Health and Science

Smartphones can cut your kid’s sleep, layer on the pounds

By Priyam Vora

Sleepy kids may have a hard time hitting the basketball court or focusing on their homework. And the source of their problems may radiate from the digital world of their smartphones!

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston recently reported that the “blue light” glow from using smartphones and other electronic devices too close to bedtime can make it difficult to fall asleep.  But the same study shows that this lack of sleep in kids can result in increasing risks of obesity during  adolescence. Continue reading

VIDEO: Going green can help save the green in your wallet

by Grace Eleyae

Making a home more energy efficient can benefit both your conscience and your check book, according to recent data released by the Illinois Association of Energy Raters. Smaller changes like replacing shower heads with their low-flow counterparts can significantly reduce monthly operating costs, and larger investments like adding solar panels can increase the value of your home up to 10 percent. Continue reading

VIDEO: Illinois PIRG campaigns to get McDonald’s to purchase antibiotic-free meat

By Tanni Deb

Many factory-farmed animals receive antibiotics for growth production and to avoid the spread of illnesses. While this may seem to be a good idea, it can actually be dangerous for humans who eat meat raised with this drug. Illinois PIRG, a public interest research group, has started a campaign to get McDonald’s, a global leader of hamburgers, to stop the overuse of antibiotics.

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VIDEO: Safety tips help keep horseback riders from injury

by Beth Lawrence

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe was in the hospital recently after he was thrown from a horse while vacationing in Tanzania. McAuliffe was admitted for a punctured lung and seven broken ribs and remained hospitalized for three nights before returning to work. Injuries like his are not uncommon for horseback riders. A riding instructor provides some tips so you can stay safe around horses.

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Revving up your winter run for safety

By Shanley Chien

As temperatures drop, so do the number of people running outdoors. People increasingly move their workouts to the gyms or other safe havens from Chiberia, but dedicated runners willing to brave freezing temperatures to clock in the miles should consider a few extra safety tips.

Liliana Zecker, associate professor of language and literacy at DePaul University and an avid Evanston runner, refuses to let cold temperatures prevent her from doing what she loves. Continue reading