ALL POSTS BY Allan Adamson

Loperamide Poisoning: Man Dies Due To Overdose Of Anti-Diarrhea Drug

The 29-year-old man was found to have 25 times the amount of loperamide's regular dose in his blood. What is the recommended dose for the anti-diarrhea drug Imodium?

Public Health March 30, 2018

Tupperware Helps NASA Astronauts Grow Healthier Vegetables In Space

Plasticware company Tupperware helped design the new plant growing system PONDS for use at the ISS. How is this better than Veggie system when it comes to growing plants in space?

Space March 30, 2018

The Sahara Desert Is Expanding Partly Because Of Climate Change

Climate change and natural climate cycles contribute to the expansion of the Sahara desert, which has grown by about 10 percent since 1920. What are the potential consequences of this phenomenon?

Earth/Environment March 30, 2018

Judge Rules Coffees Sold In California Must Have Cancer Warning Labels

Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle ruled that coffee companies in California including Starbucks should have cancer warning labels because their products contain acrylamide. What do scientific studies say about this chemical?

Public Health March 30, 2018

Poor Grades Linked To Class Schedules That Do Not Match Students' Biological Clocks

Students whose circadian rhythms are not in sync with their class schedules are more likely to have lower grades. Which students are most vulnerable to the effects of class-induced jet lags?

Feature | Health March 30, 2018

Restaurant Meals May Have High Levels Of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals: What Are Phthalates?

Meals from restaurants and fast food joints may have far higher levels of phthalates compared with home-cooked meals. Why is this chemical considered dangerous to the human body?

Public Health March 30, 2018

Researchers In Kenya Made Human Blood Deadly To Mosquitoes

In experiments that involved malaria patients, up to 97 percent of mosquitoes that fed on the participants' blood samples died. Here's how the researchers made human blood poisonous to these disease carriers.

Public Health March 29, 2018

Fossil Unearthed In Montana’s Hell Creek Formation Could Be Remains Of Baby Tyrannosaurus Rex

Teeth suggest that the fossils unearthed in Montana belonged to a Tyrannosaurus rex. Researchers, however, said it could also be the remains of controversial species of dinosaur, the Nanotyrannus.

Animals March 29, 2018

Eating Out Increases Exposure To Harmful Chemicals Linked To Cancer And Diabetes

Dining out was linked to increased exposure to phthalates, a group of chemicals associated with increased risk for diabetes, fertility issues, and breast cancer. Researchers suggested a means to reduce exposure to these chemicals.

Public Health March 29, 2018

Two Women Lose Their Hair After Eating Bitter Squash

Two women experienced food poisoning symptoms and hair loss after eating bitter-tasting squash they bought from different sellers. Luckily for them, they were able to grow back their hair.

Public Health March 29, 2018

Music Lessons Can Make Children Smarter And Improve Their Academic Performance

School children who received structured musical lessons had significant improvements in cognitive skills, which include inhibition, planning, and memory skills. They also showed improved academic achievement. What are other benefits of music?

Healthy Living/Wellness March 29, 2018

New Drugs Needed? Main Antibiotic Treatment Fails To Cure Traveler's Super Gonorrhea Infection

The combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone failed to cure the infection of a UK man who contracted drug-resistant gonorrhea in Southeast Asia. WHO earlier cited the need for new drugs amid rising cases of antibiotic-resistant strains of the sexually transmitted infection.

Public Health March 29, 2018

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Linked To Rare Genetic Mutation

DNA samples of four children with unexplained death showed a rare mutation in the SCN4A gene, which plays a role in muscle control. Can treatments for disorders caused by this mutation reduce risks of cot death?

Public Health March 28, 2018

Gas Giant's Gravitational Tug May Have Caused Cigar-Like Shape Of Interstellar Asteroid 'Oumuamua

'Oumuamua’s appearance is different from what scientists predicted an interstellar asteroid would look like. Researchers now think that gravitational stretching could be behind the space rock’s cigar-like shape.

Space March 28, 2018

Study Reveals Why Good Night Sleep Becomes Elusive As We Get Older

Researchers who studied aging mice revealed why older people tend to find it difficult to fall asleep. Their findings showed a link between the aging process and how age impairs the body's circadian clock.

Public Health March 28, 2018

Low-Income Countries Drive Rise In Global Antibiotic Use

The rate of antibiotic use increased 39 percent from 2000 to 2015. Researchers said that the dramatic rise in global antibiotic use is driven by consumption in countries such as India, China, and Pakistan.

Public Health March 28, 2018

FDA Faces Lawsuit Over Decision To Delay Review Of E-Cigarettes

The FDA now faced a lawsuit for the extended deadlines given to e-cigarette and cigar manufacturers seeking approval for their products. What are the potential impacts of delaying reviews on public health?

Public Health March 28, 2018

Scientists Identify Potential New Human Organ Called Interstitium

The human interstitium could be a previously unknown organ of the body. Here's the reason why it took a while before researchers were able to discover and identify this network of fluid-filled channels.

Feature | Health March 27, 2018

Man's Beer Belly Turns Out To Be 30-Pound Tumor

A man's large stomach was initially thought of a beer belly. CAT scan revealed it was a large mass the size of a beach ball that already enveloped one of his organs.

Public Health March 27, 2018

Alien Megastructure Star: Dimming Of Tabby's Star Sets New Record

The mysterious Tabby's star has again experienced dramatic dips in brightness this March. What are the possible causes of the so-called alien megastructure star's sporadic brightening and dimming?

Space March 27, 2018

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