The word “storm” might make you think of thunder and lightening, or maybe floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. These storms can cause a lot of damage and led to 2,143 injuries and 522 deaths in 2015. However, there is another kind of storm, a much deadlier storm, that in past, killed more people than WWII. This deadly storm is called a cytokine storm.
Using DNA analysis of ivory and dung samples from Elephants across Africa, a team at the University of Washington demonstrates how tusks shipped across the world can be linked to incriminate traffickers. This new strategy may help save African Elephants from devastating population loss due to poaching.
We know that the planet is slowly dying, but what you might not know is how much your weekly cheeseburger is contributing to not only greenhouse gas emissions but also water and land depletion.
Why does our body actually need water? How do you know if you’re hydrated, and how can you maintain your hydration?
One in three people develop shingles in their lifetime. What causes this epidemic? The same virus that causes chickenpox causes shingles, Varicella-zoster virus (VZV)1. VZV is a member of the herpes family - whose other members are responsible for cold sores and genital herpes1. The first infection with VZV causes chickenpox2. Once the active infection is over, the virus becomes latent - it’s still present in your body, but it’s now hiding from your immune system in nerve cells i.e. neurons3. If the virus re-activates, this secondary infection is called shingles3.