Showing posts from March 17, 2019

Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

1/11 Is Your Town on the List?Spring has sprung, and so have the sneezes and sniffles that come along with it. Every year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) ranks the 100 largest U.S. metro areas by pollen count, allergy medicine use, and allergy doctors. Has your town made the list for the 10 worst "spring allergy capitals"? You might be surprised: They aren't all in the South! Swipe to advance 2/11 No. 10: Buffalo, N.Y.The second largest city in New York leaps into the top 10 from No. 36 in 2015. Super-high pollen scores and above-average use of allergy meds secured its place. This Niagara Falls neighbor has the sunniest and driest springs in the Northeast. That means pollen sticks around longer -- and has more time to make your eyes water. Buffalo has flirted with higher rankings before. It placed 15th 3 years ago. Swipe to advance 3/11 No. 9: Knoxville, TNIts pollen levels are on par with most other cities, but people here use more allergy meds than averag…

The Truth About Concussions and Brain Injuries

1/22 Head Injuries and Your BrainYour brain is well protected from most damage. It sits inside a hard, bony skull. Layers of membranes and fluid provide extra padding. But even with all this natural protection, injuries still happen. And the damage can affect everything you do, from thinking to moving. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any blow to your head that's hard enough to affect the brain. Swipe to advance 2/22 How Does Your Brain Get Hurt?A hard blow to the head can shake your brain inside the skull. The result: bruises, broken blood vessels, or nerve damage to the brain. A hard hit that doesn’t cause bleeding or an opening in your skull could be a closed brain injury. An open brain injury is when an object penetrates the skull and goes into your brain. Swipe to advance 3/22 Brain Injuries: Mild vs. SevereA TBI can be mild or severe. A concussion is a mild TBI -- you should recover pretty quickly. A severe TBI can do enough damage to knock you unconscious for a longer period. It …

Swollen Fingers? Find Out Why

1/15 Fluid RetentionSwelling happens when body fluids collect in tissues or joints. Sometimes your pinkie might be puffy. Or you may have trouble slipping your rings on and off. A salty meal could be one culprit. That’s usually not a cause for worry. But other times, your swollen fingers and hands can signal a health problem that needs your attention. Swipe to advance 2/15 Exercise and HeatYour heart, lungs, and muscles need oxygen to fuel your workout. So, more blood goes to those places and less flows to your hands. Small blood vessels react to this change and expand, and that swells your fingers. Something similar happens when your body heats up in hot weather. To cool down, blood vessels in your skin swell to allow heat to leave the surface. This is totally normal. Swipe to advance 3/15 InjuryYou may have a torn a ligament or sprained your finger. Or injured a tendon, or dislocated or even broken a bone. If the injury isn’t too bad, ice, rest, and over-the counter pain medicine may be en…

We Became Fragments

This powerful film chronicles the journey of Ibraheem Sarhan, a Syrian teenager, as he adapts to a new life in Winnipeg, Canada. Following the loss of his mother and four siblings in a bombing that left him injured, Ibraheem left Syria with his father. "We went out against our will and we shall return with our hope," he says. Watch Ibraheem as he navigates his first week of high school in this story of resilience and rebuilding.

The not-so-definitive guide to cybersecurity and data privacy laws

US cybersecurity and data privacy laws are, to put it lightly, a mess.

Years of piecemeal legislation, Supreme Court decisions, and government surveillance crises, along with repeated corporate failures to protect user data, have created a legal landscape that is, for the American public and American businesses, confusing, complicated, and downright annoying.

Businesses are expected to comply with data privacy laws based on the data’s type. For instance, there’s a law protecting health and medical information, another law protecting information belonging to children, and another law protecting video rental records. (Seriously, there is.) Confusingly, though, some of those laws only apply to certain types of businesses, rather than just certain types of data.