Most of us know it’s not healthy to eat a lot of sugar. Overeating sweets for a long time can cause weight gain, cavities, type 2 diabetes and other health problems. But what if sweets also had effects on your brain and memory? Researchers at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México reported at the … Continue reading Your Sweet Memory
Astronaut Scott Kelly came back from 340 days in space two inches taller. Along with height, many aspects of the body change because of the weightlessness environment of space. The body loses muscle, heart and bone mass because it no longer has to support itself as it does on Earth. There is also no feeling … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Leave the Stratosphere to Feel Like You’ve Been in Space
Spring is coming, and if you like to welcome the crisp March weather with water sports such as fishing and kayaking, remember that lakes, streams and oceans can have freezing temperatures this time of year. Falling into icy water is never part of the plan, but it happens even to the best cold-water adventurers. Exposure … Continue reading Ice, Ice Baby: How Being in Cold Water Can Kill You
Restaurant menus for Valentine’s Day can be described in one word: decadent. From molten chocolate cake to marbled steaks, fat makes these foods so palatable. For a long time, scientists thought that we find heavy foods more appealing because of their mouth feel and aroma. However, recent studies suggest that the tongue might be able … Continue reading Is Fat the Sixth Taste?
The NFL has been under a lot of heat over concussion injuries in its players and the long-term brain injury and health impacts. With the size of the player and the speed he runs, it’s not hard to imagine the sheer force and damage that can occur from even a single collision. Woodpeckers, though, bang … Continue reading Football Safety Tips from Birds? How Woodpeckers Avoid Concussions after Head Impact
Maybe it’s the chilly fall air. Or maybe it’s the macabre Halloween lawn decorations in your neighborhood. Both cool temperature and emotions can give you goosebumps. What causes goosebumps, and why can two different sources give you the same physiological reaction? Goosebumps happen when tiny muscles at the base of each hair on your skin … Continue reading Is It Cold in this Haunted House or Is It Me? Why You’ll Get Goosebumps This Halloween
If you’ve dropped a heavy object on your toe or slammed your finger in the door, you’ll notice that a sharp pain happens immediately, followed by a dull, throbbing ache later. Why the lag? It’s because two kinds of neurons—cells that relay signals between your body and brain—are working. The key difference between these neurons … Continue reading Ouch! How Getting Hurt Hurts
Fall is around the corner, and coffee shops everywhere are rolling out their pumpkin spice-flavored warm drinks. The drink feels warm to the touch because of the temperature, but somehow the pumpkin spice flavor also tastes warm. Why do we associate warm or cold temperature with certain foods? The body senses temperature through proteins on … Continue reading Tasting Food Literally: What Makes the Pumpkin Spice Latte Feel So Warming?
Summer vacation season brings distress to a number of people who suffer from motion sickness. Motion sickness causes a variety of symptoms, including queasiness, sweating and pale skin color. Some people also experience fatigue and, occasionally, vomiting. We still don’t know why people get motion sickness, but the circumstances that produce the condition are well … Continue reading No More Motion Sickness! Tips for Finding Your Steady State
Stress is a part of all of our lives. From work, to family, to waiting in rush hour traffic, stress comes at us from all directions and in many shapes and sizes. Stress and other physical and mental health problems have been linked to increases in depression, which is a globally recognized public health problem. … Continue reading Can You Work Off Depression with a Workout?