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Groundwater: A Major Resource We Should Care For

gwamrMost of us have seen polluted streams and lakes. But one of the biggest threats to our drinking water is invisible, because the water itself is underground. We asked Dr. Katta J. Reddy, a senior research scientist at the Wyoming Water Resources Center, to explain what groundwater is and why it needs to be protected.

What is groundwater?

Usually groundwater is defined as the water trapped in the pores beneath the soil, in the pores in the rocks. It supplies our nation’s wells and springs. Groundwater moves like a river–fast at one place, and slowly at other places.

Why is

Buying A Mouth Guard For Sleep Apnea

mgfsaBuying a mouth guard for sleep apnea is easy. Using it consistently might be the real challenge. People do not generally like to wear a mouth guard for sleep apnea when they go to sleep. One of the last things you are wont to do is brushing your teeth. You may be reluctant to wear something in your mouth through the night. The sensible thing to do is to wear it regardless. Soon enough, it will become a new habit you have cultivated. Since the results are astounding, you may never give it up. Who can blame you if you …

Are You Risking Hearing Loss?

riskhlossRick set the radio volume so he could barely hear the words, then turned off the car. “What are you doing?” asked Jeff.

“My drumming magazine said this is a quick way to check the loudness of a rock concert. If we still are able lo hear and understand the words on the radio after we’ve been to a concert, then the music wasn’t too loud,” Rick explained.

After the concert, Rick turned on the car radio, but the teens couldn’t hear anything. “That music gave us a short-term hearing loss.”

Jeff shrugged. “One rock concert can’t hurt.”

“The magazine …

Choking: How To Stop It And Save Lives

chohtsIn November 1994, Christina Swick, 18, was on the school bus, headed home. As usual, the bus was filled with laughter and shouting. Then, someone in the back yelled out, “Hey, Charlie’s choking!”

At first, Christina and the other students from John S. Battle High School in Mendota, Virginia, didn’t react. Charlie Carroll often sounds like he’s choking, even when he isn’t. He has Wilson’s disease, a neurological impairment due to excessive copper in the liver and brain. He can’t talk or control his muscles.

But then the same person yelled, “Something’s really wrong with Charlie! He was eating a …

Bad Hair Days Can Mean Bad Health

bhdcmHave you ever noticed that when your hair looks good, you feel better? When you like how your hair looks, you have more confidence, you feel happier, and your whole outlook improves. If healthy hair can do all that, why ever again have a bad hair day?

The Long and the Short of Hair

The main component of hair is a tough protein called keratin, which is produced by cells at the root of a hair. Each hair fiber is made up of three layers. The outer layer, the part you see, is called the cuticle. The cuticle is a …

Smoking Still An Issue For Teens

ssaifWhat kills more people each year than AIDS, illegal drugs, car accidents, alcohol, homicides, suicides, and fires combined? With an annual death toll of more than 400,000, cigarette smoking is the number-one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.

Of the 3,000 teens a day who become new smokers, 1,000 will die from a tobacco-related disease. Now new laws seek to stamp out teen smoking.

Hook ‘Em While They’re Young

Eighty-two percent of all adults who have ever smoked started before age 18. In 1994, almost 19 percent of eighth graders already were smoking. By 12th grade, …

Teens Need To Get Smart With Fitness

tntfnessMy name is Brian. The story I’m about to tell you is true. I’ve changed some of the names so I wouldn’t embarrass my friends, but it all happened just like this…

I was a pretty scrawny kid, but I thought I’d get bigger as a teenager. Well, I didn’t. In 10th grade, I was 5’9″ and weighed 125 lbs. The guys called me Bird Legs, which I didn’t mind so much, but the girls called me Mr. No Shoulders. Boy, did that hurt. I was too skinny to play football and not tall enough to play basketball, so I …

When You’re Stressin’

wysgIs life really more stressful for American teens today than it was for their parents and grandparents? Most experts say yes, it is. Compared to teenagers of 20 or 30 years ago, today’s teens are more likely to: be poor (14 million U.S. children and teens–about one in four–live in a household where income is below poverty level) … live with only one parent … be homeless or in foster care … face pressure to participate in sex, drinking, drugs, criminal activity, etc…feel “in danger” on the streets or at school…know somebody who has died violently.

We’re not saying all …

ER Tips: When Things Get Strange

ertwtgOn a Sunday evening, 14-year-old John DeTone was in-line skating with friends on his driveway when he tripped and fell on his arm. Half an hour later, his wrist started hurting. John’s dad phoned the emergency room (ER), and a nurse advised him to bring his son in. John, a fan of TV shows like “ER” and “Rescue” 911,” was a little nervous about going to the ER. “I wasn’t worried about my wrist–it was either broken, sprained, or just sore–but I was scared about what I might see at the hospital, like people who were bleeding or all banged …

The FDA: Strong On Monitoring Some Things, But Not On Sugar

sombnsWhen a fierce winter storm tossed the Santa Clara I in New Jersey coastal fishing waters on January 3, 1992, 432 drums of toxic arsenic trioxide washed over-board. As a salvage firm and the Coast Guard cleaned up the spilled cargo, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) swept into action. Thanks to the FDA, no contaminated seafood ever found its way into stores.

The FDA is on the scene after hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes, when foods damaged by floodwater or power loss threaten to compound public health problems. After Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989, more than 1.7 …