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41 Quick & Easy School Lunch Ideas to Pack for Your Kids

It's back-to-school time, and we've got 41 quick and easy lunch ideas to keep your kids happy—or at least relatively so.<p>Sometimes, parents write small notes of appreciation to put in their kids' lunchboxes. Which is sweet. But you know what they say: Actions speak louder than words. Make one of …

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Best space images of the month

Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured during a memorable month in space – from cosmic collisions to soaring satellites.<p>Watch Colin Legg's footage of the Moon Saturn occultation.

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20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

6 proven ways to lose the weight for good

We've all heard it a million times: In order to lose weight, just burn more calories than you consume. Simple math, right? Yeah, unless you live in the real world—the one with deadlines and cronuts. Only one in five dieters are successful at losing—and keeping off—10 percent of their body weight, …

Natural ways to relieve arthritis pain

As a doctor, I receive questions every day varying from heart health to infertility. Today, I received a question from a man who wanted to know what alternative therapies were out there for arthritis.<p><i>Dr. Manny, I suffer from arthritis, and my symptoms get worse during the winter. What can I do to</i> …

Turn down the thermostat to support weight loss, say researchers

New research suggests weight loss isn’t just about living a healthy lifestyle—the temperature of the space you live in may have an impact too.<p>In a new article published in <i>Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism</i>, researchers examined evidence on whether temperature can impact an individual’s ability to …

Fever treatments may cause more flu deaths

People sick with the flu often take medication to alleviate the accompanying fever. But their relief may come at a price for others: New findings suggest that suppressing fever can result in the infection of tens of thousands of additional people each flu season.<p>Fever, though unpleasant, can …

Harvard Medical School doctor becomes patient, and gets a crash course in America’s medical care

After falling down a flight of stairs, breaking his neck and nearly dying, a Massachusetts physician is now speaking out about the stark deficiencies he saw in his own treatment -- and how those shortcomings relate to more general problems he sees plaguing medical care in America.<p>Writing in the New …

Researchers deliberately give volunteers the flu

Forget being sneezed on: Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live virus straight up their noses.<p>It may sound bizarre, but the rare type of research is a step in the quest for better flu vaccines. It turns out that how the body fends off …

Body's response to disease has a smell, study suggests

Humans may be able to smell sickness, or at least detect a distinct odor in the sweat of people with highly active immune systems who are responding to infection, a new study from Sweden suggests.<p>In the study, eight healthy people were injected with either lipopolysaccharide, a bacterial toxin that …

The meal that's even worse than fast food

If you think the biggest fat bombs are found at the drive-thru, then read this: A new study shows that full-service restaurants are the real calorie offenders. Thanks mainly to the ginormous portion sizes, a typical entrée packs an average of 800 calories, while a full meal clocks in at …

Sperm's 'swimming pool' may affect health of offspring

An embryo's development depends on more than just the sperm and egg that formed it it is also impacted by the interaction between male seminal fluid and the environment in the female reproductive tract, a new study shows.<p>Researchers examined mice that were conceived in a lab from a male whose …

Why some flu viruses may be more contagious

Not all flu viruses are the same. Some are hardy survivors.<p>Some influenza viruses can survive and remain infectious on the fingertips for at least 30 minutes, long enough to transmit the flu to oneself or others, says a study in the January issue of Clinical Microbiology and Infection.<p>Flu is …

Natural cures for gout, cystic acne and toenail fungus

Lately, I’ve received a number of questions regarding remedies for common health problems. Among them, readers have asked me how they can treat gout, cystic acne and toenail fungus. Here are the questions below:<p><i>1. I have developed gout in my big toe. Is there a remedy for the pain and a way to keep</i> …

Colorado cantaloupe farmers get home detention for 2011 listeria outbreak

A federal court judge sentenced two Colorado farmers on Tuesday to six months of home detention and five years probation for their role in a deadly 2011 listeria outbreak linked to contaminated cantaloupes.<p>Eric and Ryan Jensen, brothers who are former owners of Colorado-based Jensen Farms, pleaded …

Why you need to wash your bedding

All over your home, and especially in your pillows and duvets, lie creatures you can neither see nor hear. They are house dust mites, and they are everywhere. These strange, prehistoric-looking insects live where humans live, thrive on the tiny flakes of skin that constantly shed off of our bodies …

Bacterial toxin may trigger multiple sclerosis, research finds

Multiple sclerosis (MS), a central nervous system disease that often leads to paralysis and vision problems, affects approximately 2.3 million people worldwide and has no cure. Though no one knows what triggers MS, researchers have long suspected that a combination of genetic and environmental …

Woman gets pregnant thanks to chicken egg yolk

After multiple miscarriages and spending more than $50,000 on in vitro fertilization (IVF), British couple Mark and Suzanne Harper found success with an unusual treatment – involving egg yolks.<p>According to a report in the New York Post, an earlier battle with testicular cancer left Mark with zero …

Natural ways to ease depression symptoms

One out of every 10 people suffers from depression in the United States, according to estimates. While there are many prescription medications that can alleviate depression symptoms, there are a few natural remedies that could help as well. Find out what they are below.<p><b>Light Therapy</b><br>Light therapy …

Antioxidants speed up lung cancer growth, study shows

Antioxidant supplements are often marketed for their disease-preventing potential. Supposedly, they can eliminate free radicals and lower a person’s risk of cancer.<p>But much of the evidence supporting these claims is mixed, and a new study published today in the journal Science Translational …

Testosterone again linked to heart risks

For some men, taking testosterone may triple the risk of having a heart attack, according to a new study.<p>Researchers looked at medical records of more than 48,500 men ages 65 and younger who were taking testosterone(in forms of gels, patches or injections), and followed them for three months.<p>The …

Norovirus: Should you be afraid to go on a cruise?

A second cruise ship was forced to cut its journey short this week, as Princess Cruises' Caribbean Princess ship returned to Houston on Thursday after nearly 200 passengers and crew members fell ill. Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas vessel was also forced to return to port …

Oldest Known Hearth Found in Israel Cave

New species of early human cooked there 300,000 years ago, say archaeologists.<p>An ancient limestone cave in the rolling countryside east of Tel Aviv has provided a captivating glimpse into humanity's remote past—the oldest known hearth, around which families periodically cooked their meals more than …

NASA Responds To Martian Life Lawsuit: It's Just A Rock

The space agency released a short statement to _Popular Science _on the litigation.<p>Earlier this week, we reported that NASA was being sued. The allegations? That the space agency had failed to conduct a proper examination of "life" on Mars, which had mysteriously appeared in front of the agency's …

Scientists Make Hair-Growing Cells From Ordinary Skin Cells

It's a step toward curing baldness with stem cells made from a person's own skin.<p>Bald? A team of stem cell scientists has made an advance that's a step toward being able to regrow your own natural hair, using samples of your skin.<p>The scientists took adult human skin cells and transformed them into …

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GMO giant Monsanto wants its high-tech fruits and vegetables to be completely 'natural'

Monsanto's name is synonymous with high-tech genetically modified crops that are often mired in fear and concerns over safety, legality, and environmental impact. Quietly, though, it's working on fruits and vegetables that are just as novel as their GMO counterparts but don't bear the stigma of …

The Science of Vermouth, Italian Drink Back in Style

After nearly thirty years of anonymity, vermouth is very much back in style: find out more about a fancy drink you can even try to make and taste at …