Giving birth used to be one of the most dangerous things a woman could do, until medical advancements about a century ago improved outcomes. So why might the United States—and one state in particular— be sliding backward in this key statistic?
Source: Mayo Clinic
Are you nervous when you have to speak in front of your class? Check out some tips on how to conquer this common fear.
Source: Cancer Research UK
Cancer is not a disease that people catch—instead, it is the result of mutations, or changes at the cellular level. Find out how these tiny changes can make things go very wrong.
Source: Scientific American
Would you have trouble parting with your favorite things? A hoarder is a person who collects items and can’t discard any of them. Often, the homes of hoarders are completely full, with only enough room left to walk from room to room. A new study using brain scans helps shed light on why people behave this way.
Read about a rare genetic condition which causes calcium deposits to build in the part of the brain which is responsible for the fear response, rendering it useless.
Source: The Chicago Tribune
Watching movies doesn’t just affect our brains; it also affects our bodies. Find out how the effects of horror movies compare with those of other genres.
Source: Business Insider
This article lists eight advantages, including benefits for your health and mental well-being, of spending time in nature.
Source: University of Washington
How does living in a big city, where there are relatively few opportunities to interact with the natural world, affect a person’s health? What’s it like to grow up in a place where city lights obscure the stars? This article explains why it’s important for urban dwellers to connect with nature.
You may not think of climate change as an issue of public health. However, the doctors featured in this article view it as part of their responsibility to help to address the threats to human life and health posed by climate change, such as the devastation caused by increasingly severe wildfires.
Source: Great Big Story
Would you volunteer to eat a dinner you knew was poisoned? That was exactly what a group of 12 volunteers did in the early 1900s. Watch the video to learn more about what they ate and how this influenced the food we eat today.