, immune system, and skin color. The study, the first of its kind, considered differences between genetics from living Europeans and their ancestors. This allowed researchers to see genetic changes that occurred over thousands of years. [read more...]
Just because a person wants to eat, it doesn't mean he or she is truly hungry. Hunger is caused when blood vessels lack nutritive materials and a message is sent to the hunger center of the brain. The brain tells the stomach and intestines to become more active; that's why a hungry person hears his or her stomach rumble. A calm individual can live longer without food while, an excitable person uses up the food they have stored quicker. [read more...]
In the twenty first century, many people are having accidents caused by cellphone distractions. With the recent rise in cellphone use, distracted walkers have caused problems. In fact, there are many more people than ever before going to emergency rooms because of these accidents. [read more...]
Regardless of what parents may think, a recent study shows a strong possibility that playing video games could make you smarter. The study tested 152 adolescents who played at least 12.6 hours a week. The study found that video game play is associated with greater “cortical thickness,” meaning greater density in specific brain areas that affect decision-making. [read more...]
Did you know that coffee, and even decaffeinated coffee, might help your liver? Yes, this bitter liquid could have some sweet benefits for those who drink three cups per day, according to a 2014 study. [read more...]
Breathing might seem like the easiest and most natural thing in the world, but it actually involves complex processes. [read more...]
If a current study reported in the journal Science Transnational Medicine is confirmed to be plausible, bacteria may save lives instead of disrupt them. [read more...]
The Ebola outbreak caused quite a scare throughout the world in 2014. The Ebola virus is a serious illness that can be fatal, if untreated. The 2014 outbreak is the largest and most complex outbreak since the first, with a death toll larger than all the other outbreaks combined. According to many sources Ebola has an average mortality rate of 50 percent. The disease was first discovered in 1976, when there were two outbreaks at the same time in separate places. One of these outbreaks was near the Ebola River in the Congo in Africa, hence the name, “ebola.” [read more...]
Sugary snacks like Twinkies, Hershey bars and other candy, along with salty foods like chips and some pretzels can cause weight gain. Kids who constantly eat junk food are much more likely to develop childhood obesity. [read more...]
The immune system plays an important role in your body. It is made of tissues, cells and organs, which work together to protect your body from illnesses. [read more...]
We need to take care of our bodies by eating the right foods. In order to keep healthy, we need to make sure that we are eating the right amount and portions of food. There are three primary sources of food: carbohydrates, fats and proteins. [read more...]
Your brain is the structure inside your head that controls your entire body— your actions, emotions, and even thoughts. [read more...]
Every move you make depends on muscles, even when these movements go unnoticed. [read more...]
Some say the eyes are the opening to the soul. They are also the opening to the world. Without your eyes you wouldn’t be able to see anything. Everything in your eyes has a purpose. [read more...]
For those who smoke, quitting can be hard. Many try to stop before smoking becomes a bad habit. [read more...]
Scientists have recently uncovered the secrets of the red miracle berry, this berry tricks your taste buds, coating your tongue with a juice that makes sour foods, like vinegar and lemon, taste super sweet. For four decades, why this type of berry changes sour flavors to sweet has been a mystery. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered the miracle berry’s secrets. [read more...]