The stress of having children do distance learning at home during the pandemic is linked to an increase in alcohol consumption among parents, a new survey finds.
July 29, 2020 • ~6 min
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Physical activity is important for all kinds of health reasons, even in quarantine.
May 8, 2020 • ~4 min
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Pets might not protect us from the coronavirus, but they can help us get better.
April 27, 2020 • ~4 min
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Exponential growth, such as in a viral epidemic, starts deceptively slowly, then quickly balloons. A mathematician explains the importance of early action and the costs of delay.
April 2, 2020 • ~5 min
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America's poorest children won't get nutritious meals with school cafeterias closed due to the coronavirus
The millions of US children whose parents can't always afford enough nutritious food for their families get about a quarter of their calories from what they eat at school.
March 13, 2020 • ~5 min
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Most commercial hand sanitizers are mainly alcohol, but forget about hitting the liquor store and mixing your own.
March 13, 2020 • ~4 min
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Leaving your coat at home on a cold winter day doesn't automatically mean you're going to get sick. But it could make you more susceptible to germs.
Feb. 20, 2020 • ~4 min
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