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NOW COVID is coming back!! Everybody needs to get vaccinated - again,
unless you already got a shot this year! (2023)

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The World's Deadliest Animal: The Mosquito

credit: Clifford Cross II

"The animal you see in the photo is a mosquito.
It looks basic and yet it's built like a perfect machine.
Upon examination with an electron microscope and other
modern devices, the mosquito forms as follows:
On her little head there are exactly 100 eyes. In her mouth,
which can hardly be seen even under a microscope, 48 teeth.
In the chest, one for the center and two for the wings,
there are 3 hearts and in each heart 2 auricles and 2 ventricles.
This little mosquito has a heat receptor to find living things
with heat. The heat sensitivity of this device is one thousandth
of a degree Celsius. A very advanced blood analyzer, and also
an anesthetic device to easily absorb the blood, so that its
victim does not react to the sting. And also an anticoagulant
device to be able to absorb the blood. There are six tiny blades
on its suction pipe; with four of them he makes a square
incision and with the other two he forms a tube to absorb
the blood. They also have claws and hooks on their feet to
hold on to their food source."


Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants

Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac
are a hazard year-round. Here are tips for
preventing and treating the itchy rash and blisters.
2:30 video sets the scene and a page-long
text covers plants, prevention, and treatment.




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The Unsung Heroes Who Ended a Deadly Plague

"How a team of fearless American women overcame medical skepticism
to stop whooping cough, a vicious infectious disease, and save countless


Smithsonian Magazine article from March 2022. "Pertussis, otherwise known
as whooping cough, means little to most parents in the developed world
today. But it was once among the great terrors of family life."
Drs.Kendrick and Eldering assembled their own team, got the community
behind them, found donors, and then - "Kendrick, Eldering, and their team
succeeded in developing the first safe and effective whooping cough vaccine."
Read the whole inspiring story of this noble quest in the article. There
are newer vaccines now, but none are better.
Remember this:
Get your kids vaccinated! Whooping cough can kill you.


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Now insert "Covid" in place of "plague".


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How Covid-19 vaccines work

A BIG infographic (33% sized above) that
explains in detail how viral vector vaccines work.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has an animated
that explains them very well, too.







A Once-in-a-Century Pandemic
We’re repeating a lot of the same mistakes from
the 1918 “Spanish Flu” H1N1 outbreak.
by Joyce Rice, Eleri Harris and Sarah Mirk
Posted on April 13, 2020


Here's a list of disinfectants you can use against coronavirus

#1 is soap and water



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How Well Do Masks Work? (Schlieren Imaging In Slow Motion!)
From It's OK To Be Smart 8 minute video

"Wearing a face mask is a cheap and easy way to slow the spread
of airborne diseases like COVID-19. This video uses an advanced
imaging technique called schlieren visualization to show you why
masks work. We're all in this together!"


Track the progress of the virus worldwide,
Now the site has been visited by tens of millions, from every country on Earth.
It tracks deaths, numbers of cases locally and globally, and provides an
interactive map, information on the disease, and a Twitter feed.
The resource updates every minute or so, and pulls information from the
World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and elsewhere.

The sacred 'sisters' of ancient America
from BBC World's Table
"In Quebec, the tale of the "three sisters" isn't just
a myth about cooperation; it's a message from
Wendat ancestors that teaches modern people
about ancient, life-sustaining food."

and a great video:

Three Sisters: Companion Planting of
North American Indigenous Peoples

10:53 video from GRIN-U Education

Going in Biomes, Earth Science, Health, Life Skills,
Native Americans/1st Nations



Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

This can be printed out for kids as well. Good basic information
about the virus with basic precautions kids can take such as
coughing and sneezing into your elbow and WASH YOUR HANDS.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) video from the World Health Organization (WHO)

A grown up explanation of this virus, good scientific explanation

5:35 NatGeo video explains why clean water and sewer
are and were essential for people living in large, crowded
cities and everywhere else.

A message from Benjamin Franklin:

NOW COVID is coming back!! Everybody needs to get vaccinated - again,
unless you already got a shot this year! (2023)
Get like flu shots, you'll have to get one every year.


Grapic: "Got polio? M neither.  Thanks, science.


The Last Few Polio Survivors – Last of the Iron Lungs
This is why we vaccinate!





How a long-forgotten virus could help us solve the antibiotics crisis - by Alexander Belcredi
Viruses have a bad reputation -- but some of them could one day save your life, says
biotech entrepreneur Alexander Belcredi. In this fascinating talk, he introduces us to phages,
naturally-occurring viruses that hunt and kill harmful bacteria with deadly precision, and shows
how these once-forgotten organisms could provide new hope against the growing threat of
antibiotic-resistant superbugs. from TED-ED


From Kurzgesagt





Who the Blood is For

blood types data

"What blood types can give to each other? A great tutorial,
we hope it will be shared a lot." Easy to understand animation
of which blood types can give to what other types.


9 things viral



Top things to know about Ebola


Ebola information for kids from Brenner Childrens Hospital, is a short
and fact-filled page about Ebola, written for kids. Your kids should read it.
Everything they need to know is there.
Remember, Ebola is NOT an airborne virus.
It is not spread by coughing or sneezing.




CDC Warns Of Fast-Spreading Enterovirus Afflicting Children (from NPR) Asthmatics are especially at risk from Enterovirus D68 (or EV-68, or EV D-68). It starts out with common cold-like symptoms, then suddenly the child can't breathe. "The sick patients have all been children and teenagers, and 68 percent have a history of asthma or wheezing." (NPR). A Denver Post article stated over 900 patients (ages newborn to 21) have been seen in hospitals there. The CDC's page of Enterovirus D68 facts has a great deal of information, (1) For General Public and (2) specific advice For Healthcare Professionals. CDC also gives some advice on prevention:

"You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick"


    Impact of vaccines The Unbelievable Impact of Vaccines "With the exception of safe water, no other modality, not even antibiotics, has had such a major effect on mortality reduction," declared the WHO and UNICEF report on The State of the World's Vaccines and Immunization. Don't believe it? Think again." See this fact-filled infographic at 100% by clicking on it. Safe water? It's true. That's for another entry, though.



    Here are four "good sites" from our Health section that can help fight germs! (Wash your hands and cough into your elbow.)

    Washing your hands is a good defense, but you MUST do it correctly! Warm water and scrub for 20 seconds.
    Do not forget to clean under your fingernails.


    Scrub Club! NSF's site about washing hands is full of songs, games, and activities!  Emphasizes the six steps of properly washing and why it is so important. Kids enjoy the games and the "Webisode." This makes a good health filler in computer lab. In this time of Flu and Enterovirus D68, this site is a powerful tool against disease.


    Microbiology from the American Museum of Natural History.  Bacteria in the Cafeteria game and How Lou Got the Flu. A fun way for kids to learn some disease vector basics.


    Flu "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu vaccine for all people age 6 months and older. If you're a kid, that means you!" Find out all sorts of things about influenza, innoculation*, and prevention at this site. From KidsHealth.

  Lots of good info about avian influenza A (H7N9) and influenza in general. Check out the videos for kids, too.



    Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child "As you help your kids get ready for school, make sure they're fully vaccinated. Making sure that children of all ages receive all their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children's long-term health as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community." Diptheria, measles, and especially whooping cough are making a comeback. Any of them can kill a baby or small child. This site has vaccination schedules for different ages up through teenagers and lots of other vital information.


    The Black Death Excellent one page lesson with graphics, from Mr.Dowling. He has a ton of lessons like this, to download for free!


    Hooke's drawing of a fleaThe Black Death: Bubonic Plague from A one page summary with many links, including a relevant excerpt from Boccaccio's The Decameron. (This is a classical translation, straight out of the 1300s. This is in high literary English, have a good dictionary handy!) is a big site, with plenty of links and information about various topics from the time.




    BAM! Body and Mind is the "for kids" area of the US government's CDC site (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Primary grades could use parts of this, with teacher guidance. Older students can move through these pages easily.
    Coming straight down from the top of the page, there is the Feature Zone with four tabs displayed. "Please click on a tab below to see the current features" implies that they change periodically. Features at this time are:
    1 The Immune Platoon - "A super-powered team of white blood cells protecting your body from infections and other disease that threaten your body's health."
    2 Bully Roundup - Dealing with bullies - practical advice, with a cowboy theme
    3 Physical Activity This section features Activity Cards: Is there an activity you want to know more about? Not sure of how to play or what gear you'll need? Look no further — it's all right here! 32 activities from ballet to yoga are explored. Also there's Meet the Challenge: See how athletes overcome physical challenges to make it to the top. Two sections: 1- Don't Let Asthma Keep You Out of the Game. Today, more than ever, asthma is not a barrier to physical activity; and 2- U Can Do It 2. Whatever your challenge, if you ever wondered, "Can I be an athlete?", the answer is "YES"!
    4 H2O Smartz - When you're outside and active, make sure you know how to keep your smarts around the water. Don't forget to learn all about sun safety too!!
    Along the left margin the are links to more topics: Diseases, Food & Nutrition, Physical Activity (same as in the Feature Zone), Your Safety (includes Bully Roundup and H2O Smartz), Your Life "Got stress, conflict, and other pressures? These ideas and tools can help.", and Your Body "Puberty might feel confusing, but with BAM! it all makes sense." , "Help Kristie make all the right decisions to keep her teeth clean." and "Find out how heredity and your genes help make you who you are." There are eight topics in all.
    There is also a Game Room section of eight games. "Check out the BAM! Game Room. Try the games that will teach you more about your body and mind. It is a fun way to learn. "
    There is an Information for Teachers section, too. "Teachers: Incorporate BAM! topics into your classroom activities."
    A lot of effort went into making this a quality site.



    Bratz to BFF's "Dolls' curvy, idealized bodies, overt makeup, and even skin tone can greatly affect the way young girls perceive themselves... How do you provide a little girl with this traditional and sentimental gift without the potential of harming her sense of self?" - Emerald Pellot One Tasmanian mum's home project aims to "give old toys a new lease on life and a more down to earth, natural looking style." - Sonia Singh, artist and mum. How? As Emerald Pellot's headline says: She Takes Off A Doll’s Face With Nail Polish Remover. When You See The Result You’ll Want One! The video, which shows lots of little girls playing with dolls, is in the linked article. Sonia Singh's doll site, Tree Change Dolls, has even more dolls. Nobody thought this would go viral but did! It's tapped into a reservoir of concern.



    Brittany_WengerHer project name is Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer.
    Here is the input form for biopsies. "The current network is 99.11% sensitive to
    malignancy (after) 7.6 million trials." Ms. Wenger wants to improve upon this 99.1% accuracy.


    Wonderful! GSFK will always proud to feature the stories of students like her!






    Bugs That Live on You from PBS/NOVA. "From your head to your toes, your body is a veritable jungle of flora and fauna. Like or not, our bodies are perfect environments for the creepy and crawly. For hundreds of thousands of years, these animals have called our bodies home—or at least food." Watch the slideshow or scroll though the printable version.


    Center for Young Women's Health, Boston Children's Hospital. Huge site for adolescent girls covers everything about their lives and bodies in a friendly way. Includes peer advice, explanations, intimate medical Q&A, first person blog stories from surgery, hygiene, sanitation, healthy foods, emotions, anatomy, pretty much anything else you can think of! A good resource for girls.


    Color Vision and Art This site covers the science behind our color vision as it effects art. (If we did not have color vision, all our art would be grayscale. Ugh.) Interactives and a lot of new-to-us art concepts make this a very enlightening site. Use sliding color bars to see what great paintings look like at different color levels. See how the difference between older and newer parts of the human brain affect how we see Monet's painting. Technical terms explained, too. Learn the technicalities of Peripheral Vision. Decide if Mona Lisa is smiling or not. One of many sites at WebExhibits


    Choosy Kids "The mission of Choosy Kids, LLC is to promote the development of healthy preferences. We are committed to providing products and services that promote healthy decision making and healthy, active lifestyles. We recognize that the first five years of life lay the foundation for learning and behavior preferences that may last a life- time; therefore we focus primarily on young children and the adults who make decisions on their behalf." All kinds of good things and activities for children and parents. We love their music and videos!



    CoolSchool logo Cool School Now an online game!"Part computer game, part educational classroom tool, COOL SCHOOL: Where Peace Rules! is a whimsical interactive game where children, ages five to seven (grades K-2), journey to the fanciful world of Cool School, where everything -- from erasers to desks to books to basketballs -- are alive and full of personality. Here, in a vibrant and fun setting, children are taught invaluable social, communication, and problem-solving skills that promote conflict resolution through negotiation, compromise, cooperation, and reconciliation." Lots more at their web page. We played this and it was great. The download version is not available anymore - if you still have yours, make a backup!



    Netherlands flag Cyberkidz "is an educational platform for boys and girls in the age of 4 till 12 years. By playing the educational games, children will practise subjects they learn in elementary school (PK-5)." The games are sorted by year from age 4 to 12, using a sliding bar. There are dozens of fun, playable games in every curriculum category, with new ones being added. This is an excellent site from the Netherlands.



    Dear Parents, You Are Being Lied To This article was rehosted by IFLS: "Note: The content of this article was written by Dr. Jennifer Raff for her blog, Violent Metaphors. It is being rehosted here with permission. You can click on the above hyperlink to view the original and engage in the lively discussion in the comments section." Fairly lengthy pro-vaccination (= pro scientific facts) article on why you need to get your kids vaccinated. Dr. Raff lists the common anti-vax arguments and destroys each one. She provides links to reputable sources to back up everything she writes. Everyone should be vaccinated, adults and kids both.


    This is an EXCELLENT graphic! Pay attention to what a dog is telling you.

    Teach children to respect a dog's space! Too many dogs end up in shelters (or worse, put down) because the adults in charge were not monitoring the child/dog situation. Many times when a dog bites a kid parents say, "There were no warnings. He just bit him for no reason." The unfortunate truth is that there are almost always warning signs, but the humans miss them. This photo shows a few warning signs that the dog is uncomfortable and may bite.


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    Did Lead Poisoning End the Roman Empire?
    Romans used enormous amounts of lead. Lead can
    poison you. Did lead poisoning help destroy Rome?
    Six minute video from the American Chemical Society
    examines the facts and findings.


    DragonflyTV Kids Do Science - Glo Germ with Jordan and Sydney. "As the weather gets colder, kids seem to share a lot more germs. As busy scientists, we don't have time to get sick. Our DFTV question: how can we avoid spreading germs and viruses to our friends and families? Does it make a difference whether we sneeze into our hands or into our elbows?" Great kid video with kid humor and real experimenting! "A nice video for parents and teachers to show children how easily germs spread to others. This video would complement discussions on hand washing and staying healthy." Thanks Linda Kate.


    Dust Mites



    A Field Guide to Germs AKA Germs 101 is a big infographic (950 x 1200). It's about pathogens: bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa and spirochetes (like malaria and syphilis), and oddballs like parasitic worms and prions (Mad Cow). There's a lot of information here. This is from Get Science and it's free.



    Foldscope: Microscopy for everyone Cheaply made yet precision sharp origami paper microscopes! These can be made available to everyone, be it in science classes or in clinics in developing countries. Constantly evolving, general use foldscopes, specialty foldscopes for disease detection and germ identification. This sites explains it all, with videos, galleries, tutorials, the original TED talk, and Microcosmos, where users can post their work!


    Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge How to build an around the year program to educate kids in nutrition, health and physical education before, during, and after school. Includes ideas, activities, and how to set up challenges for kids. This is from Action for Healthy Kids of Skokie, Illinois, USA. Their mission statement and program layout explains it all in detail. We need this sort of site. Thanks for another one, Shelly.


    Gardening - Classroom Projects from Kids Gardening. Here are some gardening projects for school kids, with lesson layouts and notes. Nice for cross-curriculum springtime activities.




    Gardening - Lesson Plans from Kids Gardening. Here are lots of lesson plans, most with Lessons & Activities and Resources sections. There is a lot of good resources and planning material in here.


    Germ Hunter "Do you know where the hygiene hotspots are in your home? The creeping, crawling army of germs is slowly taking over your house. Grab your trusty cloth and spray, hunt down your home's hygiene hotspots and eliminate your unwanted invaders!"


    Health and Growth, Keeping Healthy, and Teeth and Eating are three great kid health sites from the BBC.  Each has a Revise Bite (online textbook), a good Activity to keep kids engaged, followed by a Quiz. We linked to the Revise Bites, and links to the activities and quizzes are on each page at the bottom. See if kids can keep Ben healthy in a Neo-Pet type activity! Quick clicking is called for!


    The Heart: An Online Exploration from The Franklin Institute. "Explore the heart. Discover the complexities of its development and structure. Follow the blood through the blood vessels. Wander through the weblike body systems. Learn how to have a healthy heart and how to monitor your heart's health. Look back at the history of heart science." Links to excellent explorations of all the above areas, with an exceptional section on blood. For upper elementary through high school.


    How do we smell? How smelling works, not what we smell like! A 4:20 video from TED-Ed. "An adult human can distinguish up to 10,000 odors." Kids can't do as well, because of lack of experience. "You use your nose to figure out what to eat, what to buy and even when it’s time to take a shower. But how do the molecules in the air get translated into smells in your brain? Rose Eveleth charts the smelly journey through your olfactory epithelium and explains why scent can be so subjective." She also explains what your "olfactory epithelium" is. Easy to understand and you can even "Flip This Lesson", (customize and share your lesson). Rose Eveleth comes out smelling like a rose for this video!


    Human Biology section of KidsKnowIt. Good and simple explanations.


    Kid's Air from the EPA (The United States Environmental Protection Agency) This site has simple educational online activities about air quality for kids. There are two sections. There's a colorful and easy to understand section for K-1s (5 - 7 years). It explains the different air quality colors with the help of Buster the Butterfly. There are three easy games to play.
    The other section is for ages 7-10. "What should you do when the Air Quality Index is orange? Let the chameleons K.C., Koko, and Kool, show you how EPA measures pollution in the air." Koko is asthmatic and sensitive to air quality. There are five activities that explain that air can be clean or dirty, the air quality color codes, air pollution and health, what to do on bad air days, and some games. The games are actually informal quizzes on the material.
    Both sections have areas for teachers and other adults. This is a well done and age appropriate site.


    KidsHealth Kids learn about health and their bodies. Good, interactive site. Really good section on body changes during adolescence, too.


    KidsHealth in the Classroom is a new part of the popular KidsHealth site. "Get on board with KidsHealth's new online resource for educators! KidsHealth in the Classroom offers free health curriculum materials for all grades and subject areas. Each teacher's guide includes discussion questions, activities, and reproducible handouts and quizzes - all aligned to recently updated national health education standards." Excellent material.


    Kids Running "is a site about kids running for kids of all ages. Inspire your kids to embrace fitness, physical activity and exercise. Hello and welcome to KidsRunning.Com. It won't take you more than a few moments of browsing the site, to see that we are building a Web site devoted to promoting the sport of running for kids so that they can enjoy the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle both at school and home. We integrate academics when we can. It seems that both learning and running are more fun for kids when they are combined." Owned and operated by working teachers.


    Let's Move (renamed Healthy Kids, Healthy Future), is a website "which features many tips for making simple changes in the areas of nutrition and physical activity as a way of living a healthier life. The website also includes useful information such as the food pyramid, the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and recommended levels of physical activity for adults and youth."

  Crime prevention for kids, starring McGruff the Crime Dog. Designed to help teach children how to protect themselves from bullies, vandalism, pedophiles, etc. Stories, advice, videos, 35 games like Shrink the Cyberbully and Adults You Can Trust.


    Medieval remedy for modern day superbug This link goes to the IFLS article. It's easier for
    kids to understand. The original University of Nottingham article is here. It includes a great video
    featuring microbiologist Dr Freya Harrison and her team, and Dr. Christina Lee, the expert translator
    of the recipe. (The English in the book is so old it required a translator.) "The centuries-old recipe
    for treating eye infections calls for two types of Allium (garlic and onion or leek), wine, and oxgall
    (that’s bile from a cow’s stomach). The instructions, translated by University of Nottingham’s Christina
    Lee, are incredibly specific: It requires the use of a brass pot for brewing, a particular straining
    technique to purify it, and the mixture must be left for nine days before use." The scientists followed
    the recipe exactly. They found out this eye salve from the 900s kills MRSA! We wonder what other
    cures might be hiding in these ancient books?



    How Mosquitoes Use Six Needles to Suck Your Blood From PBS & DeepLook
    "Seen up close, the anatomy of a mosquito bite is terrifying. The most dangerous animal
    in the world uses six needle-like mouthparts to saw into our skin, tap a blood vessel
    and sometimes leave a dangerous parting gift." An excellent 3:17 video.


    Mechanism of a Mosquito Bite This 2:25 video describes the mechanisms a mosquito
    uses when biting their prey. Probably more than you want to know, but it's informative.



    Measles Explained — Do You Really Need To Vaccinate? from Kurz Gesagt. Spoiler Alert: YES!
    "Everybody is talking about Measles – but what does the virus actually do in the body? Is it really so
    harmful that you need a vaccination? We go deep into the body of an infected person and see what
    Measles does and how the immune system reacts to it!" The measles virus attacks the bodies defenses,
    gets into the lymphatic system, and takes off. You really need to watch this 5:34 video.


    This Is What Measles Actually Looks Like "Dozens have been infected in a recent measles outbreak
    that started at Disneyland. Here’s what you need to know about this disease." Photos of scarring,
    open sores, blindness, painful itchy rashes, brain damage, high fever, even death. All the things old
    people remember seeing when they were kids, before a decent vaccine was developed.


    Pediatrician breaks down how measles, mumps and rubella vaccine works
    "Make yourself smart" about the MMR vaccine.
    Do not listen to charlatans, fools, and hysterical celebs.


    Rubella discussed in this Mayo Clinic site. Normally not as bad or as long lasting as measles,
    but who would want a baby to go through this?


    Mumps is another old time virus, trying to make a comeback.
    Fast Facts about Mumps from the CDC discusses this illness,
    which attacks the salivary glands. Complications of mumps can include:

  • Inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in males who have reached puberty, which rarely leads to sterility
  • Inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • Inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) and/or breasts (mastitis) in females who have reached puberty
  • Temporary or permanent deafness


    The mighty mitochondrion and respiration We're talking cellular respiration here.
    This infographic shows how the cells in your body use air and sugar to breathe, so
    the organism they are part of (you) can stay alive. Click on the link or on the picture
    to see the big, readable infographic. Credit = Compound Interest


    Neuroscience for Kids  "The smell of a flower - The memory of a walk in the park - The pain of stepping on a nail.
    These experiences are made possible by the 3 pounds of tissue in our heads...the BRAIN!! Neuroscience for Kids
    has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system."  For Middle School+.


    NFL PLAY 60 "is the National Football League's campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day
    in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. There are many ways you can join the PLAY 60 movement.
    You can get involved through school programs, contests and community events. Click one of the buttons below to get
    started." They have ways to participate for Kids and for Adults.
    Part of NFL Rush, the NFL kids' site, which is already in Sports.


    Origin of MRSA. Simply explained by this UC Berkeley site. How did S. aureus morph from a minor skin infection into a terror?


    PE Central "Welcome to the premier site for health and physical education teachers, parents, and students.
    Our goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for
    children and youth." Jobs, a store, over 1,700 lesson ideas, established PE programs, videos, lots more. A treasure
    for busy PE teachers! If this goes on, we'll need a Phys Ed section! Thanks go to Amanda Schlepp for the email about this site.


    Personal Health from Brainpop. Various aspects of personal health are addressed in these great videos.
    Must login or start an account.


    Opossums are Our Best Defense Against Lyme Disease, Killing 5000 Ticks Per Week Each


    Read up on it! Opossums attract more ticks than any other small mammal,
    and eat 95% of them!



    Root4Kids "Annie's Homegrown wants you to know about their Root4Kids movement that inspires kids, schools and families to eat more nutritious foods. This program created by Annie’s organic foods aims to encourage and inspire kids and families to get outside, dig into nature and eat healthier by offering recipes, gardening tips and activities." Contains recipes, how to garden advice, sign up for programs, a section for teachers, and a Play section with online and hands-on activities. Annie's makes good products and this is a great idea.


    Safe Food Handling Here's "... a complete resource on Safe Food Handling. This resource contains statistics and links to the best sources on the subject, and is monitored regularly for obsolete links." An institutional chef was kind enough to check this page over, and she said it's good legit info, the same rules she uses. There are more facts, tips, and stats here than we could enumerate in less than a page! A wonderful resource, emailed to GSFK by Alexis Claro for Thanks!


    Science at work - The LifeStraw. Article is from IFLS
    The LifeStraw removes at least of 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites. It can filter up to 1000L of water.
    Throughout the world, an estimated 884 million people still do not have access to clean sources of water. This device contains no chemicals or batteries and makes it possible to drink safely from any river, lake or puddle.
    Buy them here:
    For every unit sold, two children in the developing world will be supplied with clean drinking water for a year.




    Scrub Club! NSF's site about washing hands is full of songs, games, and activities!  Emphasizes the six steps of properly washing and why it is so important. Kids enjoy the games and the "Webisode."  By "kids" we mean ages 6 to 16. Teen girls giggle at the characters and then look around to see if anyone noticed.This makes a good health filler in computer lab. In this time of colds, influenza, and MRSA, this little site is a powerful tool against disease.


    Six myths about vaccination – and why they’re wrong Australian article demolishes six urban rumours about vaccination. This article's six talking points are worth remembering, if you ever need them counter anti-vaccination hysteria.


    Sleep for Kids Teaching Kids the Importance of Sleep. "We need sleep to keep us healthy, happy, and doing our best!" Why We Sleep, How Sleep Works, insomnia, and more.


    Smart-Mouth is a website that has some fun games that kids might enjoy playing, and that also help kids and adults learn interesting facts about the marketing and packaging of unhealthy foods. The website also suggests healthier snack options.


    Download Zombie plague STEMware: Zombie Plague from the Partnership for Biotechnology and Genomics Education, University of California - Davis. " In STEMware: Zombie Plague, students explore a 3D world where they are responsible for identifying the pathogenic microorganism causing a deadly outbreak and implementing a cure... the science content embedded in the software deals with diagnosis, treatment strategies, and career connections that are applicable to any disease caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi. Interactions with characters in-game, introduce students to the variety of career pathways in modern biology along with diagnostic technologies used in the real world. Embedded assessments allow teachers to track student interactions." Kind of a mix between a James Patterson game and Edheads. Download the game here, or use the Curriki link above. It's a 305mb .zip file, so we suggest you save the file on a flash drive for installs on more machines.


    Stimulation for Apspergers



    sugar in colas by # of cubesSugar Stacks - How Much Sugar Is in That? This site gives the amount of sugar(s) in food by measuring it in sugar cubes! " A label can tell you there are 39 grams of sugar in your soda, but what does that much sugar look like? We've used regular sugar cubes (4 grams of sugar each) to show how the sugars in your favorite foods literally stack up, gram for gram. Compare foods, find out where sugar is hiding, and see how much of the sweet stuff you're really eating." They have pages of your favorite processed food, and even fruits and vegetables, too. There's even a special section for Thanksgiving dinner! You can also view a page comparing snack foods to carrot sticks, in amounts of sugar in each. Find out more at the site.



    Sun Safety!


    Sun Safety Alliance is dedicated to reducing the incidence of skin cancer in America. The site has tons of information, tips, and activities for different ages of kids preschool - 18. It says "in America" but skin cancer is universal, so this site is for the world. "You may not be interested in skin cancer, but skin cancer is interested in you."


    Australian flag SunSmart Who in the world has more trouble with skin cancer and more experience dealing with it than Australians? "Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world for both males and females. Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70." This site from Victoria covers skin cancer, Vitamin D, UV and sun protection, and more. "Slip, slop, slap, seek, slide!" Find out what that means. Watch the videos! Check the Sunscreen Calculator. Find out more from the pages below: - with video - listen to his story - with video - watch and listen! Balance your need for Vitamin D from the sun with your need to avoid cancer from the sun.

    Australians are quite serious about the sun and cancer. There are other excellent and well-done Australian sites about sun safety. Here are some of them: - national organisation

    Sun safety and skin cancer from the Queensland Government. Federal Dept. of Meterology, includes UV forecasts for each area of the continent, a UV index chart, and the 5 S's. Also includes more things than you can imagine about the weather. from South Australia. from New South Wales This company offers essential, tailor-made sun protection clothing.

    We all owe the Australians a vote of thanks for these.



    Swine flu (H1N1 flu) From the Mayo Clinic. "The human respiratory infection caused by a particular
    influenza virus H1N1 strain — popularly known as swine flu — was first recognized in spring 2009.
    A few months after the first swine flu cases were reported, rates of confirmed H1N1-related illness
    were increasing in much of the world.
    As a result, the World Health Organization declared the infection a global pandemic.




    This 15-Year-Old Kid May Have Just Saved Your Life is the name of an article on Crooks & Liars * about Jack Andraka, who has invented a new test for pancreatic cancer that is "168 times faster, over 26,000 times less expensive and over 400 times more sensitive. And what I found is that my sensor in a blind study it actually had a 100% correct diagnosis, in diagnosing pancreatic cancer and could diagnose the cancer before it actually became invasive." We hope this example inspires many other young people to believe in themselves, and to do some creative tinkering for the benefit of all of us. Comes with a video. (*The name of the publication does not reflect on the veracity of the article.)
    Jack Andraka has created a pancreatic cancer test that is 168 times faster and considerably cheaper than the gold standard in the field. He has applied for a patent for his test and is now carrying out further research at Johns Hopkins University in the US city of Baltimore.
    And he did it by using Google.
    The Maryland native, who won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May for his creation, cites search engines and free online science papers as the tools that allowed him to create the test." (credit:


    You Don't Know Jack A video by Morgan Spurlock. This is a 3:34 Vimeo video about Jack Andraka, who we posted about earlier this year. "Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore, has developed a revolutionary new test for pancreatic cancer." The video covers his struggles to find lab space, 199 rejection letters, a non-supportive family. The scientific establishment did't want to hear new ideas from an 8th grade. With the help of a good teacher, Jack persisted, and finally got lab space. The rest is, and will continue be, history. Give the kids a chance!


    Vaccines: Are they Dangerous? Easy 3:26 video explains why they aren't. "Let MinuteEarth give you the lowdown on everything you need to know on vaccines!" OK. So vaccines are safe. Now go get yours.


    Vaccinate your baby and Vaccinate your family Educational site for parents that explains why you need to vaccinate your babies, as well as older kids, adults, and grandparents. Explains why the anti-vaccination hysteria is a hoax, fake news. Links to scientific articles, when to vaccinate, history of vaccination, the Risks of Missing or Delaying Vaccines, and more.


    Vaccines Work, Here Are the Facts This is an infographic page, it's in comic strip form, it's readable and well-written. It covers all the facts about how vaccines work, the "arms race" between vaccines and viruses, and why there was a panic about autism (This was a hoax, a deliberate lie.) This strip gives the facts about the different lies that are spread by conspiracy theory anti-vaccination people. As you read down the page, you discover facts about anti-vaxers as well. The concept of "herd immunity" is well explained. The result of foolish people not vaccinating their children is a decrease in herd immunity, and therefore more "old-time" diseases are coming back! "Like diseases, fear and misinformation spread easily to those who aren't vaccinated against them." So read this page and "get vaccinated"!


    Vaccination: ‘I Will File A CPS Report’: Pediatrician’s Blunt Message About Vaccines Is Going Viral Vaccines work. Do not argue. Vaccination is NOT controversial. Get your offspring vaccinated. Read Dr Ginsberg's post. Debating vaccination is like debating gravity - science does not care if you believe it or not! Watch the video. Why are old forgotten diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and whooping cough making a comeback? Because too many young parents are not vaccinating their kids, due to hysteria or peer pressure. This makes their innocent children a public health menace. People who don't vaccinate should be forced to do so by court order.
    Make sure you vaccinate on time, too. Those shot schedules were set by experts. Please do not alter them just because YOU don't like watching your kid cry. Your kids overreact because they learned that behavior from you! Be a good parent. Be a responsible citizen of your country and the world. Be an adult - get it done.


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    Why Vaccinate? Learn about vaccines and how they work. Learn about protecting your family from birth through old age. Get the facts here.


    Why You Are Still Alive - The Immune System Explained An animation of the immune system by Kurzgesagt. "Every second of your life you are under attack. Bacteria, viruses, spores and more living stuff wants to enter your body and use its resources for itself. The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like (put your favorite simile here) and sacrifices itself for your survival. Without it you would die in no time. This sounds simple but the reality is complex, beautiful and just awesome." As with all their videos, there's a great soundtrack, and a narration with a dry humor that's worthy of Hitchhiker's Guide.


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