Interesting Articles

The Cold-Medicine Racket

If you go through the ingredient list of the myriad cold remedies at your local pharmacy, you will notice that the only real difference is the color of the packaging.   From The Atlantic: The Cold-Medicine Racket

Flu Shot Only 50% Effective This Year

The good news is that there hasn’t been many severe cases of the flu yet this year. The bad news is that doctors are saying people who come into contact with any strain of influenza this year will have only about a 50-50 chance of being protected by the vaccine. (But they are still recommending…

Does Exercise Really Make Us Smarter?

Couch potatoes would be wise to keep in mind that sitting around watching TV not only makes you fatter, but, shall we say, dumber. Apparently, your brain would benefit much more if you got up and exercised.   From the New York Times: Does Exercise Really Make Us Smarter?

Twitter Firehouse Reveals How Weather Affects Mood

Sunny days, cloudy days, rainy days–there aren’t many people whose moods are not affected by the weather. Some students at Stanford were not satisfied with the findings up till now, and are trying to even further substantiate that hypothesis by studying tweets.   From MIT Technology Review: Twitter Firehouse Reveals How Weather Affects Mood

Feeling Younger May Help Memory As We Age

Studies have found that there is some truth to the expression, “You’re as young as you feel.” participants who had a younger self-image scored better on memory and cognitive tests than those who did not.   From the Wall Street Journal: Feeling Younger May Help Memory as We Age