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What the brain really thinks about forever chemicals

The human-made chemicals that make our kitchen pans stick-free, our athletic wear water-repellent and firefighting chemicals more efficient do their jobs incredibly well, but it’s at the expense of lingering in the body and environment for what is believed to be forever. These forever chemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, more commonly known as PFOS

What everyone should know about cleft lip

After discussing actor Joaquin Phoenix’s appearance on her talk show earlier this month, Wendy Williams received near universal condemnation for mocking those affected with cleft lip—a common birth defect in which the upper lip does not form completely while still an embryo. To her credit, Williams was quick to apologize. Note that it is also

What happens to your body if you eat too many chia seeds

In recent years, chia seeds have entered the mainstream. Once a niche superfood, they are now a regular on the menu of many trendy brunch spots and have even infiltrated the home kitchen. The best part? They boast many nutritional benefits, such as promoting weight loss, lowering cholesterol and fighting inflammation (via BBC GoodFood). But

This is what happens when you stop intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is one of the hottest diets around right now. What happens to your body when fast on an intermittent basis is a science unto itself, and the question of whether intermittent fasting is actually good for you is a difficult one to answer definitively, particularly for those who struggle to stick to other,

What is CBD and what are its health benefits?

Increasingly, products containing cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical component of cannabis, are popping up at grocery stores, gas stations, drugstores, and internet marketplaces. Celebrated for its purported therapeutic effects and legal when derived from hemp—a form of the cannabis plant—CBD can be found in shampoos, hand lotions, skin creams, and even dog treats. Far-reaching medical

What is sodium lauryl sulfate and is it safe to use?

If you’ve ever Googled the causes of a skin complaint or damaged hair, chances are someone on the internet has pointed the finger at SLS, or sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate, a common ingredient in beauty products, washes, toothpastes and even cleaning products. So what does this ingredient do, why is it in everything, and

Here’s Exactly What To Do To Avoid Menopause Weight Gain

Unless you've never experienced the horror that is hormonal acne or fits of rage around that time of the month, you know that, as a woman, hormones can take quite a toll on you—and that rings especially true once you hit menopause.  While, yes, menopause isn't all bad (hi, no more spending money on tampons or remembering

Public places through kids’ eyes: What do they value?

Children are too rarely asked their perspectives on public spaces. Traditionally, adults make choices for children, particularly about how they live and play. In yet-to-be-published research* on behalf of a local council, we asked 75 children aged seven to 12 from 10 primary schools in a disadvantaged area of Sydney to map what they value

What does it mean when a butterfly lands on you?

Butterflies are beautiful creatures and come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. Many children spend hours trying to catch the colorful winged insects, wanting to take a closer look at their gorgeous patterns themselves. Sometimes, though, a person gets lucky and is able to take a close up look at a butterfly because one