Healthy Hearts

Beyond Burgers, Morning Star sausages, tofu bacon! Oh my!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Look at all the veggie selections on the menu! Doctors — and parents — say they’re good for our overall health. But how exactly? What does eating more vegetables and

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Sickly Sweet

Are sugar-free alternatives a SWEET idea for your gut? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Think of your stomach as a mine. Deep down, the miners — your gut bacteria — work to break down food into nutrients you can use. Things go smoothly when

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Course-Correcting

Image of fast food from mcdonald's take out

Burgers again? You have GUT to be kidding me! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine you’re seven again. Mom’s in the drive through for fast food. Can’t wait for those fries and milkshakes!  By contrast, . . . “adulting” means avoiding such fatty, carby

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Toxic Toolbox

Image of rattlesnake.

As Woody says – “There’s a snake in my boot!”  This is Sandra sing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine you’re hiking and “sssss” – a rattlesnake! Eek! If you do get bit, the local doc MIGHT have an antidote, but will it work? Even closely-related species can

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Lean Green Machines!

An apple a day keeps the doctor away…right??? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For years, researchers have wanted to find the healthiest diet. But perhaps all this time the answer was much more GREEN than we expected.  That’s what Khawlah Alateeq and researchers from

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Vital Vitamins

Could the trick to staying sharp be found in the vitamin aisle? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dementia and diseases like Alzheimer’s impair memory and thinking for millions of people worldwide. Is there anything we can do to fight back? Enter Maryam Ghahremani and

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Brain Stamps

Not eating affects our mood, but what about our brains? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. As we age, our cognitive abilities slowly decline. This impacts memory, learning, decision making, attention, and other things I can’t quite remember. What we do know? Low access to

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Shrimply More

Cuttlefish

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish… This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Have some raisins? Eww, no. Avocado, cheese, or nummy tuna melt? Darnit! Are cuttlefish as picky as toddlers when choosing a snack? Tzu-Hsin Kuo and Chuan-Chin Chiao from National Tsing Hua

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Sleigh Bells and Seaweed

Christmas came and went – and so did the cookies you left for Santa! But what do reindeer eat offseason? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Climate change in the far north freezes Rudolph’s favorite plants. It also melts sea-ice bridges, preventing reindeer from foraging

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Healthy Split

Could cookies get ANY more a-PEEL-ing? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Hand in the cookie jar again? … Yes…. *sigh* Could someone make a NUTRITIOUS cookie?  Enter Asima Shafi and Faizan Ahmad from Aligarh Muslim University. They had an idea that was BANANAS! They

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