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Posted 04/23/2014 | By HealthCorps

Students who use laptops in class may actually lower their grades. Students routinely multi-task on their computers, searching for information on a variety of subjects during teacher lecture time. This lack of focus routinely results in slightly lower testing scores because of missed information. Use the laptop only for notes during class or take notes the traditional way, with pen and paper.

Texting is as dangerous as drunk driving, and both behaviors lead to the same degree of slowed braking time and increased speeding, according to a study in the Australian Traffic injury Prevention.

Dogs may be able to “sniff out infections.” It’s known that dogs are sensitive to seizures before they happen in humans, and some dogs have been trained to detect cancer in people. Now, a beagle has been trained to sniff out the intestinal baceterium C. difficile in stool samples. If other dogs can be trained to perform this type of screening, they may be useful to help control outbreaks of infections in hospitals, nursing homes, and long term care facilities. According to CDC statistics, this particular bacterium causes 14,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.

Though Kombucha tea has become quite popular, drinkers beware. This tea is typically made by mixing sweetened black tea, adding yeast and healthful bacterial cultures, and then allowing the mixture to ferment for several days. Depending on how the batch is made, there is a risk that the bacteria can actually grow and contaminate the tea, raising risk for gastrointestinal illness. Make sure you buy this type of tea from a well-established market and make sure to know the sourcing process.

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