No More Motion Sickness! Tips for Finding Your Steady State

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

Stop Scratching! Why Mosquito Bites Swell and Itch

It starts with a buzz and then a nip. If you’re quick enough, the culprit mosquito becomes a squashed smear on your hand. More often, it flies off unscathed. Either way, you’re left with a red, itchy welt. What physiological processes are set off to leave us swollen and uncomfortable when mosquitos bite? It’s actually … Continue reading Stop Scratching! Why Mosquito Bites Swell and Itch

Does Exercising in Warm Weather Make You Fitter for Cooler Temperature?

Those who are active year-round know that summer workouts are more tiring than those done in cooler weather. The good news is that it’s not a sign that you’re suddenly out of shape. Exercising in warm temperatures is not the same as exercising in cooler temperatures and the body’s physiology has to adjust. How does … Continue reading Does Exercising in Warm Weather Make You Fitter for Cooler Temperature?

Soak Up the Rays without Soaking Them In: Be Sun Safe and Prevent Skin Damage

Tan lines and sunburns are our souvenirs of summer. Unfortunately, they’re also reminders that we’ve had too much sun and the sun has damaged our skin. How does sun exposure harm skin, and what are the physiological processes that make us tan and burn? The sun gives off a kind of radiation called ultraviolet (UV) … Continue reading Soak Up the Rays without Soaking Them In: Be Sun Safe and Prevent Skin Damage

Reduce Your Risk of a “Lung Sunburn”: Stay Inside on Poor Air Quality Days

June 21 officially marked the first day of summer, bringing in long hot days of fun in the sun. Summer is also the time when air quality alerts start popping up, warning us to avoid breathing in bad air and limit activities outside. These alerts can put a damper on our outdoor plans, but why … Continue reading Reduce Your Risk of a “Lung Sunburn”: Stay Inside on Poor Air Quality Days