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Concussion: More than ‘getting your bell rung’

Think a head injury isn’t a big deal? Think again. This common brain injury can cause serious – and lasting – damage. (Online. February 20, 2013)

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photo by CSIRO

Stem cells: The secret to change

Recent discoveries in cellular research might just pave the way to restore sight to the blind, repair damaged spinal cords, or even overcome genetic disease. (Online. April 10, 2013)

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photo by Serenity

Some dirt won’t hurt

Not only is it okay to get dirty, it may even reduce risk of asthma and allergies. Find out why (and how to clean up properly after playing outdoors). (Online. July 17, 2013)

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Learning rewires the brain

As we learn, our brains rewire. In the process, brain cells change shape and even fire backwards. (Online. September 2, 2014)

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Air pollutants strike a blow to the brain

Scientists track super-small pollutants into the brain, where they can cause damage similar to that in people with Alzheimer’s disease. (Online. December 17, 2014)

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photo by Sara V.

Stress for Success

Stress doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Find out how psychologists help anxious teens put their worries to good use. (Online. March 20, 2015)

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When every face is a stranger’s face

You may find it easy to spot someone you know in a crowd, but for people with ‘face blindness’ every face looks the same: eyes, nose, mouth, ears. Learn more about this condition that affects as many as two in every 100 people. (Online. November 13, 2015)

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What is IQ—and how much does it matter?

You may have heard of IQ or taken a IQ test. But what does your IQ score tell you about your ability to succeed? Maybe not as much as you think. (Online. October 13, 2016)

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What makes a pretty face?

Beauty is only skin deep, or so the saying goes. And yet we have a hard time ignoring a pretty face. Why is that, and what is it that makes a face beautiful? Oddly enough, it has to do with being average.(Online. December 5, 2016)

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Tattoos: The good, the bad and the bumpy

Some people treat skin like a canvas, “painting” it with tattoos. That permanent ink can cause allergic reactions, or it can boost the immune system. But beware: many inks aren’t meant to be used on the human body. (Online. May 11, 2017)

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Think you’re not biased? Think again

Everyone has biases against other groups of people: blacks, women, and the obese for a start. But those biases can be changed. The first step? Recognizing that you have them. (Online. June 22, 2017)

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Night lights have a dark side

Bright lights at night create light pollution, which alters animal behavior (including our own) and may even lead to diseases like cancer. The good news? It’s the easiest kind of pollution to control. (Online. July 27, 2017)

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Mindfulness in eating pays the body big dividends

Savoring each bite of a meal helps us slow down when we eat, which improves the experience and makes smaller amounts of food more enjoyable. It can also lead to better health. (Online. August 17, 2017)

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