Trauma Can Have Long Term Effects

ertqkJessica would never forget the night she awoke in the middle of an earthquake. All she could think of was getting out of the house. Later, she huddled with her family and looked at the ruins of their home. “What are we going to do?” she whispered.

Eric slammed his bedroom door. He didn’t want to talk to his father OR his mother. “I felt angry about the divorce,” he said later, “but scared, too. I wasn’t sure what would happen to me.”

Marcie used to stay with her grandmother after school. Sometimes she brought a friend, and they listened to her wonderful stories. “Whenever I had a problem, Marcie …

Fighting Insomnia Begins With Exercise

finniaTo his teachers, 16-year-old Jason is the student most likely to fall asleep in class. After all, his school day is followed by a grueling basketball practice and three hours behind a fast-food counter. Then there’s homework, late-night phone chats with his girlfriend, and catching up on MTV. When Jason’s head finally hits the pillow, his mind is still racing with thoughts about everything from tomorrow’s history test to his latest outbreak of zits. Then, just when it seems like he’s finally settled into a cozy sleep, his alarm clock rousts him out of bed to start another day.

Jason is suffering from insomnia, a sleep disorder that afflicts …

Mosquitoes: Not Totally Dangerous, But Definitely To Be Watched

mqtMosquitoes are pesky little creatures. They bite–and you itch like crazy–but they also can carry much menace.

It all begins in the water.

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in water. And some species don’t need much water: an old tire, a discarded cup from someone’s fast food lunch, a birdbath, a hole in a tree. Others hatch in still lakes or sewage ponds.

The larvae grow to be one-tenth to one-fourth-inch long, float to the top of the water, and are called “wrigglers.” They breathe air through a snorkel-like device (called a siphon) that they poke out of the water. They are filter feeders, sifting out organic debris and small …