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Free-for-All Friday

We’ve all read headlines like this: “Late-night snacks are bad for your brain.” “A new study shows pizza is the most addictive food.” “Drinking a glass of wine is just as good as spending an hour at the gym.” These soundbites are on morning television, in magazines of every subject matter, and clogging your FB feed. 305 more words

Free-for-all Friday

Fathers' age, lifestyle associated with birth defects

Source: Fathers’ age, lifestyle associated with birth defects

A growing body of research is revealing associations between birth defects and a father’s age, alcohol use and environmental factors, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. 14 more words


Prenatal stress could enhance protective mechanisms of babies

Source: Prenatal stress could enhance protective mechanisms of babies

Maternal stress and depression during pregnancy may activate certain protective mechanisms in babies. Psychologists from the University of Basel together with international colleagues report that certain epigenetic adaptations in newborns suggest this conclusion. 86 more words


Thank you, John Oliver!

This hysterical and insightful segment effectively teaches some information literacy lessons that our students…ALL of us…need to learn.

What John Teaches Us…

The News Media oversimplifies – sometimes distorts- scientific findings, and tends to “sensationalize” the results. 88 more words


Nervines, Acetaminophen, and Empathy

There’s an article circulating about a study showing that acetaminophen interferes with feeling empathy. The article is summarizing a scientific study that does indeed indicate that people experience less empathy after taking acetaminophen; this may be cause for concern, but the study begins with an even more interesting question. 285 more words