Maanvi Singh

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Drug Tests Don't Deter Drug Use, But School Environment Might

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Schools that do random drug testing say it helps students say no to illegal drugs, while critics say it's an invasion of privacy. But feeling good about school may affect students' drug use more than the threat of testing.

A survey of high school students found that the possibility that ...


Why Hospitals And Families Still Struggle To Define Death

Friday, January 10, 2014

Death seems one of life's few certainties, but the cases of a girl and a young woman who are being kept on life support even though they are legally dead show how difficult it still can be to agree on the end of life.

In Oakland, Calif., the family of ...


When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Everyone knows that the first rule of driving is never take your eyes off the road.

Teen drivers start off being careful, but they tend to start multitasking after just a few months behind the wheel, according to research published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

And while ...


How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House

Monday, December 23, 2013

Here's the thing about gingerbread houses. You labor over them for hours. You painstakingly decorate them with gumdrops and candy canes.

And then, someone shakes the table it's sitting on, and boom! It all comes crumbling down, leaving a huge, house-shaped hole in your heart.

Never again, we said.

This ...


Angelina Didn't Help Educate People About Breast Cancer Risk

Friday, December 20, 2013

Remember when Angelina Jolie decided to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer? The Hollywood star revealed her experience in The New York Times in May.

Her story got a lot of people talking about preventive mastectomies. But it didn't do much to increase ...


Geeky Gamers Feast Upon Settlers Of Catan Cookbook

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Deconstructed salads and nachos go in hexagonal bowls that mimic the layout of the German board game with a cult following. Cookbook author Chris-Rachel Oseland says that the recipes ...


Why Meningitis That Hit Princeton Is Hard To Beat With Vaccines

Thursday, December 12, 2013

There's been a lot of talk about meningitis B lately. That's the type responsible for outbreaks at Princeton and the University of California in Santa Barbara.

And it got us thinking. How come this form of the illness isn't fazed by the vaccines given routinely to most young people ...


To Fight Meningitis Outbreak, Princeton Tries European Vaccine

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Princeton University has started vaccinating students against type B meningitis in an effort to stop an outbreak that's infected at least eight people.

The vaccine isn't approved for general use in the United States, though it is available in Europe, Australia and Canada. But the meningitis strain that hit the ...


Second Meningitis Outbreak Erupts In Southern California

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The University of California, Santa Barbara is experiencing a meningitis outbreak a lot like the one that hit Princeton earlier this year. The California university confirmed a fourth case of meningococcal disease on Monday.

Like the outbreak at Princeton, this outbreak involves type B meningitis, a form of ...


Moon Turnips? NASA Takes Gardening to New Heights

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The hyper-local food trend is really big right now. And apparently, NASA wants to make sure astronauts don't miss out. The agency recently announced plans to grow cress, turnips and basil on the moon.

And to protect the plants from the harsh cosmic radiation and the moon's lack of ...


Estrogen May Not Help Prevent Fuzzy Thinking After Menopause

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

There's a widely held belief that women experience moodiness and fuzzy thinking because of the drop in estrogen during menopause. And women have looked to hormone replacement therapy for relief.

But researchers increasingly think there's not much of a link between declining levels of estrogen during menopause and cognition.

Scientists ...


An Omnivore's Dilemma: Would You Eat Michael Pollan Microbe Cheese?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Making your own cheese and yogurt is all the rage these days. Now a scientist has taken the DIY craze to an entirely new level. She and an artist have made cheeses using the microcrit...


Can We Eat Our Way To A Healthier Microbiome? It's Complicated

Friday, November 08, 2013

When our colleague Rob Stein got his microbiome analyzed recently in the name of science journalism, we were totally fascinated.

As Stein noted, it may be possible to cultivate a healthier community of bacteria on and inside us by modifying our diets.

Stein was advised to eat more garlic ...


Why Doctors Are Testing An Epilepsy Drug For Alcoholism

Thursday, November 07, 2013

In the hunt for new ways to help people fight alcoholism, doctors are studying gabapentin, a generic drug that's commonly used to treat epilepsy and fibromyalgia.

In a 12-week clinical trial conducted by the Scripps Research Institute, people taking taking gabapentin were much better at reducing their alcohol intake than ...


Seeing In The Pitch-Dark Is All In Your Head

Friday, November 01, 2013

A few years ago, cognitive scientist Duje Tadin and his colleague Randolph Blake decided to test blindfolds for an experiment they were cooking up.

They wanted an industrial-strength blindfold to make sure volunteers for their work wouldn't be able to see a thing. "We basically got the best blindfold you ...


A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Have you ever wished that your iPhone could bring you the smell of coffee, curry or steak?

No? Well, there's a gadget for that.

Japanese company Scentee has invented a spherical iPhone attachment that can squirt out aromas ranging from flowery to savory. Each scent comes in a separate ...


Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

Friday, October 25, 2013

Almost every day it seems there's a new use for 3-D printing.

In medicine, the printers are already making prosthetic hands, hearing aid cases and parts of human ears.

But the materials used in some 3-D printing processes could be toxic to humans, particularly if the products get inside ...