Alison Bruzek

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Want To Perk Up Your Love Life? Put Away That Smartphone

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Are you reading this after a long day's work, lounging in bed with the love of your life?

If so, I promise I won't feel bad if you stash the phone to take some time to talk in real life.

But if you're still reading, you're probably not alone — ...


Emergency Rooms Often Skip The Epinephrine For Severe Allergies

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

An epinephrine injection can be life-saving for someone with a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting, a peanut or a piece of shrimp. But just half of internal medicine doctors know that epinephrine should be the first treatment, a recent study finds.

And it gets worse in the ...


Doctors Warn That Soft Bedding Puts Babies At Risk

Monday, December 01, 2014

While blankets, pillows and quilts sound like the makings of a cozy bed for an adult, they can be downright dangerous in an infant's crib.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should keep the soft objects and loose bedding away from infants because they can inadvertently lead to ...


Drugged Marshmallows Can Keep Urban Raccoons From Spreading Disease

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The masked garbage crusaders of the night can be more than just a nuisance. Raccoons also can be bad news for human health, carrying diseases such as rabies and roundworms.

And because raccoons have happily colonized cities and suburbs, a particular roundworm called Baylisascaris procyonis that the critters often carry ...


Thanksgiving, Frozen: A 6-Day Guide To What To Cook Ahead, And When

Friday, November 21, 2014

The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. And for those of us who already feel short on time during a regular week, the pressure is on to figure out just how to squeeze in all that extra shopping, prep work and cooking ahead of the holiday.

In the informal survey ...


How Well Do Your Apps Protect Your Privacy?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

When you open up your Skype app to make a call, it's probably no surprise that it's accessing your phone's call history. But would you expect your Nike+ Running app to collect that information too?

If you're like most people, the answer is no.

That's why the Nike+ Running app ...


Got A Thanksgiving Time Crunch? Food Is Just (A Few) Clicks Away

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Is the Thanksgiving panic setting in? If so, you're not alone. 'Tis the season for many over-worked Americans to fret over how they're going to throw together a huge meal in a limited window of time.

Earlier this month, The Salt took your pulse on cooking for the holidays ...


What's In His Kiss? 80 Million Bacteria

Monday, November 17, 2014

My love comes with microbes, with 80 million bacteria in a single kiss. And couples who share more than nine long kisses a day end up with similar mouth microbiomes. Pucker up!


Hurricane Sandy Stranded Dialysis Patients. Lessons Learned?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A quarter of the dialysis patients who were in New York City when Hurricane Sandy hit missed at least one treatment due to power outages. Yet, not many are prepared for the next disaster.


FIFA Clears Qatar, Russia Of World Cup Corruption, Ignites Furor

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A report by FIFA has cleared Qatar and Russia of corruption in their successful bids to host the soccer World Cup, but the report has plunged the sport's governing body into more controversy.

The report, by German judge Hans-Jochaim Eckert, examined the actions of nine countries that in ...


The Risk Of Brain Injuries Shifts As Children Grow Up

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As children grow, they learn to crawl, to walk and then to drive. It turns out, the way they get hurt, and in particular their heads, evolves as as their forms of motion change.

Small children suffer head injuries from falling, while teenagers are at risk from car accidents, assaults ...


The Burden Of Colon Cancer Shifts From Rich To Poor

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths for both men and women in the U.S. It used to be that wealthy, white northerners had the highest death rates. But in the past few decades the trend has shifted, and now the people at highest risk are poor, ...


Sideline Robot Helps Trainers Spot Football Concussions

Thursday, November 06, 2014

With the fall season come littered leaves, new television lineups and the sport that can't stop stirring up controversy: football.

Rough tackles and concussions worry many parents. And no wonder. Research cited by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons suggests that more than a third of college football players ...


Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

What if you could track people getting sick just by analyzing how they surf the Web?

Researchers from Google and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried that back in 2009. They linked the number of Google searches for flu-like symptoms with the percentage of doctor's visits related ...


Armor For Batteries Could Protect Hungry Kids From Harm

Monday, November 03, 2014

Many parents have felt panic after seeing their toddler furtively sneak an unknown object in their mouth. The small batteries found in remote controls, laser pointers and toys are an example of just how dangerous that roulette can be.

In 2013, the National Capital Poison Center reported over 3,000 ...


A Field Of Medicine That Wants To Know Where You Live

Friday, October 31, 2014

In 1854, an English doctor named John Snow pinpointed an outbreak of cholera in London to a single contaminated water pump.

A pioneer of modern epidemiology, Snow used information about where the sick people lived to deduce that they were drinking tainted water from that source.

And while using clues ...


Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

If you're reading The Salt, it probably comes as no surprise to you that consumers increasingly want to make food choices based on not just their health, but their ethics. A growing number of groups are coming up with technological solutions to help them.

This week, the Environmental Working Group ...


Campuses Play Host To Tanning Beds, Despite Skin Cancer Risk

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The frigid winters left everyone hungry for sun at the college I attended in Chicago. I still remember a friend longing for a tanning studio, preferably just down the hill from the student center. And as it turns out, in a surprising number of college campuses now, that's just the ...


Who Should Pay To Fix The World's Salt-Damaged Soils?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Imagine losing about 5,000 acres, or 15 average-sized farms in Iowa, every day. That's how much productive farmland has succumbed to salt damage in the last 20 or so years, according to a paper published Tuesday by a group of international researchers. And, they say, all that degraded land ...


For Hospitals, Doing More On Ebola May Mean Less Elsewhere

Friday, October 24, 2014

As Bellevue Hospital in New York City treats its first patient with Ebola, other hospitals around the country are pouring resources into getting ready in case they're next.

Eighty-one percent of hospitals have started training their staff in caring for an Ebola patient, according to a survey of 1,039 members ...