September 16 - Weekly Health Round Up

News flash: 5-Second Rule Is Not Real

A recent study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology built off three previous studies about the 5-second rule. By testing additional foods and surfaces on how quickly bacteria transfers from object to object and surface to surface, they found, as did all previous studies, that it takes less than half a second for some bacteria to transfer to food dropped on the ground. Well, there you have it - It doesn't matter what goofy thing you say before putting it in your mouth – it has bacteria on it! Still don’t believe it? New York Magazine says so, too!

6 Prebiotic Foods - Add to Your Diet!

Most people have heard of probiotics and how important they are to the body. What about prebiotics? While they aren’t talked about nearly as much, prebiotics is just as important for our overall health. Unlike probiotics, prebiotics is not alive, they are a non-digestible carbohydrate. This is extremely important to your beneficial bacteria (probiotics) to stay healthy. Visit Health.com to learn what foods you should add to your diet in order to keep your body and probiotics healthy!

World’s First Cybathlon in Full Swing

On October 8th, fifty teams from across the world using robotic exoskeletons, electronic arms, powered wheelchairs and other techs will participate in the world's first ‘bionic Olympics’. The event, held in Kloten, Switzerland, has a vision to highlight how people with physical disabilities can be helped by innovative technological aids, with the goal that they are able to use them in their everyday ac­tivities. Check out BBC News to see what events/activities will take place!

Does Your Kid’s Backpack Weigh Too Much?

Whether you have a school-aged child or just remember your own school days, chances are you’ve seen a child carrying around an overloaded backpack. While this may seem like a minor inconvenience, book bags filled with heavy school supplies can actually have long-term effects on a child’s shoulders, neck, and back. The American Academy of Pediatrics says a child's backpack should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of his or her body weight. Is your child’s back too heavy? US News has some tips to help check!

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