Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil prompts a state of emergency

The governor of the Minas Gerais State in southeastern Brazil declared a public health emergency on Friday over an outbreak of yellow fever that appears to have killed at least 10 people so far and led to reports of more than 100 suspected cases of the disease.

5 things you should never do when you have a UTI

If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you know they are their own special kind of hell.  That`s why here is a roundup of the poorest decisions you could possibly make when you have a UTI, and what you should do instead. 

How to raise a creative child

Many parents hope for their children grow to be artistic and talented. Even if you don't feel particularly creative yourself, it's easy to help your child grow up to be creative. 

Vegetarian diets best for health and the environment

New position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics highlights the health benefits of vegetarian diets, claiming they can reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer, compared with non-vegetarian diets.

Jogging the brain

In a previous article we talked about the benefits of exercise to boost IQ. Now, a growing body of evidence confirms that getting breathless can also build the brain.

Should parents lie to children about Santa?

Millions of parents convince their kids Santa is real – but this lie may be damaging, according to experts. They also suggest parents may not be motivated by purely creating magic for their children, but by a desire to return to the joy of childhood themselves.

Gender differences in recognition of toy faces

A study using Barbies and Transformers finds that men are better at recognizing Transformer faces while women are better at recognizing Barbie faces, supporting the theory that experience plays an important role in facial recognition.

Trauma affects girls and boys brains differently

Research carried out at Stanford University School of Medicine in California discovers intriguing differences between male and female brains following traumatic stress. The findings might help design sex-specific trauma interventions.

Marijuana use may temporarily weaken heart muscle

While the effects of marijuana on the cardiovascular system remain largely unknown, a new study suggests that marijuana use may double the risk of stress cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscles are quickly and severely weakened.