The next time you want to add leafy greens to your menu, try dandelion leaves. Although kale has become a popular green during the past decade as an addition to many soups, salads and entrees, nutritionists have discovered that dandelions actually are higher in vitamins and nutrients.
For centuries, the dandelion root has been used for medicinal purposes, but scientists state that the entire plant is edible. Most natural food stores carry a variety of products made from dandelions, including teas, capsules or tablets, tinctures and several herbal remedies. View full article »
Many educators tout the value of classroom pets or scheduling visits for animals from pet therapy programs to enrich learning experiences in day cares and school classrooms. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises teachers and students to practice safe handling procedures when bringing animals into a classroom or learning situation to avoid risk of illness and disease.
According to the Pets in the Classroom organization, the benefits of engaging students with animals are numerous, including the following: View full article »
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, every 10 seconds someone visits a hospital emergency room in the U.S. to seek treatment for a severe headache or migraine.
Approximately 36 million women, men and children are affected by migraines, which are often classified as serious and debilitating. New research is helping medical professionals understand the causes and effective treatment options. View full article »
Approximately 8,000 American teens aged 14 and 15 suffer pedestrian accident-related injuries each year. Researcher s at the University of Alabama at Birmingham wondered whether sleep deprivation could be at the root of the problem.
In a virtual-reality setting in the university’s Youth Safety Lab, the scientists simulated a pedestrian street-crossing situation. Then they evaluated the behaviors of teens crossing the street based on the number of hours of sleep they had the night before. The teens were allowed either 4 hours or 8 ½ hours of sleep. View full article »
When sharing health information with young people, should the messages be positive or negative?
Researchers at University College London, England, recently studied this question. For years, advertisements on harmful health habits have focused on the negative aspect of risky health behaviors, including smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, texting while driving or unsafe sex. Many messages have shown the health danger graphically, such as with pictures of a car crash or diseased lungs on packages of cigarettes. Despite these efforts, health professionals have noted minimal improvements in young people’s decisions to engage in dangerous activities. View full article »