jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney’s Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories. The police were lying. There were multiple shooters in the hotel, not just one. The sheriff was covering for casino owners to preserve their business. The political rumors sprouted soon after, like digital weeds. The killer was anti-Trump, an “antifa” activist, said...

5 Things Around Your Home You Never Clean but Should

You have the basics down: doing laundry, keeping the bathroom clean, wiping the kitchen countertops — but dirt and grime have a bad habit of collecting in the strangest places, including the ones you don’t think to look. Here are some spots around your house you should consider cleaning more often, if you clean them at all, because they’re...

Vision and Hearing Loss Are Tied to Cognitive Decline

Now and then I hear someone (myself included) proclaim “my brain is on overload.” This is not surprising given the myriad complex tasks the brain performs, among them enabling you to learn, plan, remember, communicate, see, hear and smell. Perhaps also not surprising, a growing number of studies have linked compromised sensory functions like poor vision and hearing to a...

When Adolescents Want Tattoos or Piercings?

When I was reviewing for my recertification exam recently, I gave the wrong answer to a question about an infected ear. Not a standard inner ear infection; this was a painful red swollen outer ear, in an 18-year-old. I thought she had a skin abscess, and said to put her on antibiotics for standard skin organisms. Wrong. The adolescent...

Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain

Many years ago I was plagued with debilitating headaches associated with a number of seemingly unrelated activities that included cooking for company and sewing drapes for the house. I thought I might be allergic to natural gas or certain fabrics until one day I realized that I tensed my facial muscles when I concentrated intently on a project. The cure...

The Secret Ingredient That Stops Honeybees From Becoming Queens

“You are what you eat” is a common adage among humans, but a new study explains why it might be more apt for honeybees. In a paper published Thursday in PLOS Genetics, researchers found specific molecules in the pollen and honey mixture that honeybee larvae feed on cause physical changes that determine whether females develop into long-living, reproductive queens or...

Harmful effects of spanking a toddler can trigger bad behavior — even 10 years later

Children spanked when they were as young as 15 months old displayed negative temperament and were less likely to show positive behaviors in the fifth grade and even into their teenage years, researchers at the University of Missouri say. The finding was vastly more pronounced in African-American children than those of European origin. "How parents treat their children at a...